No, the autos are great.
There’s lots of little things that can go wrong, but the only really expensive thing is that any overheating causes the head to crack. So the cooling system is worth checking.
The only real downside to them is the fuel economy. 25-30mpg max.
If you’ve got a specialist Bongo garage in your area, then you’re sorted. I used to go to Ian Taylor in Stoke and he was superb.
It did always have something to spend money on though – maybe £400 a year.Posted 4 years agokhaniMember
Rust and overheating are the main issues, the boxes are generally good and look for a 2wd rather than 4wd as they’re a bit better on juice with less to go wrong, good quality oil and antifreeze are a must..Posted 4 years ago
And the split fold rear seats are better than the removable rear bench seat for carrying stuff..
If the body, box and engine are good everything else is pretty easy to fix if you’re not a numpty..specialkneesMember
Had one for 7 years, overall loved it.
Yes they can be a bit jucy but have plenty of grunt in 2.5 TD form.
Nearly all are auto and its a good sensible system.
Prices vary a lot, full camper conversions are usually 6K+. Depends what you need it for but as a camper they are so much better than the rest for the same money. You dont get electric roof,mirrors,blinds,door,windows etc in a VW for 6K.
They also hold their money very well my one cost nothing apart from the usual, servicing, fuel insurance Tax etc in 7 years and I got exactly the same money when I sold it back to the same guy 7 years later.Posted 4 years ago
CHECK CAM BELT. They are all imported so if you seller cant prove cambelt was done haggle on price.
Lastly, get an Insurance quote in writing, some dont like imported cars or campers with unknown conversions.
I bet gw’s bongo is the fastest, raddest, most awesome one in the wholewide world!
I have a 2 wd, auto (ex khani) it’s done 170k miles and it has been almost faultless. The auto sometimes fails to shift up a gear but this sorts itself out pretty quickly. It is starting to rust though and the mpg is fairly scary.
Ace bike/roadtrip vans for the money.Posted 4 years agocrawf44Member
http://www.bongofury.co.uk/Posted 4 years ago
Wouldn’t be without ours. At least 3 big trips a year in it every year since the kids were small. As stated they can be a bit juicy but If you are not in a rush then they are tough to beat. Smaller than a van, same footprint as large car so easy to park and long enough to keep your longboard in at the beach.
Bongo fury website good place to start –
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