2002 Volkswagen EuroVan GLS

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In the drive for greater US market share, we’ve seen Volkswagen pull some interesting moves over the past few years. One of the most curious is the replacement for the Transporter/EuroVan, the Routan. Those with keen eyes know this is a thinly disguised Chrysler minivan, which, in actuality, isn’t a bad thing. But this kind of van doesn’t necessarily appeal to those who came to love the one box versatility and toughness that came with previous iterations of the Volkswagen van. This 2002 EuroVan GLS for sale in California represents the second to last year the Transporter, as it was known abroad, was sold stateside. It’s eye catching in bright blue and is a great option for the iconoclast who needs to haul a lot of people (or stuff).

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Year: 2002
Model: EuroVan GLS
Engine: 2.8 liter VR6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 81,842 miles
Price: $15,900 Buy It Now

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2002 VW Eurovan in Techno Blue Pearl with Grey interior. 81,842 miles. Clean Carfax. Very good body – nice paint. Good interior. Moonroof, power windows,etc. Runs & drives very well – just smogged. Inpections encouraged. All sales AS-IS. Sales tax & license fees due if delivered in California.

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While it may not have the charm of the earlier Vanagon/T3 Transporter, the EuroVan still has a lot going for it and offers a good mix of cargo van and minivan in one neat package. I remember seeing one of these EuroVans new on the showroom floor when I took delivery of my ’98 GTI. The van had a nice solid thunk to the doors when shut, a feeling almost worthy to be found on a Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen. If this car had around 50,000 miles, I might be able to get there on the price. Last October, we saw a similar 2002 EuroVan in the same color sell for $7,900. That particular van had around 16,000 more miles on the clock. Given that, I’d suspect this van might be worth somewhere between $9,000 to $12,000 as it sits.

-Paul

1992 Volkswagen Transporter DoKa

The Ford F-Series and Chevrolet Silverado have been at the top of the list of best selling vehicles in the US for years. It’s no secret Americans love their full sized pickups, but what if you live in the US and don’t necessarily need the stump pulling torque and four-wheel drive many of these trucks offer? What if you just want something that offers utility, a cab that seats more than two (or three in some cases) but you still need a traditional, large truck bed? Your choices are slim. Compact pickups are disappearing from the landscape faster than a pack of smokes at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Many of the versatile work vehicles offered around the world were not sold here, largely due to the chicken tax imposed under President Lyndon B. Johnson which slapped a stiff tariff on importers of light trucks.

So what to do, then? Well, we’ve seen a few Volkswagen T3 Transporter single and double cab variants crop up from time to time here at GSFSB, but this is the first time we’ve seen the workhorse version of its successor, the T4 Transporter. This T4 Transporter DoKa, or double cab, is on offer in British Columbia.

Year: 1992
Model: Transporter DoKa
Engine: 2.5 liter inline five
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 237,510 km (~ 148,500 miles)
Price: Reserve auction

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This 1992 VW Transporter Double Cab (Doka) is very rare in North America. Research indicates that only 22 were imported and all of those went to Canada. No Double Cabs of any other year in the VW T4 model run (1990-2003) were imported. Drivetrain and some body parts are readily available in North America as it was imported under the name Eurovan as a camper and passenger vehicle. This truck has the all-important USEPQ compliance sticker under the hood meaning that it can legally be exported from Canada to the USA.

This vehicle was first owned by a VW dealer in Victoria, BC and used for parts delivery. The next owner used it for his contracting company on Vancouver Island and the third owner also had a small contracting company located in Vancouver, BC. It spent its life in West Coast conditions with no salt used on the roads and shows no rust anywhere. The speedo reads in Km and shows 237,510 which is about 148,500 miles.

It has a few small dings and scratches in the original paint from its use over the 21 years but is very clean inside and out. The windshield and all other glass is perfect. It has a new wooden deck (Fir) which measures 6’ wide and 7’ long. Both sides and the tailgate fold down for access. With seatbelts for five, it can carry the whole crew. The rear seat can be removed for carrying tools etc.

The 2.5 litre in-line 5 cyl gasoline engine runs great and the 5-speed manual gearbox and clutch operate as they should. It is unusual in that it is a front wheel drive pickup truck. In Europe these trucks are known for being very rugged and lasting over 400,000 km. It has excellent Michelin tires, new plugs, cap and rotor and is ready for the road.

It is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada but with proper documentation I can arrange exportation and shipping to the US at the buyer’s expense.

This is another one of those cars that is hard to price, as they aren’t uncommon in other parts of the world but are pretty much unobtainable in North America. The 1990 T3 single cab turbo diesel we featured earlier this month wound up selling for $9,500 after 33 bids. While this T4 adds a bit of versatility with the double cab, some may prefer the “wasserboxer” flat four engines, or the diesels that were available in some, like the one we featured. While it is being auctioned with a reserve, I’d suspect this car might bring $12,000 to $15,000 at the high end, considering the mileage is closing in on 150,000.

-Paul

2002 Volkswagen Eurovan GLS

I find it ironic that the company which popularized the small van over 60 years ago turned to another manufacturer when it came time to reintroduce a van to the US market. But that’s exactly what Volkswagen has done. The Routan is nothing more than a rebadged Dodge Caravan. Volkswagen projected they would sell around 45,000 of these vans in the first year, but they were only able to move a little more than 14,000 units. Perhaps this is automotive karma for this cop out of a product offering? Whatever the case may be, this has me questioning whether Volkswagen would have been better off offering the latest generation of what we see here for sale in Missouri, the Eurovan, or Transporter, as it is known elsewhere in the world.

This 2002 model represents the second to last year that the Eurovan was offered stateside. The last of the Eurovans featured the 2.8 liter VR6 engine with a four-speed automatic as the only transmission choice. Versus the earlier Eurovans with the anemic 2.5 liter five cylinder engine, these vans could at least get out of their way.

2002 Volkswagen Eurovan GLS on VW Vortex

The van was purchased new by my father in Feb. ’02 and then I purchased it from him in about 2 ½ years ago. It had Ziebart rust protection installed before delivery. I have complete history from the window sticker to the most recent repair. Everything works perfectly and it needs nothing. It passed full safety and emission inspections at the end of July.

Although all repairs are documented, these are a few of the most recent and major:

Nokian entyre tires (proper load rating) were installed in March of ’11.

June of this year (3k miles ago) I replaced all motor mounts, serviced transmission (fluid and filter), and replaced all brake pads (all parts purchased from Europarts SD)

Last week I replaced the alternator. A/C compressor, drier, expansion valve, and pressure switch were all replaced at the dealer in Aug. ’05. The van is in excellent condition. The inside is in great shape, but does have some wear/stains on the carpet. The hood has some rock chips that have been touched-up. The only modifications are a six-disc CD changer (dealer installed) and installation of clear corner marker lights in the front (I still have the OE amber). Although I am the second owner, it has been in my family its entire life. I would not hesitate to drive this van anywhere (I drove it to D.C. this summer)! Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I am located just outside of St. Louis.

It’s hard to find Eurovans with low mileage, as these haulers are often employed for long distance and vacation travel. The asking price of $7,900 seems reasonable in light of the condition and one family history and it’s always a good sign to see that the seller is willing to negotiate. The Eurovan certainly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea when it comes to a family hauler, but for those who want to be different, this might just be the ticket.

-Paul