Volkswagen Winnebago Rialta ?

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    I could be very tempted by this ...

    1997 VOLKSWAGEN WINNEBAGO RIALTA 2.4llt Diesel

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    ticks all my boxes... so.. comments.. bad/good .. any idea of MPG ?
     
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    hi jim .i would stay clear .they used to eat cv joints and had clutch problems . the t4 and t5 vw,s are not my favourite vehicles . far better i think to go backwards . the t2 and t25 had faults but were a better vehicle by far.
    the flat front or the earlier models actually gave more internal space for the same sized vehicles .
    plus after market fitting of turbo,s doesnt give the extra oil ways and oil spray that factory turbos had.
     
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    Hi Jim,

    Unfortunately I cannot comment on these units mechanically but know that most sell them because they don't enjoy stooping down all the time. However I have always thought them a great vehicle.

    I am sure someone I know has a newer one for sale. Would you like to check?

    Best regards

    Chris
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Hi Chris.. I'm just looking at the mo .. not into buying mode yet, thanks for asking


    Jim
     
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    Hi Jim
    Have looked at these in the past and found them to be a bit claustrphobic also as VWAlan says they tend to eat clutches.
    I personally would leave it alone.
    Bill
     
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    and that front number plate is illegal :Eeek:

    incorrectly spaced.
     
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    As is the back number plate, wrong colour.:Eek!:
     
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    Jim, I have the older version, based on the Renault Trafic, similar interior though, I love it. My beloved does not like to drive though, (left hooker), but I dont mind that.:Wink:
    I cant say anything about the VW base but the Winnebago stuff is top drawer!!:thumb::thumb::thumb:
    The shower compartment is brilliant design.
     
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    If I am not wrong they are automatics

    If I remember right these are V6 automatics and were never sold by Winnebago with a clutch?

    There is 3 versions of them.. the lay out is slightly different in each.. the toilet has to be seen to understand how it works... the walls with a the door slide outwards to give a bigger closet.

    I have been on a couple.. they have a fair bit of room ... some of them have 4 seats (the rear two are off set to the front, and with the wider body the back seats get not such a good view. But as a two person vehicle they are very good.

    Cult vehicle now in the USA and fetch very good money.

    Do have a look at one if you get the chance. You might be surprised... and they are very European road size.

    Bob:thumb:
     
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    bob .it says manuel in the advert . also 2.4 . think that should tell the tales.
     
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    as you say Alan

    But as far as I was aware that Winnebago did these for the American market and had to have the V6 automatic box fitted.. perhaps it has been changed back? who knows... but I know Dudleys had these for sale at various times.. the one's I looked at all had the auto box and even the one's I looked at privately had the same.

    I was considering one of these when I was looking at the Roadtrek and also some of a similar build.. the the thing they did not have was a rear door, but a solid panel where the bed goes...

    Bob


    p.s looking at the photos, it has had an intercooler fitted later.. I suspect this was not supplied as a diesel at all and is a changed engine.
     
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    As a VW anything up to 99mpg but as a Winnie anything down to 7 mpg (probably) :Laughing::Laughing:
     
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    This is only a long-shot Jim but if it started life as a 2.4 naturally aspirated diesel and was later turbocharged by TB its a good chance its the straight 6 cylinder engine. This engine was later purchased by Volvo and is indestructible. Its the one used in the older LTs.
     
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    bob they did them with the 5 cyl 2.4 motor but in 1997 changed in the states to a v6 probably auto .but these were 2.8 i think you will find .
    the straight 6 wasnt put in the. as far as i know.
     
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    Hi Al, i was under the impression that the 5 pot was turbocharged by the factory not as an after market option. Thats why I guessed it was a 6 pot.
     
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    vw did turbo them .dont know where the naturally aspirated bit came from. but 2.4 turbo up to 97 in the states then the v6 . still crap though . the t4 and t5 are crap in my eyes . never liked them .dont like the newer lt,s or the merc sprinter . merc and lt share same body . much rather have a t2or t25 or the earlier lt. ...look at the expensive engines on the sprinter and lt. also chassis rust on sprinters is very common . t4s are not nice.
     
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    T4s one of the best all round vans vw produced ....best for reliability performance and space ...The t5 was a step backwards in reliability but the t4 was built to last I've owned 9 of them

    Brilliant vehicles and having been in a few of these rialtos they are a great piece of kit
     
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    Hate to tell you this but the original post was done in 2012!
     
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    Yes I was aware of that :)
     
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