THE EUROPEAN VEHICLE SPECIALIST
VW’s All-purpose Transporter
Although the T5 was launched in 2002, production for the van didn’t begin until 2003. The van was available globally, excluding the United States due to the 25% extra chicken tax on importation costs.
T5 Transporters were available in various configurations such as the Van, Minibus, Single-cab, Double-cab, Drop side or Chassis Truck. It was also available as a people carrier with various seating options, which were also known as the Shuttle, Kombi, Caravelle, and Multivan.
Volkswagen released a new version of the T5 Transporter which is often referred to as the T5 Facelift (which this is one of), due to the cosmetic changes made to the front of the vehicle. It included small changes such as traction control and daytime running lights, but the most significant change was the addition of an upgraded engine. The easiest way to spot the difference between the T5 and T5 Facelift is to look at the front edge of the bonnet above the VW badge. The T5 has a small cutout whereas the T5 Facelift does not.
This particular vehicle came in to us to have suspension bushes replaced and to receive a Stage 1 ECU tune. This is a pretty basic and straight forward modification on the T5, requiring no additional hardware. It gives it that extra push of torque and horsepower that it was lacking from factory. Cool looking in black, it’s definitely our favourite people mover!