Volkswagen Transporter Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Volkswagen Transporter reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

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Which big family cars do you recommend?

Answered by CarsGuide 3 May 2019

I don’t believe there’s an SUV that would meet your needs. The best and most sensible solution would be a peoplemover, like a Toyota Tarago, Hyundai iMax, VW Transporter.

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No help from VW

Answered by CarsGuide 9 Nov 2012

Most manufacturers have what they call "Filled for Life" transmissions, but they can still be serviced. Like you we believe VW should be more transparent when it comes to problems instead of adopting a head-in-the-sand approach, as they appear to do when confronted with a problem.

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VW Transporter stops and stalls

Answered by CarsGuide 6 Sep 2011

Check the catalytic converter to make sure it hasn’t collapsed internally and is blocking the exhaust flow.

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Ask Smithy Xtra VW Transporter to LPG

Answered by CarsGuide 3 Aug 2011

The Transporter can be converted economically and successfully with the traditional mixer technology, which is cheaper than the current injection technology and that equates to a reduced breakeven mileage. Before you convert, however, you should make sure the vehicle is in good working order and you need to understand how long you will need to own and drive the vehicle to get your money back.

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VW Transporter cutting out

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Apr 2011

I don't believe the problem is related to the engine itself, instead I would be looking at the fuel and electrical systems.

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VW Transporter can't handle weight

Answered by CarsGuide 23 Feb 2011

I would start by discussing your problem with your dealer and request the help of VW’s commercial vehicles experts to come up with a solution. But it seems as though you have bought the wrong vehicle, and maybe need to move up to a Crafter to get the load carrying capacity for the job at hand.

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Dipstick on diesel

Answered by CarsGuide 10 Feb 2011

It should have a dipstick to check the engine oil; it should be identified by an orange knob. But it doesn't have a dipstick to check the auto trans fluid, the trans is a filled to life at the factory, and theoretically doesn't need changing. What that means is beyond me, as "life" could mean anything. Like you I like to keep track of oil levels and oil condition and I would be changing the trans fluid on a regular basis.

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Ask Smithy Xtra T5 auto issues

Answered by CarsGuide 13 Jul 2010

You didn’t tell us how many kays your T5 had done prior to the rebuild, but because you used the extended warranty I can assume the factory warranty had expired. VW, like all carmakers, will refuse to cover any car that has been worked on outside the dealer network, which is understandable given they have no control over the quality of that work or the competence of the person doing it. It’s perhaps also worth considering having the auto serviced once it’s clocked up 100,000 km-plus; a change of oil can work wonders for the life of an auto trans.

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Delayed gears on VW Transporter

Answered by CarsGuide 17 Jun 2010

Despite the finding that all was well on the diagnostic check I   would suggest the auto could be in need of a service. The computer,   after all, can't assess the quality of the shifts. Changing the oil   was a good first move, even though it hasn't proven to be the fix. As   for the warranty you would have to read it to check what it covers   and what it doesn't.

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