Any VW T5 fans on here?

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Wrightpayne
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Any VW T5 fans on here?

After going camping and needing 2 cars to take all of our gear been pondering getting a T5. I think we’d also go cycling a bit more if I didnt have the 45min 4 bike load up time with our tow bar type carrier.

Browsing a few adverts / forums it seems to range from buying a van and converting it to a California and everything inbetween.

Key requirements would be:-

Purchase budget £15k ish.

6 seats minimum ideally rear seats being removeable.

Good load space - for 4 bikes or two cars worth of camping gear.

Dont currently need fitted cupboards or beds etc Just needs to be a comfortable people / load lugger.

Would prefer fairly standard vehicle rather than majorly modified / messed with.

Still in the research phase so any advice greatly appreciated incl which forums to use.

Shuttle or Caravelle seems to fit the bill.

Ian

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Hi Ian had quite a few VW vans but when sold last one looked  at ones for sale poss.two  years old some crazy miles and price ,, went to a garage to look at one said no ,,so he said how about a merc ,private use Vito 2-2 turbo diesel ,175 bhp 11000 miles paid 15-000 think equivalent VW with lot more miles wold be poss 5-6000 more , after having merc would def not go back to VW so have a run in one far better value van , 

derek

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I had a T4 for a few years. Big fan of self conversions.

However, rear seats with proper belts are an issue. most rock and roll beds won’t have 3 belted and legal seats.

Ideal combo for a self conversion for me would be plain white T5, paint bumpers body colour. Two seats up front, swivels. Rear rock and roll bed, a run of self build cabinets. (I adapted Ikea ones). Mine was a twin slider which was fabulous. Put a fronint facing fridge by drivers side slider, with room to get in, Smev two hob sink. Propex gas heating. 

fabulous vehiclle, so adaptable and as I’d kitted it out myself (mum made curtains) I didn’t mind shoving my kit in (bike, skateboards etc). No way would I buy a full price California as they would be too nice to chuck stuff in. 

from memory it was about £100 a side to drop in side windows. Essential on passenger side for visibility.

get one with a lift up rear and allow space to park bum on sill with a beer.

You can buy lift up roofs (not cheap). 

As I say, ideal for two... but unless you buy proper rear seats on sliders unsafe for more, and those are expensive fro legal ones.

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We started with a bay front van in the 1970's I managed to drop valves in 2 engines.. Now have a T5 with 280,000 miles on the clock . Me thinks it may be entering its final stages of life. Fabulous Van's Longy
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You sure its not a starship rather than a T5?

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VW vans are as you say great Stephen but bloody expensive for what you get ,,I have had four new ones and poss six others t4 t5 plus old air cooled and mini bus with swing seat but as said not a patch on a merc Vito value for money think now VW sells mainly cos of the badge 

Derek 

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Derek,

looking at the Vito you are right, definitely more value for money - head says Vito, heart says T5. If it was purely about function then the Vito wins. I have a few months to decide but currently the VW is stirring the emotions!

Ian

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WP YHM

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Expensive but worth the extra money, ReHaB T6 owners track day group on route to Anglesey  Driving

Cowering in a corner terrified that some know it all will pull me up about my poor spelling, grammar or punctuation.

 

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I've got one, they are no better or worse than other vans avoid the 2.5 Tdi lots of expensive stuff to go wrong on a complex engine, also try and avoid 5 speed gearboxes they are made of chocolate. The tdi 140 is probably the best of the bunch with a 6 speed gearbox avoid the Bi turbo 180 it has known oil burning issues. Probably the best van now is the Transit.

That said my van has been great I converted myself into a camper I got it six months old for a steal!

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Have a drive as said in a Vito merc before you make up your mind , agree above points I got one of last T4 did 125000 mikes ran great and abused it son got for work a T5 think it’s 180 as it’s been chipped but not been reliable 

Derek