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I subscribed to the magazine a few issues after it was launched, but I have to admit after receiving the latest issue of the magazine (18), I'm really not feeling the love anymore :(

What do others think about the magazine? To my eyes it seems to feature far too many 'blinged up' T4's where the owners seem to have bypassed tasteful modification to create very over the top vans! I'm talking bull bars, chrome stick on bits and garish interiors!!

I mean "each to their own", but there doesn't seem to be that much imagination involved? Also there seems to be very little information on each build about the engine and chassis modifications or indeed how the vans actually drive?

The information provided (particularly relating to engines) appears to be full of errors?

In this months magazine there is a feature on a particularly 'bright' bronzy orange T4 and it states that it started out as a 2001 panel van 1.9td. No mention is made of an engine swap but the BHP is shown as 88BHP? (1.9 td has 68 BHP).

In another featured T4 article this month is states that a standard van started out as a 2001 T4 Transporter 800 Special 1.9tdi?

I wasn't aware that such a 'standard' van existed? T4's in standard diesel form came as 1.9d, 1.9td, 2.4d and 2.5Tdi.

The magazine does do some things well such as the features on people actually using the vans to go on adventures! T:

But, I'm not sure that is enough to make it a good mag?

I recently came across a free VW magazine 'Hayburner' (you pay for postage only) and leafed through a few copies whilst my van was worked on at my VW specialist in Telford. Although devoted to air cooled dubs, it just goes to show what can be achieved. Some of the features in that magazine are almost works of art.

Hayburner did feature a T4 recently and the van was stunning. Perfect beige-cream paint-job, nice alloys and lovely yellow tint windows with a few engine and suspension mods -minimal but highly tasteful and different in it's simplicity. A:

Think I will probably finish my subscription to VW Bus T4&T5, maybe I expect too much? I:

Any thoughts?

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Most of the vans in the mag are submitted by the readers I think.
The mag can only go on the write up and pictures givenT:
I will be submitting my own write up and pics in the hope my new van can grace the pages of a future editionA:

I personally like it but I guess its all down to what you want from the magazine;)
 

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Only ever really bought dub mags and they are all pretty much a muchness in fairness to the editors/writers etc.

Ok, maybe the errors are a tad careless but you look at volksworld/flat 4/total vw etc etc and there is only so much you can do to a van etc. once you get to the point where every possible combination has been exhausted then the mags do get a bit 'samey' . I don't think that is the fault of the publishers.

Maybe it is our fault as end users for not being innovative enough, wanting to push the boundaries etc etc.

We all hurl at some of the Polish body kits/mods but are they totally unique from the majority of uk mag featured vans?

At the end of the day you can retrim the interior, choose one of many RnR beds and cabinet combinations, change wheels and lower it from anything to nothing to on the floor with bags and change the paint.

Despite doing this they still end up looking the same.

Nature of the beast I guess.T:
 

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I used to get these mags, but you can see the same vans on here for a tenner a year, and ask the people questions. Some of the 'how to' items are useful, inasmuch as you can see pictures clearer than on a PC screen. I think this goes for all mags though, not just the VW ones. Having said all this, it must be nice to see your van in a mag, after you've spent time and money on it. T:
 

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I was chuffed mine made it in the peep show this month........and still enjoy reading the Mag because after leaving endless copies in our toilet and by the Bath, my Wife FINALLY started reading them and came round to the Idea of me having one!:D:DA:
 

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My subscription to VW T4 & T5 has just come to an end and regretably I will not be renewing it. It is the same old same old month in and month out. I agree with most of the points raised in the other posts above but I think the publishers have become lazy or just lack imagination. I also find far too many errors which really annoys me considering the price we pay.
I have just bought the latest VWT mag which does seem better but I will buy a few more copies tomake sure it is better before thinking about a subscription.
 

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I know what your saying
I was happy to see my van in the magazine after winning the photo competition. What a con that was, still waiting for my prize despite contacting both the editor of the magazine and the supplier of the steering wheels which was the prize without success. That was back in August when I won in issue 15 . Another forum member has since also won the competition and is also still waiting for his prize. Be aware don't bother entering the competition because you won't get the prize you enter to win
 

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It's not the delay in the prize, it's the lack of communication from both parties which is annoying
 

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Yeah it is. It just annoys you when they say to contact them and they don't have the courtesy to contact you back.
 

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I know what your saying
I was happy to see my van in the magazine after winning the photo competition. What a con that was, still waiting for my prize despite contacting both the editor of the magazine and the supplier of the steering wheels which was the prize without success. That was back in August when I won in issue 15 . Another forum member has since also won the competition and is also still waiting for his prize. Be aware don't bother entering the competition because you won't get the prize you enter to win
Hi

I'm sorry you have not received your prize, we do not hold the prizes our self especially the photo comp prize as the steering wheel is a prize but they do offer the winner other stuff as well so they get a choice. Once a winner has been chosen we contact the supplier giving them the winners details and then they sort the prize out. Now if this is not happening something needs to change!

Can you please email me your details to [email protected] and if you can let me know the name of the other forum member and I will also contact them.

I will PM you this message as well

Regards

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i used to buy all these mags but its the same stuff over and over again, forums are the way aheadT:
In a way, I agree with doulsey, I find all these mags pretty similar.

I have tried to put my finger on exactly what it is I like to read about : ...... something we all have in common, something exciting about owning a VDub camper, especially if like me you are new to the whole scene, reading about people`s adventures away and just enjoying the whole freedom "can go anywhere and anytime" attitude.... and it clicked..... I like to read about how people go away and enjoy their van, people with vans they meet, fotos of meets and the pics of vans on the campsites, sharing their ideas, STANDARD rides used DAILY and hints and tips on PRACTICAL things they`ve done to their vans to make there experiences more comfortable. This mag does not exist! lol!

You can, as doulsey says, only really get all this from a superb forum like this!

I`m fed up of reading about blinged up vans, taking MONTHS of work to complete, vans that look stunning..... but you would never use properly! There`s no way you would cook in these things, get a speck of dirt in these things or go for weekends camping/ beer festivals/ concerts in them. The diamond-shaped hand-stitched seats and rock and roll bed burgandy or egg-shell blue leather and shag-pile carpets....you daren`t lie down and make a bed in these in case you scuff the leather, surely! Don`t get me wrong, I have the upmost respect for the workmanship and time these people put into their vans, but I would be too scared to leave it parked anywhere! Highly nickable-looking vans with mega paint-jobs, massive rims and all chromed up!

With the upmost of respect, I just wonder if these mags are all just about loving a van and just showing what you can do, and being proud (and rightly so!) of the end product of months of modifications? If so, maybe just do up a Renault Traffic, Mercedes Sprinter or a Ford Transit? Are you really "getting" the VW Bus heritage and pedigree and freedom lifestyle-thing?

Every mag, be it BMW, Audi, Classic American, Tractor! etc seem to go by the same format, loads of advert and insurance pages, cars and vans sooooo concours condition I`d be too scared to use or park up, rides well out of reach financially and realistically of everyday people, with one page of readers rides:*

I appreciate these vans are showing what can be done to them, the owners should be very proud of what can be achieved, but not everyone has the time or money or inclination to do this.

Take away the endless pages of adverts and in-your-face blinged vehicles, and your left with about three pages of readers rides, people going away for the odd weekend and their adventures and people sharing their experiences and enjoying the whole "freedom" thing:) But nearly £4.00 is a lot for three pages!

Hope no one was offended by this post, meant no harm guys

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In this months magazine there is a feature on a particularly 'bright' bronzy orange T4 and it states that it started out as a 2001 panel van 1.9td. No mention is made of an engine swap but the BHP is shown as 88BHP? (1.9 td has 68 BHP).

In another featured T4 article this month is states that a standard van started out as a 2001 T4 Transporter 800 Special 1.9tdi?

I wasn't aware that such a 'standard' van existed? T4's in standard diesel form came as 1.9d, 1.9td, 2.4d and 2.5Tdi.
Also one thing I read allot is the use of Tdi - that isn't a VW thing, it's a Range Rover thing!

On VW's it's all capitals D, TD or TDI :D
 

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Just about to give up on the mag myself, same old same old really:(

Page upon page of the same adverts, features of peeps finished vans (yes they are lovely) but I'd prefer more hands on articles like "How to lower your bus" then info on how it affects the handling once done etc...loads of stuff could be looked at Banding, S/S exhausts, fitting night heating (safety), light upgrades (internal & external), old seats to new seats..... list goes on and on I:
 

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In a way, I agree with doulsey, I find all these mags pretty similar.

I have tried to put my finger on exactly what it is I like to read about : ...... something we all have in common, something exciting about owning a VDub camper, especially if like me you are new to the whole scene, reading about people`s adventures away and just enjoying the whole freedom "can go anywhere and anytime" attitude.... and it clicked..... I like to read about how people go away and enjoy their van, people with vans they meet, fotos of meets and the pics of vans on the campsites, sharing their ideas, STANDARD rides used DAILY and hints and tips on PRACTICAL things they`ve done to their vans to make there experiences more comfortable. This mag does not exist! lol!

You can, as doulsey says, only really get all this from a superb forum like this!

I`m fed up of reading about blinged up vans, taking MONTHS of work to complete, vans that look stunning..... but you would never use properly! There`s no way you would cook in these things, get a speck of dirt in these things or go for weekends camping/ beer festivals/ concerts in them. The diamond-shaped hand-stitched seats and rock and roll bed burgandy or egg-shell blue leather and shag-pile carpets....you daren`t lie down and make a bed in these in case you scuff the leather, surely! Don`t get me wrong, I have the upmost respect for the workmanship and time these people put into their vans, but I would be too scared to leave it parked anywhere! Highly nickable-looking vans with mega paint-jobs, massive rims and all chromed up!

With the upmost of respect, I just wonder if these mags are all just about loving a van and just showing what you can do, and being proud (and rightly so!) of the end product of months of modifications? If so, maybe just do up a Renault Traffic, Mercedes Sprinter or a Ford Transit? Are you really "getting" the VW Bus heritage and pedigree and freedom lifestyle-thing?

Every mag, be it BMW, Audi, Classic American, Tractor! etc seem to go by the same format, loads of advert and insurance pages, cars and vans sooooo concours condition I`d be too scared to use or park up, rides well out of reach financially and realistically of everyday people, with one page of readers rides:*

I appreciate these vans are showing what can be done to them, the owners should be very proud of what can be achieved, but not everyone has the time or money or inclination to do this.

Take away the endless pages of adverts and in-your-face blinged vehicles, and your left with about three pages of readers rides, people going away for the odd weekend and their adventures and people sharing their experiences and enjoying the whole "freedom" thing:) But nearly £4.00 is a lot for three pages!

Hope no one was offended by this post, meant no harm guys

Ritchie
I agree with everything in this post! At the VW specialist I take my van to in Telford I see loads of other T4's T25's T5's etc and apart from maybe one or two all the vans have signs of everyday use and are nowhere near the standard you see in the VW Bus magazine. I do wonder as well why the vans they feature seem to be so blinged up and often in very bad taste. There was even a T4 featured a few months back that had a flamed paint job...it was hideous!! :eek: IMHO I should add.

I would imagine that most of the vans on this forum are well used, some with dents and rusty bits and not the concours examples they feature every month in the magazine. I mean I can't even get my head around how much some of these guys (and gals) spend on their vans to get them so immaculate and to keep them that way? :confused: A top respray is going to leave no change out of £2500; then the wheels/tyres, rock n roll bed, pop top, lush interiors etc, etc. Do these people not have a life outside of their van? I.e. a girlfriend; a wife; a mortgage to pay; a business to run; other hobbies?

Plus there is so much focus on what the vans look like and not how they drive? I mean there was a guy who had a 1.9d and lavished £1000's on it making it look like a surf shack (on the inside). Surely he would have been better served to have spent the half the money on a 1.9 TDi conversion?

Anyway each to their own, but I hope the guys who produce this magazine read this thread!!

Could be a great magazine, however for now it is merely a very average one:( (IMHO) T:
 
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