We have a 2.5 SWB camper, late 2007 model. It's covered nearly 200k miles. It had a new camshaft and turbo at 140k, but other than that's it's been great. Most on here will probably advise against the 2.5, but it's a strong engine that will keep going if it's looked after properly. No timing belt to worry about either!
Mine is a LWB front wheel drive, 128Kw version with low mileage and I am happy with it, owned for 8 yrs, original engine & parts except for alternator & ac compressor elastic drive couplings & freewheels, & filters, alternator overhaul while couplings were done. Original auto transmission going ok, regularly serviced. All brakes have been done once. Suspension changes.
Make your list of essential requirements, try hard to stick to it.
2.5 5cyl life expectancy is very dependent on regular early oil changes with the correct 506.01 oil, try to verify its usage.
Air conditioning, electric windows, swivel seats, cruise control, rear wiper, all add to the comfort, If it has them make sure all are operational.
When looking, if they have done around 100K miles (you'll be lucky) try and find one which has had a major service at 100,000 miles recently completed,
- Includes air, cabin filters, oil & oil filter changed, etc
- Includes - Alternator & ac compressor elastic drive couplings & freewheels renewed, also fuel filter.
If you can't be sure of those items then allow for those costs or be a little careful, they should have been done.
If auto trans, it is essential it has been serviced at least a couple of times with new pan filter & ATF, the "sealed for life" instruction was the death knell for these, no service no buy, verify.
If 4Motion ask for a service history, test drive & with diff lock on if fitted (read up how)
Always follow up verifying of servicing history, ask for invoices, dealer service records.
This is just a short list, you probably know most of it, good luck.
I have a 12 year old T5.
All brake calipers have been renewed. When the back brake pads wear down to about half the brakes seem to bind on.
Resulting in the disc and wheel heating up quite hot.
I change the pads at this stage and it usually solves the problem.
During the lockdown i decided to convert my old 2004 t5 1.9 into a camper, she had been stood for a while(almost 2 years) so i decide to go the whole hog and instal an evo, design kitchen, rusty lee rock n roll, ebber heater, gti captain seats, and the list goes on and around 7k plus later...
Anyone sent tyres recently? i need to get a courier to collect 4 tyres for me, without the hassle of boxing them up preferabl, last time I posted some tyres I cable tied 2 together and posted them in pairs, can’t remember who it was with though, but no need to wrap/box them up.
the guy I have...
Hello Again. I really could do with some good advice
I’m sure this has probably been covered before but I am in a bit of a conundrum regarding which bed to get for my van.
I have 5 weeks to try and sort my van For hopefully a pending getaway in the uk.🤞
I am currently looking at beds and...