CC Outtake: 2002 Volkswagen Transporter T4 2.5 TDI – Hard To Miss

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This double cab panel van wears reflective safety clothing, no trouble whatsoever finding it back in a big parking lot. It says TDI on the grille and hatch, the blue capital I indicates this fourth gen Transporter has the least powerful version of the 2.5 liter, inline-five turbodiesel in its nose.

Only 88 DIN-horses drive the front wheels. Overstressed the power unit isn’t. Just for comparison purposes: currently, the most powerful TDI-engine in the Volkswagen Transporter is a 2.0 liter, Bi-Turbo inline-four with 199 DIN-hp.

The maximum power output of the T4 ranged from 60 DIN-hp (the 1990-1995 1.9 D) to 204 DIN-hp (the 2000-2003 2.8 VR6). Note that there never was a factory T4 with the famous 1.9 TDI engine.

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The cargo compartment is actually longer than the body suggests. Have a closer look at the intruding, full divider. With a wheelbase of 2,920 mm (115”) this is the SWB model. LWB: 3,320 mm (130.7”).

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The T4 was the last Transporter generation that was also exported to North America, where it was marketed as the EuroVan.

The current gen T6.1, introduced in 2019, is basically the third facelift and update of the 2003 Transporter T5.

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