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Information Help with potential purchase please….2005 transporter.

Discussion in 'Kombi Club' started by oldman, Jul 31, 2021.

  1. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Calling on the learn-ed kombi kollective for advice……
    Buddy of mine is looking at buying a 2005 petrol, transporter .
    One owner, with log books, always serviced with receipts.
    Other than asking about the timing chain replacement, is their anything beyond the normal things to look out for, that he should be asking q’s about ?
    The vehicle has only been used to move art canvases about, so hasn’t really had a hard life……he thinks.
    As always, first hand experience would be greatly appreciated ;)
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  2. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    I’ll throw my 10 cents worth into the discussion.

    The T5, is generally a better beast than the T4, especially early T4’s.

    The T4 1993 massive leap from the rear engined, rear wheel drive Kombi, to a front engined, front wheel drive vehicle, proved to be huge learning curve.

    The 93-98 models, have a transmission design issue that even when repaired at great expense, still fail again. This was rectified in the later T4’s, and proved to be a bit more reliable.

    But as the T5 vehicle in question, is still a 16 year old vehicle, you’d really want a full service record, showing that constant, regular maintenance has been done during that time, like any vehicle of that age.

    Neighbour has a diesel one, and the breakdowns it’s had, are no more common than the Japanese equivalent offerings of the same age……

    As I said, just my 10 cents worth……
     
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  3. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Anyone can google - so I did

    https://www.thetransporterlife.com/vw-t5-problems/

    IS THE VW T5 RELIABLE?
    Yes, the VW T5 is reputed to be one of the most reliable vans on the road and it is frequent to see well maintained T5’s reaching over 250,000 miles (and even higher).

    Seems to get a good wrap
     
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  4. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Now why didn’t I just do that, and save my typing fingers? o_O
     
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  5. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks fellas……this vehicle has 150k’s, genuine, one owner with full history.
    Sounding good so far…
    I’ll be doing the inspection with him shortly……apparently!
    …..it’s in my neighbourhood.
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  6. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Just make sure the timing belt replacement, is not just the timing belt.

    My mechanic will no longer do just timing belts, without doing everything else like water pump, tensioner etc, whilst it is at that stage of dismantle, and it’s all accessible.

    New timing belts will promote failures on the non replaced aged parts, and the time & labour cost to go back in to replace any one of them, is the same again as the timing belt. ;)
     
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  7. gazman

    gazman Well-Known Member

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    I wont talk about the one in our yard with a blown motor... As long as it has a good service history it should be fine
     
  8. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks Grant….good advice.
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  9. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks Garth……another mate has one with a turbo diesel and it’s been nothing but trouble….he’s on his second motor.
    I’m hoping a petrol donk will be a simpler, more reliable unit.
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  10. gazman

    gazman Well-Known Member

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    The one we have is the 2.0 petrol, but it was poorly maintained & I'm sure would still be going strong if the owner had looked after it...
     
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  11. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Inspected this today……
    A little too much established rust in door pillars and in the roof rack mount channels.
    A bit of clutch shudder on take off and spongy brakes.
    My buddy has decided against it.
    Many thanks on his behalf, for the links and advice…..he was astounded at how quickly you guys responded with valid stuff.:D
    It’s what I love about KC community.;)
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  12. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Hmmmm……..established rust - that great unknown of cost and time, to remove and repair! :rolleyes:

    Wise decision to walk away. ;)
     
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  13. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    I wanted to say it is the first of the T5 - never buy the first of a model to give them time to work out the bugs.
     
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  14. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like it may have had the regular servicing but not much else.
    And possibly a driver not particularly mechanically minded.?
    Sound move.
     
  15. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Exactly Col, was part of a downsizing sale after a family member died…..serviced regularly but not much care with the body as far as regular wash, polish etc. Headlight lenses cloudy, bumpers oxidised etc……
    Cheers,
    Mark
     

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