2008 Volkswagen Transporter T5 SWB 1.9L turbo from Australia and New Zealand


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 from Australia and New Zealand


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

2013 Volkswagen Transporter T32 2.0 from UK and Ireland


You're just paying for the badge. 10k more than a Renault Trafic. Nuts


Air bag light came on; the fitter that installed the phone kit had pulled a plug off. VW said it happens a lot; £60 to plug back in, took less than 15 minutes.

Then had a recall on the steering column; a day off the road again.

General Comments:

The driver's seat won't go back far enough if the bulkhead is fitted.

The hill start on the van is a pointless thing, that makes you have to slip the clutch to pull away when loaded.

The brake pedal is too close to the accelerator pedal if you wear work boots.

The tailgate, when up, the number plate well fills with water if it's raining, then when you close it, you get wet if you use the handle to close it.

The road/wind noise is high at 50mph and above.

The seats are very uncomfortable if driven for more than 5 hours a day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th March, 2013

9th Mar 2013, 19:05

Great review! I remain curious as to why you state the fact that the Renault Van is 10k cheaper! Surely you considered such absolute facts prior to such an unhappy outlay, correct?

2001 Volkswagen Transporter 2.4 diesel from UK and Ireland


Best van going


Had to replace ignition switch, 5 euro online.

Other than that, nothing, just a normal service.

General Comments:

What a great van these are. OK, with no turbo they are pretty sluggish, but they get you there.

After buying this, we drove it down to Spain and back without missing a beat. It will go all day at 65mph. Any more than that and the revs were too high. There is a fifth gear upgrade for the gear box if it bothers you.

I found it a very comfortable and well made van. The cabin and controls feel like they will last forever.

Fuel wise I found it good; 35-40MPG.

All in all, a very good van that will last forever if looked after.

Sad to see it go, just needed the money as I live in Ireland and lost my job.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2012