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PostSubject: VW Vans ......   Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:42 am

hey guys, just wondering where people bought there vw vans from and any advice on what vans are good and what to avoid! thanks
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:38 am

Well that depends on how much cash you got.??
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:59 pm

I went to Broadway in Pontypridd - they have a large selection. Also look on Autotrader- they have a number of options to increase or narrow your search depending on model, year, distance from your location, mileage etc
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Mon Sep 10, 2012 5:53 pm

You could try the auctions, if you don't fancy chancing your arm, at least see what the traders pay for them?:

http://www.auctioneers.co.uk/auction-lists/view-commercial.php?id=63&grp=5

Ex AA vans used to be a good bet, not too sure where they sell, now Newport Car Auctions are gone. A quick google suggests Mansfield or Leeds, maybe there is a nearer one?

I have an opinion that long life servicing is a pants idea, try to buy one that has been on fixed interval servicing. Beware clutch judder/uneven idling, this could be due to dual mass flywheel issues.
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:01 pm

Broadway vans.. Avoid them. Paints falls off in junks, mine has after a year...
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:17 pm

Buy new or ex demo it's cheaper in the long run Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:59 am

asplashtestdummy wrote:
Broadway vans.. Avoid them. Paints falls off in junks, mine has after a year...

Yikes....really? I've had mine since Dec last year and it's been great. Just unlucky this time..?
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:09 am

My 5p
Look for a T5
Avoid the 1.9 (cam belt)
2.5 has gear cams and should do 250k easy. (mine didn't but that's another story )
make sure you change the oil and use the right oil that's not as easy as it seems.
Money no object order new from a dealer and get a parking heater Wink
And finally the 174 bhp is marginally more efficient than the 130 assuming you don't have a heavy right foot
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:30 pm

I can't vouch for any of the van engines, but the 1.9 is a fantastic engine in a passat, plenty of them in taxis with astronomical milage, a van I know is the 100 ish hp 1.9 seems absolutely fine power wise with a remap to approx 130hp. There is no cambelt issue I'm aware of, it is just a service item, 4 years or 60k miles I believe?
If the 5 cyl is not belt driven it will be chain driven (EDIT Alun was right it is GEAR DRIVEN), In theory less service costs, but it is a whole world of pain/expense if it does go wrong. The chain will be at the back (flywheel end) of the engine, which is an engine out job for repair. The chain tensioner will be hydraulic and this can fail. If you buy a 5 cyl, try to hear the van started from stone cold, a rattling chain, walk away..
Fitting bling range rover sport wheels for example, will hit you for around 100 miles off each tankful. I'd seriously consider something narrower for a bit more efficiency.
The 1.9 has a wiring loom to the injectors which is inside the rocker cover. It fails at approx 100-120k leading to misfires. The part is only approx £50 and not that hard to change but one to look for at that sort of milage. I would assume the 5 cyl pd engine is similar.



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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:54 pm

Ads, the answer is simple, buy a Ford transit ST and kick some VW butt !! kit it out yourself.. or

http://www.leewayvancentre.co.uk/

Well recommended, personal touch and only top notch top spec vans check out stock list..
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:30 pm

valdez wrote:
Ads, the answer is simple, buy a Ford transit ST and kick some VW butt !!

Jealousy is an ugly trait Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:37 pm

Thanks souch for the advice guys. Really appreciate all the useful
Advice. I'm to look at all those options. Rich your st is mint!!
Mike p your black transporter is lush I'm after one of them!!
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:03 am

valdez wrote:
Ads, the answer is simple, buy a Ford transit ST and kick some VW butt !! kit it out yourself.. or

http://www.leewayvancentre.co.uk/

Well recommended, personal touch and only top notch top spec vans check out stock list..

Wow - there's some choice there. Wish I'd known about this place - though I can't complain about Broadway, I'm happy with my VW.
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:04 am

Ads27 wrote:
Thanks souch for the advice guys. Really appreciate all the useful
Advice. I'm to look at all those options. Rich your st is mint!!
Mike p your black transporter is lush I'm after one of them!!

Thanks Ads. It's an automatic, I bet that'll provoke some comments!!
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:43 am

Dont forget the biggest reason for me choosing the T5.
Its galvanized so even with wet kites in the back its very very very rust resistant.
The new ones are not so good but the T5 is pretty bomb proof rust wise.
PS the T5 130/174 engine is the R5 engine as in the audi TT , it has gear driven cams and they neeed No servicing ever.
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:19 am

Apologies Alun, he is spot on about the gear driven cam, I assumed the newer engine would be chain driven like most of the others. Though I read somewhere that there is a requirement to change the 'Gates coupling' at 80k, so maybe still some servicing due?
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:47 am

We are with a good mate here in Brazil that owns http://www.slinetransporters.co.uk/

If you want the best quality day van/camper T5 check them out!
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:44 pm

gates are for air con and power steering pumps . they start making a noise before they fail. if they do the worst that will happen is u loose power steering or aircon.
they are a pia to do yourself. VW charge about 150
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:24 am

Hi Ads,

Ive recently bought a Mazda bongo converted camper.

Check them out. They normally have a roof that raises to add another sleeping compartment for two people.

Or you could get an unconverted and the seats fold down into a double bed or just remove all the seats for some room for your kiting gear!!
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:27 pm

griff wrote:


Ive recently bought a Mazda bongo converted camper.

Check them out. They normally have a roof that raises to add another sleeping compartment for two people.

Or you could get an unconverted and the seats fold down into a double bed or just remove all the seats for some room for your kiting gear!!

We love ours! We have removed the back row of seats to make room for kit.

Need to sleep? No hassle sorting out rock n roll bed, just pop the roof and 'go upstairs! Cool ' Sleep Cool
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:58 am

OR.. buy a new Renault Trafic from your trustworthy Renault dealership....we all know how reliable renaults are Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:14 pm

Better .....bigger mine went over 200,000 miles .. If I'd changed the belt no doubt it would do the same again........... Numpty .. I didn't
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:15 pm

Did buy a newer one though now Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:54 am

would of got you a stonking deal ade, at least 50p off Wink
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:36 am

my bongo will be up for rent in the new season...if anyone is interested? PM me and il keep your details on record :-)
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Thu Jul 25, 2013 2:20 pm

Hey guys been offerd a van by a client wondering if its a good deal. Vw t5 t32 it has 98k on. 3 seats in the back. Leather seats. Full service history. Body work in good cont and few dents. 57 plate.1 owner. He's ask £8900 for it. Good deal or can I get better?
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:31 pm

Ads27, I have been looking round for while and the price is around the going rate at the moment, if you wait until winter the price drops by about £2k ...... if your not in a hurry
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:03 pm

Thanks mate. Want one with 60k and a private sale so I can avoid the vat! You know any good dealers that so good one. Been on leeway and broadway but they are out of my range!!
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:28 pm

If you're brave you could try for a bargain at Merthyr Motor Auctions

http://www.auctioneers.co.uk/auction-lists/index.php?listorder=1&link=searchelectric

Lots to choose from.
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PostSubject: Re: VW Vans ......   Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:35 pm

Thanks matey
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