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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-08-2006, 21:41 Thread Starter
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HELP - VW OR BONGO?!

Hi anyone/everyone.

I am going to buy a motorhome and have a dilemma!

I used to have a 1984 VW T3 - & loved it for its engine rumble & hippy image (sad I know!)

Now older & supposedly more responsible with 7 year old I am looking to get an everyday motorhome (budget £4-5k)- I would love another VW but am being distracted by mazda bongo for its cheapness & smartness & being able to afford a newer vehicle.

Also is there any other makes I should be considering?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated and needed!
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I would take a look at the other Jap ones

I have always liked the Bongo and recently been shown one but although it looked quite good it did seem a bit small, we have an A class so that could be becaus what im used to but I would look at the Toyota and compare them.

I do like the size of them tho, shouldn't be sluggish and will be reliable.
Is the Mazda a Ford or is the Ford a mazda, I prefer it to be a mazda, if you get me.

Good luck

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Hi Lee

Thanks for quick reply - will look at othe Jap ones.

Any idea on mazda mpg?

ta
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VW VW VW VW VW VW VW VW VW VW VW VW

Personally, I think you should get a VW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I looked at the Bongo, yes, they look good but they are not kitted out nearly as well as the VW.

In the Bongo the seats are car seats and these are used for the bed, not very comfortable at all.

I saw one Bongo that had a brill looking U-shaped rear kitchen - the problem is that the elevating roof rises in the centre of the vehicle, so at the back there is no room to stand up - all right for gnomes I suppose !!

I think if you went and sat in a Bongo for a short time, 'pretended' to sleep, make coffee etc you will soon know if it is suitable.

Just my humble opinion - but I know I'm right - at least I think I am

Happy hunting and motorhoming
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Hi Tricia

Thanks for quick reply.

Will definitely think on the seat thing - not good for me

I thought bongos were well equipped - need to research more me thinks

Thanks
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Hi amandakarma,

Glad to advise.

I have always loved the VW buses and would have liked to get an older one but didn't feel I could cope with problems that may arise from its age - needed a camper and everyday vehicle in one.

Did try to talk myself into other makes instead but came back to the VW as I soon realised that although not the 'love-bus' style I wanted to still have the VW.

If you are mechanically minded and can cope with perhaps running repairs then you should go for the classic bus, there are always some for sale at VW shows.

Good luck.
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I think I would be wary of buying anything called a "Bongo".....

HTH
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I think you need to try to get to a dealer near you that stocks smaller van conversions. Or go to a show. That way, you can directly compare the pros and cons of all the vans in your price range. See what you can afford, and look at them in a dealer's. Then buy privately!

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VW - every time

its cheaper in the longrun
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