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Originally Posted by rod_vw
Hi Rod, I'm not keen on an automatic anyway. Yours looks a very nice van.
I can't do much about it at the moment as I am about a month or two away from being in a position to buy.
It's not an auto but I do have a Feb 2011 T5 for sale http://1946vw.co.uk/sales/index.htm
I am thinking of getting a T4 or T5 , interesting to get an idea of mpg.
are we talking diesel or petrol here, and is there a big difference between the two? cheers.
I see you have started to reply to a thread from 2008.. !!!!!
I guess a lot changes in 5 years.... Good to hear about the new auto boxes as I may consider a T5 van soon...
Originally Posted by buttons
MPGabout the same as previous manuals...
I have a 2013 140 bhp campervan with auto gearbox and it does not have a torque converter. The gearbox is very similar to many auto boxes on upmarket German cars.
It has effectively two gear boxes with two clutches. One box handles gears 1, 3, 5 and 7 and the other gears 2, 4,6 and reverse.
When accelerating away in gear one the other box selects gear two so the gear change can be almost instantaneous.
There are no significant differences between the manual and auto gearboxes in the way power is transferred to the front wheels.
If the box is set up to select the "best gear" then it should be as efficient as the manual.
Originally Posted by Bethune
With regard to the UK model, most options are now available here apart from the LHD dash. Like you I do think that they are a great vehicle to drive with plenty of power in reserve.
|Bethune||We have a T5 174Hp LHD Auto Multivan (Caravelle) that we bought new in Germany because of the extra toys available on the continental version (like cruise control, colour Sat Nav and a nicer dashboard-VW Caravelle buyers in the UK are short changed!!)). We have done 89K miles in the four years and have averaged 35mpg (on mainly long trips I have to say). The mpg does reduce quite significantly over 70mph though. The bad news is that we needed a new gearbox at 85K, I suspect due to a long trip with the front wheels being out of balance. Despite this a very comfortable and safe (the visibility from the enhanced height) vehicle.|
|shetland||We recently bought a 1995 Carthago Abakus 2.5 petrol auto which the German owner left in Shetland. We only paid £3600 for the one owner vehicle but I was expecting horrendous fuel consumption. Just come back after doing 4500km in Europe and it seems better than the 1.9 t25 we have been using for the past 4 years. The auto box and the powerful engine with cruise control is a joy to drive. My first experience of VW autos have been good although its probably a rare engine for obvious reasons.|
|Nigaly||Thanks for the info , I think that the manual sounds the better option with the price of fuel at the moment(and for the foreseeable future!).Especially as my right foot can be a bit heavy at times and I do a fair bit of stop start driving.|
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