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VW T25 Parts & Accessories

Shop from our huge range of VW T25 Window parts spares and accessories. Choose the category below and filter down to the part, brand or quality you need.  Try our Heritage kits, handy project bundles for everything you need in one box. Don’t forget to check the new products for your vehicle and there are always 100’s of parts in our sale section

Type 25 Spares & T25 Accessories 

 

Type 25 Engine sizes

Originally fitted with four different kinds of engine - both air and water cooled, care is needed when selecting engine parts.

The CT engine is an aircooled flat four derivative of the waterboxer engine. It was only used in Type 25s. We can supply many 1600cc Aircooled Type 25 parts.

The Type 4 engine is a larger displacement aircooled flat four engine. It was used in Type 25s, as well as several other VW and Porsche vehicles, it goes without saying that we have a great range of 2000cc engine T25 parts.

The waterboxer engine is a watercooled derivative of the aircooled flat four Beetle engine. It was only used in Type 25s. We offer a great selection of water cooled VW T3 parts for both 1.9 and 2.1 models.

The diesel engine is a watercooled inline four cylinder engine. It is similar to the diesel motor found in Golfs of the same era. The turbo diesel wasn’t offered by the factory until 1985, but we can offer all manner of diesel engine Volkswagen T25 parts.

Volkswagen T25 Styling Parts and VW T3 Accessories

We can also supply the complete range of tuning and customising Type 25 parts, simply browse the sections above for the VW Type 25 Parts you require.

Our list of Type 25 Camper parts is not exhaustive and if you can’t find the VW Caravelle parts you need we will always try to source any T25 parts that you need. And remember, if you have a query about any of the Volkswagen T25/T3 parts we stock – or if you can’t find the part you require – You can E mail us at help@heritagepartscentre.com or fill out the form on our Contact Page

VW Type 25 FAQ’s

Are VW T25’s reliable?

A good one is, yes.

VW T25s are now at an age where years of poor maintenance is catching up with them, especially those at the lower end of the market, which may appear to be a bargain buy!

Much like an adult who regularly skips showers and scoffs sweets and junk food like a teenager, your 40 year old Transporter could be looking (and smelling) worse for wear if it hasn’t been looked after… 

Owners who have bought wisely and spent the time and money to look after their T3 Transporter will happily trust it with daily duties or a long journey at the drop of a hat. Those who are driving a patchwork quilt with regards to service history and maintenance will probably be less confident about the reliability of their beloved Type 25, or blissfully unaware that it is just a matter of time before a breakdown strikes. 

If you have plans to be using your T25 regularly, a decent service schedule is key to your reliability concerns, along with being proactive about maintenance should a new issue arise. A small knocking noise or oil leak could be a simple and relatively cheap fix when it first occurs, however if left it will become worse, and potentially cause damage to any adjoining components, making the problem a more complicated matter to fix. 

Of course, should you be working on a T3 project with a view to building a reliable classic campervan, then what has gone before matters a bit less. You are in control of righting any mechanical wrongs before that vehicle takes to the road once again. Take your time to go over any potentially perished bushes or rubber hoses. Check everything is tightened correctly and of course that there are no oil leaks or rust holes that might weaken the vehicles’ structure.

If you are not mechanically minded, then you will need to have a friendly but trustworthy mechanic or specialist workshop on hand to help you. Our team can help suggest someone in your area, should you be unsure. Ideally get their input at the buying stage of your VW journey to avoid purchase something you later come to regret, or at least go into a project with your eyes very much wide open. You may need to pay for an inspection, but this will repay you many times over if it saves you buying a money pit! 

Are VW T25s expensive to maintain? 

The cost of keeping a Volkswagen T25, also known as a T3 or Vanagon is largely dependent on a few factors, including how old the vehicle is, where it is kept and has lived its life, the condition of it now and how it gets used. 

A T25 that is kept in garage, only used in the summer and serviced every six months, will long term be a far cheaper car to run than the Type 25 that lives on the coast and only gets a splash of oil when the warning light comes on. 

While T25 parts aren’t particularly expensive you may find the labour bill for extensive maintenance work to be quite heavy if service jobs have been routinely put off in the past, and that’s before we mention the dreaded tin worm. 

The T25 suffers badly from ‘seam rash’ which is a localised corrosion around the external panel joins. And this rust will spread its way around the vehicle if given then chance. 

Underneath the Vanagon is a similar story. A vehicle which has been parked in the rain, driven in the snow and only washed once a year will no doubt need attention to its chassis structure and floor panels. On the other hand, a well valeted T3 that has been treated to a decent undersealing and regular rinse down could still be structurally sound underneath, with no obvious causes for concern. 

T25 restoration costs can spiral quickly when you factor in replacement Type 25 panels and, welding work, paintwork and new rubber seals for when you put it all back together again. We do not want to talk anyone out of a restoration, as it’s a very satisfying and fun process, but when a project unexpectantly slips down this slope, it normally means somebody wasn’t 100% honest about the vehicle they were selling, or the buyer didn’t check close enough. 

Finding a specialist workshop to maintain your T25 is a great idea, especially if you are lacking some mechanical knowledge, or too busy to carry out the work required. If you do enjoy spinning a spanner or two, then most jobs should be within your skill set with a workshop manual and You Tube on hand if you get stuck!

How many miles will a VW T25 do? 

Lots! We are aware of VW T25s covering more than half a million miles, and plenty are in the 200,000- and 300,000-mile club, having been driving for 40 years now. 

What is important to understand however, is that these very high mileage vehicles have been well looked after to record big numbers, and that most will have had their engine replaced at least once, if not a number of times, with a similar story for the gearbox and other key components too. 

In the UK, the average vehicle mileage used to be 10,000 miles per year, and by using that calculation for a VW T3 that was made in 1983, the odometer could easily be reading 400,000 miles if it had been in continual service since new. 

Since the Pandemic, however, average annual miles have almost halved to just 5500 in 2021, so expect to see less of these high mileage figures in modern cars, especially with their accident crumple zones and complex technology rendering them uneconomical to repair much earlier in their lives. 

In theory however, with enough Type 25 parts and a decent maintenance schedule your T25 could live forever. 

Are T25 parts expensive? 

Parts for a VW T25 aren’t particularly expensive. However, when compared to the market value of the vehicle, they can appear more especially when the purchase is unscheduled to fix a breakdown, rather than a treat or additional nicety that you had in your wishlist. 

What is important is keeping your T25 maintained and in the best mechanical health. Not only will this increase your driving pleasure and ownership experience, but also help retain the value in your investment. 

Service parts for VW T3 models with cross over engines which can be found in other Volkswagen models are a little bit cheaper than those that are specific for the Type 25. The Waterboxer engine, for example can only be found in the VW T25, whereas the diesel engine shares its lineage with the Mk1 Golf and the 2 litre aircooled engine is very similar to the T2 Bay, helping to increase parts availability and reduce the costs of manufacture.

If you have bought a rusty T25 that needs new panels welding in, then you will find our range of Type 25 repair panels very competitively priced and in line with the metalwork we offer for other models. 

Modifying or converting your Type 25 can be expensive, but it all depends on your taste, and what you want to achieve. Think about how long you plan to keep the vehicle, what you want to do with it, and if you are building it for fun and enjoyment or just to turn a profit.