Volkswagen T3, otherwise known as T25, Brick, Vanagon, or Wedge, is the third generation model of the Volkswagen Transporter series. It was produced from May 1979 to June 2002, and released under different nameplates in different parts of the world, namely, Caravelle or Transporter in European countries, Microbus in South African regions, and Vanagon in the North and South American continents. The VW T3 features a considerable pace away from the shadow of its predecessor, the VW Type 2, which was also known as the Kombi or Transporter. In a general sense, the succeeding model is bigger and heavier than T2, and its styling is quadrangle, which is in disparity with the rounded style that VW T2 had.
Prior to purchasing your very first Volkswagen T3, it is advisable that you evaluate your options, and determine the differences that each conversion company has. This will be useful in helping you ascertain the company that will give you the finest services and help you save a considerable amount of money. Furthermore, inspect the parts and the condition of the camper, and see to it that it is worth its price. Most of the time, used Volkswagen T3 experience several problems, which is why it is best that you try it for a test drive and feel if it is capable of satisfying your driving needs.
Take a careful look at the van's engine. When you switch on the ignition, it is important to catch a glimpse of the oil pressure lighting, warning light for engine temperature; beam of the alternator charger; and, hand brake illumination. Once the van is in neutral mode, start the engine and find out if the will run smoothly despite the cold weather. Take it for a test drive to find out if it will not get stalled. Once the test drive is finished, conduct checks based on the vehicle's manual. Let the engine run for several minutes before looking beneath as well as the engine covering for any excessive oil drips. For the T3 van, the engine is in the back portion and can be opened through the tailgate. You can lift the rear guard and detach the inspection cover by turning the two catches.
Another good tip when buying a VW T3 van is to go with someone who is knowledgeable about the bodywork and mechanics of a van. However, if you do not know anyone, you may try to check on various VW owner's club in your area, and ask if someone would be willing to assist you in checking the T3 vehicles from your local dealer. Lastly, ask as many questions as you want, and inquire about the T3's service history, mechanical works, and its Ministry of Transport, and other documentation that you may find necessary.
Before you hand over any money or deposit, you must ask for are the registration and servicing papers to determine if the records match the vehicle's plate number. Verify the Vehicle Identification Number in the van's chassis and registration papers. You can also refer to the information provided by the Ministry of Transport or MOT as well as the Tester's Manual to verify mileage on a yearly basis. Make sure that all paperwork is completed before finalizing your contract with the dealer.