The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to the VW Transporter
The VW Transporter is a vehicle with deep roots as one of the most popular cult classic vehicles of all time but has still managed to maintain and develop its level of performance, quality, safety, and competitive aesthetic appeal. Read the Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to the VW Transporter for more information on the history of this vehicle, and how to go about choosing your ideal Transporter.
The Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to the history of VW Transporter
When you see the modern and sleek VW Transporter today, it might be difficult to remember the history of this vehicle, and that for a lengthy period, it was actually one of the most iconic vehicles across the world and arguably the most famous van in the world. The VW Transporter is what was formerly referred to as the ‘hippie van’ that dominated both roads and pop culture throughout the 60s and 70s, with the likes of Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan sporting this van at the infamous 1969 Woodstock Festival. There is even some debate that the original cartoon version of The Mystery Machine, the van driven by Scooby-Doo and the gang of ‘meddling kids’, was modeled after the original VW Transporter, the T1.
Today, there have been 6 generations of the VW Transporter, the T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, and today’s T6. The first-ever VW Transporter arose when a Dutch importer named Ben Pon Sr visited the Beetle factory in 1946 and came upon a ‘parts mover’ that he thought had the potential to become a commercial production vehicle. Pon produced his first sketches for the vehicle in 1947, which showcased innovative design and performance concepts, such as placing the driver at the front of the vehicle with the engine at the back of the vehicle (now known as ‘forward control’), as well as modeling the shape of the vehicle to resemble a wind tunnel aimed at reducing fuel consumption.
The first hand-built prototype of this vehicle took only 3 months to produce and used a ladder frame chassis instead of the original Beetle floor, which proved to be too weak to manage a sizeable load. Full production of the vehicle was approved in 1949 and in March 1950 production officially began for the T1. This first generation of the VW Transporter spanned from 1950 to 1967, boasting an impressive 750kg payload which certainly assisted in bolstering the popularity of this vehicle. The popularity of the vehicle was so profound in fact that within four short years, Volkswagen had sold 100 000 examples of the vehicle and was forced to move production from Wolfsburg to Hanover in 1956 to accommodate the rapid growth in production demand.
This new Hanover factory was also unable to keep up with the rate at which the vehicles were selling, so Volkswagen decided to add production facilities to Brazil in 1956, Kassel (Germany) in 1957, Australia in 1959, Mexico in 1964, and Emden (also Germany) in 1964. By 1964, more than a million Transporters had been produced, and by the end of 1967, 1.9 million vehicles had been produced, setting the scene for the vehicle to dominate the flower-power movement of the 60s and 70s.
The second edition of the Transporter, the T2, was produced from 1967 to 1979 and featured some prominent developments, such as an increased payload to 900kg, revised suspension, an updated windshield design, a more powerful engine, and also a sliding door. The T2 was also the first Transporter to be marketed as a pop-up roof campervan, broadening the VW market and immediately bolstering its popularity. By 1971 Volkswagen had produced a whopping 3 million Transporters with the majority of these being produced at the Hanover factory. The T2 was actually still being produced right up until 2013 in the Sao Paulo, Brazil, factory where it eventually stopped production due to safety regulations.
The third edition of the Transporter, the T3, was produced from 1979 to 1992 and boasted a complete transformation. In 1985 Volkswagen included a few tweaks to the vehicle and added innovative features such as turbochargers, catalytic converters, and all-wheel drive. By 1986, Transporter sales had surpassed 6 million. The T4 was produced from 1990 to 2003 and also featured innovative changes and additions, most notably offering customers a high degree of choice and customisation.
Buyers could choose between various models now such as a double cab, kombi, panel van, pickup, and others. The T5 was the next edition which was produced from 2003 to 2015 and offered drivers both diesel and petrol engines and offered numerous customisation options for many different models, with a whopping 100 different variants offered in total. In the twelve years that the T5 was in production, over 1.65 million vehicles were built.
The Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to power and performance in the VW Transporter T6
This brings us to the current production run for the Transporter, the T6. The T6 is available in three different models, the van, the crewvan, and the cab chassis, each with its own subvariants available. Whichever variant is chosen, drivers can rest assured that this vehicle is equipped with competitive power, a must-have for us at Wrong Fuel Rescue. The T6 has three efficient turbo diesel engines for drivers to choose from:
- 2.0L TDI250 (81kW, 250Nm), which has an average fuel consumption of 6.9L/100km, and a fuel tank capacity of 70 litres.
- 2.0L TDI340 (110kW, 340Nm), which has an average fuel consumption of 7.5L/100km, and a fuel tank capacity of 80 litres.
- 2.0L TDI450 (146kW, 450Nm), which has an average fuel consumption of 7.3L/100km, and a fuel tank capacity of 70 litres.
These three engines offer the driver ultimate control and choice over their vehicle. Drivers can also choose between the 5 or 6-speed manual transmission gearbox or the optional adaptive 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox that enables a fully automatic gear change without reducing power flow. With great power, comes great responsibility! With the T6, this means high-quality brakes that will enable the driver to safely slow down the vehicle, even with a heavy load. This is especially useful for those driving the cab chassis who are hauling construction materials or the likes of.
The running gear for the TDI250 and TDI340 engine variants is designed with 17-inch disc brakes at the front of the vehicle, and 16-inch brakes at the rear of the vehicle. For variants with TDI450 engines, 17-inch brakes are fitted as standard. The T6 is also equipped with 4MOTION all-wheel drive which uses an electronically controlled multi-plate on the clutch of the rear axel to automatically adjust the power transmission to match the driving scenario, making for an easier drive.
The Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to customising your VW Transporter
One of the things that we at Wrong Fuel Rescue respect about the T6 is the sheer amount of options Volkswagen gives their customers when it comes to the T6 variants. There are multiple ways in which drivers can customise their driving experience, whether that be with the colour they choose or the various accessories they choose to adorn their vehicle with. The colours available for the T6 inlcude:
Solid paint finishes:
Metallic and pearlescent finishes:
-Bay Leaf Green
Volkswagen has also offered drivers the option to customise through accessories, meaning drivers can adapt their T6 to meet their needs. The accessories available include:
-Commercial Roof Bars (These are available in a 3 or 4 bar setup)
-A full technical kit that includes 3 crossbars, ladder holders and a conduit holder
-A partition vapour barrier
-A cargo barrier
-Rear technician step (to suit with or without a tow bar)
-Heavy-duty rubber floor mat set
-Door sill protection film
The Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to safety in the VW Transporter
At Wrong Fuel Rescue, we believe that there should be a perfect balance between power and safety. Thankfully, the T6 meets both of these expectations and then some, it has actually been awarded as the safest van by the Euro NCAP. The Euro NCAP tested the safety of 19 relevant vehicles in the van class, and the VW Transporter T6 came out on top! Aside from the incredibly sturdy build and frame of the vehicle, it also offers many life-saving safety features that we at Wrong Fuel Rescue appreciate in a vehicle:
-Driver Fatigue Detection, available on the van, crewvan and the cab chassis variants.
-Seatbelt warning, available on the van, crewvan and the cab chassis variants.
-Driver and passenger front, side and curtain airbags, available on the van, crewvan and the cab chassis variants.
-Cruise control with a speed limiter that at 30km/h and above, the system maintains the set speed throughout uphill and downhill inclines when activated, available on the van, crewvan and the cab chassis variants.
-Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), available on the van, crewvan and the cab chassis variants.
-Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP) that prevents under- and over-steering through targeted braking of the individual wheels, available on the van, crewvan and the cab chassis variants.
-Traction Control Systems (TCS) which prevents wheels from spinning excessively, available on the van, crewvan and the cab chassis variants.
-Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) which distributes the engine torque to the tyres without slippage, available on the van, crewvan and the cab chassis variants.
-Crosswind Assist, available on the van and crewvan.
-Tyre pressure monitoring system, available on the van, crewvan and the cab chassis variants.
-Lane Keep Assist, only available on the van and cab chassis variants.
-Park Assist, only available on the van and crewvan variants.
-Sensor-Based Side Protection, only available on the van and the crewvan.
-Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, available on the van, crewvan and the cab chassis variants.
-Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), available on the van, crewvan and the cab chassis variants.
-Multi-Collision Braking, available on the van, crewvan and the cab chassis variants. .
-Electromechanical Power Steering, available on the van, crewvan and the cab chassis variants.
-Hill Hold Assist, available on the van, crewvan and the cab chassis variants.
-Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Traffic Alert system, only available on the van and crewvan variants.
– Rear View Camera (RVC), only available on the van and crewvan variants.
-Rear Park Distance Control (PDC), only available on the van and crewvan variants.
-Hill Descent Assist, available on all but only with the optional 4MOTION.
Need a Wrong Fuel Rescue in your VW Transporter?
Being a driver of a VW Transporter means that you will routinely need to refuel your vehicle, and this means that you could potentially misfuel your VW Transporter. Misfuelling occurs when you add the wrong fuel type to your engine, whether that be adding petrol to a diesel engine, or diesel to a petrol engine. The VW Transporter T6 has added petrol engine variants to their range, which means that you could fall victim to either misfuelling your diesel VW Transporter engine with petrol, or misfuelling your petrol VW Transporter engine with diesel, and will need a wrong fuel rescue.
If you have accidentally filled your diesel VW Transporter up with petrol instead of diesel, here is what you may notice:
-Your engine light may come on
-The vehicle may not start at all
-If it does start, the engine may cut out frequently
-The vehicle will accelerate slower than usual
-You may notice excessive smoke coming from the exhaust
-You may hear a loud knocking noise from the interior of the vehicle
On the flip side, here is what you can expect when filling up your petrol VW Transporter with diesel instead:
-The vehicle may not start at all or will cut out once started
-The driver will feel jerking movements while attempting to drive
-Smoke being emitted from the exhaust
Wrong Fuel Rescue has come to the assistance of hundreds of VW Transporter drivers, and no matter which of the above scenarios you are facing, and no matter the time of day or night, give us at Wrong Fuel Rescue a call and our team of technicians will be on their way to assist you and your vehicle.