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2004 Transporter, yey or nay...

Discussion in 'Buying and selling help' started by old grey, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. old grey

    old grey Well-Known Member

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    Im looking for a cheap van or ute for work, min 3 seats.
    A 2004 transporter, manual with just over 200,000 has come up in my price range of $5000 or less. Pics look ok. Has 2x front seats and a set of 3 middle seats.
    - can i put a bench seat out of another suitable vw in front to get 3 seats ?
    - what are the gearboxes in these year models like ?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    If its auto then steer clear
     
  3. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    I had one from brand new - they do have a front seat that is a 2 + 1 to make it a 3 seater - I took mine out and made it into an 8 seater as I missed the walk through but I gave it to the person that bought it from me. Big thing to keep in mind is service history - make sure the timing belt services have been done - its a must. It is probably a 2.5, 5 cylinder - they are a pretty good motor and they are the last of the T4. Never buy the first of a model. ;)
     
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  4. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    From what I understand, most of the transmission issues were sorted by 1998. The early 93 - 97 ones were, and still are problematic.

    Great advice from Mel above ^^^^^.
     
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  5. old grey

    old grey Well-Known Member

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    Good job people, i will further investigate.
    Much appreciated.
     
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  6. 77/kombi/surfer

    77/kombi/surfer Well-Known Member

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    I had a 2003 2.5 petrol manual lwb. Used it for 2 years whilst building my place.
    It did numerous trip interstate picking up an towing vw,s Pat bought.
    Fairly good on fuel for a big van. It had 420,000 an still going strong.
    The last of the model My mechanic said there the ones too buy as they had all the issues sorted out.
    Only issue i had was the imobiliser died an car wouldn't start. No one could fix it until i got it towed to my old mechanic who is really good.
    He took out the ecu , dash pod an ignition an sent it of to someone in melburg who rechipped it.
    Cost just over $1000 to fix that issue.
    Also had a dashlight fault on the oil an tachometer would both go off.
    Would come an go an was going to cost $800 to fix so i just kept checking the oil.
    Make sure you have 2 vw factory keys with the chip in it that works. I had a blank key for using in the surf just to open the door up.
    If you loose it or had my issue your up for some $ to sort that out.
    Cheers chuck
     
  7. old grey

    old grey Well-Known Member

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    I rocked up this morning at 10am and it had been sold 1/2 hour before i got there.
    Devastated.
     
  8. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    Keep your eyes open - others will turn up.
     
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