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#415 of 854 more on tires for a Eurovan
Dec 05, 2002 (4:21 pm)
I previously posted a message regarding tires on my 2001 Eurovan (not a camper) that wore out after only 17k miles. I called the 800 drive vw number for a recommendation regarding new tires. They informed me that when the 2001's rolled off the line there was a shortage of appropriate tires. Consequently they put a Dunlap performance tire on that was not well-suited to the vehicle (particularly for rain or snow). They also said that at the time of purchase there was an offer from VW whereby you could buy 4 additional tires for $150 with installation included when the tires became available(I think this applies to some 2002s as well). Unfortunately my dealer never told me about the offer, and is reluctant to offer the deal to me now. Ironically their customer service reps say they can offer the deal, but the dealer says he cannot. I am currently arguing the issue with both the dealer and with VW.
#417 of 854 We had tire problem too, and much more
Dec 14, 2002 (7:33 pm)
I am responding to messages 411 & 415. We had the same problem at only 12,000 miles! Same response from Dealer etc. so we ended up shelling out the cash ourselves. I am relieved to see that we are not alone. We are also currently dealing with completely incompetent mechanics at every dealership in our area! We have a squeaky window that took 7 visits to figure out, a brake caliper that wasn't even bolted back together after our 20,000 mile tune and consequently came apart, had one bolt sheered off and has damaged the whole brake system. NOW we found out that our shocks are totally blown at 26,000 miles. Does anyone else have the shock problem?
#418 of 854 upgrade Eurovan tires
Dec 27, 2002 (1:44 am)
I have a silver 2001 Eurovan 26k miles. VW factory supplied Dunlops 225/60-16 already worn (worn evenly though). Too costly to replace $140 each. Searched a while but found a great Japanese made premium touring/hi performance replacement that matches originals speed rating and even exceeds it's load index. I had to move up one click in size (less than 2% diameter increase is ok) to 235/60-16 104H Reinforced "Nitto 460" . $83 each incl mount balance rotate etc. Discount Tire Jacksonville Florida. I bought five so as to include the spare in rotations. Looking for a matching silver BBS 5 spoke alloy wheel. These are much quieter, handle and stop great even in heavy rain and have deeper tread 12/32nds. Expecting much better service life for half the price.
#419 of 854 Eurovan Tires (& VW Transporter truck)
Dec 31, 2002 (11:41 pm)
We have a '94 Eurovan 7-passenger van (I think in the US they only had the campers by this time?) and a '92 Eurovan Transporter "Double-cab" Pickup truck. That's a 4-door, 5-seater truck with a 7' long flat-deck out back on the same wheel-base as the long-wheelbase vans. Its a true 1-ton truck.
I had 3 bent rims in the first year of owning the truck (it came with the 205/65R15 Continentals).
It didn't help that I had a contracting company installing underground power services to luxury houses on acreages that usually didn't get a proper road until after I was finished.
I replaced the worn Continentals with Pirelli Scorpion truck tires LT215/75R15.
They are MUCH taller, provide more clearance, more traction, and smoother ride at the cost of poor cornering.
But they last. I drove from Canada to Mexico for vacation in '93, and have about 50,000 miles on the tires, but they need to be replaced.
On the van, we also put truck tires LT215/75R15 but Yokohama's Geolander A/T tires (we have an acreage with a steep driveway 1/4 kilometer long that even my old Landcruiser struggled up in 4WD). These tires offered similar performance to the Pirellis, but with better handling in heavy rain.
The problem is that they are noisy, and as they wore they got much noisier.
I guess that's expected of an off-road tire.
The benefit is that in a heavy snowfall a few years back, I had no problems on un-plowed roads that a Jeep TJ was struggling on. (The Jeep ended up following my tracks.)
I'm sure it has to do with the weight of these vehicles combined with front-wheel drive and the tall, skinny, off-road tires. (wide tires are good for beaches and nothing else)
We've put over 90,000 kilometers (about 60,000 miles) on the Geolanders now, and they're close to needing a replacement.
One got wrecked by a nail through the sidewall, and that's when we discovered that Yokohama's road-hazard warrantee covers "P" tires (passenger), but not LT (light truck).
The next tires will be Yokohama H/T in a P-series.
The 215/75R15 C is a reinforced tire to meet the weight requirements, and its only US$67- each at Tirerack.com
The Yokohama HT is the top-rated tire for trucks and vans on tirerack, and its one of the best priced tires in this size.
After 27 years, a few dozen cars & trucks, and several dozen sets of tires I won't ride on anything but Bridgestone, Pirelli, Yokohama, or Michelin. The Michelins are out of my budget.
For performance car tires Yokohamas will outlast anything else (even Michelin) under hard driving.
NOTE that if you want to buy allow wheels for your Eurovan, they take Mercedes wheels.
Benz also sells a passenger van in Europe that looks a lot like the Eurovan, and for a good reason ... they come from the same VW factory. (Benz installs their own engine).
But they are mechanically identical, include the Benz bolt-pattern for the wheels.
For best quality, look at Ronal wheels http://www.ronalusa.com/ (stock on VW & Audi, as well as Mercedes, Porsche, BMW, Saab, Lotus, ...) Good luck!
#421 of 854 Creaks & Rattles
Jan 14, 2003 (7:00 pm)
I am a new (2002) Eurovan owner -- the Weekender Camper package (no stove or sink). This is my first such vehicle and I was hoping someone could tell me if all the creaks and rattles I hear are typical of the Eurovan. The pop-up latch is particularly noisy (yes, in the locked position) and an intermittent creaking in my side door is intermittently driving me crazy. Other than that, the car drives beautifully. I just need some voices of experience. Thanks.
#422 of 854 New Eurovan Problems!
Jan 23, 2003 (5:30 am)
Has anyone else had the same problems with their New Euro?
-coolent return hose mounted upside down so the cooling fan cuts a hole into the hose
-stearing wheel rough on cold days
-electric water pump leak
-sliding door lock sticks when cold
-can't get trans into reverse
Jan 23, 2003 (5:46 am)
Mine has the same noises. It's worse when it's cold!
#424 of 854 Creaking and Freezing
Jan 23, 2003 (6:46 am)
My MV Weekender's top creaks as well. And the lock to the sliding door freezes occasionally when cold.
Does anybody have any solutions for this?
I thought some WD-40 on the locking mechanism of the camper top might help. Let me know. Thanks.