VW T25 Overview

VW T25 Overview

Written by the JK Team
Published 12 November 2020
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VW T25 Overview

Key data for the VW T25 (T3)

Main variants of the T25:

  • Panel van, with 1 or 2 sliding doors
  • Single cab pickup
  • Double cab pickup (DoKa)
  • Microbus.  Features 3 rows of seats and a low spec interior
  • Caravelle.  Features 3 rows of seats and a high spec interior
  • Syncro 14"".  Features 4x4 transmission
  •  Syncro 16"".  An even tougher 4x4 model.

The T25 ’Campers’ were converted by various companies. Some, such as Westfalia, used a Microbus as the base vehicle while many others used the cheaper panel van as a starting point. 

Quick Identification

Air-cooled models have a single grille by the headlamps.

Water-cooled (Petrol or diesel) versions have two grilles. one by the headlamps and a second lower down by the indicators.

Production Notes

1979 - May  Introduction of the VW T25, a total redesign of the old Bay window, being wider with larger windows and tailgate, and a new front style. There was new suspension, which moved away from the torsion bar system, with power from either a 1600cc 50bhp (37kw) or 2000cc 70bhp (51kw) air-cooled petrol engine.

1981 - February  Saw the introduction of a water-cooled 1600cc diesel engine with 50bhp (37kw). This engine originally came from the Golf.

1981 - September  Introduction of the Caravelle, offering a more luxurious interior.

1981 - October  Saw the first water-cooled flat four petrol engines in two versions: DF 1900cc 60bhp (44kw) and DG 1900cc 78bhp (57kw). Rear air intakes became plastic inserts.

1982  Was the end of production of air-cooled engine models in Germany.

1983  - August  Saw the introduction of a higher spec ’Caravelle’ with the option of a 4 lamp square grill.

1985  The year of a full ’revamp’ of the model. Changes included new exhaust systems, front suspension, sliding door locks and fuel injection systems, to name a few. It is estimated that VW made over 1,000 changes in this year. 1985 also saw the introduction of the Syncro, a four-wheel drive vehicle, which was built with Steyr/Daimler/Puch in Austria, capable of climbing a 54% gradient and utilising a centre viscous coupling.

1986  From this years onwards vehicles did not suffer so badly with rust due to a new rust treatment in the production process.

1990 - September  Saw the last T25 leave the Hannover factory, however production carried on in South Africa until the end of 2002. The last Syncro was built in 1992.

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