Best vehicle we have had
Brought our T6 last year (2018) and haven’t regretted it for one day! Previously had a VW Amarok dual cab.
We found a dealer demonstrator that was about 10k cheaper than a brand new one and had only done 1500km included the table and tinted windows.
Two main reasons for buying, 1) i’m 2m tall. Which means in conventional cars and people movers there is very little leg room for the passenger sitting behind the driver. In the multi van this is never an issue as all the rear seats are movable and the second row also swivels to rearward face.
Purchased in July 2018.
Common sense gone out the window
MY18 Volkswagen Multivan Comfortline TDi340 7sp
Purchased new and had a genuine VW towbar fitted only recently have had to use my trailer but found out that access to rear tailgate was not possible as the handle on the coupling would stop the tail gate from opening so to gain access to rear storage area. You then have to disconnect trailer, open back tailgate then when you have finished loading or unloading (luggage area) or even access to car jack then you would have to re-connect trailer again. This is such an inconvenience let alone more imp...
Purchased in April 2018.
A very well designed van
This 7 seat people mover is 2016 built and bought new in mid 2017. The Hi-line model is pricey but for what I want, I have little choice among other vans available on market. The Multivan base model with 103kw has low power hence I went for the 150kw Hi-line. I did consider the Hyundai iMax but found many silly and annoyed design with it, for example the fuel flap is located behind the sliding door and if you are refueling, a rear seat passenger could accidentally open the door and the flap would be damaged. I did drive the petrol iMax in New ...Zealand over 5 days and swear I will never touch this van again, one word, its awful. Like most European vans, the VW has the fuel flap just behind the front door on the B pillars and locked by this door so there is no need for locking mechanism, safe and convenient. Another nice design of the VW is their seat belts are integrated in the seats so they don't dangle from the ceiling and don't interfere with passenger movements in and out of vehicle. Also when the rear seats are moved, the seatbelts move with the seats and this is not the case with seatbelts anchored on the ceiling or pillars. The VW also allow the rear seats to be rearranged with great flexibility by sliding them or removing them. The two single rear seats can also be faced front or rear using just a lever. Ride and NVH are not as good as sedan however considering the base is a good vehicle, these vans are world superior than many vans such as the Hi Ace. The diesel engine is very strong and the acceleration is brief, the DSG is also reliable, presents no issue in the last 11,000 km. Real life fuel consumption is excellent with an average 8.6 lit/100km in urban and 7 lit/100km on open road. Yes, I keep a diary of fuel purchases and odometer reading. The van allow me to load bulky stuff like building materials, furniture, garden tools etc.. with ease. Just slide the seats, or fold the back rests or remove the seats and you can have space for large goods. I have used the van for normal commuting, long trips and overnight camping, yes, the rear bench can be converted flat allowing two people to sleep inside. Overall I am happy with the Multivan so far.
Purchased in June 2017 for $76,000.00.
- Multivan T6
- Verified purchase
Modified for c6 quadriplegic
The work done to this vehicle was only possible due to how convenient the VW is.
With $110,000 in modifications onto a $50,000 van, words can not describe the ease of the process.
It is by far the MOST modifiable vehicle on the market, and I had searched high and low!
Purchased in July 2017 at Capital .
Best ever bought so far
Use it for daily commuting . Excellant fuel economy.A pleasure to drive. Its not a sports car so pickup is slow( give the size). Cruze control drops the fuel consumption further . I would love to buy another( but they are not cheap), but from different dealer . Coasting feature is nice for saving fuel but breaking gives a tiny jerk. Missing is cup holder for middle seat which is quiet a pain. Having a window in back door is cool idea but should be electrical as kids cant open or close( sometimes even adults)
Great people mover with plenty of power for overtaking. Service issues +++ which was disappointing . Automatic doors were an issue (grinding noises) only fixed after many services with agent. Transmission failed recently after many ‘discussions’ with the agent (grinding noises with gear changes throughout the warranty period)- took it elsewhere. Still love it but would a buy another??
I drive this van daily as a courtesy van and it does the job with it premium space and controls. The air conditioning is good and you can control the rear temperature and can speed via the front. Now some points that need attention- the fan control switch led dont light up in sequence as there is a common issue there, the auto wipers are a bit slow to react to rain activation or keep going flat out with no rain but you can just turn them off but that's what auto is for! The drive mode is sluggish around town but perfect for the highway, sports ...mode is perfect for both urban or country driving. There is a few squeaks from the seating and rattles from the doors. 9n the plus side dual sliding doors make access easy, but make sure you get electric open and close sliding doors. Trust me it makes life simple! The sliding door do have issues closing and will need a adult to close and open, there is a door catch and lock open sliding door mechanism which occasionally doesnt catch the door open if you slide it open too fast or forcefully. The seating comfort is great and the plush carpet piles are perfect too. Overall I would pick one over a tarago for space and practicality.
Should have bought one ages ago
We used to drive a Kluger and were seriously considering a van. I'm a father to 3 kids and 2 dogs...with the occasional visit from the in-laws...and the Multivan is simply fantastic. The good stuff: 1) electric doors - can't live without them, be it carrying groceries or the like, one press on the remote and the doors slide open. Specially helpful when it rains or just dropping off. 2) Leg room - after driving an SUV, there's no way I see myself going back after driving the Multivan. From the sliding doors, you can skip over to the front seats ...easy. Specially helpful in tight parking spots. 3) Seats - all seats can be folded down and the kids love it when we go to the drive in. The seats can also be removed to make the van a 2 seater. 4) Tow capacity/power - towed a trailer no problem. When we got to the beach rental, I had to bring the trailer up backwards. Again, no problem for the van. 5) Interior - tons of storage space/cabinets, cooler for drinks works swell, you can see everything in the driving position, boot space is HUGE even with the third row up, swivelling pilot seats and accessories such as a table and a jump seat. Reversing is no problem with the sensors both front and back. 5) speed/power - as it's a van, don't le the size fool you. from stop, it accelerates quickly and the turbo really makes it move.it doesn't matter if the van has a full load of 7 people with bags and such. it will do a quick sprint when you want it. the cruise control is fantastic. when going on long drives i always engage it. you can actually control the car using the cruise button and you only need to step on the break when you want to immediately slow down or break. Getting into underground parking is a breeze with the height being 1.8 meters. The bad stuff: can't think of any other than the auto stop-start which doesn't work well with the dash cams. Simple work around was to get a lighter plug with a switch to keep it going.
- Multivan T6
- Verified purchase
Absolutely love it
We got out 2016 plated VW Multi van June 2017
It has been the best purchase we ever made. We originally got it as my husband is a furniture maker so for work and future family.
So versatile with the different combinations of seating arrangements, taking them in and out and lying them completely flat. It has been so useful in moving furniture, buying big items etc.
We have since had a baby and it is fantastic I can fit everything in pram, bag, accessories and still have room and access to use all 7 seats. So easy to gey bubs in and out. The sliding doors make tight car spots easy.
We absolutely love it
Never again !
The vehicle fits the family beautifully but we have had no end of troubles. We have had it serviced regularly, to no avail. This car is only 8 years old and every door handle has failed including the boot. Each time it costs at least $800 to repair (minimum). We can't close one of the windows properly - it pops open with the rush of air (that's $1,400 plus labour to fix). The engine leaks like a sieve. Last week we had to get a reconditioned air conditioner (you can't buy a new one) at a cost of $2,000 (incl installation). And the very n...ext day the gear box dies. For a big vehicle with a diesel engine I expected it would last longer than the 230,000km it has done, but no. This is a very edited list of the problems we have had. I won't buy another Vokswagen. This car is poorly designed and expensive to fix. Only purchase if you have lots of money to burn.
Good so far however dont believe a word about it having " Differential Lock!"
A pleasure to drive. Elevated driving position gives good vision of the road and traffic ahead. Brilliant finish inside and out. 17000 mostly country km up so far and hasnt missed a beat. Wasnt sure about the gear box originally swore i would only use it in manual. Wrong! I can't change gears as smoothly as the auto function. Cheap to run with a very consistent 7.1 L/100 km. Good for a big heavy box like this. Love the versitile seating option to move/ remove seats on the rail system. We removed the rear bench and use a 2+2 bucket seat configu...ration with the rear bucket's pushed back leaving plenty of space for the " Twins" ( 2x 11 month Catahoula dogs ) Now to the brickbat! Dont believe a word from VW when they describe " Electronic Differential Lock " That is a total fabrication, utterly misleading and totally deceptive. The vehicle has a Differentialy controlled differential electronic BRAKING system that VW try to pass off as Differential Lock. The 4WD version does an option of true Differential Lock thats mechanically activated by an electronic switch. The salesman at VW told us it has " Differential Lock that's electrically activated " and we believed him, looked for the switch to engage Diff Lock after delivery and of course its not there. Other than that we do like it.
good but disappointed by build quality
Bought this van as a fleet purchase got a good discount, But poor service, first of all van missed the boat in germany leaving me without a vehicle for 7 weeks as i had sold the old one, i got told of this fact on the day i was supposed to pick it up. it is now four months old and the climate control controls in the rear above the middle row of seats is sagging, guess what? Not under warranty, i have had 3 colleagues with the same van all of similiar ages with similiar faults little niggly faults that shouldnt happen, in a vehicle of this age a...nd price. 2 things i really dont like are the handbrake an umbrella or an electric handbrake would be some much more useful that an old fashioned handbrake a mile down on the floor. A centre console that comes between the 2 front seats the amount of dust that collects there. All in all a sorry example of a supposed "prestiege" brand and supposed german efficency. After it is paid off and i dont need anymore am so going back to Holden
- Multivan T5.II
- Verified purchase
Brilliant car sadly let down by electrical issues
Volkswagen T6 Generation Six Multivan TDI450
Just beautiful inside with leather and comfortable chairs that are outstanding (despite being manual not electric) for long touring . . . family did a 3000km journey in 10 days and it was a superb freeway cruiser.
The dash layout is simple and easy to use with only one issue, the engine start/stop button which is way over on the left and hasn't been moved closer to the driver in from the left hand conversion. You get used to it but being German surprised they didn't consider this.
A manual h...and break is clunky and awkward as it's low to the ground, but again you do get used to it as there's no 21st century electronic version (or even a Toyota Tarago foot operated type). Adaptive suspension works to iron out the bumps on Sydney's roads - yes there is a definite difference between comfort and sport settings, but don't think this is a sporty car as there's constant body roll no matter what setting it's in. And what this car is really all about above the standard Multivan is the engine. The base TDI340 is acceptable, but lack luster, a tad thirsty and a little under done for such a heavy car. VW are smart, as once you have tested the TDI450, you can't really go back.
Bought a 2006 high line in 2009, last week the driver side sliding door came off the track, we had to cut the electric cable in order to get the door back into the track, further more the DGS gear box decided to pack it in. VW quoted $6k to replace the gear box with a second hand one!. I gave a rating of 3- whilst we are experiencing these mechanical issues after 10 years the van had been terrific prior. We test drove many other people movers however will be leasing a new "baseline" multivan comfortline (without the electric sliding doors) this time rather than buying it out right.
Love the size. That's it!
I bought a lemon. First the engine would lose power as I tried to accelerate. Many a times trying to merge into traffic after having come to a complete stop, I would put my foot down and nothing happened, then all of a sudden, whiplash!. The sliding door would fall off and as it weighs a huge amount of kgs, it was very hard to put back- especially if it happened on an incline.
I took the car back and the door was fixed, the transmission looked at and improved (after a few visits to VW for both issues ) At this time it was still under warranty...
Practical people mover, but let down by VW service
VW Multivan TDI400 4-motion 2.0L bi-turbo diesel. Comfortline.
Power: 132 kW, Torque: 400 Nm. 7 speed DSG.
Options added: RDS-510 Sat-nav, multimedia, reverse camera (only chose this because you cant get a reverse camera by itself). Unfortunately this added $3500 to price. Side-assist (very helpful with a van this size, I would recommend ticking this option). Folding table (IMO, leave this out, I removed it shortly after we took delivery, as it impedes access to rear, we never use it, and it is now collecting dust in the garage).
- Multivan T5.II
- Verified purchase
What a shambles
Having been persuaded by my German husband to buy a VW Multivan I did so with some trepidation. We bought the van new in Feb 2011. From the off there where faults, air con failed/packed up three times, the passenger sliding door would not open, the locking system failed and the engine management system was faulty and taken back in 17 times.
VW Australia and VWE Germany scratched their heads trying to fix the issue.
Problem being as follows the van would cruise along and then loose power you would put your foot on the gas and nothing then WHOO...
We bought this car new, the 2014 VW Multivan Highline and we have used it for a bit more then a year. We "upgraded (Debatable)" to the 2014 WV Multivan Highline over a Toyota Kluger. The Toyota Kluger is A LOT more powerful than the VW Multivan (With the TDI400 upgraded engine)! It is sluggish when picking up, but other than that it is alright, that's why I only gave it 4 stars. Inside, the air con is great, the seat warmers in the front are FANTASTIC! The are 150% better than the Kluger. The amount of leg room in all parts of the cabin are ama...zing. Plenty of space to move around. The fact that you can walk from the front (Driver Seat) to the back(Back Bench Seats) is amazing! We have a table in ours and it is so cool. Be able to have takeaway and sit all around the table (With the help of the swivel chairs, turning 360 degrees) and eat is amazing! The auto sliding doors are a treat, but are NO TOYS!! When they open, they open with force, when they close, they close with force. The doors do have safety features, but they won't stop if a tissue box is in the way, therefore little children could sustain very serious or even fatal injuries from these doors, and this happening is EXTREMELY rare, but never say never! The doors will stop if a 8-100(may vary from person to person) year person is in the way. Diesel is cheap, and thats nice. We did however need to go to service because one family member broke a very in-significant part of the table and the repair finished about 2 hours after it was scheduled! It will leave a dent in your wallet- ours I cost $80,714.75 . Overall, a very good car. Reminder- This is not supported by VW in any way. The Multivan truly does Multitask.
Great family car spoiled by high repairs and VW customer service
we thought a new multi van MY2010 was the family car of our dreams. Big, easy to drive, economical and looked like the van from scoobie doo. Several in warranty problems but post warranty spent $10k on repairs inc $1k on replacement ignition cyclinder. Have just sold and bought a Honda Odyssey. Loved the VW but not the problems.
Most expensive Bomb I've ever owned!
Wish I could afford to burn my 2007 Multivan sports & post it on You Tube! The air-con only works when it's cold. VW have lost my CD/GPS unit somewhere between here & Germany; cracked the exhaust manifold - my mechanic reckons the diesel we burn here isn't as highly specced as the European diesel & due to the emission control laws they run them lean & hence the exhaust gets hot. The front tyres scrub every 20,000km's no matter how often I rotate & get the alignment checked. The automatic doors aren't automatic & the electrics have shorted out s...o the trip computer display has gone, again, and the factory fitted DVD blows the fuse every time the kids want to watch it. Have tried 4 different VW "Service" centres and they are an embarrassment to the word "Service". I'll never buy another VW.
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Questions & Answers
Why VW have not had a recall on design faults in the T5 vans.. specifically the auto gearbox .. just cost me $11k to have it reconditioned which included a modified oil cooler cane relocated to the front of the radiator.. not designed for Australian conditions! and the the cheaply made tin exhaust manifold.. have they changed the part to something more suited like a cast iron one in newer models...
But we are dealing with a car company with low morals that falsified it’s exhaust emissions read outs.. be aware that VW is not a reputable company anymore.. as proven in the courts..
How often do the wheels need to be changed on the multivan?
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