Poor back up serviceI had 1st gen Crafter for 6 years with over 240,000Ks no real issues and was very happy, then i purchased 2nd gen Crafter which I've had now for 18 months done 66,000ks and the drivers seat has split on the side lumber and VW say this is wear and tear and wont cover it under warranty, with my 1st crafter with 240,000ks had no wear on the seats, this is very disappointing, also got badly grinding brakes which is from day 1, VW can't find out why, had engine go in to safe mode they can't find out why just reset everything and wait for it happen again which cost me money when the van is off the road. side door runner come loose which i fixed myself as it would be in the garage all day if i took it to VW.
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2006 Crafter LT35 campervan, quite reliable & economical vanPurchased my 2006 Crafter LT35 campervan about 8yrs ago I think. I do love it but I don't drive it as a daily commute (tho it is economical enough to do so at around 10-12 litres per 100kms, or jus short of 800kms per tank of diesel), it is just a bit bulky thru round abouts & tight turns, etc tho it will fit in an angle park ok. It has ample power (5cyl turbo diesel) for overtaking & cruising at speed limit all day (would handle some towing jobs as well if it had a tow bar). Can't exactly say I've had a trouble free run with it in the 30,00... Read more0kms I've done in it (its clocked 308,000kms now) but in all fairness, I've just had it serviced for the 2nd time - first one was in 2014, my bad! Oil change, filters, timing & drive belts done along wit water pump as standard this time, etc costing $2500. Apart from this have had a few minor electrical problems including an isolator switch (for house battery) $60, an engine light fault (ignition) $60, new starter motor, a bit more major at $800, not a lot else from memory! Overall pretty comfy & mostly reliable ride
LWB VW Crafter 410nm 8speed auto bi-turboHaving had company vw lwb &mwb LT35s since 1999 in UK and the only major issue I’ve had till now was a snap leaf spring apart from any normal wear n tear.
Now have a new 2019 crafter fwd. plenty of power and handles great on the road.
The cons is being fwd made it hard to drive up the gravel road than rwd. Wouldn’t swap for any other vans especially a Toyota hiace for poor payload and tow rating,
Questions & Answers
I have a 2008 VW Crafter with a auto/manual gear box. What gear do you leave it when parked ?
Water leek drivers side looks like coming from bottom off engine
There is water dripping from the drip hole along the undercarriage, where is it coming from and is it a problem?
I'm no mechanic by a long shot, but have you checked the obvious like radiator (do you have to top it up often), etc & all hoses, water pump, etc, air con, washers, etc? Losing water how much? Mine... Read moreturned out to be a water pump leaking (thankfully discovered before any major damage on this vehichle but unfort not so lucky when this (undetected leaking water pump) happened with my old Patrol (cooked motor, $10k fix- eek!)
Thanks, will take it somewhere to have it checked out……
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