2008 Volkswagen Transporter T5 SWB 1.9L turbo


Was happy until today


Fuse has blown in the fan. Unlike probably every other car manufacturer on earth, they don't list which fuse is which. Only a dozen or so are listed of 60 odd. When I rang up Volkswagen, they wouldn't give me the fuse number. They said I had to take it to a dealer to have it checked out. At $80 per hour it is a very expensive fuse replacement.

Up until now I was very happy with the vehicle and was contemplating buying a new one, but they have lost me over this. Pushing you on their greedy overpriced dealers is not what I call customer service.

Where I live is sub tropical, and to drive with no air conditioning is very uncomfortable.

General Comments:

Good till now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th May, 2015

27th May 2015, 09:00

So why didn't you look up the manual? You had 90K or so happy kilometres with the van, and you turn sour because of a fuse? Do you know how lucky you are to have a VW that gets to that mileage without any major problems?

18th Jun 2015, 11:18

There were indeed two options. Either bring the car to the service, or ask a friend to help you look at the fuse panel with a flash light to see which fuse is blown. No need to remove all the fuses, it can be seen just with a flash light. Good luck.

1999 Volkswagen Transporter T4 2.0 petrol


Worth considering, better than many


Airbag lights come on.

Runs poorly when wet/rains (stalls when slowing down).

Sometimes loses power (even in 1st gear).

But for a van that's done over 270,000km, it isn't too bad.

General Comments:

When runs fine, it is an amazing van. Great power output for a 2.0 petrol engine, even with a tonne of load and incredible fuel economy (based on a manual).

Excellent cargo space, with a wide rear opening and pretty good wheel arch width.

Easy to drive, and good vision front, side and back.

Some parts can cost higher than other makes; why pay more on a van for the sake of cheaper parts, or pay less on a van that doesn't do the job...

Beware of autos... Check the box, especially on T5s.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th April, 2015

2005 Volkswagen Transporter 128kw 2.5 turbo diesel


The best work companion I've ever had!


At 97,000km the on-board computer alerted me to 'low-coolant' regularly. Problem diagnosed to leaking water-pump seal. VW dealer replaced whole pump under warranty.

At 150,000km the auto-trans developed a pause between 3rd and 4th gear (about 1 second) and the ventilation fan stopped working. Took it to servicing VW dealer, who ran a diagnostic on both and said they would send results through to VW Aust. and would call me back. Seven days later, received a call to 'bring the van in for a new transmission and fan motor to be fitted under good-will'. It was 50,000km out of warranty. This service alone has lured me back to VW when the van comes up for replacement.

It continued to run faultless 'til 225,000km when diesel exhaust fumes started entering the cabin whilst idling. Problem was a crack in the exhaust near the turbo. Fixed at VW/Audi specialist for roughly $600.

Now just recently air-con compressor died (van is black with black windows and a sunroof and air-con runs a lot, especially in recent super-hot summers Melbourne has experienced).

Now, having just fixed air-con, alternator went.

All things aside, think this van has been pretty good reliability wise. It has never seen a tow-truck, unlike my Merc which saw four in the same number of k's.

General Comments:

I have really enjoyed having this van as my company vehicle. It drives like a good car with good steering feel, instant response from the TDI motor, good interior layout, and a very sure-footed on-road feel; and incredible brakes.

It weighs in at 1900kg empty, but returns consistent figures like 9.0lt/100km in a mixture of city/freeway running. My best tank was 1026km from 78lts.

Whilst off the road for transmission change, I hired a Toyota Hi-ace van for 2 days so I could continue my duties. The gap between these two vehicles is remarkable! The only reason you would buy the Toyota is for its reliability. Aside from that, they are crap!! Noisy, high floor, uncomfortable, and unstable; on a gentle climb up a mainroad with tram-tracks, in traffic, doing 50km/h, and slightly wet, the empty Hi-ace hit the tram-tracks and decided to step out sideways to an almost 45' angle. I consider myself to be a good driver with a good sense of what my vehicle is doing, and this behaviour took me totally by shock!!! Very dangerous! It scared the crap out of me. The Transporter shows nothing but car-like competence on the road.

Its maintenance cost are definitely on the steep side, but if you are prepared to accept that, the trade-off is a van you will happily sit in for hours on end and happily jump into, with a smile, every morning!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2010