Monday, December 14, 2015

5-Speed People Transporter: 1993 Volkswagen Eurovan

The T4 generation Volkswagen Transporter was exported to the North American market as the Eurovan from 1992 through 2003 (although for a number of years you could only get Winnebago converted versions).  It featured a European combination of 5-cylinder power and 5-speed manual gearbox that made it unlike anything else on the market.  Find this 1993 Volkswagen Eurovan offered for $8495 in San Rafael, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

The Eurovan wasn't sold in large numbers and it cost a pretty penny, so this seems like a really cheap example...and I couldn't understand why...until I remember that the Eurovan didn't leave the factory with all those Pep Boys blings glued all over the place.

The Eurovan was sold new with a 2.5 liter inline-5 that put 110 horsepower and 140 ft-lbs of torque into the front wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox.  It isn't the most rewarding thing to drive, but at least it isn't another slushbox minivan.

See a better family hauler for cheap?


  1. This is not a "really cheap example". This one is actually overpriced, and not even by a little. Look at the market on these and you'll find others that are thousands less in comparable condition/mileage. This price would be more appropriate for a pop-top version. The Eurovan market is not the same as the Vanagon market.

    Also, I'm almost certain that red is not an original factory color. There was a red, that year, but it was more of a true red than this brick color. With a likely full repaint and repainted bumpers, plus all that Pep Boys crap on it, I'd walk the other way.

    1. I agree. In excellent condition and with a pop-top it could perhaps be worth what they're asking. Non pop-top model, with 170k miles, and this condition? I'd say $3200-$4000 would be more appropriate, I'd pass even then though, this thing is a mess.

  2. It's probably the original color , the Jpeg is messed up and has no profile.

    I concede that it looks like the victim of someone who won "everything you can stuff into a paper bag at Pep Boys in 60 seconds" at the middle school raffle.

  3. loved the transporter in chappie - you don't steal cars from daddy!

  4. How's that wire-bin storage experiment working bunky?

  5. These are fun when they need maintenance. I've heard of VW specialists refusing to work on them. I helped a guy do work on the AC on a Westy conversion one. There was only 1 being parted out in the us. On the other hand, what other vehicle has a 5 speed, a shower sprayer, A., and a 5-cylinder? Super cool and they feel pretty quick around town. Probably because of the stick and amount of noise they make combined with the fact you think it should be RV/air cooled bus slow.

    To;dr - the Westy ones are cool because they're unique. These are just alternative minivans that are a pain to fix.


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