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Old 01-05-2019, 12:28 PM   #1
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For sale ad... Fluff like I've never seen!

OMG! I've read for sale ads, and I've read for sale ads, but THIS one is over the top like I've never seen before. I get it, you want to sell your junk, move it on to the next guy who can realize it's full potential. Vanagen Syncros bring big bucks, but this one is way below average condition. You want to accentuate the positives, fair enough. But omg, this ad contains more fluff than a stuffed animal factory a month before Christmas! The next time I am selling a car, I'm hiring Chris to write the ad copy!



"Because this Vanagon was rarely used, there arenít any lift kits, bumpers, or winches to speak of, but in this scenario that is actually a big positive, as it means thereís little risk of running into any unexpected problems..."


...it will let you customize the vehicle to your liking, which is half the fun."

As if having zero features is a plus! Ha!


"The interior, on the other hand, boasts plenty to talk about... ample room to walk around thanks to the open floor plan..."


I've owned several VW camper busses, Westfalia, Sundial, EasyCamper. you have to climb outside just to change my mind. "Open floor plan"???


Anyhow, for a good chuckle, below is the link to the third party ad/write up, it's worth the read, weather you are in the market for a $45,000 30yr old Vanagen Syncro or not. Enjoy!



https://expeditionportal.com/expedit...riginal-miles/
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Old 01-05-2019, 01:20 PM   #2
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Well, a no-rust 1990 Synchro with 50,000 original miles is about as much of a unicorn as the Holy Grail 4x4 7.3 SMB, I guess.

The fluff is some writer trying to make an actual article out of a Craigslist ad. It got shared, so I guess he succeeded.
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Old 01-05-2019, 01:28 PM   #3
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I didn't realize Florida was near the arctic circle for winter? Couldn't take pictures in daylight?

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Old 01-05-2019, 01:35 PM   #4
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I've seens a lot of poorly done mods. Usually of the "add this part but lose this important part at the same time" variety. Creampuffs win the day for me every time.


Getting someone else's modded vehicle can be like cutting off their tattoo and grafting it onto yourself.


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Old 01-06-2019, 08:17 AM   #5
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".....it means there’s little risk of running into any unexpected problems due to cheap modifications."

Not like those seatcovers, of course.
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Old 01-06-2019, 01:17 PM   #6
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".....it means there’s little risk of running into any unexpected problems due to cheap modifications."

Not like those seatcovers, of course.

Did you see the undercarriage pics? Rattlecan undercoating from Autozone, 20min before the pics were taken (look at the tiger stripes and how dirt free the undercoat is), and only sprayed within camera field of view. The ad states "The underside has no rust, has light undercoating protection, and the seams are all rust-free as well.” It might be rust free, I'd ask "So why did you hit it with rattle can 20 minutes before you took pics?"



Then the famous craig's list "the air conditioning belt has been detached for a while, and the seller makes no guarantee that it works, though they state it did when the belt was removed..." any mechanic who's bought and sold a few cars knows what that's about: The compressor froze up while in use, working great, until it didn't, the AC pulley stopped dead in it's tracks and melted the belt, and it fell off. The owner heard a noise, investigated, removed the tossed belt from the engine bay and continued on his journey. The ad allows the reader to assume 'heck, maybe it just needs a belt'.


I don't begrudge a 'flipper' (ad states the owner has owned 11 VW campers in the past), from trying to make a buck. A lot of my commentary is conjecture, but I've inspected more than a few cars, and have "seen a thing or two..." $20 Pep Boys seat covers and undercoating are a telltale sign of a gilded lilly by a lazy flipper. I would not believe 55k original miles either, I could be wrong, it's pretty easy to spot low mileage BS in person, if you know what to look for (brake and clutch pedal corner wear, steering box slop, shifter bushing slop, several other things that wear from use, regardless of age in years).


Anyhow, all in good fun, and entertainment.
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Well if you like ad fluff and Country Home vans....

Check this out. Semi-interesting van with AWD, but barfworthy attempts to double its value with flowery prose.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/scz/rvs...786291902.html
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