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Volkswagen Transporter Overview

The Volkswagen Transporter is a van designed by the German manufacturer: Volkswagen Group. The design is based on the T-platform and is a continuation from the VW Type 2 vans which were in production from 1950-1990. This van is a heavy duty van which is used for commercial purposes such as: work van or courier van. They are very refined, good to drive, reliable, well built and the fuel economy is quite good. They are a good alternative to the Ford Transit but not as many variations as the Transit. This van is also available as a passenger vehicle.

Volkswagen Transporter History

The initial design of the Type 2 was taken from the Type 1, which was the VW Beetle. The Type 2 went through three different versions: T1 (1950-67), T2 (1967-79) and the T3 (1979-92) before it was changed to the Transporter. The first generation Volkswagen Transporter (1990-2003) was the T4 and it was a total new design compared with the previous Type 2. Although the previous type 2 used the name ‘transporter’ this was the first version to officially incorporate the name. This van had a front mounted, water cooled engine and was a lot similar in look to the Transit. In 1996 it had a bit of a makeover to the front end, making it longer at the nose. The T5 (2003 - present) is the current version in production and has a very spacious rear, which can carry large loads. In 2009 it had a bit of a makeover to the mechanics and some minor adjustments to the interior and exterior of the vehicle. There were some newer engines made available and a dual clutch gearbox.


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Fuel Economy

The petrol engines are available in 2.0 and 3.2L where as the diesel is available in 1.9 and 2.5L engines. Depending on whether the vehicle is petrol or diesel and the size of the engine will determine how economical it is. The 1.9 TDI is the most economical of the range.


The latest version of the Transporter is available in 5 or 6 speed manual, 6-speed automatic and 7-speed DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox). Breakeryard has a page on our website dedicated to Transporter gearbox parts, so have a look for your parts today.


There are many VW Transporter parts available through the Breakeryard website. We have a comprehensive network of different UK Breakers who have these parts for sale at a very competitive and reasonable price. Check out the Transporter parts page or enter your vehicle details in our parts finder.