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posted on April 23rd, 2015 at 10:34 PM
VW T3


Im looking at buying a 89 T3 auto, and am wondering if there are any problems that i should be looking for? and if the auto T3 is any good compared to the manual T3?

I would really appreciate some help

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posted on April 24th, 2015 at 07:06 AM



The auto is stronger than the manual. Very reliable gearbox.



I read it on samba, so it must be correct.

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posted on April 24th, 2015 at 10:40 AM



Are there any problems that commonly occur in them?

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posted on April 24th, 2015 at 01:56 PM



Check for any water leaks /cooling system. Around the head to block rubber seal and the top head stud sealing nuts. ANY leaking can be big $$$
And , same, ie. auto is strong, should behave 'normally', change smoothly etc.




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posted on April 24th, 2015 at 10:27 PM



I have owned several T3 autos and enjoy them.
Great to drive. Heavier on petrol, but worth it in my opinion

Main trouble I have had with the auto is being "sluggish" to change into 3rd when cold.

This was fixed with a screen clean and new fluid




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posted on April 29th, 2015 at 08:15 PM



I have heard the T3 auto has a common problem where the inner seal leaks into the diff causing eventual failure.

Otherwise they are just thirstier on fuel and according to a mate that's had both, the manual pulls loads better on hills.




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posted on April 29th, 2015 at 08:58 PM



in 15 years i have never had that leak problem - but yes they are thirstier, but damn, it is worth it :yes:



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