So I’m about to purchase my first Kombi and could not be more excited, I've done my homework and last week booked her in with a very reputable VW mechanic (thanks for all your recommendations) had a few things sorted to ensure she is safe and sound for the drive home and he has assured me there are things to do but all in all she represents a solid purchase with a great engine. So I'm taking the leap and this coming weekend I will start the journey home with my new project. Due to distance i had one of my friends test drive her for me, he said she has great pick up, runs smooth and suprisingly quiet, he noted that he had some difficulty in shifting her back from 3rd to 2nd gear, something the current owner mentioned to me but something she just got used to and has had no issues with once she has a few hours behind the wheel. Just wondering is this something that can be easily dealt with by my mechanic once home or is it safe to just adapt to her quirks? This was his main concern, a few other things (but i'm guessing with a kombi there always will be something to improve) other things he noted that I would want to sort out once home are: - No temperature Gauge - drive her home with plenty of rest stops and get one fitted as a priority (we need to stop for coffee's and pics of the journey anyway) - Air vents in dash are not connected/functional (Cairns will call for this from time to time i feel) - The windscreen wipers are SUPER slow (it was s dry sunny day and hubby feels he could put a new wiper motor in place) - The dash wiring is temperamental with the wipers and horn cutting out if you try and use the lighter plug to charge your phone - one spot of rust concern palm size on back L panel which seller showed me. which we plan to try and deal with sooner than later (thanks for the tips with lanolin too) All in all we are very pleased and excited to begin the adventure and work towards making this girl part of the family. would love to hear any suggestions you may have for me before I get underway from the sunny coast back to Cairns thanks in advance and looking forward to getting to know many of you through this forum.