2007 Volkswagen Transporter T28 SWB 1.9 TDI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Overhyped, overpriced, unreliable


Having bought the low mileage vehicle from a known careful owner, I was less than impressed when a supposed reliable vehicle developed several faults in the first 12 months of MY ownership.

Steering pump had to be replaced at 45000 miles.

Was told I'd have to wait 3 weeks for it to be seen at VW service centre when it developed an electrical fault with wipers!

Turbo control valve failed in August.

Gearbox self destructed @ 62000 miles. VW seem to think this is acceptable...

It's hard to be positive when someone has a reputation for reliability, but it isn't backed up in one's own experience...

General Comments:

When it's going it's comfortable and a pleasure to drive, handles well for a van, and is a good load carrier.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th October, 2011

2000 Volkswagen Transporter 2.4 diesel from Turkey


Buy it only if it's serviced on time with original parts


Engine runs very loud.

Timing belt severed, and this caused lots of problems.

General Comments:

This Cityvan is really comfortable and easy to drive. However spare parts are really expensive compared to rival models.

Despite it is 10 years old, there are some signs of rusting.

2.4 atmospheric diesel engine gives you enough power for a van unless you want to hit over 100 mph.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st September, 2010

2005 Volkswagen Transporter 128kw 2.5 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand


The best work companion I've ever had!


At 97,000km the on-board computer alerted me to 'low-coolant' regularly. Problem diagnosed to leaking water-pump seal. VW dealer replaced whole pump under warranty.

At 150,000km the auto-trans developed a pause between 3rd and 4th gear (about 1 second) and the ventilation fan stopped working. Took it to servicing VW dealer, who ran a diagnostic on both and said they would send results through to VW Aust. and would call me back. Seven days later, received a call to 'bring the van in for a new transmission and fan motor to be fitted under good-will'. It was 50,000km out of warranty. This service alone has lured me back to VW when the van comes up for replacement.

It continued to run faultless 'til 225,000km when diesel exhaust fumes started entering the cabin whilst idling. Problem was a crack in the exhaust near the turbo. Fixed at VW/Audi specialist for roughly $600.

Now just recently air-con compressor died (van is black with black windows and a sunroof and air-con runs a lot, especially in recent super-hot summers Melbourne has experienced).

Now, having just fixed air-con, alternator went.

All things aside, think this van has been pretty good reliability wise. It has never seen a tow-truck, unlike my Merc which saw four in the same number of k's.

General Comments:

I have really enjoyed having this van as my company vehicle. It drives like a good car with good steering feel, instant response from the TDI motor, good interior layout, and a very sure-footed on-road feel; and incredible brakes.

It weighs in at 1900kg empty, but returns consistent figures like 9.0lt/100km in a mixture of city/freeway running. My best tank was 1026km from 78lts.

Whilst off the road for transmission change, I hired a Toyota Hi-ace van for 2 days so I could continue my duties. The gap between these two vehicles is remarkable! The only reason you would buy the Toyota is for its reliability. Aside from that, they are crap!! Noisy, high floor, uncomfortable, and unstable; on a gentle climb up a mainroad with tram-tracks, in traffic, doing 50km/h, and slightly wet, the empty Hi-ace hit the tram-tracks and decided to step out sideways to an almost 45' angle. I consider myself to be a good driver with a good sense of what my vehicle is doing, and this behaviour took me totally by shock!!! Very dangerous! It scared the crap out of me. The Transporter shows nothing but car-like competence on the road.

Its maintenance cost are definitely on the steep side, but if you are prepared to accept that, the trade-off is a van you will happily sit in for hours on end and happily jump into, with a smile, every morning!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2010

2007 Volkswagen Transporter T5 TDI 2.5 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


The new generation of van


The van is still young, so nothing yet.

General Comments:

This is the new generation of van, it's as quick as our 110 PD TDI Golf. It really is a dream to drive. It will sit at 70 mph EASILY. It really is like driving a nice car.

There are only 2 downsides of the T5... the seats could be better, they could do with that little bit extra bolster support, but it is a van at the end of the day.

The whistle of the turbo is loud and high pitched, and annoys me, but for a diesel van the rest of the engine is very quiet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2009