T5 with 216,000km
2.5 L Tdi auto 2008 ex ambulance. Been good so far, used mainly for long trips escorting wide loads till recently, purchased with 46k on the clock. Looks like I am up for a new set of brake rotors and CV shafts. Just had the auto serviced (very important) and the mechanic (QLD Automatics not VW dealer rip off artist) said it looked like new. I had an aftermarket oil cooler fitted last service (45k ago) I think it very important to get the auto serviced regularly. My T4 transporter 2.5L Tdi totally self destructed the auto trans at 128k. Cost me...over $9000, ouch. Did well over 400,000km on the reconditioned box tho till I parked it in the back yard for retirement. Had a big oil cooler fitted to the T4 after the recon, which seemed to do the trick. So far the T5 has been cheaper to run than the T4 as far as general maintenance goes by 2 to 3 grand up till the 216k mark anyway.
This van is a lemon. Buyers beware!!!
My T5 has 47,000kms. It broke a fan belt which doesn't sound to bad, but the fan belt mad its way into the cam belt. There is a hole in the cam belt cover. It wrapped around a cog and caused the engine to go out of time. It destroyed valves, pistons and the head. This can happen at any time in the vehicles life. Volkswagen want nothing to do with it as its just out of warranty. Car is a lemon. Buyers beware!!!
Not bad. Not great.
My company vehicle. Driving at a minimum of 4 hours a day up to 14 hours.
*Great fuel economy. 14 hours of highway driving on one tank.
*Plenty of space. I have shelving installed and I have enough left over to load in a pallet jack and carry a lot of tools.
*Good interior. Nice place to be in day by day. Easy to keep clean. Plenty of storage holes.
*Drives well. Great turning circle and general ease of getting from point to point is fantastic.
*Easy to access engine bay for light servicing.
*The seats have ruined my ...
Scraped at 45,000km!
Yes, these are a great van, VW know that once you drive it you'll be hooked an so they can forget about reliability and customer service.
Mine was the older 'big block' 2.5TDI. Amazing torque, easy to spin the wheels in first and second. Just really good fun to drive, in fact it was my favorite vehicle ever (which includes things like Skylines).
Sadly VW's just aren't built to last. To scrap a vehicle at 45,000km due to a cracked cylinder head should be viewed as environmental vandalism (oh wait, that's exactly what VW did with 'dieselgat...e'). It's not so much that the engine failed, it's that VW charge $18,000 for a replacement head, and that independent's aren't willing to take on the risk, that makes what is actually a fairly minor repair a car scrapper. By the time the other little issues were fixed (I also had the common steering column & driveshaft issues - and you may as well replace the clutch and DMF while the engine's out) you're close to $25K out of pocket. A new "Runner" T5 could be had for $30k drive away at the time, and there's of course no guarantee that they'd actually fix it right. Just for laughs a new VW engine will set you back $34K, when Holden will sell you a 400hp LS3 V8 crate engine for $10K, now if only they sold one wrapped in a van...
Great vehicle with some flaws
I've owned this van from new.
The Beach is a great soft camper concept based on the T5 Transporter in Australia (the Multivan elsewhere).
It was a bargain when you consider the inclusions over the cost of a bare Transporter:
- factory Comfort (tinted) windows all round, two opening windows in the "mid" positions;
- second "leisure" battery fitted under passenger seat;
- swiveling front bucket "Captains" seats with adjustable arm rests;
- a two seater bench in the cargo bay that folds flat to form part of a spacious double bed;
- huge metal drawer under the bench seat unit; ...
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
A Remarkable Workhorse - Gutsy, turns on a sixpence, easy to park
I purchased my LWB Mid Roof Transporter about 6 years ago second hand. It has been an excellent vehicle to drive on long trips which have usually been fully loaded with a trailer on the back as well. The Auto gearbox has performed perfectly. A good high seating position, enormous power that eats the hills and allows for overtaking when required. The Michelin OEM tyres were rubbish on our roads and I replaced with a set of Taiwanese Nanking's which immediately dropped road noise by 50% and have performed very well in all conditions. Fuel economy...of the diesel is fantastic especially considering the load. Hate the coffee cup holder but few things are perfect in this world! Overall, an excellent van: easy to drive and handle, enormous power, fuel efficient.
More on auto g'box
Hi again, after spending $8000 on a reco g'box and oil cooler, the auto g'box technician informs me that the new set up will be good for between 50 and 70 thousand k's.
VW Australia want $15000 + gst for a new g'box.
The cause of all these failures is: The G'box oil isn't changed, ( VW management ) and cause they're hauling a big van and often plenty of gear about, trailers etc. the g'box oil gets hot and starts to breakdown, this gums up/block is the fine oil galleries in the oil cooler, this causes a snowball effect. The oil overheats more...
I have a transporter 2011 t5 reported in warrente the oil consumption was high.They said they tested but did not do a proper oil consumption test .After 110000 km the engine was said to be worn out .I have serviced the van from the start at vw. There goodwill is to pay half which is a replacement engin. Why do they offer 3 year warrentee and unlimited km if the engine is so good
Not impressed by vw
Good car, pretty reliable, just make sure you don't drive it nicely. I drove it nicely, the result was a hard-to-start van that required both heat and more power to start, since then I've tried killing it, but it hasn't failed me. It has started in as low as -25C without problems, towed a lot, and been used for long and short trips alike. The front bumper is about to fall off, signal lights have fallen off, the front lights almost fell off, its rusting nicely, but after 330000, what can you expect?! Never changed transmission, never changed the engine, no big repairs at all.
I got a 2012 bi turbo TDi 400, this van is awesome, ridiculous power, lots of fun, manual gearbox ofcourse, Second t5, the other one I had still going strong, gifted to family.
Everything I was missing in the 2009 model, cruise control, power, better stopping power.
The vision at night is quite week,( correction - blind a a bat more like it)
And the factory tires seem to vibrate a fair bit, (after numerous balances and alignments can't be sorted, replaced with 20" mag wheels and much better.
The SPEEDO indicator is quite bouncy on semi rough rd.. (It can jump about 10 km)
Purchased in June 2014.
Most dissapointing purchase ive made
For a NEW vehicle purchased sept 2014 it is missing all basic features unless you pay(and pay you will- VW aren't shy to charge big$) for them as an extra.
Poor interior quality, plenty of rattles(I've found 8 so far). Roof liner fell down in a corner as clips failed. Rear third brake light fell out of door. Design of dash cupholders is frustrating and if something was to spill it will go straight into the fuse box located beneath(great idea VW)
So far it has been fine mechanically, but after all this basic stuff going wrong i am no longer at...
Worked it hard
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.
this is a great vehicle
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
T4 vw transporter is fantastic when new !
But when it reached 150000 km , it is a money pit....
Sorry to say , but a humble toyota hiace is a far more reliable vehicle.I always hear great stories about vw doing 400-500 's kms and more, but how much do you have to spend to get to that mileage !I
If they were that good , why do you have to keep spending money on replacing parts at 150 000 km.......
Now on 2nd Transporter
First Transporter was '05 and heavily optioned. 128kw motor, auto, colour coded, fogs, sunroof, dual sliders, barn doors, deluxe seat, and a few other things. Ran superbly but developed short pause in trans between 2nd and 3rd at 150k kms. Took to local VW dealer who had done all servicing and after diognosis was told to bring it back in 1 week to have trans replaced under good-will, 50k kms out of warranty. Not joking! 250k kms need a crack in the exhaust manifold welded, air-con compressor at 260k(it was black with a sunroof and air con ran n...early constantly), and alternator at 280k km. It was sold at 360k kms running superbly, still with full power, only signs of wear were the seat and the steering wheel. It frequently pulled heavy loads of paper....we are printers. 2nd Transporter is now 3yo and is 132kw 7speed dsg. It has done 170k km with a similar work load and to this point, has had zero problems.
Will never buy another vw vehicle
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
I will never purchase another Volkswagen again
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
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
A fine van
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
Questions & Answers
I have a coil issue with my VW T4 2.0 AAC ENGINE. I HAVE NOW REPLACED 8 IGNITION COILS IN 6 MONTHS. Took the van to a VW specialist, replaced battery , hall sensor; sparks plugs, distributor rotor and cap , plugs leads. I am still having the same problem and have to carry spare coil in the car with me to stay of trouble. Can anyone come up with an answer as i am sick and tired of mechanics pretending to have fixed the problem and stealing my money( VW "specialists" in particular.)
I have a 2009 VW Transporter T5 TDI.
It has developed a severe miss when warmed up. Even stalls on occasion.
I have used Molycote injection cleaner to no avail.
Is this a Glow plug problem?
The van has 455,000km on the clock and has been looked after well.
What does L5 mean on the 2.5 diesel
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