Bought the Eurovan with a wheelchair lift to haul my mom & dad around. Drove it 2200 miles with them. No big problems: New tires, changed oil, change brake fluid and had to fix ECU (vacuum tube had gone out) Fun to drive, great road view, lot of room for things.
while i love my 17 year old car it has been a money pit it just broke 100,000 and should have tons of life left since i have gingerly taken care of it, but it doesn't...i missed the 4500 $rebate opportunity so im kinda out luck on my trade, i have a real fear of every buying vw again, maintenance very high on higher end models. and no one knows how to work on them. but i must say if i can have another engine he put in and eliminate the vw guts of the vehicle i would totally keep the car.
the interior configuration/limo style, awesome with kids
Not even Volkswagen engineers can get around the laws of physics. But I find they strike reasonable compromises. If it costs a lot of money to fix you need a better mechanic. I know I am that better mechanic. 20 mpg and a curb weight of over 5000 lbs is unheard of, my van does not even have the 102 load index tires yet (there 94 not stiff enough side wall, more rolling resistance ya know). I expect to pick up another 2 mpg from that change alone. The brake pads don't last long if you don't use stab breaking technique. The 5 speed is the only way to go in my opinion. I've heard 17 sec. 0to60, I cant get it to accelerate that slow even if I try. You can't get a better passenger van for camping hands down.
On-Board Diagnostics laptop computer based/VAG COM.You can get a factory manual on a DVD-ROM. Lying in the back on a 90 deg. day pushing the remote start button and firing up its dual air conditioners after a long day of fishing!!!
I was looking for something bigger with
more room for people and cargo. I love
this van. Easy to drive, roomy, great
visability, short turning radius, and
not your typical minivan. I drove a ton
of used vans before I settled on thie
one and I am very happy that I did.
Visability, roomy, front and rear air,
Gas mileage is not as good as it could
be, but for a vechicle this size it's
about wht anyone could expect
I bought a Eurovan from a someone
because my wife loved VWs. Within one
year of ownership, we had transmission
problems, stalling issues, the A/C went
out, and it needs a new catalytic
converter. In addition to other stupid
problems, like the door locks quit
working, etc. I've put more money into
this than any other car I've ever
owned. Volkswagens cost too much to
repair. Also, it is underpowered,
having only about 100 horsepower on a
vehicle of this size, it loses speed
going up hills on the highway.
After this and my wife's lousy Jetta, I
will never buy another VW product again.
Put a real engine in it and be more
reliable. I've had it in the shop
almost as much as in my garage.