Join Date: May 2005
Location: Telford, Shropshire, ENGLAND
My Motorhome: 2014 LWB High Roof VW T5 Selfbuild
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The last of the 'real' European Type 2 Bay Window vans were made in 1979, that's thirty four years old for the youngest. During that time many have suffered poor maintenance and are often owned by those who do not really understand them.
As said above there are rubber fuel pipes in the engine bay, there are wiring looms there also. Both of which are subject to neglect. It is also often not appreciated that the engine bay should be sealed from the portion below thus preventing re-circulation of hot air into the cooling system. Failures in this region result in overheated engines!
Care of these parts and proper attention to any additional electric circuits that are added should minimize any fire risk in the region of the engine.
We are all accustomed to seeing these VWs on our roads but how many of us remember how old they are? Yes we all see them having come to grief occasionally but it is rarely the well maintained ones.