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VOLKSWAGEN KOMBI Used Car Review

Pros

Cons

  • 1960s and 1970s models are truly iconic and loaded with character
  • Ride comfort of older models
  • Larger, multi-seat interiors of modern-day Kombis
  • 2006 Kombi Beach's clever storage, front swivel seats and bed system
  • Safety and reliability of earlier models not a patch on later versions
  • Early models not cheap - and split-screen versions will cost you a motza
  • 2006 Kombi Beach accommodated only four occupants
  • Next-generation Kombi not due till 2022 (and will be electric)
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Overview of the Volkswagen Kombi

Overview of the Volkswagen Kombi

VOLKSWAGEN KOMBI GENERATIONS

1965-1968

1968-1979

1979-1990

1992-2003

2005-2008

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption (2006-2008)

1.9L 4-cylinder turbo diesel: 8.0 to 8.5 litres per 100km

2.5L 5-cylinder: 12.6 to 13.4 litres per 100km

2.5L 5-cylinder turbo diesel: 9.6 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO VOLKSWAGEN KOMBI

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: VOLKSWAGEN KOMBI (2005-2008)

Everybody wants a VW Kombi. Or so it seems. But the really early cars are now the realm of the hard-core enthusiasts who need to be on their toes to keep these antiques running.

Which means, that if you must have a Kombi to actually use, then the later (T5) variants are the ones to go for.

A much more modern design, these vehicles were not without their faults, starting with everything electrical.

Make sure you include the keyless locking in your inspection as a new key can cost plenty by the time it has been cut and coded to the car.

Check for oil leaks from the engine and where it meets the transmission and take a close look at the condition of all the belts and hoses under the bonnet. The oil on the dipstick should be clean and clear and not black and thick.

Make sure you check the condition of the tyres, too, as plenty of Kombi owners over the years have confused the legend of VW reliability with the reality of modern motoring.