My VW Eurovan has and is serving me and my family well!
I have owned this van since Mar. of 94, and did not pay for the extended warranty.
The one thing that I found out early in my ownership of this vehicle is that there are not too many mechanics that could work on it, so I did not trust them to work on it.
In the time that I have owned the van, there have only been two mechanics to only work on it.
With in the warranty of the van, I had the piston replaced at 10,000 miles, due to scorching of the piston walls, and at 70,000 had the transmission replaced with factory upgrade.
After 120,000 is where I feel I had to put money in to the van, and considering the age and mileage, I was feeling good about it. If you have ever owned an American vehicle, you put money into it long before 100,000 miles.
I have mechanics replace ball joint, lower control arm bushings, CV joint RT & LT and front wheel bearing due to maintenance and parts wearing out. In all these repairs, I have provided the parts, which has saved me a lot of money by looking online for the lowest prices.
Other than that, I have been able to do most of my own maintenance on the van. The Eurovan has only failed me twice; at 140,000 I lost the coil, the van would not start. Ordered the part online $75.00 later started up.
And at 196,000 this funky piece of plastic in the distributor fouled the router and broke the coupling, $250.00 for one I ordered online, plugged it in and turned right over.
I am going to replace the idle control valve next, due to the unsteady idle that it has, $158.00. I hope that it repairs the issue.