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Volkswagen Transporter T5.I

Volkswagen Transporter T5.I (2004-2010)

2.9 from 28 reviews

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  • Build Quality
    3.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    3.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (1)
  • Noise Level
    3.0 (1)
  • Acceleration / Power
    4.0 (1)
  • Handling
    4.0 (1)
  • Braking
    4.0 (1)
  • Suspension
    4.0 (1)
  • Gear Shifting
    2.0 (1)
  • Fuel Efficiency
    5.0 (1)
  • Interior Design
    5.0 (1)
  • Boot Size
    4.0 (1)
  • Features
    3.0 (1)
  • Comfort
    4.0 (1)

Love and hate - can’t trust it

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Purchased in October 2014 for $14,000.00.

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TransmissionManual
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Year2007
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Don't buy VW Crafter 2.0 Engine

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BodyVan
BadgeTDI340
WheelbaseShort
CabSingle
Engine Size2.0L Turbo
TransmissionManual
Date PurchasedMar 2018

A Great Work Vehicle

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BodyCab Chassis
Badge75TDI
WheelbaseLong
CabDual
Engine Size1.9L Turbo
TransmissionManual
Date PurchasedMar 2005
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IanM

IanM

  • 2 reviews
  • 4 likes

T5 with 216,000km

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BodyVan
WheelbaseLong
Engine Size2.5L Turbo
TransmissionAutomatic
Barnyardgambler

Barnyardgambler

  • 5 reviews
  • 14 likes

Scraped at 45,000km!

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BodyVan
WheelbaseShort
Engine Size2.5L Turbo
TransmissionManual
Testing386

Testing386Sydney, NSW

  • 24 reviews

Great vehicle with some flaws

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BodyVan
WheelbaseShort
Engine Size2.5L Turbo
TransmissionAutomatic
JeromeC

JeromeClondon

Excellent car

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Bought this because I drive over 20000 miles per annum, most of it with six people in the car, and through the alps. Drive is fantastic, not cheap to run, average to good reliability (annoying noise from ventilation, sliding doors changed, electric gremlin, power steering pump, transmission and gearbox work but not full rebuild for 2000 euros in France, over 170000 miles). Best thing is driving 12 hours solid, and feeling less tired than in any of my previous car. 4motion 175cv, top trim

BodyVan
WheelbaseNormal
Engine Size2.5L Turbo
TransmissionManual

A Remarkable Workhorse - Gutsy, turns on a sixpence, easy to park

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BodyVan
WheelbaseLong
CabSingle
Engine Size2.5L Turbo
TransmissionAutomatic

More on auto g'box

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BodyVan
WheelbaseShort
Engine Size2.5L Turbo
TransmissionAutomatic
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Most dissapointing purchase ive made

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Engine Size2.0L Turbo
BadgeCrewvan
BodyVan
Date PurchasedSep 2014

Worked it hard

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Have a 2006 T5 2.0 L petrol, has done 660,000km. (Courier driver)
Had air flow meter go about 220,000 km $1000
Front struts and rear shocks 3 times $1000 each time.
Gearbox 550,000 Kim's $8000, cv joints $1000 twice
Numerous exhaust manifold and flexible joint repairs
Other than that its not been a bad vehicle , a lot is just general wear and tear overall . Better than squashing into a hiace , car like characteristics and good handling.

BodyVan
Engine Size2.0L
TransmissionManual
Yvonne B

Yvonne B

  • 2 reviews
  • 4 likes

this is a great vehicle

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My transporter is just about to click over the 1/2 million kms it is a 2008 mid roof lwb auto 6 speed
and am about to buy a 2008 multivan as a backup vehicle I don't know why VW stopped making the 2.5 engine it is so economical I get about 8.6 .> 9.00 l to the 100km I drive on an average 750km per day 6 . days a week . I love driving it for it's comfort and it has plenty of torque for passing and climbing big hills

Engine Size2.5L Turbo
TransmissionAutomatic
BadgeTDI250
BodyVan
WheelbaseLong

Will never buy another vw vehicle

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Seem the 6 speed autos r rubbish
Have been quoted $8000+ to repair!!
A lot of transmission rebuilders don't want to touch them.
Those that do state that they will stuff up again.
My died after 13000km and I did auto service at 60000 and 100000 kms
After hearing about the gear box problems. Didn't help
PS mine was a 2007 t5 transporter

TransmissionAutomatic

I will never purchase another Volkswagen again

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I purchased the vehicle 06 SWB 2.5ltr 4motion Transporter second hand with 12000ks, the vehicle has now done 88000ks, just after the warranty ran out the air-conditioning compressor packed it in, then at 50000ks had coolant in the oil, diagnosed as engine oil cooler, replaced that, wrong diagnosis, it was actually the water pump, replaced that, now the turbo has packed it in, enough is enough this car is a lemon, would love to drive thru the windows of the dealership that it was purchased from, Volkswagen Australia are a bunch of terrible people to deal with, no help from them, time to sell the van

Engine Size2.5L Turbo
BodyVan
WheelbaseShort
Jennifer Meyers

Jennifer Meyers

  • 2 reviews
  • 6 likes

Gearbox problems

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Love the vehicle but have spent about 18,000 dollars on repairing the gearbox.... not happy!! Over the last 3 years it has had the torque converter replaced. This has been very expensive and inconvenient as a reliable vehicle is essential to us. I expected better from a German made vehicle.
My son is quadriplegic and I like the two side door access making it easy to attach tie downs to his chair
Geabrox problems

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snookies

snookies

  • 31 reviews
  • 39 likes

A fine van

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Compelled to write review. Have a 2007 manual TDI 2.5 128kw version. Had it for 2 years, no problems at all. Only done longer distance trips. Yes, if you want genuine VW accessories, they aren't very cheap but other than that I'd have to be real picky to find fault with it. It looks good and goes even better.

We take it to an authorised VW shop instead of a dealer. The dealers are useless and a terrible rip off.
Has been reliable, inexpensive to travel in - fuel consumption amazing, heaps of power to take on anything, comfortable
Support from VW is extremely poor so find an authorised mechanic instead

BodyVan
Engine Size2.5L Turbo
TransmissionManual
Date PurchasedJan 2012
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snookies
snookies
snookies

We still have the 2011 DSG auto. Have had no problems with it.

T5 Auto Transmission knackered 115,000km

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TransmissionAutomatic
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Dion
Barrington

BarringtonOcean Grove

I run 3 VW Transporters, 2 are sitting idle with gearbox problems

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TransmissionAutomatic

A real winner

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We bought our Transporter T5 new in 2008 & could not be happier. It was a 77KW manual SWB model with barn doors, to enable loading of pallets. The fuel economy is great, reliability great, very comfortable and road manners terrific. If your in the market for a good quality van I would recommend a VW Transporter. We have just ordered another this time with the 103KW 6 speed manual transmission.
Fuel economy

Engine Size1.9L Turbo
TransmissionManual
BodyVan
BadgeTDI250
WheelbaseShort
Date PurchasedJan 2008
2 comments

Dont do it!!!!!!

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yellow75

yellow75sydney

8 grand to fix

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These vans are unreliable i have had my van for less than a year and it is a 2007 model.... and it now needs a new gear box. The transmition on this van is horrible. While i drive it goes into safe mode, i have taken it back to VW and they apparently fixed (in their dreams) as it still goes into safe mode while i drive.... well not at the moment considering its parked up at a mechanic waiting on a gear box!

gear box and safe mode

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Brodz

Brodzasked

Looking to buy a 2002 twin cab vw 5cyl just wondering how far on a tank of fuel an pulling with 3 motor cross bikes on
An is there any bad thing to look for

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yesitsme
yesitsme

I have a 2006 permanently dragging around 1400kg. @80,000kms on, it still gets 750-800km per tankful

Zac A.

Zac A.asked

My 2005 transporter is slipping in gear

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Sophie M.

Sophie M.asked

Have a 2006 TDI transporter 390k in the clock, and the fuel injectors have just gone. The turbo has recently been replaced, with other things (over 11k). What am I looking at for the fuel injectors? Somewhere of a cost?

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