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Volkswagen EuroVan: 1992-2003 (T4) New owner of a 2001 Eurovan


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Eurokid

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New owner of a 2001 Eurovan
Posted: Dec 12, 2009 3:50 AM
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Hi, all..

Just purchased a 2001 Eurovan GS with 88,000 miles on the odo. I have been a long time fan of VW Vanagon/Eurovan so I finally jumped on an opportunity at the right time. Vehicle history seems cleaned according to the car fax. The life of the car has been VW dealership maintance which is a good thing (I hope). There are though a few things that I need some help with:

1- It has an aftermarket radio w/ CD/Aux for ipods that came with it. Is the antenna on the vehicle automatic or manual? I turn the radio on and have intermitent reception because the antenna. What should I look for when I take apart the radio housing to ensure I can get the antenna working w/ the radio. e.g. if the antenna is auto and not manual.

2- The interior light which goes on when ever the door opens, does not turn on when the drivers side door is opened. It turns on w/ every other door except the drivers door. The switch for the light is in the correct setting to have the light go on. How do I fix this issue, small but helpful.

3- My turn signal does not cancel for the left side, but does cancel for the right. What is the fix?

I'm not a mechanic but can definetly tackle these small issues.

I'm getting a 90,000 mile service on Monday to ensure there isn't any major mechanical fault. As of now I've driven it about 3-400 miles since I brought it a few days ago. What should I expect or ask them to do to ensure a long lasting good ride for me and the family.

Alex

Edited by: Eurokid on Dec 12, 2009 3:53 AM
TomB

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Re: New owner of a 2001 Eurovan
Posted: Dec 12, 2009 11:20 AM   in response to: Eurokid in response to: Eurokid
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Should be a very good vehicle - I bought a used 2001 MV this summer also. I've had VW vans forever, and really like the late EVs.
The stock EV antenna is manual, mounted at the left corner of the windshield cowel. Is it pulled up all the way? I don't believe VW carries the antenna anymore, but they are available aftermarket.
The light problem is likely the driver's door switch that makes contact when the door opens. Find the switch plunger on the A pillar with the door open, push it in and let it snap out a few times, see if the light comes on. It may just need to have the contacts cleaned.
The turn signal cancelling will require removing the steering wheel to check the mechanical parts, and since it has an airbag this is a delicate operation. I'd have the dealer quote fixing it.
You should get the Bentley Eurovan manual if you plan to work on the car, as it shows how to do all these things. The paper manual is the same as the CD version for the EV, but the CD will be more up-to-date with TSBs and edits.
One possible problem with the 2001s involves the chain drive for the camshafts. That year they changes to a 24-valve head, so the chain has to carry more load. There have been a number of 2001 engines where the intermediate drive sprocket has worn off the teeth, allowing the timing chain to jump. The car stops dead when that happens, and depending on how many teeth it jumps it can damage valves and more. This doesn't seem to happen on later years, so it appears VW either had a bad (soft) batch of sprockets, or changed the heat treating to cure it. Some have failed in less than 50,000 miles. They don't all fail, so it is more likely due to a bad batch of sprockets.
The drive chain is actually on the transmission end of this engine. After the engine is warm, pop the hood while it is idling and listen for an irregular rattle at the driver's end of the engine. That could mean either the sprocket problem or a broken guide rail (plastic).
The problem is that the transmission must be removed to change the sprocket and most of the guides, so it can be pricey. Many places recommend changing out the chains, rails, and sprocket anytime the transmission has to be removed.
Oh yes, this is the only tranny that VW recommends changing the fluid and filter regularly - I think every 40,000 miles. it develops slow shifts and other problems if this isn't done, and many dealers ignore it. It uses a special VW fluid, so don't use regular ATF. Here's one good source for a fluid change kit:
http://www.blauparts.com/proddetail.asp?prod=F2A1011
Indian

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Re: New owner of a 2001 Eurovan
Posted: Dec 12, 2009 11:20 AM   in response to: Eurokid in response to: Eurokid
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Sitting in your car, look out through the windscreen and you should see a thin black line at the middle of the windscreen. This is your radio antenna. The connection is at the bottom right of the screen somewhere. This connection is the same one found on 9V batteries. Check this out from the inside of the screen if plugged in.
The automatic lights is controlled by the switch and I had to replace mine to get it to work. The delay switch could be faulty too.
TomB

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Re: New owner of a 2001 Eurovan
Posted: Dec 12, 2009 11:26 AM   in response to: Indian in response to: Indian
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My EVs (97, 2001, 2002) all had telescoping antennas. Never saw one in the glass.
Indian

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Re: New owner of a 2001 Eurovan
Posted: Dec 12, 2009 11:36 AM   in response to: TomB in response to: TomB
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My antenna is in the windscreen. I had my windscreen changed yesterday and saw the connection at the bottom right of the windscreen. My windscreen is tinted and got a light grey tinted felt on the top. The non-tinted windscreens here do not have the built in antenna.
Eurokid

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Re: New owner of a 2001 Eurovan
Posted: Dec 14, 2009 8:39 AM   in response to: Indian in response to: Indian
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Thanks a bunch... I just sent out for a manual so it should be in soon.

I'll take a look at the light switch by the door and replace if need be. I'll see what's the price for the steering column removal, but if it's too pricey I can live with the issue.

As to the cam chain issue known on this year, I must say that the vehicle should've shown signs since I'm at 89000 mile now? I'll have them replace the transmission fluid and filter while there working on it today. I'm scheduled to have it serviced today after work, hopefully all goes well.

I noticed one thing funny. If I was to turn the car off and the heater/ac is off and I turn the car on it automatically turns on on start up. Is this rare or a computer glitch, of some sorts?

I'm not around the van right now but will try to pull the antenna, I just thought it was automatic. All good, dont mind having it up all the time.

Overall, I think the van drives great and feels good.

Alex
TomB

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Re: New owner of a 2001 Eurovan
Posted: Dec 14, 2009 9:51 AM   in response to: Eurokid in response to: Eurokid
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I'd just keep an ear out for soft rattles when at idle or speeding up from idle. You may be past the early-failure point for a soft sprocket, but the plastic guide rails are also a weak point, but they usually give many miles of use after the rattling starts. I had a 97 Camper that started a rattle at about 105,000 miles, and it was still running fine (and rattling some) when I sold it something like 70,000 later. (I discounted the price to cover chain replacement.) My 04 Touareg has the VR6 and shows no issues at 102,000.
The Climatronic does reset to Automatic when the van is shut off for a while. Normal operation.
I agree - these vans are great driving vehicles. I picked up this latest one after retiring, to use for travel-the-country retirement. Once you get used to the space and visibility of the van, even the Touareg feels cramped on trips.
Indian

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Re: New owner of a 2001 Eurovan
Posted: Dec 14, 2009 11:30 AM   in response to: TomB in response to: TomB
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Why not change the hydraulic tensioner first? I took mine out and the piston was stuck. About 5 minutes on a cold engine.

Edited by: Indian on Dec 14, 2009 1:22 PM
TomB

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Re: New owner of a 2001 Eurovan
Posted: Dec 14, 2009 11:52 AM   in response to: Indian in response to: Indian
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Indian has a point - changing the tensioner if the chain rattles is an easy first step, and could be the issue. I changed it on my 97 and it made no difference. That usually indicates the problem is with a broken plastic guide rail, and either the chain is contacting the head/block/covers (metallic rattle), or the broken rail is bouncing around (non-metallic rattle). Sometimes a piece of an upper rail falls and gets trapped on top of the intermediate sprockets, where it bounces and rattles. I suspect that is the issue with my 2001, as I find small plastic bits trapped in the oil filter.

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