Review: Volkswagen T4 Caravelle (1994 – 2003)


Stacks of room and a wide range of trim options. The TDI gives a good mix of cruising pace and economy.

Rust and paint defects. VR6 guzzles petrol. Early non-TDIs are an awful drive.

Recently Added To This Review

4 November 2014

Haynes Workshop Manual now available for 1990-2003 Volkswagen T4 Transporter at . Covers T4s with diesel engines. Does not cover Syncro, specialist body conversions or features specific... Read more

25 April 2014

"Chirrup" reported on start up from aux belts of 47k mile 2.5TDI camper. Replacing the belts and pulleys did not cure it. Read more

6 December 2013

Another report of the leaking sliding side window and dealer refusing to fix under warranty. Read more

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Volkswagen T4 refuses to start - what's wrong with it?

My Volkswagen T4 won't start. I've checked the fuses under the dashboard, all fine, but it just turns over and puff blue smoke out of the exhaust. Could it be the glow plugs?
If you are getting blue smoke then at least one of the glow plugs is still working (otherwise there would be no combustion at all). So it's a matter of getting them all checked to find out which are not working.
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