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  • I just bought a '93 MV Weekender. I love it (so do my son and wife), but I'm having trouble with some things, and I don't have an owner's manual to help me. Can anyone here help with any of the following:

    1. I can't figure out how to raise the side table table in the back. It appears to have a VERY strong latching mech., but, for the life of me, I can not find it (not to mention release it) and so the table is still tightly closed against the side of the passenger compartment.

    2. There appears to be a small, electrically operated refrigerator under the left side, rear-facing passenger seat. I can not figure out how to get to it to open it up, etc., and I am afraid of breaking it or the seat above it. Also, how does it work? Is it hard wired into the vehicle? How do you turn it on and off?

    3. Should I get the VW owner's manual? Will it cover the MV Weekender with all its particular equipment (pop-top, frige, etc.)? If not, are there supplements that cover that stuff, or is there a good after market manual (Haynes, perhaps) that does the trick even better?

    Sorry for all these questions in my first post, but I need help.

    Dach
  • lizard2806lizard2806 Posts: 8
    Tdachenhausen,

    Congratulations on the new van. I've only had mine for a couple weeks now, but I am loving it!

    Anyway, I have an '02, but the answers should be the same...I think. It's worth a shot:

    <<1. I can't figure out how to raise the side table table in the back. It appears to have a VERY strong latching mech., but, for the life of me, I can not find it (not to mention release it) and so the table is still tightly closed against the side of the passenger compartment. >>

    As you look at the table, on the right side there should be a small area where your fingers can sneak behind it. Just pull-the only latch is a pressure latch-it should just release. Make sure the rug isn;t in the way or anything as well.

    <<2. There appears to be a small, electrically operated refrigerator under the left side, rear-facing passenger seat. I can not figure out how to get to it to open it up, etc., and I am afraid of breaking it or the seat above it. Also, how does it work? Is it hard wired into the vehicle? How do you turn it on and off? >>

    As you look at the seat above the fridge, there should be a lever on the left side between the seat and the side wall (the one the table is on) lift it up and the bottom of the seat pops up and you can slide the fridge out. To get the top off the fridge, slide it towards you and up.

    As for turning it on and off, there should be a swithch and a fuse visible on the back. When the fridge is on, the switch glows red (in mine). It should be plugged in, of course, in the 12 volt outlet under the driver's seat (there is a second battery under the seat).

    3. Should I get the VW owner's manual? Will it cover the MV Weekender with all its particular equipment (pop-top, frige, etc.)? If not, are there supplements that cover that stuff, or is there a good after market manual (Haynes, perhaps) that does the trick even better?

    My owners manual includes info on the extra things included in the weekender. I would recommend it, as in my brief glance through it, I found many interesting things-like what little levers that appeared to do nothing were for.

    I know nothing of the Haynes, but plan on getting one for myself.

    Best of luck.
  • wingsolwingsol Posts: 1
    Anybody have any tips for finding a middle bench for a 97 Eurovan...other than the dealer. We are in the Los Angeles area.
  • lizard2806lizard2806 Posts: 8
    I do not know if they have them, but try these guys:

    www.gowesty.com
    www.eurocampers.com
    www.bus-boys.com (more older stuff, but some EV)

    You can try Ebay and Google as well.

    Good luck.
  • scott12scott12 Posts: 3
    Sorry It took so long to get back to you. I hope it's not too late . You need to turn the key to the first position, then push the button in on your shifter, if it won't go in turn the key just a tiny bit more until the button will go in, and then while holding the button in start the engine and then shift it into gear. Don't let the button out until you have shifted into gear. Let me know if it works.
  • ennessenness Posts: 2
    looking to buy a '93 EV camper with 120,000miles on original engine. what is the life expectancy of the engine? other major systems? read a lot of horror stories in this group ..just looking for any experience/comments on above.

    thx
  • ennessenness Posts: 2
    maybe the question should be about Eurovan engines in general? Back in the 80s we used to see the engines go at about 100000 miles on the vans.
  • surfamily4surfamily4 Posts: 3
    Thanks for the answer. Unfortunately, I only saw the eurovan pass by thru my window. As far as I could tell, the rails were flush against the roof, and black, and there weren't any racks on it at the time. We have the Weekender, not the Winnie (don't they recommend rain gutter tower mounts for the Winnie?) and the EV I saw was also a weekender. I am leaning towards this setup because it seems more versatile (I like the fact that you can slide the towers to accomodate surfboards or snowboards) but I am concerned that it might make the racks stand up higher and so be harder to access the boards on top. (I'm not the tallest person in the world).

    I'm also a little concerned about drilling through the poptop and what effects this might create.

    There's got to be others out there with poptops and racks. Any advice out there?
  • coloniuscolonius Posts: 1
    Hello all, may I give a short introduction of myself: I´m living in Cologne, Germany owning a ´93 Eurovan Syncro (short wheelbase) and a ´86 Vanagon with a Porsche V8.
    After looking for alternative sliding windows instead of the original, i found several pictures of the Winnibago sliding window, which is (only?) for the large wheelbase and for the last window, passenger side. Several contact to Winnebago or suppliers failed (because of mybad english :confuse: ) or ??
    I´m looking for someone, who wants to help me find a) the manufacturer, which produces these Winnebago sliding window or b) helps me let the window be produced fitting the short wheelbase and also those windows for the sliding door and the opposite side (replacement)
    Thanx for reply

    Colonius :)
  • woodymwoodym Posts: 3
    www.vw.com isn't showing any market for new Eurovans in the U.S.
    What's the best way to buy a eurovan this year?
  • woodymwoodym Posts: 3
    I like the track record of VW cars. I like the passenger space and the cargo space in the eurovan. How can I convince my wife that it is better than a minivan?
    Anybody with some compelling arguements?
  • woodymwoodym Posts: 3
    Can U.S. Customers buy the Mexican version and import it?
  • lizard2806lizard2806 Posts: 8
    I was sitting in the Stop and Shop parking lot the other day (while my wife ran inside) and what did I see, but an EV weekender with a roofrack. Of course, I flagged him down. He was in a bit of a rush, but I got out of him that he used a Thule rack with "false gutters". Basically a plate that he screwed into the side of the pop top and attached the thule mounts to them. He siad he had done a lot of research and thought this was the best solution...then something about lateral stability. He also claimed that he has had a canoe up there and gone 85 with no problem.

    I can not vouch for any of this, however the rack did look like it had been up there a while and there was no visible signs of damage to the top on the exterior.

    The search continues. If I fabricate custom brackets that dont require drilling, how many of you would buy them (that is, of course, assuming they work). I might be willing to give it a shot.
  • sharkletsharklet Posts: 2
    I have a 1993 MV ith 174K miles on it and it is till running strong and has excllent compression. Just change the oil regularly.
  • sharkletsharklet Posts: 2
    There are only 2 things that need to be improved on my 93 MV Weekender. 1) Road noise - it is noisy inside when your dribing down the highway; and 2) the susspension is a bit stiff. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to add any noise reducing insulation or other product to the MV? AND Does anyone have any advice on new shocks - are they worth it??
  • sharonl1sharonl1 Posts: 1
    My husband and I are seriously considering buying a used Eurovan camper. Will be a car used both daily for very short local trips (5000 miles/year) and used extensively for weekend and longer camping trips. After some research and reading many of the posts, I have lots of questions! I appreciate any answers you may have. It seems that we may need to budget more for repairs, but are willing to make that trade off within reason.
    1) Looking at vehicles online, we noticed that it was not unheard of for these years to have a new motor or transmission, which is worrisome. Is this an aberration, or should we be concerned about the longevity of the drivetrain? We would most likely be buying one with around 100,000 miles and hope to drive it for years.
    2) I saw several posts asking about safety, but no real answers. I have looked unsuccessfully for crash test results. Also, do all '97 and new come with both driver and front passenger airbags, or was the passenger one an option?
    3) We live in Eastern Washington, and have not yet found any for sale nearby, although we have not really looked seriously yet. Anyone have any experience buying from the company "Pop Top Heaven" in California?
    4) Recommendations between the various years 1997 - 2000? Any quirks/problems that were only present in one year that we should be aware of?

    Thanks!
    Sharon
  • mrnimmomrnimmo Posts: 271
    >>1)we noticed that it was not unheard of for these years to have a new motor or transmission, which is worrisome. Is this an aberration, or should we be concerned about the longevity of the drivetrain? We would most likely be buying one with around 100,000 miles and hope to drive it for years.

    I'm a HUGE VW van nut, but I would have to say that, honestly, it has to be worrisome. More worrisome, I think, is the lack of parts availability for late EV's that sold so dismally in the US. Hard to drive the vehicle for years since they really aren't many sources for repair parts at least in the US. You'll notice that the Mexican EV's are more like the early EV's, so there are few parts that interchange.

    >>2) I saw several posts asking about safety, but no real answers. I have looked unsuccessfully for crash test results. Also, do all '97 and new come with both driver and front passenger airbags, or was the passenger one an option?

    Sorry, no idea.

    >>3) We live in Eastern Washington, and have not yet found any for sale nearby, although we have not really looked seriously yet. Anyone have any experience buying from the company "Pop Top Heaven" in California?

    I've heard that they are very expensive and but that they know their job.

    >>4) Recommendations between the various years 1997 - 2000? Any quirks/problems that were only present in one year that we should be aware of?

    Not really. All had electrical problems and FI issues to my knowledge.
  • williams6williams6 Posts: 1
    Hi my name is Lloyd. This is my first time on the site. I am interested in the Eurovan Diesel sold in Mexico. If I live in Arizona, can I get the vehicle and does anyone know how much it might cost or where to get it. Thanks.

    Lloyd (williams6)
  • fallen1fallen1 Posts: 1
    i have a '93 Eurovan w/ a 5 cyl. and automatic tranny. i always let it run for about 15 minutes or so each morning B4 i leave. this morning, i let it warm up then left and the "door-open-warning-bell" started sounding, the ABS warning light came on, the radio shut off, and the engine started jerking, all at once. i pulled over and put it in park, and everything stopped and it idled fine. once i put it back in drive, it started all over again. i let it sit the rest of the day, about 12 hours, and it drives fine. what the "$#%@!" is going on ! is there anything i can do to check for the problem without a computer and diagnostic equipment? please help, i'm sick of getting stranded in my EV. i love this thing but it's costing me, in more ways than one.
  • Claire@EdmundsClaire@Edmunds Chicago areaPosts: 968
    Welcome, fallen1. You might also want to post your question in the Electronic Gremlins: Electrical Problems That Are Driving You Crazy discussion in the Maintenance and Repair Forum.

    ClaireS

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