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Old 5th December 2010, 17:03   #511
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Compared to other spares of European cars like Vauxhall,Opel,Truimph,
Vanguards,Riley,etc the spares of aircooled VW's are very easily available( of course not in INDIA since,they were sold only in portugese GOA) and with the exception of NOS German spares they are not EXPENSIVE
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I guess parts are not easily available & they must be expensive too, sometimes even a pain. But the joy while driving this bus must be priceless!
Raj,

Firstly, we get only spark plugs and oils for these aircooled VW's in India, rest all has to be ordered from abroad.

The parts are easily available, but the pain a car owner has to undergo to get these spares are

1) Search for a quality store on the web
2) Order them via a credit card or pay pal
3) Pay for the product even if its priced high
4) Pay for the shipping charges
5) Pay duty on them which is close to 60% of the product price

A very simple example. I purchased Brake pads, few misc., spares and suspension ball joints for the Bus which was together priced at $225. I ended up paying Rs. 18000/- on the whole which is $ 166 extra You can call it double.

It would be foolish if i say, classic VW spares come cheap. German NOS one's - You need to have all the luck to get hold of them from unscrulpous dealers. No one better than a car owner would be able to tell you this.

But, the longevity of these spares are 75% better than those available in India.
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Raj,

Firstly, we get only spark plugs and oils for these aircooled VW's in India, rest all has to be ordered from abroad.

The parts are easily available, but the pain a car owner has to undergo to get these spares are

1) Search for a quality store on the web
2) Order them via a credit card or pay pal
3) Pay for the product even if its priced high
4) Pay for the shipping charges
5) Pay duty on them which is close to 60% of the product price

A very simple example. I purchased Brake pads, few misc., spares and suspension ball joints for the Bus which was together priced at $225. I ended up paying Rs. 18000/- on the whole which is $ 166 extra You can call it double.

It would be foolish if i say, classic VW spares come cheap. German NOS one's - You need to have all the luck to get hold of them from unscrulpous dealers. No one better than a car owner would be able to tell you this.

But, the longevity of these spares are 75% better than those available in India.
To the best of my info, the duty tarriff on such items is 34percent of the landed cost.ie, cost of the item plus shipping charges.
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Nothing much to update on a Bus, thats as good as a Daily runner.

I am Happy, touchwood.....!

The Bus runs easily in heavy traffics, i have been using the bus off-late, and today drove it to office. It does Good speeds, have tried 80kmph many times with ease

But the main grouse , average FE is 8 kmpl.
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The rear monograms were fitted today.

This update had been waiting to happen since 2 years.
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Pavan ji congratulations on the completion of your Baywindow.
Hope the bus enjoys many miles with you. BTW do you have any sort of period Music system in this bus.
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On the topic of audio systems - do I see a Sony logo on the dash in the first pic?
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On the topic of audio systems - do I see a Sony logo on the dash in the first pic?
it looks like a modern Sony car stereo .
The OEM suppliers to aircooled VW's were Blaupunkt,Emden etc.They had the VW part number etched on them and also had VW logo knobs
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The rear monograms were fitted today.

This update had been waiting to happen since 2 years.
As far as I remember baywindows never came with a VW emblem on the rear side of the bus.
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As far as I remember baywindows never came with a VW emblem on the rear side of the bus.
Yes, you are correct ,the only script at the rear was this
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Yes, you are correct ,the only script at the rear was this
Yes Ajay and I also noticed the one which Mr. Kadam has on his baywindow is that of a Bug and NOT of the Bus. You have attached the correct picture in your post and which is exactly what I have on my 71 Baywindow.
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Yes, you are correct ,the only script at the rear was this
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Yes Ajay and I also noticed the one which Mr. Kadam has on his baywindow is that of a Bug and NOT of the Bus. You have attached the correct picture in your post and which is exactly what I have on my 71 Baywindow.
Guys, guys....

Here are some pics to clear your doubts......

I needed a little bit of customisation in the way the Plain Bland rear of the Bus must look like,

About the badges, i have both, i will put what i like
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Some pics from my family outing last weekend.

It was a mid-night drive.

We started by around 10:00 pm in the night, came back home at around 1:45 am

Bro in the driving seat, me in the front. Dad n mom in the mid row, Wifey and sis-in-law in the third row. And my kid, all around the bus

This was the first time full family was driving around in the Bus, after all these years, people got to understand, the Bus was as reliable as our other cars, hence that odd midnight drive.

With this drive, the Bus completed 250 kms last week.
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Some pics from my family outing last weekend.

It was a mid-night drive.

We started by around 10:00 pm in the night, came back home at around 1:45 am

Bro in the driving seat, me in the front. Dad n mom in the mid row, Wifey and sis-in-law in the third row. And my kid, all around the bus

This was the first time full family was driving around in the Bus, after all these years, people got to understand, the Bus was as reliable as our other cars, hence that odd midnight drive.

With this drive, the Bus completed 250 kms last week.
wonderfull, this is the spirit and vw 's are much reliable and that can be seen in your pictures too,happy motoring,so did you click the picture you told some days ago,hope you remember ,iam talking about the speedometer showing 100 ha ha
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wonderfull, this is the spirit and vw 's are much reliable and that can be seen in your pictures too,happy motoring,so did you click the picture you told some days ago,hope you remember ,iam talking about the speedometer showing 100 ha ha
What makes you think i'll forget that sirjee.

I drove the Bus to my office even today.

Can anyone notice any changes on the Bus.....

The front looks a bit "BLAND", can someone suggest me something that i can do to make it a bit more exciting......

About what you wanted to see.... he he he......So here it is..................
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Do I see new wipers ?
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