Aging plastic components in the cooling system—including the connecting pipes to the radiator—can fail unexpectedly.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2003 Volkswagen EuroVan
2003 Volkswagen EuroVan
2003 Volkswagen EuroVan Problems
Due to the breakdown of the throw out bearing, premature clutch failure is common.
Our technicians recommend having the constant velocity (CV) boots and CV joints inspected at each service. Servicing torn CV boots early can prevent the need to replace the CV half shaft or CV joint.
The rear brakes tend to wear out quickly; rotors may need replacement by the first brake job. Our technicians recommend that the brakes be inspected for wear regularly.
Air flow and oxygen sensor failures are common and can cause drivability concerns.
2003 Volkswagen EuroVan Questions and Answers
There is a deafening high pitch alarm that starts up when the ignition is turned on (even before the engine is started. It doesn't stop. This is a Winnebago Rialta that is based on the Eurovan...
I TOOK OFF ENGINE COVER AND TRYING TO LOCATE SPARK PLUGS.
Car is full of Free-on and when we put in a new fuse it pops it out. Fan works but does not get cool. Whole thing was rebuilt 3 years ago after coils caught fire and burned up.
full of free-on. tried fuse and it pops it out. fan works. no cool air. what do we do next and what are the possibilities?
2003 Volkswagen EuroVan Reviews
My 6th vw, 2beetles, 2 vanogans and now my 2nd eurovan. 2003, 89000 miles, easy but around town miles. have the 4th transmission being installed as I write. windshield almost fell out while driving, the weather stripping started looking 'funny' then went down hill in about a month! went to buy new tires and was told size discontinued!(third set) brakes have been done three times. all services have been done, car lives in garage, one owner. I think this is my last vw. Mac. p.s. How many tranny problems?????
Purchased 2003 Weekender new, this is our second Eurovan. The van has performed flawlessly! We had a temp sensor and a tie rod go out. Other than those two items, we have just done regular wear items. Needs brakes and tires every 3 to 4 years. We use it 3-4 times a year on major road trips, skiing etc. I also use full synthetic oil at specified intervals. The weak point from what I hear, are the transmissions, I have been getting the fluid changed in the transmission once a year regardless of mileage.
I'm now driving my second Eurovan. The first one I bought as a 2003 leftover off the lot. I owned it three month before getting t-boned by a 16 year old. The impact pushed the pillar in one foot into the cabin and knocked the wheels off the passenger side. I went out and hunted down probably the last new one in the Northeast.
AC went, but VW replaced it. Very reliable, but little annoyances came up at about 50K miles. Interior trim started falling off/breaking. Minor problem with blinker. Other than that, I'm lovin it and hoping to drive it into the ground many years from now. No "minivan" compares, and the Touran is an embarassment of a younger sibling.
I own a 2003 EuroVan and I absolutely love it. It is big, very convenient (I have 3 kids) and it manages to move my whole family for a 2-week vacation by the beach with very little effort. It also has a relatively good mileage - 20 mpg on expresway fully loaded with cargo carrier. Maintenance, although not cheap has been only on wear and tear items. I have put about 50K mi in less than 4 years and the vehicle now has 73K mi... All I have done is changed tires and breaks once and put on new exhaust system. I do change oil regularly and use synthetic oil.