Volkswagen LT 35 Reviews

2003 Volkswagen LT 35 GLI 2.8 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carBMW Z3 Roadster

Summary:

Great car to drive, but the electrical gremlins are becoming too much

Faults:

Passenger side window stopped working.

Stereo stopped working.

Cigarette lighter has never worked, and won't work even with replaced fuses.

Brake light is out and drains the battery if replaced.

Driver's side door latch is failing, which means the door open chime comes on randomly along with the interior lights.

Check engine light is permanently on for no reason.

Moon-roof sometimes has random issues with closing (as in it won't). Luckily I've eventually gotten it to close after a few dozen attempts.

E-brake has issues, is stuck on sometimes and grinds when not on.

General Comments:

The car has tremendous power and is really fun to drive.

The transmission is great, but the brakes are weak, even after they've been replaced.

Going over small bumps in the road at low speeds results in all sorts of weird noises from under the car.

Overall it's a really nice car with either poor craftsmanship or poor engineering. Hopefully VW is working hard on their reliability issues, because at this point, the electrical issues are insane.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th June, 2009

2002 Volkswagen LT 35 van 2.5 tdi from UK and Ireland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5 tdi Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen LT 35

Summary:

Comfortable reliable excellent in every way what more can I say

Faults:

Timing belt broke my fault ran over advised mileage change everything else normal wear and tear.

General Comments:

Would recommend to anyone unbelievable reliablity and cheap to maintain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2006

1991 Volkswagen LT 35 Extra LWB, extra high roof 2.4 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4 diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Camper Van Mk. 2

Summary:

Brilliant for hard work

Faults:

The rear door fell off.

Lots of faults with the lighting.

Off the road at the moment due to something blowing up in the engine.

Interior indestructible, though the radio/cassette player gave up the ghost while travelling off-road.

It got a little rusty; however, a full bodywork job sorted that one out.

General Comments:

What can I say? This van is absolutely indestructible! It's still got a great interior, covered nearly a quarter of a million miles and will hopefully keep going strong.

My family have used this van for going fully across Europe at least twelve times, and it's always got there coping very well with the horrific Eastern European roads. It's also huge inside, making it great for house moves, and I've camped inside many times.

The performance was never that good, and now top speed is only about 70 mph down a hill with the wing in the right direction. But high speeds is not what it was designed for... all I can say is that it's a great workhorse!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2003

12th Jun 2006, 10:45

I agree. Sold my LT 35e yesterday and I think I will regret it for many years.

1st Jan 2007, 17:05

I'm feeling blue, someone drove into my LT today, financially it may be a write-off, however thanks to its brick privy nature we're all OK. I only hope they can fix my lieutenant Berty Clive, this is a truly great van. Fingers crossed.

9th Apr 2007, 16:26

Your engine blowing up may be because you haven't changed the cam belt. I have had my LT since new and it is a P reg and has never let me down.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 3 reviews