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Which is best engine in T4s?

missmills09
25-03-09, 23:54
Someone said to me to stay away from those which aren't Turbos?. Is that good advice? Also i was told to stay away from the 2.4 as parts are expensive. is that the case? which would people recommend to look out for/stay away from? thanks.

*Matt*
26-03-09, 00:14
Depends on your budget but the general consensus is that the 2.5 tdi is the one to go for.

I've got a 2.4 and it does exactly what it says on the tin, it won't win any Gp's but there cheaper and less to go wrong.

I wouldn't discount the petrol versions.

HTH :)

missmills09
26-03-09, 07:45
thanks for the info. not having driven a T4, i guess the newer ones all go anyway don't they? i've disregarded the following some nice looking campers cos they've either not been turbos or have only 19. engine. Is this silly then?

1996 VW T4 Autohomes Kamper - 9,500 ono
1996 VW T4 Autohomes Kamper 1996 N Reg 86,000 Miles Service History 2 Previous owners from new (same owner for last 10 years) 2.4 5 Cylinder Diesel MOT June 09 VW diesel 4 berth high top. Two former keepers from new. Equipped with power steering, gas hob & grill, gas, 12/240v...

VW T4 Hightop 8k for a van this age and condition cant be bad : 1997 R reg . Devon (Moonraker 2 ) conversion with 1 double berth rock and roll bench seat with 2 belts. Swivel passenger seat. Plenty of storage space ,fittings in grey ash finish .Fiamma 4 bike rack. 3 way fridge, gas hob/grill & blown air heating . 220/12 volt services on two battery Zig setup. Economical, nice running 1.9 T diesel . Mostly now used as second car hence sale. 90000 miles. Recent exhaust system+cat ,rear brake discs and pads and new wheels all round. Oil regularly changed every 4000 miles. Current tax , MOTd July. A good solid clean van . Smoke and pet wear free . Commence to haggle at 8,000. Any sensible offer considered including part exchange for a car or small van and will throw in hook-up cables and gas bottle and kitchen equipment etc

just dan
26-03-09, 08:38
that last one looks a good'un i firmly believe people when they say the 2.5tdi is a great engine. for a start its the fastest however theres a lot more elctricals that can go wrong and can cost a fortune if they do. i wouldn't discount any engine get the best mileage/condition/highest spec van you can get you'll often find you can get a much newer etc van if you worry less about the engine it's never going to be a sports car anyway. i have a 2.0 petrol and it does all i'll need it to it just uses a bit more fuel in the process but at the time a turbo diesel was going to cost nearly twice the price:eek:

good luck its all preference in the end

missmills09
26-03-09, 13:45
thanks Dan. I guess they're all good engines at the end of the day! And yeah, i'm pretty keen on the one above as well. Do you think that a 2.4 would be better than a 19. TD as I'm also keen on this van? (problem with this cheaper one is it doesn't have upper bed/birth). Apart from going for a conversion (wchih to me would be hassle) and saying i'll only get a 2.5 TDI, it's between these two for me i think. thanks and sorry for so many questions!

VW T4 Hightop 8k for a van this age and condition cant be bad : 1997 R reg . Devon (Moonraker 2 ) conversion with 1 double berth rock and roll bench seat with 2 belts. Swivel passenger seat. Plenty of storage space ,fittings in grey ash finish .Fiamma 4 bike rack. 3 way fridge, gas hob/grill & blown air heating . 220/12 volt services on two battery Zig setup. Economical, nice running 1.9 T diesel . Mostly now used as second car hence sale. 90000 miles. Recent exhaust system+cat ,rear brake discs and pads and new wheels all round. Oil regularly changed every 4000 miles. Current tax , MOTd July. A good solid clean van . Smoke and pet wear free . Commence to haggle at 8,000. Any sensible offer considered including part exchange for a car or small van and will throw in hook-up cables and gas bottle and kitchen equipment etc.

Mr fizik
26-03-09, 14:01
I havent driven either the 1.9td or the 2.4 as I have a 2.5tdi but Id say the 2.4 might be the best bet if your not bothered about going fast all the time and are just after reliability and durability, e.g to do 70mph you might have to work the 1.9td that little bit harder than you would the 2.4.. although I may be wrong as I havent driven either they will both probs do 80 fine on a private road of course! :cool:

We used to have a 1.6 non turbo diesel t25 pickup and you had to work it hard to get up any kind of incline, wouldnt even overtake lorries :eek: The 2.1 petrol was much better, but not on fuel!

Like others have said though, either will be good I would personally get whichever is the best value for money in terms of price, condition, mileage and service history. Have a drive in both and see

Just my 2 pence, hope you get a good 'un :D Isaac

missmills09
26-03-09, 15:09
thanks everyone. I've read some horrid things about 2.4 engines! Do you think it'd be worth doing an AA inspection on the vehicle before i bought it or would this not pick up the probs it might have?

JIMMYJAMES
26-03-09, 17:22
1.9td's are superb and the bhp can be increased easily with little effort/money to make it come close to the 2.5tdi (88bhp). Have a read and draw your own conclusions, theres tons of threads on it TBH if you get one thats been well looked after thats all that counts!

just dan
26-03-09, 17:38
no worries its what the forums for. i agree with all thats been said before my choice of engines would be a 1.9td but thats for a custom van which would be lighter then a coachbuilt. i assume you'd look at both before purchasing so your best bet is to take them both for a test drive making sure you hit both motorways and hills and decide which you prefer. as for the extra bunk theres a bunch of cheap options for an extra bed. for a smaller person the cab bunks are usefull and cost around 60 or fit a bed in the roof i'm sure most camper specialists would be able to help with that.
good luck:ILU:

bullfrog
26-03-09, 19:12
I run a 2.0 petrol and its ok on fuel. pulls well. passat based engine so cheap when it breaks and service parts are cheap enough.

StephenTazz
26-03-09, 20:32
The 1.9TD is free revving and has similar performance to the old 2.0 T2 T3 air-cooled petrol motors but with 50% better fuel economy...

70 mph is no problem and they're tweakable, whereas the 2.4 diesel isn't as easy to tune (unless you stick a turbo on it - but for the cost you may as well buy a 2.5 in the first place - and nobody does a turbo conversion anymore)...

Even the 2.0 litre petrol is worth a look - proven old skool technology so no major woes if it goes wrong...

marco
27-03-09, 12:19
I've seen a 2.4 diesel with well over 1/2 million miles on the clock so if they're regurlalry serviced no problems.

missmills09
27-03-09, 12:52
wow! so hopefully a 1996 with full service history and 88K shouldn't be too much of a problem?!

LittleKatie
27-03-09, 15:25
Back to the origional question!

The best engine is one that works.
And one that works for you.

Purchase price, milage, proposed annual milage, and the use to which it is to be used.
All these play a part in answering 'THE QUESTION'.

Do your research - and decide what YOU want.

Everyone has there opinions, even when they have no clue as to what they are talking about. So whatever you decide YOU chose and enjoy the experience.

Rasp:
Katie