Volkswagen T6 California (2015–)
Much more refined than previous T5 California.
High quality dashboard with neat layout.
Less engine noise.
Excellent driver and passenger comfort.
Hardly any different from T5 when it comes the living area.
High list price if buying new.
Beach models don't have ‘premium’ dashboard.
Some reader reports of air conditioning failure on 2016 models.
2-12-2016: Total failure of 2.0TDI 102 engine of 10 week old 2016 T6 camper reported due to failure of EGR valve causing coolant to be drawn into the block.
23-9-2017: Explanation for the high rate of failure of failure of 2.0 180 BiTDI engines in T6 Transporter and Amarok. "Oil light came on at end of lease. No leaks, so the engine must be burning the oil. Owner had an oil sample tested by Millers Oils and this showed the oil to have critical amounts of Al and Fe. The Al came from the corroding EGR cooler, the Fe is the cylinder bores being worn by the Al particles that have got into the engine. In short a new engine and ancillaries is required at a cost of £8000. There is a Facebook page with over 1,000 Members devoted to the failings of the 180 BiTDI engine - it is only this engine that suffers. One chap in Norway runs a fleet of 30 ambulances and every one has needed a new engine. The EGR cooler is poorly designed - hot air condenses on unprotected aluminium, causing it to corrode. Volkswagen has brought out a revised cooler but it is too early to say if it is successful. And once an engine starts to burn oil through worn cylinder bores, the damage has been done."
28-10-2017: Report of 2.0 205 BiTDI engine failure in 4WD DSG T6 California campervan originally costing over £50,000 in October 2016. Two days after its first service at 13,000 miles it failed to start. The dealer has diagnosed the usual problem with the EGR valve which caused coolant to leak into the engine which needs replacing together with the valve and other parts: apparently £7k worth of work, all under warranty.
13-3-2019: Report fom reader who just took delivery of a brand new VW T6 camper van from Bilbos in South Godstone. £73,000, so not cheap. "Drove it home, 39 miles on the clock. Invited friends round to admire it. It wouldn't start at first, then coolant light came on, and nasty smell of burnt diesel, rough sounds, etc. Contacted the company, it was suggested that I drive it the ten or so miles to the VW garage, which I wasn't happy to do, and the car was collected the next day on a low loader. There was a fault on the EGR and coolant was leaking into the second cylinder. The garage were in contact with VW Germany, and the EGR has been replaced." Offered £200 in vouchers as compensation. However, if this leads to engine failure (as 23-9-2017 above) the reader would be entitled to a full refund plus all the costs associated with a ruined holiday.
11-5-2019: Report of 2016 VW T6 102TDI campervan, 16 plate now 18,000 miles having needed three replacement EGR coolers and now requiring a fourth (happily under a free extended warranty). See: 23-9-2017.