Volkswagen Caravelle Review from Sweden

1991 Volkswagen Caravelle GL 2.5

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance250000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Tempra


Nice car, but expensive to keep


Water pump.

Petrol pump, twice.

Engine cooling thermostat.

Heater fan.

Door locks unreliable, especially rear door.

Gearbox broke after 230000 km.

Several other smaller problems, expensive to remedy.

General Comments:

Very nice car, surprisingly comfortable and good to handle. Very suitable for longer trips.

Not so expensive to run, but not very reliable. Complicated design makes the car expensive to repair. Spares expensive.

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

Review Date: 8th February, 2006

27th Oct 2006, 10:44

I own a 1993 2.5l Auto Caravelle GL. Have similar comments to the Caravelle in Sweden - Nice and comfortable car, but unreliable. Have owned for 3 years and have replaced the following: Distributor, Engine thermostat (twice), radiator cap, parts of engine cooling system on two occasions. currently the engine coolant light keeps coming on although the coolant level and temperature are normal. Has anyone got any ideas or knows where the sensor is located?


8th Feb 2013, 07:16

Hi there,

In a 2.5i, the coolant sensor is on top of the expansion tank. It SHOULD be, when looking at the engine from behind the vehicle, on the right hand side. You may want to remove it and clean the 2 metal probes on it. This could be affecting the quality of the signal.


Average review marks: 5.4 / 10, based on 1 review