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★★☆☆☆

“Expensive to buy and Over rated”

Written on: 04/05/2013 by Veedub (1 review written)

I have had this van for 1 year and I'm worried about what this thing is gonna cost me when the warranty runs out. Luckily, when i bought the van i didn't want money off i wanted the vw warranty extending by another year just in case and boy am i glad i did that now. So far i have 5 months remaining of the 3 year warranty and i have had a dual mass fly wheel, cv boot, anti roll bar links, off side shock absorber with mounting and bearing plus a power steering pump... Im only at 42k This is… Read Full Review

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Veedub's Response to Veedub's Review

Written on: 04/05/2013

Van is 2010 transporter t5.1 aka t28 2.0tdi 84ps

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Bruceghinn's Response to Veedub's Review

Written on: 13/10/2013

I agree, I have one with no warranty and its costing me a fortune almost something major every month! It really is getting to the point where I'm running out of recovery breakdown company's that will let me join. I know several other people with vw vans and they all seem to have reliability issues.
I agree, sell as soon as possible!

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★★★★☆

“Engine problems”

Written on: 12/03/2013

I have a t26 85 TDI it's on a 04 plate and has done 104,000miles my problem is this when I start it up I get black smoke when driven I get to 20mph I get puffs of black smoke and kangaroo hops as if there is a blockage then it clears same at 60mph but won't go any faster if I hit a slight incline I loss power and it falls to 40mph puffing out black smoke I've changed air flow meter ,egr valve ,fuel filter but still no good has anyone got any suggestions… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“VW T5 WASTE OF MONEY!!”

Written on: 28/02/2013 by GAZ1668 (1 review written)

BOUGHT VW 1.9TD TWO YEARS AGO HAD FULL VW SERVICE HISTORY,I CHANGED THE CAMBELT WITH A FULL SERVICE LAST OCTOBER, THEN JAN THIS YEAR DOING 30MPH THE ENGINE CAME TO A STOP NO WARNING LIGHT NOTHING .AA TOWED IT IN TO LOCAL GARAGE JUST BEEN INFORMED ENGINE SEIZED DUE TO LACK OF OIL PRESSURE AS PUMP HAS FAILED.THIS VAN HAS ONLY DONE 58K MILES!! COST TO REPAIR £6000 ..BE WARNED!!!… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Own one before complaining”

Written on: 22/08/2012

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★☆☆☆☆

“TERRIBLE - most unreliable vehicle in history”

Written on: 28/05/2012 by steviecheeks (1 review written)

Looks great and really good to drive until it breaks down, which is constantly. If you like the added buzz of 'how much will the van cost me this month!?' added onto dull reliable motoring then this is the vehicle for you. I bought this vw t5 2.5 shuttle in 2008 and would recommend to anyone thinking about buying one to budget at least 10k a year plus very regular and very expensive servicing. Beyond 40000 milles everything will break: power steering and oil pumps, steering racks (twice)… Read Full Review

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“engine cut out ”

Written on: 10/05/2012 by sparkyoil (1 review written)

HI tryed all the vans under the sun could not aford a vw so in end of got a 56 plate swb t5 85 hp 39km every thing ok till you drive over a bump / pot hole the engine gives a miss or to yes i know it is a broken wire or a bad connection had the same fault on an older one across the bulk head but this one has got me any ideas ??????????? if not up for sale and i will lease… Read Full Review

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“VW T5 The most unreliable, botched vehicle I had ever...”

Written on: 29/04/2012 by adammanthorpe (1 review written)

I purchased a 2010 VW T5 180PSI DSG Auto in september 2010 brand new from Eurovans Eastbourne. From day one I have had to endure fault after fault and I am now of the opinion that the vehicle is irreparable Here is a list of the problems to date and the outcome of each:- •Radio reception not working properly - Eurovans explained that this was happening in all the Transporters made at the same time and that there was not a fix at that moment in time. I was assured that they where working on it… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“unreliable”

Written on: 22/03/2012

Lovely to drive, quality interior, very comfortable. BUT so unreliable. I have a 2010 t5, it has covered 75k. Parts replaced since new - driveshaft (3 times), exhaust gas valve, abs sensor, water pump. Clearly this is a huge disappointment. I am not alone. My company lease many transporters, all have had similar unreliability. I am now looking longingly at cheaper and more reliable Hyundai iload. … Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 08/04/2012

Hi. I had 2 T5's in 2 years and replaced 4 clutches. I finally rid myself of VW in Dec and purchased a Hyundai H1 (South Africa).....far superior to the VW. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT....After VW treating me like an idiot and the high prices to repair these German vehicles, I am telling as many people as I possible can about one of the most underrated vehicles around. You will not be sorry. Petrols is under powered but the diesel is AMAZING.

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★☆☆☆☆

“Fire Danger”

Written on: 16/02/2012 by Shawtarse (1 review written)

When shopping, the power totally went in whole car, even locks. RAC spent 2 hrs trying to find fault and eventually towed it to nearest dealer. I recieved a phone call once they'd looked at it and said there was a serious fault with electrical loom in battery and fuse system. It had worked it's way loose which should never happened. It was something serious when vehicle was made and it was surprising that van had not caught fire! Now they're considering recalling all of these models for… Read Full Review

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“starting fault”

Written on: 14/12/2011 by jmsplumbing (1 review written)

hi i have a t5 1.9 2008 had it sinse new and it has run like a swiss wath never missed a beat i love the thing but the other day i went to start it but it was dead the battery is fine starter motor has been changed but no luck any one else had the same problem please help… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to jmsplumbing's Review

Written on: 27/01/2012

Got exactly the same problem.It's been in Lookers the official Volkswagen dealers for 3 weeks, and they haven't fixed it yet.Just don't know what to do next.

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Shamoooozal's Response to jmsplumbing's Review

Written on: 03/03/2014

oh wow. I have a 96 Transporter and it has been really good for the last 3 years but in the last six months I have had to replace battery, alternator, timing belt, cooling hoses etc and now, it has broken down again. 2nd time in two years so I figure, it must be the starter motor???? anyway, it is on the side of the road at the moment and will be taking to a Volksy dealer in Enfield SA tommorrow. Hopefully, it won't cost an arm and a leg. It just cut out while in 2nd gear and when I turn the key, lights come on, but no sound. ??? :(

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★★★★★

“45000 mls no probs whatever, 3 services no work,”

Written on: 16/06/2011 by CaptainWildfish (1 review written)

Best van in the world,we have 2, LWB and SWB,both 1.9 104,LWB 58000 miles,SWB 62000,just sold LWB and about to get a one year old replacment,I kid you not this is the best vehicle I ever owned and I have had plenty over 40 years of driving… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“WARNING DONT BUY ONE.. They are rubbish it keeps...”

Written on: 18/01/2011

WARNING DONT BUY ONE.. They are rubbish it keeps breaking down, its one thing after another. Its the most unreliable van i have own in my life time… Read Full Review

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“Bought a lovely new van for work the 1.9 102PS...”

Written on: 03/12/2010

Bought a lovely new van for work the 1.9 102PS Transporter yet it has only covered 22,000 miles and had 1 service but now it keeps smoking when I pull away. It will even produce black smoke when you give it a light rev. VW have changed the turbo, EGR valve, air flow meter and now air filter and fuel filter. They still can't find anything wrong but do admit there is a problem.
Does anyone know what this could be?… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 29/05/2011

If V W cant tell you what is wrong with it i can. You have at some stage over revered it and damaged the small oil seals that are around the valve stems. The oil now runs down the valve stem and into the combusting chamber where it is burnt. You will be able to confirm this by the fact that it now uses more oil than it use to. Not much more but still more. To solve this problem the cylinder head has to be removed, all valves taken out, new seals and caps fitted.

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★★☆☆☆

“08 transporter 85ps 1.9 tdi been driving it for a week...”

Written on: 28/11/2010

08 transporter 85ps 1.9 tdi been driving it for a week now its a smooth drive but very slugish of the start even with tho the van is empty anybody else have the same problem if so wat was the problem thanks… Read Full Review

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“I bougt the T30 130bhp 2.5 diesel vehicle new for my...”

Written on: 29/07/2010

I bougt the T30 130bhp 2.5 diesel vehicle new for my caravan servicing business and carrying a load of kit with racking. The clutch went at 20000 miles and was covered under warranty they said the flywheel was at fault. Tyres went at 11500 miles which wasn't very good but harder compound tyres have lasted over 20000 and still loads of miles left in them. Very good mpg at 30-32mpg with a full load on. Can… Read Full Review

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“i have a fault with my 1.9 tdi t5 where it sometimes...”

Written on: 10/06/2010 by shagstar (1 review written)

i have a fault with my 1.9 tdi t5 where it sometimes seems to rev to above 2000rpm on its own on startup and also a new fault the other day was a lack of power and seemed to be missing,i have been told this could be a fault with the camshaft position sensor.if anyone has experienced the same problems it would be nice to know how these faults where rectified many thanks stu… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Transporter 85ps 1.9TDI. Very nice van to drive.Very...”

Written on: 29/03/2010

Transporter 85ps 1.9TDI. Very nice van to drive.Very sturdy construction and the engine is surprisingly beefy for a 1.9. I live in a very hilly area and it doesnt seem to notice the inclines! very happy with it… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Vw Transporter 1.9 tdi 104 - having covered 73000...”

Written on: 20/01/2010

Vw Transporter 1.9 tdi 104 - having covered 73000 mostly trouble free i would recommend, my faults with this van are a couple of minor one's.
1 - comfort armrest has collapsed three times but has been replaced under warranty, 2 - indicator stalk cancels but then flashes in opposite direction - has been replaced twice for a vw polo item - does have cruise control fitted, 3 - which is a major problem for me is that i had to have the bridge wiring repaired three times as the wiring has come apart… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“i got a 58 vw from new, i had window problem, now the...”

Written on: 24/12/2009 by berty1952 (1 review written)

i got a 58 vw from new, i had window problem, now the cluth is on the way out, told the clucth is not warranted, 650 pounds,very loud it is,85bhp,anyone had the same problem… Read Full Review

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“I have a '55' registered VW Transporter T5. It is...”

Written on: 19/08/2009 by JStepien (2 reviews written)

I have a '55' registered VW Transporter T5. It is fairly good looking, but one massive problem with it is that it doesnt hold half as much as it should. I think the interior is a bit bland, but as it is a van I am not expecting much anyway. I like the toughness of the vehicle and I think it is good for speed, but I think it is a bit underpowered as it is only a 1.9 TDi. At least a 2.1 I think… Read Full Review

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Badbusdriver's Response to JStepien's Review

Written on: 04/01/2010

the comments stated are meaningless and contradictory!, "the van doesnt hold half as much as it should"?, what does that mean?!, vw transporter t5's come as short or long wheelbese, they have standard or high roof, and are named t26 through to t32, relating to their gvw, it aint hard to work out!. so if j stephen bought a van which couldnt carry what he wanted weight wise, and/or wasnt physically big enough, who is at fault?. also, he says it is good for speed, but a bit underpowered as it is only a 1.9 tdi!. now there is an obvious contradiction in there, you may have noticed!, but the fact remains that unless you are a boy racer, the 1.9, even the 84bhp version, is perfectly adequate. but, if the 1.9 really isnt enough, there are two 2.5 tdi's to choose from, so buy one of them. there is no useful information here.

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