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Westfalia Volkswagen T4 California Review

Westfalia Volkswagen T4 California 2.5 TDi Reviewed
  • Westfalia Volkswagen T4 California
  • 2.5 TDi
  • Jan 1999

I spent months looking around for a suitable upgrade to my 1994 VW T4 but despite hours on the internet and countless wasted journeys to view poor quality vans I had found nothing. Whilst camping in St Davids however, what looked like the perfect van pulled up next to us in the campsite. Needless to say it was a VW Westfalia. The only problem was that it was on German plates and the model was unavailable in the UK. A quick search on Google later and I found this very site and started to admire the vans in the for sale section. Very quickly one van jumped out at me and I knew I wanted it.

The only problem I now had was that I had found a camper that looked good in the photos, sounded good on paper, but was situated over five hours away from my home. Given that I wished to part ex my old van I nearly decided not to even make contact with Rob at VW Camper Sales, as I could not face another long journey to see a van, only to come away empty handed again. I voiced my concerns to Rob and we decided that we would both exchange detailed photographs and come to a verbal agreement on price over the telephone.

Having agreed a price it was with much apprehension that I left at 3 a.m. to travel down to Rob's premises. I need not have worried. The vehicle that was waiting for me was in astonishing condition for its age and I immediately fell in love with it. I could not believe the condition and quality of the Westfalias that were on offer. Either Rob was finding every “peach” in Germany or we should be ashamed of the way in which we care for our cars in the UK.

Rob was true to his word and confirmed that I had been as honest about the condition of my vehicle as he had been about his and I immediately agreed to the deal. Rob carefully went through all the German history and confirmed everything that had been done to my vehicle during its life in Germany as well as its registration in the UK. Shortly, after a comprehensive demonstration and with brand new roof rack fitted, we were heading back to West Wales.

What a difference the Westfalia made to that journey. I cannot recommend highly enough the quality of these vehicles and would advise anyone wanting a compact camper van to try one. The build quality is far greater than any UK conversion and the 2.5 TDi is so quiet, smooth and easy to drive. It is no different from driving the VW Passat TDi that I owned until recently.

The vehicle was the perfect choice for our lifestyle and we can now transport our kayaks easily and safely, as well as carrying the mountain bikes on the back. I love the thing so much I have even been leaving my Impreza at home on a daily basis as I am having more fun in this.

I cannot recommend Rob and VW Camper Sales highly enough. I took quite a chance to travel the 10 hour round trip to their HQ based upon the word of a man I had never met. From my experience he could not have been more honest or fair and this will definitely be my first port of call when I am ready to upgrade.

That will not be for a long while yet!

Ultann & Bethan