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Thursday, June 21, 2012

The shape of VW’s well-constructed and light van made its debut in Steve Banner reveals you should look out for before one, and what you should pay

its UK debut back in 2004, the built current-generation Caddy was available solely with a 2.0-litre SDI PD naturally aspirated diesel engine. Versions with the more powerful TDI PD turbodiesel pumping out 104bhp, and featuring unit injection, later and were subsequently by another 2.0-litre diesel: a TDI PD generating a meaty 140hp.

With a 3.2m3 cargo and a maximum payload capacity of the Caddy was marketed with a Shift Gearbox that be employed in either manual or mode, and it also came in Maxi guise, with a cargo bay.

VW’s light commercial received a in late 2010 and was fitted Euro5 diesels. But we are interested in the models and whether they a sound second-hand buy.

the back door handle and that the door can be opened and shut securely. If you encounter then the handle’s cable has been over-stretched and needs so ask the vendor to cut the price by £100. you do that, however, check the paperwork and ensure the cam belt has changed on schedule, which in cases will mean years/60,000 miles. If it hasn’t and the van is the age/mileage deadline, then it fail. If that happens the will require an expensive and may even have to be replaced. A for a belt change justifies a price cut.

If you are thinking about purchasing a that has clocked up 100,000 or more, it is worth seeing if the pump’s electronic control has been swapped. If the original ECU is still in place it is likely to be on the of expiring, and it’s a £500 job to it. When it gives up, the engine refuse to start because the ECU controls the immobiliser.

Take a test drive and out for a loud humming from the as the vehicle exceeds 40mph. If you it, the gearbox is likely to have an fault and will need so talk to the current owner a £1000 cut in the asking price.

the drive, ensure you make use of the system’s booster fan. You may that it will only at its highest speed and that a £100 price reduction.

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Tip a bucket of water over the and doors, wait a while, into the cab and see if the front foot-well are damp. If they are that means that either the in front of the windscreen is blocked or the seals need replacing. Get £50-£100 knocked off to cover the

When we first drove the some eight years ago we it felt solid, safe and on the road with a smooth change and brakes that hard and effectively. The suspension quite capable of coping most UK road surfaces and noise wasn’t an issue.

However, the electric power provided insufficient feedback and to be better-weighted. The gear stick sat too to the fascia, so you risked catching the for the CD player with your and unexpectedly leaping from one to another every time you cogs.

How much is your Caddy likely to cost? Manheim recently disposed of a 1.9-litre with 66,000 recorded for £5650 while an model from the same that had covered 154,000 went for £2150.

A 2008-vintage with 79,000 miles to its sold for £5100, and a 140hp Maxi, 2008-registered and at 70,000 for £5425.

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