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    A 1000 to recover you from Italy.
    No wonder he's gone dark on you!
    Assuming you're just over the border then its a good 800 miles to your place, plus a ferry crossing for a hgv and at least 2 days driving.
    Plus as has been said, unlikely to be the block.
    Soapy 10 on hg.

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    Where in Italy has it died?

    I have friends in the north of Italy, and may be able to help with a reasonable repair cost!

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamski View Post
    Where in Italy has it died?

    I have friends in the north of Italy, and may be able to help with a reasonable repair cost!
    thanks mate, it’s near Udine but I’ve managed to secure a recovery driver now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamJar View Post
    thanks mate, it’s near Udine but I’ve managed to secure a recovery driver now.
    Crikey, when you break down, you do it properly...that’s only just in Italy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamski View Post
    Crikey, when you break down, you do it properly...that’s only just in Italy!
    Yep I was able to ride the bicycle out to Slovenia from where we were one day.

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    Soapy 10 on hg.
    I've just been out to look at mine (2.5 Tdi). HG looks to me like a take the entire front & wings off it job & that's just for access. If your injectors look as corroded as mine that should be an interesting job getting those out. Manifolds, esp the exhaust, after nigh on 15 years should be entertaining too. Unless yours is amazingly low mileage (does not compute with HG failure) etc, I'd personally be very tempted by an engine swap. That way with the engine out you could do the timing belt & pumps etc with ease & also turbo etc. Oh & the clutch.

    Shame & rotten luck for it to have failed so far away. 1500, crumbs. Mind you with the T5s being a tad fragile even new & now old enough to expose longer term issues, those T4s are still holding really good money. AA bloke said to me (they used T4s) that they're the 'last of the proper vans mate. These can haul max load about all day, every day. Keep it.'

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    I've just been out to look at mine (2.5 Tdi). HG looks to me like a take the entire front & wings off it job & that's just for access. If your injectors look as corroded as mine that should be an interesting job getting those out. Manifolds, esp the exhaust, after nigh on 15 years should be entertaining too. Unless yours is amazingly low mileage (does not compute with HG failure) etc, I'd personally be very tempted by an engine swap. That way with the engine out you could do the timing belt & pumps etc with ease & also turbo etc. Oh & the clutch.

    Shame & rotten luck for it to have failed so far away. 1500, crumbs. Mind you with the T5s being a tad fragile even new & now old enough to expose longer term issues, those T4s are still holding really good money. AA bloke said to me (they used T4s) that they're the 'last of the proper vans mate. These can haul max load about all day, every day. Keep it.'
    So it might be HG and just loads of labour? I hear what you are saying about new engine, cost of one is about 2k so would cost about the same I guess. Part of me is tempted to just take out all the camper van bits, and break it for spares and flog those online if I could find a place to do that and then just buy another van and convert it myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamJar View Post

    1 So it might be HG and just loads of labour?

    2 I hear what you are saying about new engine, cost of one is about 2k so would cost about the same I guess.

    3 Part of me is tempted to just take out all the camper van bits, and break it for spares and flog those online if I could find a place to do that and then just buy another van and convert it myself.
    1 Might. Don't know yet! One has to wonder why & how it failed. And how badly contaminated the oil was for how long under what sort of load & revs.

    2 That's the tempting option. Another if you have the time is to send your engine away for recon. I'm 30 years out of date here-one & only time we did that was actually an exchange on an aircooled Beetle 1300. My mate was trade & we got what he called 'the best of the best-they do the lot like it's brand new' except a 1600. IIRC it was over 500 back then. But this way we knew for sure. Plus it was commuting to London at the time-it needed an upgrade.

    3 And then again, there is that. IIRC there's quite a big thing about sticking the old VW 1.9 TDI into the T4s. I think the lowliest was circa 99BHP, the middle one 130BHP & the cooking 150. Anyhow from memory the smart option was the 130, which only needed a remap to get it to 150 or however far you dared. So there is still a value to the van itself.

    As far as your camper conversion goes, left in situ, hmmm. That lot love tinkering & would much rather have an 'ideal' base model to do their own. That being the LWB variants.

    It's been prob over 8 years since I last logged onto that forum, but at the time complete proper camper conversions were going for crying shame money. One of the best on the boards went for a song, well a relative song. Thing was matey had some unexpected life difficulties & it had to go fast, which never helps, but it was top dog quality. Could have been a show van actually. So there is that factor.

    Otherwise these are what, 2001 last models? Really good ones have always been hard to find, but must be scarce now. The good ones trade amongst the members, & not everyone is into campers & beach culture at all. More mountain biking, & track days TBH. And having the fastest! Last time they'd gone way beyond cracking how to make the 150BHP red i engine the Europeans only got (cheaply too-only needs the injectors & a remap for whole thing-best base start is silver 1 102 intercooled 2.5Tdi then circa 500) & some Norwegian expert was mucking about with fancy turbo tech.

    Dunno. 1st things 1st-get it back & see what's what. I'd suggest that if yours is a LWB then it's pretty desirable in any case. Only what, 1/2 metre in it, but it makes such a difference if you're packing bikes & kit. Mine has a 3 seater middle row (removable) & I can use an airbed etc & sleep full out in the load bay with them still in. Middle seat folds flat so I can use that as a bedside table. Makes for a really good 'party' van, but roll up your kitbag, deflate the mattress & there you are full load bay ready to go next morning.

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    1 Might. Don't know yet! One has to wonder why & how it failed. And how badly contaminated the oil was for how long under what sort of load & revs.

    2 That's the tempting option. Another if you have the time is to send your engine away for recon. I'm 30 years out of date here-one & only time we did that was actually an exchange on an aircooled Beetle 1300. My mate was trade & we got what he called 'the best of the best-they do the lot like it's brand new' except a 1600. IIRC it was over 500 back then. But this way we knew for sure. Plus it was commuting to London at the time-it needed an upgrade.

    3 And then again, there is that. IIRC there's quite a big thing about sticking the old VW 1.9 TDI into the T4s. I think the lowliest was circa 99BHP, the middle one 130BHP & the cooking 150. Anyhow from memory the smart option was the 130, which only needed a remap to get it to 150 or however far you dared. So there is still a value to the van itself.

    As far as your camper conversion goes, left in situ, hmmm. That lot love tinkering & would much rather have an 'ideal' base model to do their own. That being the LWB variants.

    It's been prob over 8 years since I last logged onto that forum, but at the time complete proper camper conversions were going for crying shame money. One of the best on the boards went for a song, well a relative song. Thing was matey had some unexpected life difficulties & it had to go fast, which never helps, but it was top dog quality. Could have been a show van actually. So there is that factor.

    Otherwise these are what, 2001 last models? Really good ones have always been hard to find, but must be scarce now. The good ones trade amongst the members, & not everyone is into campers & beach culture at all. More mountain biking, & track days TBH. And having the fastest! Last time they'd gone way beyond cracking how to make the 150BHP red i engine the Europeans only got (cheaply too-only needs the injectors & a remap for whole thing-best base start is silver 1 102 intercooled 2.5Tdi then circa 500) & some Norwegian expert was mucking about with fancy turbo tech.

    Dunno. 1st things 1st-get it back & see what's what. I'd suggest that if yours is a LWB then it's pretty desirable in any case. Only what, 1/2 metre in it, but it makes such a difference if you're packing bikes & kit. Mine has a 3 seater middle row (removable) & I can use an airbed etc & sleep full out in the load bay with them still in. Middle seat folds flat so I can use that as a bedside table. Makes for a really good 'party' van, but roll up your kitbag, deflate the mattress & there you are full load bay ready to go next morning.
    Mines a '99 SWB 2.5tdi ... going to wait until it is back here and see what to do, once it's here on my drive I can take my time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamJar View Post
    Mines a '99 SWB 2.5tdi ... going to wait until it is back here and see what to do, once it's here on my drive I can take my time.
    silver i or blue i in the Tdi on the rear? Or red!!

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    silver i or blue i in the Tdi on the rear? Or red!!
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    Goodo-you bought the right one. That's the 102BHP. If engine is completely toast there's something about the arrangement or pipework to one of the injectors that's of great interest to blue i (88BHP) owners if they're going to take it all the way to 150BHP. They'll also be wanting the intercooler plus ducting on the very top of it.

    The intercooler & pipework alone is enough to get a 88 to 102. It's a doddle to remove. Other higher value parts for breaking would be the big ole fuel pump & the turbo. And the cat-not to ebay but to take to a specialist metals buyer. Worth good money they are.

    Just FYI. Who knows-it might live again! Just because I think it the HG looks like a daunting job doesn't mean a thing. It could well be simple & fast for someone with the right kit & expertise. There's a fair few on the forum who have both & they're a nice bunch. Sort of solidarity because we all have a T4 & not so much dosh to throw at them!

    Good luck with it all.

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    My cousin does European vehicle transportation. Does alot of top end motors to footballers etc but I would suspect still quite reasonable. Pm me for his details if interested.

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