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Hello all,
I've been reading and searching the forum to try and decide what to do about my van. Thought it was a very informative useful place with some

really helpful people, so have just joined.

Meet my van:
My Van is N reg. T4 Automatic Petrol Panel Van 2.5 engine. I bought it new in October 1995. People seem to refer to it as 1996.
I have put windows in the rear sliding door panel and the panel opposite. Just 2 front seats. I have a frail in the back to carry stuff that can be strapped to it. I always have anything I need with me. Seen others out of trouble too. It's a bit like a very large handbag!

Why do I still have this van?
First, I have to have automatic because I have a left leg that doesn't work - can't use a clutch.
Second, I have to have petrol (now) because I go to London and the Emissions level needs to comply (mine does)
Third, The diesel one hadn't come out yet when I bought it :)
Fourth, It's been reliable for so many years.
Last tho' not least, I just love my van!

Now, forgive me if this bit is in the wrong place in the Forum, and let me know.

I'm so-o sad because the automatic gearbox is slipping - doesn't pull at all in top and just about got me home in 3rd and second, and it smells of burning oil. Probably because I drove it home nearly a hundred miles after it started slipping. I daren't drive it again.

Those around me declare it's time to say goodbye......
I'm not convinced.
There isn't a replacement van that I can find anywhere - I can't begin to afford a new one or even a bit newer one.....

And the big question is: SHOULD I fix it?

My instinct says that I should mend it (have it mended)
Surely a similar van of a similar age is going to be in a similar state so any risk of futher repairs being needed is the same - what's the point of changing for one whose history I don't know?

I have to admit now that I aready had the box refurbished 3 years ago using these arguments.

I recently had the ignition switch replaced and the front brake shoes replaced. The tyres are good.
It went well 'til the other day....

I have found a place in Erith who say thay can rebuild the auto box for a set price, well under £2k including 2 year or 24K miles warranty. I wonder how I can get it there... it's over 200 miles.

Is this a stupid way to think? Am I too emotinally involved with my van? Am I a fool?
Is there another solution?
Does anyone have an opinion on this?
 

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Hi and welcome to the forumT:,

it sounds like your gearbox has had it if you can smell burning. You could try a fluid and filter change, but by the sound of it I think it's probably to late.

If your van is good in all other respects then I would recommend having the gearbox re-built and a new torque convertor, I would ask on this forum for recommendations of good auto rebuilders in your area. The reason I say torque convertor as well is a lot of garages will remove the gearbox and send it off for re-build, but will fit it to the existing torque convertor. If you take it to an auto specialist that does the whole job then usually you can alleviate these problems.

Your van will still be worth good money (depending on condition), but you are probably looking at the best part of 2K maybe more for a re-build and fitting. There are loads of forum members in Devon so you should get advice soon.

Best of luck and let us know how you get onT:
 

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Hi and welcome to the forumT:,

it sounds like your gearbox has had it if you can smell burning. You could try a fluid and filter change, but by the sound of it I think it's probably to late.

If your van is good in all other respects then I would recommend having the gearbox re-built and a new torque convertor, I would ask on this forum for recommendations of good auto rebuilders in your area. The reason I say torque convertor as well is a lot of garages will remove the gearbox and send it off for re-build, but will fit it to the existing torque convertor. If you take it to an auto specialist that does the whole job then usually you can alleviate these problems.

Your van will still be worth good money (depending on condition), but you are probably looking at the best part of 2K maybe more for a re-build and fitting. There are loads of forum members in Devon so you should get advice soon.

Best of luck and let us know how you get onT:
Thank you for a very quick reply.
The van is not in PERfect condition - she's 17 years old! A Big Stone jumped out of a Devon hedge/wall once and jagged the sliding door and caught the rear wing, but there's little rust, the odd edge. All thoroughly undersealed at birth. Likely to need a new exhaust at some point.

It's encouraging that you're not saying - Chuck it - yet.

I didn't ask about the torque converter when I spoke to the place in Erith, I shall phone them again tomorrow and check, but they auto Specialists only. They say they have done plenty of caravelles and T4Vans too. Am I allowed to post their name or website here in case anyone knows them? They were really helpful on the phone and they gave a fixed rebuild price of £1716 all in. (inc VAT and warranty) Just a Question of Distance really.

For auto specialists in the South West, thanks, it would be good to ask here. Should I make a new thread, and under which part of the forum?
There is one in Plymouth, but they are booked out for some weeks. They refurbished it last time, 3 years ago.
 

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Thank you for a very quick reply.
The van is not in PERfect condition - she's 17 years old! A Big Stone jumped out of a Devon hedge/wall once and jagged the sliding door and caught the rear wing, but there's little rust, the odd edge. All thoroughly undersealed at birth. Likely to need a new exhaust at some point.

It's encouraging that you're not saying - Chuck it - yet.

I didn't ask about the torque converter when I spoke to the place in Erith, I shall phone them again tomorrow and check, but they auto Specialists only. They say they have done plenty of caravelles and T4Vans too. Am I allowed to post their name or website here in case anyone knows them? They were really helpful on the phone and they gave a fixed rebuild price of £1716 all in. (inc VAT and warranty) Just a Question of Distance really.

For auto specialists in the South West, thanks, it would be good to ask here. Should I make a new thread, and under which part of the forum?
There is one in Plymouth, but they are booked out for some weeks. They refurbished it last time, 3 years ago.
I would ask in this section - http://www.vwt4forum.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=18
but don't expect an answer straight away as there are not that many with auto's, best of luckT:
 

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I would ask in this section - http://www.vwt4forum.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=18
but don't expect an answer straight away as there are not that many with auto's, best of luckT:
Thanks Spanners, I have posted there to ask for a recommendation. I really hope I don't have to scrap my van, I'ts been my only vehicle all the years I've had it.
Now I've had to get a little CAR to get around in the meantime....
yes, a Car http://www.vwt4forum.co.uk/images/smilies/eek.gif
 

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Hi all,

Remember I was agonising on how to get the van to the fixing shop? :(

On the off chance, I rang the AA and told them the problem. Said although I'm safe at home would they look, please?
To my astonishment they declared my van unsafe to drive and were happy to relay it all the way to the specailists in Erith.
Thus saving me a great deal of difficulty, and money, I suspect. T:

Off it went this morning:D
Booked in to for tomorrow :D :D

So it's going to have a rebuilt autobox. (should'a given it a wash...)

Happy Chapette today!
:):):)

 

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Hey, read your thread the other day, sorry about the sick van. Was just perusing the classifieds and saw an auto box with new torque converter for sale, £400! May be too late now, but thought I would mention it T:
 

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Hey, read your thread the other day, sorry about the sick van. Was just perusing the classifieds and saw an auto box with new torque converter for sale, £400! May be too late now, but thought I would mention it T:
Thanks for this - that sounded a good deal and I appreciate your interest, but -
Yes it was too late, the van was on its way to Erith, and I couldn't have fitted it myself. I guess it would have cost me a quite bit to have it checked and fitted.

All is fixed now and I have put the result on the other thread:
http://www.vwt4forum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=269537

I'm so chuffed - I am getting the dent in the side door fixed soon and putting in flush privacy windows in the side panels next week.
A bit of TLC all round.

Still keeping it as a van, it's still the most useful that way. I can camp in it when I need/want to - just no fancy fittings, but I suspect it might undergo some tranformations in its - or my - dotage!

There are some pretty inspiring conversions on this forum.A:
 

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Wow you fixed it, ive just read the above and thought this isnt going to end well for the poor ol' v dub BUT it did A:

You must have a huge sense of loyalty to her, having owned her from brand new T:

Ive got to ask, does it cost you a fortune to run her being a petrol and auto but i guess you could always lpg her.

Dave
 

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Wow you fixed it, ive just read the above and thought this isnt going to end well for the poor ol' v dub BUT it did A:

You must have a huge sense of loyalty to her, having owned her from brand new T:

Ive got to ask, does it cost you a fortune to run her being a petrol and auto but i guess you could always lpg her.

Dave
Thanks for the applause T4 Dave, and taking an interest in my little story.

I am delighted she's staying with me for some time yet... :D:D:D

I have made a new thread about petrol consumption as I wondered how mine compares.
Maybe people will have some interesting answers!
it's here:
http://www.vwt4forum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=287835

Yes, I did think about lpg - more than once. Not sure I want to carry the tank around and I think it could be a problem getting it round here. It's rather remote and I have to be careful to remember to fill up whenever I pass a station with a decent price! I'm reluctant to make a special trip to get fuel.

I do think the issue of automatic and heavy consumption a bit of a myth. It depends how you drive it, and autos got that reputation a very long time ago. They are much improved by now, I think.

More years ago than I care to remember, I had an auto transit van, and tranny folk used to flat out not believe the good mileage I got out of that....
Maybe it was just that van, who knows.

Of course the relative economy of diesel versus petrol is a different issue.....I really don't know how they compare at the moment.
 
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