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#502 of 854 Love My 2002 VW Eurovan
Apr 27, 2005 (10:16 am)
Purchased (new) a 2002 VW Eurovan Weekender (MV) - wish I had gone the $3000 extra and purchased the camper version. Eventhough we are not a "camping family" (three small kids), we probably would be if we had the camper version. Of course, it seems the camper is only for an overnight or two.
Love our Eurovan, cannot even touch the cargo space with a Suburban or any other vehicle short of a full size van - and who wants to drive one of those if they don't have too.
Service seems expensive and that is too bad becuase one tends to avoid expensive scheduled maintenance. I think it is somewhat due to our local dealer being a VW/AUDI/PORSHE dealer whereby VW customers are the lowest on the totem pole and must oull in behind the Porsche Carerra set and have the service techs look at you like "wow, nice Eurovan...".
Oil changes are a go to the dealer, buy filter for $16, take to local quick oil change and get it done.
Original Michelin tires are expensive to replace and lasted to 40k, also a bit stiff. Replaced with the goodyear advantage and they are great.
Brakes - dealer wanted huge dollars to change brakes. Brake sensor light on dash went on at 40k. Drove the car for qite a few miles after that (approx 8000 more miles). Ordered new pads from Europarts-ad online for cheap. Excellent source for Eurovan parts. The eurovan brakes were the simplest brakes I have ever changed. The reason the dealer wants so much if the rotors have very little "extra" on them from the factory - so the dealer standard is to replace instead of turn them. the first time through I just threw the new brakes on right over the origional rotors (no turning) they work perfect. Simple allen wrench to take off the front calipers and a 13mm socket to take off the back. 20 minutes each wheel.
Complaints: 1) No shoulder belt in back middle. 2) Cd Changer is in BS location under passenger seat and is finnicky. 3) Paint chips easily on front of car, no dings, just tiny chips of the top paint exposing primer underneath. 4) Plastic panels under back seat do not stay on and tabs break.
Otherwise love the car. Solid.
Apr 28, 2005 (5:51 am)
We are the proud new owners of a CPO 2002 Eurovan Weekender. I absolutely love it. We bought it in Wisconsin and drove it back to Connecticut with an overnight (in the van) at Allegany State Park. Due to the temperature (we had our 3 yr old son with us) we decided to keep the top down for thie night and just sleep on the "bottom bunk". It is surprisingly comfortable.
I am dismayed at how many little problems are being discussed, but then again, these are Volkswagens. I am hoping for few (or no) problems with this one, but it will be our 7th or 8th VW over our lifespan and know that is wishful thinking.
I am sure I'll be back with more questions, but just one for now. Being a camping "snob", I like to stay away from "RV" camping sites. Does anyone have any good suggestions in the Northeast for EV Camping without the RV's?
Thanks and keep up the chatter!
#504 of 854 Re: 2002 Eurovan [lizard2806]
Apr 28, 2005 (6:40 am)
We pretty much stick to discussion cars here only...there are plenty of travel sites where you can discuss locations for camping.
Thanks for helping us keep the discussion on-topic.
Apr 28, 2005 (8:16 am)
anyone gotten rims to replace the stock ones?? the Tirerack ones offered seem to have a very large difference in offset to the stock ones.
#507 of 854 Rims and Corrections
Apr 29, 2005 (8:01 am)
Correction to my previous post: Besides spelling errors, wanted to correctly state I replaced the original Michelin tires with Goodyear ASSURANCE tires (not advantage) and they are excellent!!!
Also, if anyone is interested (or knows where) I can get a 2002 aluminum OEM rim for my Eurovan, please let me know - somehow one is silghtly bent and causes a small shake at high speeds.
Just finished replacing all four disc brakes - it was very painless. You need to use an allen wrench on the two front caliper bolts. A 13mm socket (and open end wrench to hold the adjacent collar from turning) on the rear caliper bolts. A special caliper tool for disc brakes (you need this to rotate the caliper as you press it back in) can be purchased from www.Harborfreighttools.com (part # 40732-0VGA). All pads, etc. can be purchased from www.europarts-sd.com
#508 of 854 Re: Eurovan Problems [treknvw]
Apr 29, 2005 (7:12 pm)
Hi James -- I have a '97 with the same problem. I've looked at the vapor control system and checked for leaks but found nothing. Have you made any progress tracking the problem down on yours? Have you had a smoke test done [apparently smoke can be pumped into the fuel tank to check for escaping fumes]?
#509 of 854 Gas Fumes
Apr 29, 2005 (7:21 pm)
I have a 97 that has a strong gas fume smell when its hot out. I had a mechanic check for leaks, the gas tank cap, and the vapour control system but found nothing. Anyone have any ideas?
#510 of 854 Re: roof rack for eurovan [surfamily4]
Apr 30, 2005 (3:02 pm)
Surfamily4 - I have a 2003 EVC, w/Winnebago pop-top, & I'm planning to get rails for the top. Were the ones you saw mounted flush against the plastic top, or did they have standoff mounts? Were they white, black, or aluminum finish? The Winnie Yakima bars mount across the van, adding wind resistance. Anyone else with EV pop-top rail info?
#511 of 854 Re: upgrade Eurovan tires [jax1rvg]
Apr 30, 2005 (4:47 pm)
Thanks for your tip. I own a 2001 Eurovan also and I purchased the NITTO 460 235/60-16 104H Reinforced tires. I paid $84 installed in New Jersey. The alternative were the original Dunlops or Michelin Energy's. Both twice the price in my area. The larger tire size fits and provides a bigger footprint as well as deeper tread. I expect them to last much longer than the originals. My tires are new, but I find the performance to be very good. They are also rated M+S so they should be good enough for Jersey snow. Go to www.nittotires.com for the closest distributor as not everyone carries them. Oh, for the Eurovan, you have buy this larger size because it is the only reinforced tire for this line of tire and Eurovan's require a reinforced tire.