1990 Toyota Hiace 34the Banana Van34
Up for sale is our beloved 1990 Toyota Hiace Campervan, better known as "The Banana Van." She has been an amazing vehicle for our time on the North island, but as my travel partner and I split ways, we now need to pick up two cars and neither of us has a need for so much space! The Banana Van is a manual (5 speed) and runs on petrol. She has proven totally reliable for us during our 3 months on the North Island, and our friends who owned her for the 5 months before that never had any issues. She has a brand new battery with the paperwork to prove it, as well as brand new windshield wipers (a sweet little bonus with how rainy it has been up north lately).
We've been getting between 360 and 450km per tank with her, depending on how hilly the terrain is. She climbs hills just fine being a manual, and gets around just fine in the hills around Hawke's Bay where we have been living. The inside of The Banana Van is incredibly spacious, far more than enough room for two people and their gear. The last owners were artists as well, so the interior is decorated quite beautifully. Sunflower curtains are included to give privacy, and the cords are nice to hang things on (calendars, waterbottles, etc.). Two New Zealand made surfboards are also included. Both are relatively short boards (7'2 and 7'6), and are good for experienced surfers or ambitious beginners alike! They are both in great shape, and all the roof racks and tie downs to secure them will be included with the van. Plenty of camping gear (pots, pans, etc.) is also included.
As for issues with her, we haven't had any mechanical issues and she's run just fine for us at all times. She had a bad battery when we first got her, but it has been replaced. The AC works but is not that cold, though he heater works well. The radio is all good, and so is the audio system. The thing that is not 100% good is the gas cap cover. it's just been bent slightly out of shape and doesn't lock. The gas cap itself is fine, so it doesn't affect driving/fueling or anything, it's just more of an annoying look if you're a perfectionist. There is a dent directly under the gas cap cover that might be responsible for this.
If I were looking to buy, the main thing I would be concerned about is the high mileage, which could seem like a red flag. Our friends who owned it before us said that the engine was replaced at 250,000km, so the current one only has 200,000km on it. I don't have the paperwork to confirm that, it's just on the previous owner's word, but it certainly drives as if it has a much younger engine. The REGO (pictured) is still good for a while, and the WOF will be updated this week.
Although listed on th eAuckland page, we are located in Hawke's Bay. The van can be moved for SERIOUS BUYERS though. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to call or text! Open to reasonable offers.
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