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Volkswagen EuroVan, Volkswagen Vanagon, Volkswagen Microbus, Van
May 02, 2002 (11:00 pm)
Final decision in June 2002 but it looks like a go for 2004. I am a little disappointed that it will be a bit expensive like the Eurovan because of the luxury platform. Here is the latest tidbit from Auto Express:
"The Microbus will be based on the new VW T5 platform, which will form the underpinnings of a next-generation Transporter van, as well as the VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne SUVs. In standard guise, it will be the basis of a Grand Microbus, which will replace the Caravelle and is believed to offer a spacious and luxurious interior. The large model is expected to account for the majority of US sales, but in Britain it will be a low-volume niche vehicle. The best-seller for Europe will use a shortened version of the T5 platform, and is expected to feature a clever arrangement that will allow seats to be removed individually or folded flat to increase luggage space. This means that the car will appeal more to family buyers – especially as £20,000 versions are now likely to be offered."
I am hoping they will bring in the shorter and cheaper version. How much does 20,000 vehicle cost when it gets here (US)?
#376 of 854 wkb4447
May 03, 2002 (4:52 am)
We had a 93 MV without the weekender package. Liked the van however the repairs were high.
New auto trans $3,000 +, rebuilt A/C $3,200, two sets of front brake rotors $275 per rotor
catalitic converter $900 all within 150,000 miles.
#377 of 854 Camper van - advice
May 06, 2002 (5:44 am)
Anyone else? I'm gathering opinions on VW camper-van experiences, costs, frequency of maintenance, mileage, reliability, etc.
And, thanks for your input!
#379 of 854 Camper van - advice for wkb4447
May 23, 2002 (3:39 am)
My wife amd I have been driving VW buses for over 20 years and just love the 1971 camper we have now. It's my wifes daily driver and our vacation home all rolled up into one. There is a sink with a 7 gallon potable water tank, an ice box, and cupboards and cabinets galore. Plus, it sleeps 3 adults and a small child. There are provisions for plugging into regular electic outlets if your campground has it or many folks fit the bus with a second "camping" battery. For sure it is the slowest thing on the hiway, but whether we're on vacation or just a weekend getaway we like to go slow. It does have enough get up and go for the around town driving that my wife uses it for.
The down side is that being an old car it doesn't have all the creature comforts we are all so used to. You know, airconditioning, cruise control, hot and cold running water, a built in stove and on, and on, and on. Also, depending on the condition of these old cars, they can be a real maintenance nightmare. I've seen some that I wouldn't even drive around the block and others that are in better than showroom condition. And,it can be difficult to find a mechanic to work on these old aircooled VWs.
Really it comes down to what you feel that you want or need to enjoy yourself. Take your time and investigate all your options.
#380 of 854 Little advice
May 24, 2002 (4:00 pm)
We are on our second VW bus (a 67 camper and now an 01 Weekender) and there is a world of difference in every area, BUT one thing is worse - back then they were easy to find parts for, get repaired or even attempt to repair myself. With the low volume of sales, there is a real issue with finding even simple parts - at 20K miles my front pads need replacing (an issue itself) and there are none in the country! VWofA came through and is renting me a vehicle until the parts get here, but how awful is that - no brake pads in the USA!
I opted for the Van fora variety of reasons but tried to plan for this kind of thing by purchasing a 100K mile/10 year 3rd party warranty. It was expensive (around $1200) but it gave me peace of mind (Warranty Gold was the company I chose).
Great vehicle, totally unique, excellent for short camping trips, huge interior volume and great seating configuration (with two rear facing seats).
Hope that helps some.
May 24, 2002 (9:29 pm)
Hard to believe there were none in the country. Did you try www.busdepot.com?
With production of Eurovans in Mexico now underway, EV parts should be available economically through aftermarket sources. Some will be VW of Mexico parts and some will be from mexican aftermarket sources. Who knows what quality will be. VW afficionados sometimes decry mexican and brazillian parts, but I'm not sure how much of this is can be blamed on germanophilia or outright racism.
I would be surprised of VWOA changes its posture with regard to EV parts. I don't think they care about vans...
#382 of 854 Audi truck???
May 24, 2002 (9:33 pm)
>>but I'm looking to sell my beloved 1993 Eurovan GL with 73,000 miles, strong durable 5-cylinder Audi truck engine
Exactly what kind of Audi trucks came wiht this Audi truck engine?
#383 of 854 Parts prices
May 24, 2002 (9:41 pm)
Here are some prices from busdepot.com:
Solid Front Brake Rotor, 93-6/96 EuroVan $49.95 701 615 301B
Vented Brake Rotor, front, 93-95 Eurovan $49.95 701 615 301A
Ventilated Brake Disc, EuroVan $41.68 701 615 301D
If you paid 275 per rotor, you paid too much.
Brake Pads, front, Does Both Wheels, 92-95 EuroVan $29.95 D3232M
Front Brake Pads US Made 93-98 Eurovan $29.95 D750M
Again, these parts don't seem priced too high. Don't forget to try non-VWOA parts sources.
#384 of 854 front brake pads con't
May 26, 2002 (5:31 am)
I learned something - there are three different p/n for the '01 EV front pads. Mine end with "A" (which we assume means they come with an embedded wire that acts as an early warning for wear). This is the one that is on b/o nationally.
The cost (via the dealer) is around $130 for the pair. Like I mentioned earlier, as soon as I learned this, I called VWoA and they started a case file, and this week rented me a car. Of course we can't camp in a Dodge Neon, but I felt that the company is trying to do th right thing since they did not support the vehicle. My 2 cents.