i had a 2-5 petrol,did about the same mpg as wot everyone else has said but went like a frikken train!defo wouldnt be scared of a petrol t4,you probably would get a little more mpg out of a diesel but no where near the car like driveabilty!:ILU:i loved mine,got a 1.9 t5 now,like drivin a wind up tractor!
I've got a 2L caravelle, I also get just below the 30mpg mark too, 134k on the clock, doesn't smoke or drink oil, plenty of grunt, doesn't slow down on the hills. Easy to work on and parts are cheap, as it's a low compression version of the Golf GTi lump, loads of bits left in the scrap yard. My one tip would be- always carry a spare blue top 2 pin water temp sender in the van, kills 99 % of all known problems! If you feel you need genuine engine spares, always try the VW car dealer first, my local dealer parts bloke owns a T4, so he's always helpfull, the VW commercial dealer is miles away, although he has been helpful over the phone! (Must be the only pair of helpful main dealers in the country)
Yep Bunter, good tip. I've replaced 3 during the last 101k. They sorted out most of the problems, then the last time I changed the lamba probe too and its running better than ever. I get 17-20mpg on LPG, but always loaded 8-900kg and I beat the cak out of ol' bessie the 2L 2001 transporter. Roll on my newly puchased TDI velle for more grunt and higher cruising speeds. It'll do but the 2L is anemic, I've spent 5 years in the Alps in mine and enough is enough. Good for moderate loads and flat cruising but little more without drinking the gas severly. Always fancied the GTI lump in it.