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  1. Buying advice

    Technical Articles
    I'm looking to buy this T4 2.4 caravelle and am concerned with a few spots of rust. I've take some pictures and hope someone could tell me if it's an expensive repair job or simple cheap fix? Also if anyone is able to do the repair or help me do it I would greatly appreciate it! Also there is a...
  2. Alarm and immobiliser

    Electrical
    Just a question for any of you that can point me in the right direction, I have a T4 and when I bought it years ago it already had an alarm and immobiliser fitted, how to I get rid of it? Can I just cut the power to the alarm? I don’t know what manufacturer it is and what or where the whole...
  3. Awnings

    General Van Chat
    I'm having a dilemma (well one of those discussions with the other half) Ideally looking for very high hydrostatic head Sewn in ground sheet and fly Screen (all the above for Scotland) I would like airbeam type she's inclined toward poles (as they are cheaper) but poles split in wind not...
  4. Staggered alloys - tyre advice please

    Wheels & Tyres
    Hi guys, I've recently got myself a set of 18" alloys originally from a BMW - fronts are 8 inch and the rears are 9. The tyres are 225/40/92Y XL which i want to get shot of. Questions are 1) Can i run the same tyres on all 4 despite being different widths? 2) What would be the recommended...
  5. 2.5 TDI (ACT) snapped timing belt advice

    Welcome to The VW T4 Forums
    Hi everyone, looking for some advice please. Timing belt snapped on my T4 on motorway. Not investigated properly yet so hoping just damage to head etc, not further down. Any advice on getting a new or recon head? or recon whole engine - there seem to be several eBay suppliers, any...
  6. Lower half wrap - advice

    Bodywork & Exterior / Detailing & Valeting
    Looking to wrap the bottom half of my t5 (all white at the moment) to get a 2 tone effect. Anyone else done this? If so, what advice could you offer on where to go to (i'm based in Cornwall) and what did you pay? Thanks in advance... :)
  7. New to the VW Camper scene..

    New T5 Members Forum
    Hi guys (and gals) Mark here, just plunged into the "vw campercan cult" as I've fancied one of these for years. However, never had enough justification until the last two years where I've been camping at least 5 times and every single one has been a "tent" disaster (think of torrential rains...
  8. Floor fitting advice needed.

    Interior
    Hi all! I am just finishing off sound proofing and fitting insulating foam on the floor of my wagon. I have altro already fitted onto the MDF floor but I’m in a little bit of a predicament on how to actually fit the flooring to the van itself. Do I drill and rivet? Drill and self tapping...
  9. What swivel seats can I use in my T5?

    Interior
    Hi all. Planning on removing double front seat and making it a single swivel to open up interior of the van. I don't care about it matching, just want it to be super comfortable for lounging in. I've seen pictures of 70's american motorhomes that have super comfy seats! I haven't got a clue...
  10. LWB 4motion Caravelle: do they exist?

    Welcome to The VW T4 Forums
    Hello I'm new to this site, and new to VW vans. Pre-new in fact as I don't have one yet. What I'm looking for in a van, for now, is: space; flexibility; not getting stuck in muddy fields. It needs to normally hold 5 people (2 adults; 3 kids), but sometimes 6 or 7, take a load of camping...
  11. is this too good (cheap) to be true??

    General T5 Chat
    53 Plate T5, 164,500 miles and full service history up to 2011then serviced by seller. T28, 85 TDI 1.9L Ad says "The van is very reliable and has never let me down always passing its MOT. A few marks on the body as you would expect from a van this age. " Asking £3650 Mileage seems genuine...
  12. T5 gear box failed with only 60k on the clock

    Engine & Gearbox
    Hi We had an issue with the gear box a week or so back. Essentially it didn't want to go into 5th and 6th. We took it into our local independent VW garage, and they said 5th and 6th gear were essentially destroyed. Given that the van is a 60 plate and has only 60 000 on the clock, this...
  13. wheels and tyres advise wanted

    Wheels & Tyres
    Hi All i am seeking advice re the wheels and tyres of my newly purchases 2004 t5 Pictured above are the wheels and tyres that are on it at the moments, i am not into bling flashy things , and clearly they are not standard size The guy i bought the van off says the wheels are from a range...
  14. XTRONS PF73MTV aftermarket stereo nightmare!

    Electrical
    Hi all, I've been a forum lurker for 's while now and after much research and advice decided to go for the XTRONS PF73MTV radio for our T5.1. All great until we were driving a 300ml trip when the electric light came on followed by the engine and now filter light and finally kicked into safe...
  15. euro trip: ferry to spain then on to Porto

    European and Foreign Travel
    hi just been looking at existing threads but didn't anything too current so thought i'd post a new one. you seem like a friendly bunch so hoping you'll help out a newbie! i'm looking for any advice, suggestions, tips and savings you could suggest for a trip i'd planning for Sept 2016. Ferry to...
  16. 18 Years Old, Looking For My First T4!

    New T4 Members Forum
    Hi everyone. I was wondering, what sort of things should I be looking out for when trying to buy a T4? Just common faults etc. I want a basic van that is stock (preferably) as my money is very limited (Ah the joys of being a teenager). Anyway I'm still on my first car, a mk1 Toyota Yaris, a...
  17. Should I or shouldn't I.....?

    New T5 Members Forum
    Hi everyone - I'm new to the site so wanted to say hello! Also, I'd like to get your thoughts on whether or not you would take the plunge and buy a T5 right now bearing in mind what's going on with VW and no doubt many other manufacturers. I've read through the other thread about the...
  18. Buying a T5 panel van - Mileage or age?

    New T5 Members Forum
    Hi All, I have read through a fair few pages and got some good advice but would appreciate some help!? Having convinced myself that I need a T5 for work and play I have been too-ing and fro-ing about the best way forward. I have budgeted a max of £12,500 to get a van and put windows and seats...
  19. Help! Shes a T4 Tractor!

    New T4 Members Forum
    Hi Guys, I have had my 1995 T4 for a year now and have replaced the starter motor, the side door and various other bits and pieces. She has been running fine since the last MOT and dont get me wrong she has always been a bit of a noisy trucker but the last few days when i accelerate, say up a...
  20. T5 Conversion

    T5 Conversions
    Just bought a T5 shuttle last week and in the process of finding someone to convert it. Any tips, advice or generally extra knowledge anyone has for me would be a massive help. We are going to Dubs at the Park this weekend so hoping to learn more there too before we start. Hoping for a full...
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