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    Default SLY's Westfalia 1993

    On last summer vacation around Québec , New-Brunswick and Gaspésie ,we found our 1993 westfalia teal , 208000 km , rebuilt trany and engine by VW du golf at 125000 km.
    The interior is perfect but fuel and temperature gauge ,radio and cruise were not working. The big problem is the trany (automatic).
    I already fix both gauges.Now for the trany I went at VAPS in St-Jean Richelieu (Québec) OBD tell them that multy function switch on the trany is bad so I replaced it .
    The problem is that this switch is obsolete . They told me to buy 1994 and up switch same thing inside but have to replace the connector (rectangular for ovale pattern) ,
    at this point every thing looks good but there is a problem with wires location . Could someone help me ?

    Glad to join this forum .
    Hope you can help me.

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    Could it be you're talking about the Eurovan version (motor in the front) of the Westy? AFAIK, excluding the Brazilian vans (continued production to 2013 - stopped because they couldn't be modified for air bags, etc.), the last Boxer motor Westy was built in '91, with a tintop version (presumably using up remaining inventory) released, at least in Germany, in '92.

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    Hi,
    RBEmerson,
    you are talking about the right one ,my problem is resolved about the wires colors location.

    For now ,i just received an air cooler adaptor kit for the trany ,also a B&M transmission oil cooler with a 540 CFM fan linked by a temp sensor on it , this way over heating transmission issue should stay away
    from my Eurovan .
    I'm working on it for a certain amount of time ,fix fuel and temperature gauges , cruise control too it needed an other vacuum pump to make it work properly ,also i changed both rear wheel cylinders front shock and boot cv .
    I hope that these repair will keep us (my wife and I) far from eventual problems.
    Thank you for replying.

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    I'm not familiar with the Eurovan, so I'm applying just general experience to your comments.

    If your engine and transmission were rebuilt properly, with about 100,000 km (~60,000 miles) of service since then, everything should still be healthy, if you've done the required service (oil changes, etc.) along the way. Assuming you did that, it still won't hurt to have a reliable shop check everything (compression, among other things), to be sure something hasn't developed a problem (that shouldn't happen, but you never know...).

    I'm curious about why you added the transmission cooler. How do you know or why do you think your transmission was overheating?

    Assuming your travels are in Canada, and particularly in the east (Maritimes, etc.), the transmission shouldn't be struggling (overheating or having other problems). If you haven't overloaded the vehicle. If you're carrying more than the maximum weight (see your owner's manual for the maximum allowed), of course the transmission, rear axle/differential, and the motor will be working harder than they should. Otherwise, there really shouldn't be much need for the added cooling. If you were to spend a lot of time in the west of Canada, going up and down mountains(or parts of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont) , or travel into parts of the US that are really, really hot, then I'd add more cooling. You may, in fact, cool the transmission more than is a good idea. (Even though the fan may not be running, the cooler will still unload heat through its fins.)

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    Hi,
    Eurovan's transmission need more attention than '70 cars with bullet proof trany (turbo hydramatic 350/400 G.M.) for exemple . My experience VW mecanic transmission repair shop and Weatfalia's specialist have allmost the same opignon about automatic transmission mounted on VW , specially on Eurovan. These one , are not maintenance free . Better have oil and filter change on time , if you tow hmm... Before 150 000-200 000 KM if you minimised maintenance you're probably running for trouble ,they appear ... good luck ! An oil and filter change won't fix it , torque replacement or body valve will help for a little time , sometime internal electric "toast" , better have big monney in your wallet !
    I think that these transmission are too small for Eurovan application . Overheating and bad maintenance will bring you a lot of problem.
    I replaced the OEM water/oil cooler , install adaptor kit for remote transmission cooler an air/oil cooler with an electric fan thermically switch . Air/oil cooler will keep me away from water in transmission , the most important is a larger amount of trany fluid and lower operation temperature
    Here in Québec , automatic transmission in Eurovan can really overheat and surely need a proper maintenance.
    If you have any idea about upgrading this kind of transmission , let me know .

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    You've taken me past what I'm even willing to guess at. Without asking a lot of Eurovan owners about their experiences, I have no idea how well the transmission performs. However, I've have yet to meet anyone driving an automatic transmission Eurovan who complained about the transmission. Certainly changing the oil and filter regularly is going to help any transmission (or motor). Past that, all I can say is "bon chance!"

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    Hello Sly;

    Do you know the proper procedure for measuring the Transmission fluid? A lot of modern transmissions allow for over-filling. Not sure if this is the case for a 1992/93 Eurovan?

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    Not 100% on that one wanted to say I've had my service done With Servicing Stop and they are really good! They picked my car up from mine on time, took my car to a local garage, called me up to confirm anything that needed doing and dropped my car back off to mine, all within the time they said! Quick and easy, would recommend to anyone who has a busy life or just in general!

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