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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Volkswagen EuroVan

Volkswagen EuroVan Models:

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Volkswagen EuroVan Problems

Engine -- Verified

Aging plastic components in the cooling system—including the connecting pipes to the radiator—can fail unexpectedly.

Drive Train -- Verified

Due to the breakdown of the throw out bearing, premature clutch failure is common.

Brakes -- Verified

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.

Drive Train -- Verified

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.

Drive Train -- Verified

Reverse gear failures in the manual transmission models are common.

Volkswagen EuroVan Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., November 30, 2002

Summary: ON CERTAIN MINIVANS EQUIPPED WITH CHILD RESTRAINT ANCHORAGES (TETHER ANCHORAGES) FOR USE IN CONJUNCTION WITH CHILD RESTRAINTS INSTALLED IN THE THREE REARMOST SEATING POSITIONS, THE "SAFETY FIRST" PORTION OF THE OWNER'S MANUAL DELIVERED WITH THESE VEHICLES INCORRECTLY INSTRUCTS OWNERS TO GUIDE THE TETHER STRAP UNDERNEATH THE SEAT'S HEAD RESTRAINT AND TO RAISE THE HEAD RESTRAINT SLIGHTLY, IF NECESSARY.

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Brakes, February 5, 1994

Summary: THE HANDLE OF THE EMERGENCY BRAKE CONTAINS A TORSION SPRING WHICH IS DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT THE LOCKING MECHANISM REMAINS FIRMLY ENGAGED UPON APPLICATION OF THE EMERGENCY BRAKE. SOME OF THESE SPRINGS MAY HAVE BEEN IMPROPERLY INSTALLED.

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Engine, May 19, 2000

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MINI VANS. THE CONNECTING ENDS OF THE FUEL FEED AND RETURN HOSES IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT CAN "SETTLE" OVER TIME WHICH COULD CAUSE THE FASTENING CLAMPS TO LOSE THEIR TIGHT FIT AND PERMIT FUEL TO SEEP OUT AT THE HOSE CONNECTION.

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Engine, April 9, 1997

Summary: DURING THE INSTALLATION OF THE CAMPER EQUIPMENT, AN IMPROPERLY ADJUSTED POWER TOOL DRILL BIT PUNCTURED THE FUEL TANK VAPOR CONTAINER.

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Suspension & Steering, May 20, 1994

Summary: THESE STEERING WHEELS AND INCLUDE A UNIVERSAL JOINT WHICH IS ATTACHED TO STEERING SHAFTS AND SECURED BY LOCKING BOLTS. THE UNIVERSAL JOINT'S UPPER LOCKING BOLT WAS NOT SUFFICIENTLY TORQUED DURING MANUFACTURE, AND CAN EVENTUALLY LOOSEN.

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Volkswagen EuroVan Questions and Answers

jesebenz, 1993 Volkswagen EuroVan, Salisbury, MD

it has a 2.5 engine standard trans and the coolant light flashes. the coolant is ok, and i have replaced the resovior. where should i go next? anyone know? and do i have to worry about my reverse g...

carmenmio, 1993 Volkswagen EuroVan, Gasoline, Fremont, CA

Key fails to turn past the point to start the engine (the point where the key is pressing on the spring in the key cylinder) ,and the dash warning lights fail to come on . Head lights burn fine, r...

fredzoe, 1993 Volkswagen EuroVan, Elk Grove, CA

I drove my 93 Eurovan to work and now it won't start. I checked all the fuses and they are okay. I have power to the coil and to the distributor, but I am getting no spark from the coil.

Visitor, 1993 Volkswagen EuroVan, 2.5L 5 Cylinder, Portland, OR

ABS light turn on when i replace battery

Jorge77, 1993 Volkswagen EuroVan, 2.5L 5 Cylinder, Cabo Rojo, PR

EVERY TIME WHEN RUNNING WITH THE WINDOWS CLOSE AND THE A/C ON

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Volkswagen EuroVan Reviews

My 95 Euro Van has a badly cracked pop top. It has been repaired twice for small cracks but now it is cracked across the top. What are my options? thank you

I bought my '93 Eurovan GL Automatic brand new in late '92, made in Germany and one of the first to be delivered to SoCal. Fortunately, I also bought a 7 yr. 70K mi. warranty, because I would end up needing service DOZENS of times, which would otherwise have exceeded by multiples the cost of the warranty, even though I scrupulously maintained it for scheduled maintenance. Now, at just over 100K miles, this van has been in the shop over 70 times, and every time it seems the dealers messed up something else. Of course, I stopped going to the dealers because too costly. Besides being underpowered, noisy, top heavy, and uncomfortable, it has been the worst car I've ever owned in terms of servicing, worse than anything I could imagine, a real LEMON. Charging system doesn't keep battery charged even though alternator replaced twice, overheated numerous times and one cooling fan failed, oil cooler leaked oil into cooling system, front axle replaced, cat converter replaced, 3 out of 5 locks incl. ignition switch glove box and rear hatch went bad, BOTH electric windows went bad TWICE, speedometer odometer and gas gauge failed, AC major service, transmission now leaks badly and sometimes sticks in 2nd gear, and the list goes on and on. I wouldn't give this POS away to my worst enemy. Next stop: junkyard.

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 bought my 2002 Eurovan brand new in November 2001 and I love it, and everyone that has experienced loved it. I can't understand why VW of America stop importing the Eurovan, which is a very popular vehicle. The new one is called Van Panamericana and is available in Europe and I think Canada. I will love to buy the new one, which is a little longer and has more updated features.