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1998 Volkswagen Caravelle GL 2.4 D from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.4 D Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carAudi A6


A great lovable family car, not a sports car


New exhaust at 60k

Rear heater unit failed at 50k

New glow plugs at 40k.

General Comments:

Great size and fuel economy, Fantastic for going on holiday with 4 kids and loads of luggage, very reliable and comfortable with excellent seating position. What I don't like: as non-turbo diesel it has slow acceleration and poor hill climbing ability (but cruises quite well at 70mph once gets going), quite noisy at speed. Looking forward to getting the new generation.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2005

1989 Volkswagen Caravelle C 1.6L turbo diesel from Norway

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6L turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired226000 kilometres
Most recent distance232000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 760


Great, yet slow, people mover at a reasonable price


The exhaust system currently in the process of falling apart.

Coolant system leaks.

Window handles coming apart.

General Comments:

The Caravelle (or Vanagon, as it is called in America), is a BIG car, with lots of room. Mines was originally a 5 (6) seat version only sold in Norway, but is now rebuildt into a 7 seater, with no original VW seats in the back. The good thing about this is that I can carry 6 passengers plus myself and still have more luggage space than any other "normal" family car out there!

One of the things this car suffers from, is lack of power. The 1.6l Turbo Diesel engine is way too small for a car this size, especially when you have the car full of people and luggage, going uphill then is a nightmare! It slows down to 50-60kph in medium uphills, and down to about 40-50kph in steep uphills, and of course this drives everyone else on the road nuts.

Also, it is not a very luxurious car. My car has exactly what it needs to have, no extras. The sound proofing is not so good, so the engine noise is very noticable, especially going uphill with a heavily loaded car.

The front seat comfort is OK, but I have to take breaks to stretch out my back when going on longer trips. The interior is typical old fashioned VW, with black plastic, black painted metal, and black rubber mats on the floor.

To sum it up: This is a basic car to slowly move a lot of people and luggage in.

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

Review Date: 14th August, 2003

1993 Volkswagen Caravelle GL 2.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership1994
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance177600 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf


Great people mover


Seems to require new tyres every re-rego and a new battery every now and then. Other than that, it has been a great car.

General Comments:

This car is great if you want to carry 6+ people! It's my parents car and I floor it good for parties, picking up mates etc.

Good on fuel for the size of the car. Possibly could have a bigger engine, but still not bad. Gearbox is superb for a car of its size. Wheels spin easily in 1st when you try.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2003

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 9 reviews