How best to scrap my bongo

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niels
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How best to scrap my bongo

Post by niels » Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:52 pm

After a short relation with my dear Bongo, my local garage suggested we break up, that investing in my beloved would be throwing money down a bottomless pit.
Would anyone have a recommendation about how / where to break it, so that it gets put to good use? It's a 2002 V6 with AFT. We live in Ediniburgh.
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Re: How best to scrap my bongo

Post by mikeonb4c » Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:31 pm

niels wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:52 pm
After a short relation with my dear Bongo, my local garage suggested we break up, that investing in my beloved would be throwing money down a bottomless pit.
Would anyone have a recommendation about how / where to break it, so that it gets put to good use? It's a 2002 V6 with AFT. We live in Ediniburgh.
Oh dear, sorry to hear that. Well, first, what exactly is wrong with it? Next, what did you pay for it? Then, how much would you like to stay together? People like Bongospares, Ian Taylor etc are usually interested in Bongos for spares or doing up, but you're a fair way off from either so that might not work.

I've just spent a morning looking at all sorts of Bongo alternatives (just in case). I have to say that not one of them struck me as being as perfectly formed and useful a vehicle as an AFT Bongo with electric blinds and flip up rear seats. So maybe I'll be best pouring money into the pit to maintain/restore mine. :roll:
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Re: How best to scrap my bongo

Post by Bob » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:00 pm

Agree with Mike.

Does this garage have any experience of Bongos?

What is wrong with it?

There's many a mechanic out there who knows nothing about them and is very quick to dismiss them as they can't be bothered with the work and don't know that they don't understand the cooling system.

I'd certainly look further before scrapping yours. 8)

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Re: How best to scrap my bongo

Post by BongoBongo123 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:26 am

I always find it slightly sad and a little disturbing when someone joins up at such a late stage. Sorry to hear it is not in a good state.
Read what Mike and Bob said and give it some thought/planning.

In the end you have to decide what you want to do. I think some people get unlucky when they buy a Bongo or they pay peanuts so what can you expect. The prices range hugely. Pay £1,000.00 and you will buy a cr*p heap, well it's true isn't it. Pay £6,000.00 and you are likely to get
a good vehicle. Pay £9,000.00 and you should have a very good vehicle.

I think it gives Bongo's a bad name. There are also lots of people who literally drive them into the ground, never deal with any rust and don't even know where the oil measuring stick is. Bongo's are not for those kind of people. You cannot run them without maintaining and spending some on them, typically annually.

If you want a rust free modern vehicle where you can drive and drive without thinking about regular maintenance a Bongo most likely will not suit you, and it will probably break down or rot away, if you have an interest in the basics of servicing or at the least let your local garage do oil, filters etc. (Keep their mits of the cooling system though) and can patch up a bit of rust with sandpaper, rust converter and paint then they will suit you.
I must have spent around 35 hours over 4 years doing basics, it is not much really.

They are not drive and forget, just like any 20-30 y.o. camper van. If you fail to maintain them and let them rot and drive them like a new car they will not endure. It is common sense.

And if you want a modern, comparable vehicle you had better have VERY deep pockets, get your big wads of wonga out.

I am no mechanical expert but I can do the oil and filters and sort a bit of rust out, it takes very little effort and I have slowed the rust down by 4 years so far, if I had left it when I spotted it I would have a lot of holes in it now. As it stands the Bongo is essentially rust free. My basic advice is to buy a clean one and keep it that way by sanding, rust converting and painting the moment you see it, it is the only way to make an old vehicle last.

I bet some people bury one vehicle after another, through zero maintenance.

All the best on your plans whatever they are.
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