by happy camper from Lake Tahoe, NV on June 17, 2012
Since 1995 I have owned three and upgraded to super low mileage ones each time. Each I drove to around 100,000 with no major mechanical issues ever. 5 speed Manual or 4 speed automatic really does not have any different expenditure for maintenance costs. Personally, I have found people who cite complaints about repairs on the automatic probably did not know how to drive or maintain the eurovan properly. Given regular oil changes every 3000 miles and only using real german parts will provide years of virtually trouble free driving fun. I have driven problem free all around the country and actually prefer the 1995 bullet proof 5 cylinder to the V6. Much less maintenance and much less cost to repair and maintain. My best friend has a V6 and it seems like he pays a lot to run it and repair it where the 5 cylinder is bullet proof. Catalytic converter always goes out like clockwork at around 70,000 miles and with a new cat and 02 sensor the car runs and passes emissions like new. Besides changing plugs, belts, cap, and wires at regular intervals there really is not much to have to adjust since it has a central computer that sets everything. The less non vw mechanics touch and mess with it and you just maintain it following the service schedule the better and longer they run. It doesn't matter if it is a 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic both get 20-25mpg. With a lead foot driving, weight, or climbing altitude mileage will drop to 16-20mpg. Noticeable drops in mpg means you need to clean and change the coolant temp guage sensors and vacuum line filters. The advantage of the 5speed is driving pleasure. The advantage of the automatic is free hands and good for city driving and more practical with towing. This car will tow any lightweight <2000lb trailer just fine with a tongue weight under 300lbs. The car handles well in the snow as well due to the excess weight and weight distribution. Many years and lots of miles and fun with the 1995 Eurovan Camper. Don't let misleading repair shops and aftermarket VW Camper Parts Sellers mislead you into thousands of dollars for a new upgraded transmission that you dont need because these automatics were built to accommodate 1 ton work requirements in Germany as well as the suspension. Run only C or D rated tires and only Heavy Duty German Shocks and that is the best specs that VW Germany engineered for this car for the most stable and safe ride. See lots of German VW websites that sell parts and upgrades for this car cheap. Remember this particular chassis was used in Germany for years to make firetrucks, ambulances, and service cranes. Go ahead get one hold on to it and enjoy it.
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