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Volkswagen VW Transporter T4 Petrol Only 1996-1999 Brooklands Books Ltd UK


Introduced in 1990, the T4 was the most important in distinctive line of Volkswagen Transporters to front-mounted, water-cooled engine. Spurred on by the achievements of similar moves with their passenger cars, Volkswagen had toyed on the inside late 1970s with all the idea of replacing their air-cooled, rear-engined Type 2 vans by having a front-engined, water-cooled design. The reason why for deciding in 1980 to instead introduce a new rear-engined Type 2 (T3)/Vanagon are unclear. Thus, the creation of a front-engined layout was delayed until the arrival belonging to the T4. Although its predecessors can also be known casually as Transporters, the T4 stands out as the first Volkswagen van to officially make use of the 'Transporter' title.

After having a production run of nearly 14 years, T4 production ceased in 2003, it is therefore second only to the T1 for length of production in its real estate market. The T4 is definitely popular base for building a small to medium-sized camper and day-vans, both as self-build projects and then for professional conversions. Volkswagen themselves also sold campervan versions belonging to the T4, by means of and named after their contractor, Westfalia-Werke.

The T4 was produced in five basic body types: Panel Van (void of any windows behind the b-pillar), Kombi Van or Half-Panel (with windows between the b and c-pillars), Caravelle/Multivan (with windows all round), Westfalia (a VW-produced campervan) and either a single or double cab (Doka - deriving from German: Doppelkabine) - that has a pick-up style platform behind it. They were two standard wheelbases available; "short" (2,920 mm/115 in) and "long" (3,320 mm/131 in) and a variety of different roof heights, including a pop-top roof for campers.

Clearly there was one major facelift to qualify for the T4, in 1996, when a re-shaped, longer front end was introduced. This has been needed to adjust to the six-cylinder VR6 engine and into the T4's engine bay. Initially, only Caravelles and Multivans were available while using the longer nose, these kinds of were really the only models available when using the VR6 engine. The commercial variants remained produced when using the shorter nose until 1999. However, campers along with other specialist vehicles produced between 1994 and 1999 may have either the short or even the long nose, as outlined by which model was used given that the base vehicle. Commensurate with the Type 2's naming convention, the short and long-nose versions may perhaps also be informally known as T4a and T4b, respectively.

VW Volkswagen Transporter Petrol T4 Owners Service and Repair Manual 1996-1999 Brooklands 1997 1998

 

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