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B J G

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As @WelshGas said short runs with no regular long ones can cause problems with sooting up.
Hopefully VW have improved this issue, T6's had an Adblue update where more is consumed to clean out the system more effectively.

I've not seen any problems mentioned on the van Forum relating to 6.1 emissions, mainly the electronics - dash/display.

The flat sides are more prone to carpark scrapes and dents than cars. May be due to car drivers thinking that 'vans' shouldn't be in carparks and don't worry about giving them a bash with their door.
 
Ch1pbutty

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T5 Beach
HI everyone, still considering purchase of a new T6.1 California Ocean in 199bhp / 7 DSG guise and this will serve both as a camper and my daily run around. Would like to hear owners' experience of running T6.1 California as a daily car.

Thanks in advance, Rob
Fine as a daily driver, higher driving position gives you better visibility.

You actually have a bit more space on tight roads / parking bays as your wing mirrors sit higher than a cars; Obviously be careful of vans with wing mirrors of similar heights, just fold yours in before 'impact' for a bit more elbow room!

Great for tight parking bays as you always use the sliding door if someone parks to close.

Suggest keeping the alloys as standard to minimise kerb damage if you need to parallel park in tight spaces alot.
 
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kearneyrob

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Ireland
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Thanks to everyone for their replies ....... really helpful in helping me decide as to whether to "take the plunge" or not. Will keep you all posted on what I do but currently Ireland is at max level 5 lockdown so no option to follow up with the 2 VW dealers I have been in contact with with regard to a possible purchase.
 
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kearneyrob

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Good afternoon,

I use my camper as a daily drive since November 2017 going to work, shopping, leisure etc.

So far there is no problem to use it as a daily drive, with one exception and that is the height. I don't believe that 2 m high for a car park is enough.

It is good that I only go very seldom to Dublin, because I only drive into car parks that are at least 2.1 m height. There are a few in Dublin but they are very "cramped".

Collecting or giving people a lift to the airport (in the good old times) is only possible because Terminal 2 car park is 2.1 m.

If we would need to visit somebody in any of the hospitals in the greater Dublin area we would be in a bit of trouble. In this case I would use my wife's car.

For day trips that can be a problem as well. More and more car parks in nice areas have a barrier with 2 m, or even 1.9 m, of height. :confused: It is really annoying.

You might want to consider this when you plan where to go with the camper. Some people are ok with 2 m car park, and at some stage I will try it carefully, but at the moment this is not an option for me.

Beside this is fine. I love to drive the California and even for the Ocean (higher weight) I won't use more diesel than with my VW Tiguan which I had before.

In Ireland there is another issue, which actually has nothing to do with the vehicle itself, but with the car insurance. My car insurance is due for renewal. At the moment there is only one company that offers car insurance for a camper as a daily drive. I am not unhappy about the cost, but if this company decide to stop this service I am in trouble (something to keep in mind for all Irish California owner which use the camper as a daily drive). I don't believe you have the same problems in the UK.

Happy California,
Eberhard
Thanks - really insightful from an Irish perspective. Can you advise on the insurance company that insures campers used for daily drives ?
 
Eber123

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T6 Ocean 150
Hello Kearneyrob,

Maybe you send me a PM to talk further about this issue (believe me that was an issue when I got the camper first). As part of my "insurance journey" I might need to mentioned names and companies which might not be the best thing to do in public.

Happy insurde California,
Eberhard
 
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Jennifer Browne

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Just browsing
HI everyone, still considering purchase of a new T6.1 California Ocean in 199bhp / 7 DSG guise and this will serve both as a camper and my daily run around. Would like to hear owners' experience of running T6.1 California as a daily car.

Thanks in advance, Rob
Its what we have done, bought a Coast, lov it. No issues whatsoever.
 
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B16 JOG

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Near Andover
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T6 Beach 150
We had a short debate on this very subject two months ago! We had a 2012 Cali which demonstrated to us that it is the most versatile for our needs: two boys, two dogs and a need to pull a large twin-axle caravan a couple of times a year! Our other car was a Land Rover Discovery!

So, the Discovery was sold and a runaround Mini replaced it for school runs etc! The Cali was donated to mother-in-law to satisfy her “Cali-envy”! And, we replaced the 6-speed 2012 Cali with a low mileage 2018 DSG Cali. That is now our everyday family car!

Best decision ever!
 
Stow

Stow

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london
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T6 Ocean 204
It's common question and I file it alongside "how do cope with the sliding door on the wrong side", in that I don't even recognise the issue. As a daily driver it's shorter than most of my friends cars. It's narrower than massive great boxy Audis and BMWs too. The only drawback is the weight and the fuel consumption
 
HectorPascal

HectorPascal

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Liphook
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T6 Ocean 150
Our grand plan was to wind up with just a Cali and a BMW i3 In retirement.

So far, it’s not really working...

There is our 10+ year-old E-Class estate - can‘t put muddy dog and sacks of garden rubbish in the others.
BMW 330 coupe - had that for 16 years - hard to part with as a piece of retro internal combustion artwork.
1976 Spitfire holed up in a garage as a retirement project (which probably won’t happen).

Then there are three motorbikes only one of which is ’on the road’

All you people with lean, organised lives, tell me how you do it? No doubt boring old economics will force the issue.

Back to your question, I heartily agree with the concept of daily-driving a Cali. I just can‘t seem to do it.
 
stephen watson

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Cumbria
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T6 Ocean 150
We have a Cali and an eGolf - which if you need/decide to have 2 cars I think is a good combination. Once you've driven an electric car you're unlikely to go back. If you've got a Cali and only need an electric car for local use it also opens up the possibility of older electric cars with more limited range. It's definitely more expensive than just running the Cali, but the added flexibility for the 2 of us, the dirt cheap running costs and joy of driving an e car, make it worthwhile for us.
 
grainflow

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Thanks - really insightful from an Irish perspective. Can you advise on the insurance company that insures campers used for daily drives ?
Hi Rob,

Motor caravan club in clonee do daily driver insurance,

Regards
Mark
 
vananarama

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Wales
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T6 Beach 150
Drove a T5 as daily/only vehicle since 2013 and a T6 Cali in 2020 for the same purpose. I live in a city. In terms of size, power, speed, manoeuvrability, convenience, flexibility I’ve found them to be a joy to drive. They’re no bigger in terms
of footprint than many a family car, but the height allows for improved visibility (often you can see what an issue is way up ahead so you can take action early and don’t stress and get angry with the car immediately in front). Because of its height, if the absolute worst should happen and you hit a pedestrian they are far less likely to bounce over your bonnet and the ‘scooped up’ like a car, and for this reason is a useful thing to remember that you are driving a vehicle that must be driven extremely safely at all times. I love the flexibility – today alone, the Cali has been lugged a cast iron stove to a site, served as a delivery vehicle for business orders, and ferried the family to the shops. Because it’s a van there is a more road noise and it’s not as smooth a ride as a car but who wants a car? Who wants a hybrid? Who wants a van that wants to be a car?


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alan middleton

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Durham
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T6 Ocean 204 4Motion
HI everyone, still considering purchase of a new T6.1 California Ocean in 199bhp / 7 DSG guise and this will serve both as a camper and my daily run around. Would like to hear owners' experience of running T6.1 California as a daily car.

Thanks in advance, Rob
Hi Rob

Heidi told me she would never drive a van every time I brought up getting a Cali. Until she saw one up close, and then drove it. We're on our second Ocean (T5 from 2015, then T6 since 2018). It is her only car, so work, school run, shops etc, and the one we use whenever we go anywhere as a family. Great for dogs. It is an absolutely brilliant daily driver and I highly recommend it. Driving position is great without the abuse you'd get in an SUV on the school run. It's actually easier to park than my car (Just remember the 2.1m height restriction!). Having sliding door access at the shops is a bonus. We have 4motion and 104PS, so a little thirstier than your average Polo, but it's cheaper than actually buying said Polo for an additional runaround. :)

Alan
 
calibusje

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I used mine as daily driver since 2010. Covered 150000 km up to now without a single problem.
Why would you buy a California just for letting it collecting dust until you can get out with it?
Why would you buy another car for everything the California can do too?
Why would you have to insure both vehicles, MOT, road tax, ...

Not a hair on my head that considers buying another car next to the California.
right, and that's why the opel grandland leaves when the coast comes because it will be my daily driver. This is a lot cheaper than holding both so a bargain for me :D
 
soulstyledevon

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Drive my van pretty much everywhere and had vans for a long long time. The Cali is our main vehicle.
We also have an second car, that’s barely used since we invested in some e-bikes.

The cycles are used for most of our round town trips. Best £2.5k we’ve ever spent. Just picked up another one today.
Most cars would lose more in depreciation every year, than the cost of buying these bikes...

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HectorPascal

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Liphook
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T6 Ocean 150
Drive my van pretty much everywhere and had vans for a long long time. The Cali is our main vehicle.
We also have an second car, that’s barely used since we invested in some e-bikes.

The cycles are used for most of our round town trips. Best £2.5k we’ve ever spent. Just picked up another one today.
Most cars would lose more in depreciation every year, than the cost of buying these bikes...

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We plan some e-bikes for the Cali soon-ish. Gotta get rid of some pesky cars first though! We were on the point of buying then C-19 came along and flipped the world over.
 
Grumpy Mike

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I used mine as a company car on long mileage, family car and to travel to and from Spain. I have a dog who travels with me and has a cage in the back and must say... in terms of practicality it’s fantastic.... It’s the best car I have ever had... sleep in it.... get a pee in it... go shopping in it.. go to the waste transfer station in It and if I fancy a drink at any time... there’s one in the fridge.. got a headache. Get the kit out... basically it is an unbelievable daily drive.
 
Jubilado Tim

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whitchurch shropshire
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HI everyone, still considering purchase of a new T6.1 California Ocean in 199bhp / 7 DSG guise and this will serve both as a camper and my daily run around. Would like to hear owners' experience of running T6.1 California as a daily car.

Thanks in advance, Rob
Hi Rob - I bought my California in January 2016 and have used it every day as my runaround (as well as wonderful 5 week annual trips to France, Span and Portugal, every year except this year). After retirement, I couldn't afford to keep a car and the Cali and i have been very impressed with the Cali as a daily drive - it drives like a car, is as comfortable as a car, is not too big to easily park (not like the great white whales!), also we feel very safe in the Cali with fantastic visibility through those large windows over the hedgerows. Go for it, it's an amazing daily drive and doesn't stop delivering pleasure!
Tim
 
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kearneyrob

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Thanks again everyone for their replies - this bank holiday weekend in Ireland I had booked a T6 Cali for rental (never have drive one before) but covid-19 restrictions put a stop to that and I am anxious about ordering one without that driving / camping experience. Might just take the plunge irrespective ...... h
 

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