www.tdiclub.com

Economy - Longevity - Performance
The #1 Source of TDI Information on the Web!
Forums Articles Links Meets
Orders TDI Club Cards TDIFest 2016 Gone, but not forgotten VAG-Com List Unit Conversions TDIClub Chat Thank You

Order your TDIClub merchandise and help support TDIClub


Go Back   TDIClub Forums > VW TDI Discussion Areas > TDI 101

TDI 101 Got a simple/basic TDI question? Are you a newbie (new to the forums). Feel free to post your question here.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old January 16th, 2020, 08:23   #1
Boston
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Colorado
TDI(s): 2001 beetle
Default The perfect National Parks touring machine

If I had one wish it would be a 4wd TDI Eurovan. Now that would be the high life.

But where to fine one within my budget. Any ideas ? Even if it wasn't 4wd. I'd be reasonably content with a TDI Eurovan.

You folks have always been an amazing resource in the past so
Go
Boston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 16th, 2020, 09:10   #2
oilhammer
Certified Volkswagen Nut Vendor
 
oilhammer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: outside St Louis (where it's safe)
Fuel Economy: fantastic
Default

There have been a few conversions, but not AWD. The later T4s (for us) were all cursed with the chain-chunking VR6 bolted to the rando-fail 01P slushbox, so they were ripe for a TDI+manual conversion. But when you do run across one, people want stupid crazy money for them. I had a '93, which was the only year we could get a manual and those were all the 2.5L 5 cyl, which while not as powerful as the VR6, are infinitely more durable. Mine was an automatic, though.

Having had every generation of Transporter sold here, I'd say the best all around vehicle is a tie between the late T2 (1975-79) and the T3 (Vanagon, 1980-91). They are roomier inside, better seating position in front, were available here with the actual Westfalia camper package, and from 1986-91, were also available with AWD. Those command a lot of money, too, but TDI conversions are common on those. The T4 is better at higher highway speeds (70+) due to its longer wheelbase and more narrow streamlined body. But for camping, there is no contest, the rear engined Buses are FAR superior.
__________________
oilhammer
www.cardocautomotive.com
oilhammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 16th, 2020, 09:33   #3
Boston
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Colorado
TDI(s): 2001 beetle
Default

Well that was informative.

OK so lets build a dream machine with the input I get and see where it leads.

Criminal there's no AWD version

TDI conversion sounds like a pain

So who's got one they think is optimal for the cost and what is it?
Boston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 16th, 2020, 10:02   #4
JSWTDI09
Veteran Member
 
JSWTDI09's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Default

How about this: (the people's choice award winner at the 2010 TDIFest in Portland)












Have Fun!


Don
__________________
2009 Jetta SportWagen TDI (gone but not forgotten)
2018 VW Tiguan SE (I wish it was a TDI)
1966 MGB Roadster (just for fun)

JSWTDI09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 16th, 2020, 11:23   #5
Boston
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Colorado
TDI(s): 2001 beetle
Default

I love it but there are no soft sided tents allowed in my area of the park. Too many tourists getting eaten by bears.

Same vehicle but with a hard top would be perfect. So what is that thing ?
Boston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 16th, 2020, 11:33   #6
oilhammer
Certified Volkswagen Nut Vendor
 
oilhammer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: outside St Louis (where it's safe)
Fuel Economy: fantastic
Default

It is the double cab pickup version of the T3. We never got any commercial versions of any Transporters after the 1971 model year due to the Chicken Tax.

But single cabs, double cabs, panel vans, etc. are alive and well everywhere else.

The tent is just something they put on it, it is not part of the truck.
__________________
oilhammer
www.cardocautomotive.com
oilhammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 16th, 2020, 12:43   #7
Boston
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Colorado
TDI(s): 2001 beetle
Default

http://davidsclassiccars.com/images/...cro-doka-1.jpg

I love it, OK so how many millions
Boston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 16th, 2020, 12:43   #8
Boston
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Colorado
TDI(s): 2001 beetle
Default

This thing doesn't take photo's ?????
Boston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 16th, 2020, 12:57   #9
KITEWAGON
Veteran Member
 
KITEWAGON's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Seacoast, NH
Default

I don't know if any of these are diesels. But I do know that there are some wicked cool 4wd vanagons here. And I know that some of them sold for a kings ransom. Enjoy.

https://www.gowesty.com/vehicle-sales-history.php


I went down the VW camper van rabbit hole for a week or two earlier this year. Ultimately I decided I didn't want to deal with owning another vehicle and we got a fiberglass "egg" camper instead. Tows very well with the Touareg.
__________________
2014 Touareg TDI Executive, Canyon Grey, 130k
2014 JSW TDI, Platinum Grey, 43k
2005 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5 TRD 4x4, Silver, 165k
KITEWAGON is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 16th, 2020, 13:18   #10
Boston
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Colorado
TDI(s): 2001 beetle
Default

You're right, those prices are ludicrous. Hell I could buy a cabin for that.
Boston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 16th, 2020, 14:50   #11
BobnOH
not-a-mechanic
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: central Ohio
Fuel Economy: 50/45/35
Default

I see the 12 window vans come up on Mekam auctions every once in a while. They go for almost 100k. Crazy
BobnOH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 16th, 2020, 18:06   #12
STDOUBT
Veteran Member
 
STDOUBT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Portland, effing Oregon
Default

There are several Westy types in my area, some going for less than a college education, even.
https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/...043594251.html
But where to fine one within my budget. Any ideas ?
What was your budget again?
__________________
Volkswagen - turning owners into mechanics since 1938

Last edited by STDOUBT; January 16th, 2020 at 18:09.
STDOUBT is online now   Reply With Quote
Old January 17th, 2020, 11:33   #13
BobnOH
not-a-mechanic
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: central Ohio
Fuel Economy: 50/45/35
Default

Holy cow! So I guess those are in the collector car category.
BobnOH is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
national parks trip refueler Road Trips 7 April 26th, 2016 10:23
Quick weekend trip- 2 State Parks DerekG Road Trips 4 February 14th, 2015 18:43
National Parks Road trip in my 2011 Golf TDI secteur_cyclist Road Trips 2 August 18th, 2013 17:20
2004 Black Passat TDI parks next to me today leicaman Sightings 6 August 15th, 2011 17:39
Car parks on church roof - Bush Hopper Ontario 10 January 28th, 2009 07:11


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 17:13.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright - TDIClub Online LTD - 2017
Contact Us | Privacy Statement | Forum Rules | Disclaimer
TDIClub Online Ltd (TDIClub.com) is not affiliated with the VWoA or VWAG and is supported by contributions from viewers like you.
1996 - 2020, All Rights Reserved
Page generated in 0.17137 seconds with 13 queries
[Output: 112.27 Kb. compressed to 93.87 Kb. by saving 18.40 Kb. (16.39%)]