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The Fossil Among The Vans

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The Fossil Among The Vans
The Fossil Among The Vans

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The VW Sharan is the oldies among the vans. With its size it has set standards, but also with its susceptibility as a used vehicle.

When the VW Sharan appeared on the market, such cars were still called minivans. Because family vans in this format were still smaller than the originals from the van home USA. With almost 15 years of construction time, the Sharan is now one of the fossils in the showrooms - and looks anything but mini alongside the compact vans that are currently much more popular. The list of possible defects and defects that are recorded in the breakdown statistics of the ADAC in Munich is by no means small or short.

Major engine damage

Among other things, the automobile club noticed occasional major engine damage in some TDI units. There were also burst turbochargers or broken engine mountings and, in the years of construction 1998 and 1999, malfunctions in the engine management system. Leaks in the water pump were also mainly registered in vehicles from this period. Buyers of a Sharan from the first year of construction should be aware of a possible problem: The exhaust system in the front area of the 2.0-liter gasoline engine from 1996 can break. According to ADAC, the engine must then be switched off immediately due to the risk of fire. Other quirks are defective brake lights and defective door locks.

The Sharan came on the market in 1995. It was developed with Ford - there the sister model was offered as the Galaxy. Seat also sold an identical model called the Alhambra. The Sharan 2000 received an extensive facelift.

The long construction period also led to a large number of versions with different engines. Basically, a four-cylinder with 85 kW / 115 PS serves as the basis for the gasoline engines, but models with six-cylinder engines and 150 kW / 204 PS were also offered. On the diesel side, it starts with 66 kW / 90 PS and goes up to 110 kW / 150 PS.

According to the Schwacke list, a Sharan 2.0 CL from 1997 is available today at prices around 4300 euros. A six-cylinder model with all-wheel drive Sharan 2.8 V6 4Motion Comfortline Family built in 2003 costs around 12,000 euros. A diesel model Sharan 2.0 TDI DPF Comfortline from 2005 costs around 22,300 euros. (Dpa / tmn)

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