Volkswagen Transporter van or synchro

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 00:01
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Has anyone had experience of these for travel on back tracks & maybe 4wd stuff?
Have had one or two good opinions but would like advice on serviceability, economy etc.
Thanks all!
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Reply By: muzzgit (WA) - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 00:35

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 00:35
ianmc, we have a transporter wagon at work, has just clocked 280,000 with no major drama's. Build quality on the body is second to none ! Very solid.

5 cylinder 2.5L petrol motor goes great.

A few small probs... Auto trans can only be serviced by volkswagon dealership with special equipment. local mechanic can't touch it. Local auto trans business can't touch it. Volkswagon dealer knows this, and charges accordingly, but should only need to be looked at every 60 - 80,000
Engine is a high performance type euro made donk which means spark plugs, leads etc; are specialised, and not cheap.

Don't know much about synchro. A mate's parents have one, they go north (Broome etc;) every year. They wouldn't be seen in anything else, but they are VW mad.

Mad I tell you,..........

....................MAD !! LOLOL



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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 07:38

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 07:38
A mate had a Synchro Camper and we went for a couple of drives on bush tracks and some easy off road country. I was following in the Landcruiser and had to recover the Synchro more than once out of some dips and gutters. Basically the Synchro might be good for some sandy situations but as a 4x4 it is no better than most soft roaders with poor clearance, basic tyres(can't fit larger diameter tyres either) and no low range. I wouldn't take one to cross the Simpson with(this issue was discussed a while back(maybe 2002/3) here on the an archive search). For general bitumen and gravel road touring they are very good vehicles and should give good service. Not sure about the economy but I would hazard a guess that due to its poor wind deflection, economy could be compromised when driving in to a stiff breeze.

As said, they are well built vehicles but need specialist servicing. I cannot remember the exact issue now but I recall that my mate had some trouble with an interior body part and had to remove the front wheel and part of the suspension to get to the nuts of the offending part.
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Follow Up By: ianmc - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 13:22

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 13:22
Thanks for those responses!
Just checked out one owned by local tyre dealer & he is rapt with it.
Carries 7 to Melb & back & claims about 30mpg, 7-8 years old.
On clearance I would have thought they were better than many 4wds which have diffs hanging down & more overhang.
The earlier ones sat quite high & had far better ride & handling than most 4bys. I have also been told local glass works has one thats done 600,000 & they have no trouble with it. Just have to read this site to find out that there are few 4wds without problems needing expensive fixes.Get out in the desert & U used to find plenty of the indigenous people in old Fords & Holdens getting along sandy tracks quite well.
Have to decide whether to hang on to Triton ute but like the idea of a sturdy van hold-all which carries far more than average 4wd.
Motorhomes rally is in area this week so shall go & check out what owners have to say.
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