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By StL_Stadtroller on Friday, June 19, 2009
overall rating 5 of 10rating details
"This review is of the '99 12v MV model. I purchsed this van used in 03, with about 60k miles on it. I've owned VW microbuses since I started driving, so I sort of knew what I was getting. First - the van is very comfortable, fucntional and versitile. Nothing else on the market does quite what it does, the way it does it. Unfortunately that is the ONLY reason I still own the van. I have 130,000 miles on it now, and my lifetime MPG average is in the 17's. It seems to const around $1,000/yr in repairs to keep it on the road, on top of regular maintenance. Sometimes a little less, mostly a little more. thank God it's paid for. You'll probably have to take it to the dealer and pay dearly for repairs, as almost no independant shops will touch one. Especially if it's a Full Camper model. Later vans with the "ESP" traction system eat brakes up quickly, and a brake job at a shop runs around a grand, easy. The "major" service intervals at 40,000 miles cost around 6-800$ at the dealer. Oil changes at a "quick lube" take around an hour due to the ENOURMOUS belly pan that has to be removed to access the oil filter. Some shops will charge you an extra fee, and/or ask you to never come back again due to that pan. Driving the van however is great. You can't beat the vantage point of the road it gices you, it's ride is smooth and stable, and gopbs of power. Heat & AC work a treat - no scraping the INSIDE of the windshields in this VW! The solid feel and driveability beats all other minivans I've driven by miles. Road trips are a blast, though my cruise control hasn't worked since around the 90k mark. Non-US market models get a trick trip-calculator thingy built into the dash. The people here commenting that tires wear out fast - I wonder if they have the *correct* tires fitted - few Eurovans ever do. Tire shops don't realize they need Load range "C" tires (of which there is only like 1 or 2 brands in that size, that they have to special order). most shops slap standard car tires on them which wear out or fail in a flash. I've had the correct tires on mine (Michellin Agilis) for the last 20,000 miles and they still look brand-new. Correct brake-pads are essential also. Camping comfort without the Weekend package is limited. the biggest problem is the design of the pull-out bed. you can't have anything on the floor in fornt of it, all the way up to the edge of the jump seats. Cargo carrying is where my van really blows peoples minds. We can take the seats out (heavy!!) and fit 2 scooters inside easily, using the jump-seat anchors as tie-strap points, or I can load a full-size motorcycle in, without even having to take the windshield and mirrors off! (plus luggage and drink coolers) Just ride it right in! With a hitch-mounted hauler I can carry 3 scooters to a rally, or tow the biggest trailer full that you dare with no issues. If any other minivan out there offered the same kind of carrying ability, fuel mileage, towing capacity, and camping ability in one package I'd get rid of this in a heartbeat. The cashier at the VW dealer here says ALL us Eurovan owners tell her the same thing! Sadly, nothing else out there does what it does. Have been considering a Honda Element lately though. Seems like lots of former VW Type 2 fans have gone that way."
17 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By Homeschooler on Sunday, August 05, 2007
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"We bought our 2003 Cetified Pre-owned van about 1/2 years ago. It has been wonderful for our family. We're baffled as to why VW stopped making it, and why VW didn't market it better. We can't say enough good stuff about it. It is the greatest van for families, or people who camp, surf, fish, or hunt. The back seat area has a little table that pops up between the rear facing seat and the bench seat. That has been so convenient for eating, coloring, play-doh, etc. It also comes with a little refrigerator for keeping food cold for picnics or trips to the grocery store, where you have more stops afterward. The fridge, heater, and flourescent lights are all powered by an auxiliary battery. Perfect for overnight trips. The bench seat folds down to make a bed that can sleep two adults. In addition, there is a pop-up top with another bed big enough for two adults. A family with several small children can easily sleep in this van. It's great for days of errand-running. We call it our mobile clubhouse. You can walk around in the van with a minimum of stooping. It's very easy to change a diaper, or lay a blanket or rug on the floor and let the baby roll or crawl around. Need to nurse the baby? Close the curtains, put your feet up, and relax. Children can play in contained safety. Need to change clothes for swimming? Close those curtains, and you have an instant, clean changing room. At night, turn on the flourescent lights and open the windows. No bugs can get in, because there are screens in the windows! Heated seats are great for chilly days, muscle aches (or in my case, labor!). As for how it drives, it has great acceleration, easy to parallel park, you're up high, so it's easy to see. It's just so much fun! We haven't had a bit of mechanical trouble with it. I hope VW decides to bring this van back. We're on our second Eurovan, the first being a '93. We upgraded to the '03, and love it. Eurovans are about as scarce as hens' teeth, so if you find one, buy it!"
16 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By gregalicious on Thursday, May 15, 2008
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"Plenty of room and power. Eats brakes and tires. Replaced both at 20k. Gas mileage sucks too I get about 14-15mpg in town. Great for travel but driver seat and position not very comfortable on long trips. Needs adjustable steering column. Kids like all the room in back, good for changing at the beach. Handles well for a van. Cruises easily on freeway at 80+, quiet at highway speeds too."
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful