I have owned two Eurovans and two Vanagons and the VR6 is the best driving car of them all. It has an awesome engine, though more thirsty than the 5-cylinder version and much more powerful. It is a very comfortable highway cruiser especially for hauling the family and dog to the cottage every weekend. It is the most popular car at rainy day soccer games, with kids inside at the table and under the huge rear hatch. The rear seating is such that kids interact more and play cards at the table instead of Game Boys. Maintenance has been reasonable and been limited to the expected parts that wear-out. Since being off warranty, we've used experienced VW mechanics, but not the dealership.
Let me start by saying I love this van. We are a camping and bike racing family, and we love the utility, comfort and space. HOWEVER - the HVAC system, which I replaced outside of warranty, has been a problem. 5 dealer visits in 18 months, and the error code for the HVAC just started flashing again - so I guess 6 visits (expensive ones) in 18 months. Other problems (electronic mostly) have also cropped up making this the most expensive vehicle to keep on the road I have ever owned. And this is in the first 80,000 miles.
I love my VW Eurovan, but after 37000
miles I started experiencing major and
minor breakdowns, quite expensive. No
help or support from Volkswagen. Might
have to go back to American made. Too
bad because it is a great family van.
We have owned two Eurovans. The first
van was and 1992 and fairly good. It
was reliabe. However, this one was
Our 2000 has been outstanding. Except
for the air-conditioning, we have had
absolutely no problems. In addition,
this Eurovan is exceptionally quick and
fun to drive. It may seem impossible,
but the big ole Eurovan is more agile
than some cars I have owned. We are a
5 people family and highly recommend
this vehicle to anyone; a great van
this is the second VW Van we've owned.
We love it. It's amazingly versatile
and extremely comfortable. There are so
many well thought out features that it
would be hard to describe all the good
things VW built into this model. We
expect to keep this van for many years.
The "bus" has been an excellent,
reliable car for almost two years. It
has better visibility than SUVs, is
fast and most importantly, has a huge
interior. It is a perfect vacation road
car for a family of five. We have had
only two problems, a leaking oil cooler
and water pump, both repaired under
warrantee in less than a day, each. The
bus is unique, not many on the road,
and drives very well.
We actually have the EuroVan Camper. It's more driveable than other conversion vans and handles well. My wife, who is fairly short, can see traffic well. The tranny went at 9k miles. We've spend about $2000 in repairs this year alone. We paid a lot for this vehicle expecting quality - and it's been nothing but problems.
Wish they would bring it back to the states. I recently bought a Mercedes Benz Metris cargo as a back up for work. Not as nice. I'll never get rid of the Eurovan Weekender until VW sends the newer version to the US. It's just a matter of really bad out of touch USA VW corpoate leadership combined with USA big three commercial vehicle special interests, import taxation, and of course legalized payola and kick backs to our politicians.
I gave this van 10/10 for design, though i realize many people wouldn't think this way. This van was built for practicality, not faux luxury, and that is why it didn't survive in the American market. We bought this van 3 years old, with a pretty hefty number of miles on it, while stationed overseas. It racked up a ton of miles, and the only two problems it ever gad, were, suprise it's a volkswagen, electrical: not terribly expensive, and totally manageable if you know what you're doing. No mechanical problems whatsoever at 7 years old, and almost 125,000 miles ! We were rear-ended and totalled this weeked at a very high speed: van didn't collapsee in toward us at all ! Nothing like it :o(
Purchased this van to replace our 93 MV with 193,000 miles. This Eurovan has been exceptionally reliable with 132,000 miles, everything works on this van virtually no problems. Only replaced tires and brake pads, 19 MPG on REG gas, By far the best van in the world bar none.Family of 5, son is 6' 2" and fits with ease. Lots of space, comfortable, fast, handles like a VW known for, great visibility, sit up high, fit and finish still like new, cloth on seats show very little wear, AC is awesome, love overhead AC vents, Has been the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned, wife loves it, kids love it, friends say it is cool and will ride in ours but not in minivans. I would buy again and again!