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MackM

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London
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T6.1 Ocean 199
I saw some reports saying couldn't get night heater to stay on and/or heat the van enough. Is that still an issue with anyone?

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We had this problem and realised we hadn't read the instructions properly. Immediate heating will only heat for a set amount of time that can be set in the settings (30 mins to 3 or 4 hours I think). Continuous will heat the van until the diesel get down to about a quarter. Once its going we have not had any issues in keeping warm but to be honest we have not tried it in the depth of winter as yet.
 
Duetveil

Duetveil

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47
Location
Notts
Vehicle
T6.1 Ocean 199 4Motion
1 month 2000 miles 2 camping trips daily driver Ocean. Everything absolutely perfect no problems whatsoever! Love it and so does the wife more importantly!! The driver assistance package, ACC and lane sensing makes driving a breeze on the motorways, although take a few miles to get used to it! Haven't had time to use the auto parking(or found it necessary tbh) yet, this weekends reading and practice! Infotaiment pro system sound is stunning. Fridge brilliant set at 4 is about 4 degrees in the basket. Heater set to Continuous and 6 is about 20 degrees and spot on for us (with an internal Iso Top VI recommended) in fact, the wife was so hot when I left it on to try over night, windy and 5 degrees outside. "I'm too hot" was the cry "I know, come here sweetheart!" was the my reply...... The rrmote heater start up is brilliant for those early mornings! Led lighting is superb inside fully customisable and headlights amazing...discovered a feature only the other evening where the inner fog light comes on when very slow turning to pick up the inside kerb!! Don't know what option or setting that is but its there and really useful!! Electric operated side door is also super useful when returning from walks and shops. MY21 has opening windows both sides in living area. The only thing I've had to do is spray a little silicon on runners and same on the cupboards to make for easier opening. We ordered the shower attachment and is rarely useful, we have it for washing the dog after walks and use it all the time. Bed setup is very easy, we use 2x 60cm Duvalay freshtec topper sleeping bags which can be used side by side as a double uptop or separate, if I've been naughty... These just roll up and stow behind the rear seat for full living area space. We have an unused as yet PP335 which fits with bed out at night but this would be for absolute emergencies!! So to sum up its perfect for us, drives like car with 200bhp 4x4 more than enough very smooth umph! Brilliant on motorways at speed 29mpg and very happy on fields, daily getting 31.5mpg. But we've just gone tier 3 so I guess we're limited a little now...and just heard it is likely full UK lockdown next week!!

Was it worth the wait? Hell yeah!! Worth every penny of the kids inheritance!

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GrumpyGranddad

GrumpyGranddad

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Location
Wendover
Vehicle
T6.1 Ocean 199
1 month 2000 miles 2 camping trips daily driver Ocean. Everything absolutely perfect no problems whatsoever! Love it and so does the wife more importantly!! The driver assistance package, ACC and lane sensing makes driving a breeze on the motorways, although take a few miles to get used to it! Haven't had time to use the auto parking(or found it necessary tbh) yet, this weekends reading and practice! Infotaiment pro system sound is stunning. Fridge brilliant set at 4 is about 4 degrees in the basket. Heater set to Continuous and 6 is about 20 degrees and spot on for us (with an internal Iso Top VI recommended) in fact, the wife was so hot when I left it on to try over night, windy and 5 degrees outside. "I'm too hot" was the cry "I know, come here sweetheart!" was the my reply...... The rrmote heater start up is brilliant for those early mornings! Led lighting is superb inside fully customisable and headlights amazing...discovered a feature only the other evening where the inner fog light comes on when very slow turning to pick up the inside kerb!! Don't know what option or setting that is but its there and really useful!! Electric operated side door is also super useful when returning from walks and shops. MY21 has opening windows both sides in living area. The only thing I've had to do is spray a little silicon on runners and same on the cupboards to make for easier opening. We ordered the shower attachment and is rarely useful, we have it for washing the dog after walks and use it all the time. Bed setup is very easy, we use 2x 60cm Duvalay freshtec sleeping bags which can be used side by side as a double uptop or separate, if I've been naughty... These just roll up and stow behind the rear seat for full living area space. We have an unused as yet PP335 which fits with bed out at night but this would be for absolute emergencies!! So to sum up its perfect for us, drives like car with 200bhp 4x4 more than enough very smooth umph! Brilliant on motorways at speed 29mpg and very happy on fields, daily getting 31.5mpg. But we've just gone tier 3 so I guess we're limited a little now...and just heard it is likely full UK lockdown next week!!

Was it worth the wait? Hell yeah!! Worth every penny of the kids inheritance!

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What silicon spray did you use?
 
66tim99

66tim99

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Location
London
Vehicle
T6.1 Ocean 150
1 month 2000 miles 2 camping trips daily driver Ocean. Everything absolutely perfect no problems whatsoever! Love it and so does the wife more importantly!! The driver assistance package, ACC and lane sensing makes driving a breeze on the motorways, although take a few miles to get used to it! Haven't had time to use the auto parking(or found it necessary tbh) yet, this weekends reading and practice! Infotaiment pro system sound is stunning. Fridge brilliant set at 4 is about 4 degrees in the basket. Heater set to Continuous and 6 is about 20 degrees and spot on for us (with an internal Iso Top VI recommended) in fact, the wife was so hot when I left it on to try over night, windy and 5 degrees outside. "I'm too hot" was the cry "I know, come here sweetheart!" was the my reply...... The rrmote heater start up is brilliant for those early mornings! Led lighting is superb inside fully customisable and headlights amazing...discovered a feature only the other evening where the inner fog light comes on when very slow turning to pick up the inside kerb!! Don't know what option or setting that is but its there and really useful!! Electric operated side door is also super useful when returning from walks and shops. MY21 has opening windows both sides in living area. The only thing I've had to do is spray a little silicon on runners and same on the cupboards to make for easier opening. We ordered the shower attachment and is rarely useful, we have it for washing the dog after walks and use it all the time. Bed setup is very easy, we use 2x 60cm Duvalay freshtec sleeping bags which can be used side by side as a double uptop or separate, if I've been naughty... These just roll up and stow behind the rear seat for full living area space. We have an unused as yet PP335 which fits with bed out at night but this would be for absolute emergencies!! So to sum up its perfect for us, drives like car with 200bhp 4x4 more than enough very smooth umph! Brilliant on motorways at speed 29mpg and very happy on fields, daily getting 31.5mpg. But we've just gone tier 3 so I guess we're limited a little now...and just heard it is likely full UK lockdown next week!!

Was it worth the wait? Hell yeah!! Worth every penny of the kids inheritance!

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Great to hear. Well spec’d Ocean! Anything you didn’t go for?
 
Rstarky

Rstarky

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Location
Wiltshire
Vehicle
T6.1 Coast 150
Took delivery of 6.1 Coast in September, 2 trips to Cornwall, 1 to Dorset, 1 to Brighton and now down in Devon, 4K miles so far, no issues at all, absolutely delighted with it. LED lights upgrade are brilliant, ACC makes motorways a breeze, no satnav fitted but music/satnav via iPhone works perfectly, use fridge on 3 which is plenty cold enough, Thetford 335 for emergencies and wet/windy nights, have ‘tested’ pop up roof and awning in some pretty serious winds and all good so far, absolutely love it, turns weekends into adventures!0CC9D732-D32C-4A44-A999-E49C8209E91C.jpeg
 
calibusje

calibusje

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T4 PopTop
you are right, you only hear about the bad ones, when really there are more good one’s out there.
True
Of course there will be good ones, the great majority of them even. After a long time of doubting, I myself took the step and ordered a new one, a T6.1 because we are now at this number. Why hesitate for a long time? well: Then there was number 5.1 that we could buy new and it turned out not to be without problems, nor was the predecessor T5 we heard and read of both and so we stayed with the T4 westfalia. The majority, however, have a beautiful vehicle and our doubts were unnecessary. I just want to say: when a new one comes out, it is always the target of criticism. I can only hope that the T6.1 is a good product because we will use it every day. Keep it safe, greetings
 
Mark Masters

Mark Masters

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Location
New Zealand
Vehicle
T6 Ocean 204 4Motion
Evening all T6.1 Ocean and Beach owners. There’s lots of posts regarding various problems encountered on new vans which is obviously a concern to people waiting to take delivery and for people deliberating on whether to buy one. We rarely hear from members who have T6.1’s who are happy with their vans and who have had no problems. So, are you out there? Would be great to know how long you’ve enjoyed trouble free Cali 6.1 life.
We have a T6 Ocean 4 motion over 20000kms. only one problem with a roof strut failure but corrected easily under warranty. Otherwise no problems at all and very pleased. Also have an Amarok 4 motion over 30000kms with not a single niggle so overall very pleased with our two VW's and their servicing in Holland and NZ
 
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Paulmc

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Location
Dorset
Vehicle
Motorhome
Hi
As owner of a sucessful VW specialist garage and owner of many T5's and T6's since the T5 launch I have seen a gradual decline in reliability.Fueled mainly by more and more complex emission devices and now the addition of adblue. Adblue systems seem to go into failure at about 100,000 miles needing expensive replacements to recommision. To defer this to a higher mileage [but not indefinately] it is essential to use non supermarket fuels with higher detergent levels and to change the oil once a year or every 10,000 miles with normal use.Persistant short journeys ie school runs will considerably shorten the life of emission devices and oil life as regular dpf regens contaminate the engine oil with unburnt diesel .The DPF/SCR will suffer excessive heat degredation and shorten its life also Whenever you get back from your short run to the cooling fan running after switch off it will signify a forced regen [system using your diesel to heat up the soot on the DPF matrix to burn off excessive stored soot mass.] Most of the campers on here will by nature drive reasonable distances but some will be used for short local runs and this is the danger. This sinario is repeated with all modern diesels and not just VW so whenever we hear customers saying 'I've never had this problem with my last car' its because they haven't owned this generation of diesel before not because the make or model may be any better or worse than others. Sure some manufacturers are more sucessful than others but the overwhelming cause of problems is caused by the owners not aware how modern diesels need to be treated. The most reliable T5 was the old 1.9 TDI and we still see plenty plodding on with a future for viable repairs and running costs. In summary enjoy your camper change the oil at least once a year .Use premium diesel [much cheaper in the long run] .If you start the engine get it properly hot [at least 10 miles or 20 mins running] before you switch off. Its cheaper to buy an old runabout than to encounter the enevitable repairs caused by short runs . The other note is a vehicle in perpetual dpf regen [short journey ] mode will use up to 20% more fuel especially in winter so those of you with differing mpgs may need to adjust for this.
 
66tim99

66tim99

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London
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T6.1 Ocean 150
Very helpful. What is the diesel called you should use? Or should you just avoid supermarket diesel and all other diesel is good enough?
 
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kevfrombournemouth

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5
Location
Bournemouth
Vehicle
T6.1 Ocean 150
Evening all T6.1 Ocean and Beach owners. There’s lots of posts regarding various problems encountered on new vans which is obviously a concern to people waiting to take delivery and for people deliberating on whether to buy one. We rarely hear from members who have T6.1’s who are happy with their vans and who have had no problems. So, are you out there? Would be great to know how long you’ve enjoyed trouble free Cali 6.1 life.
Happy to report had my 6.1 since Mid-July and everything is working fine, to date it’s spent only two weeks on my drive, when family visited. one of our tours included 5 weeks in Scotland and we have experienced no problems at all. Great motor.
 
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gurik

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Location
Ludgerovice
Vehicle
T6.1 Ocean 199 4Motion
[QUOTE = "GrumpyGranddad, příspěvek: 466220, člen: 23705"]
Večer všichni majitelé oceánů a pláží T6.1. Na nových dodávkách je spousta příspěvků týkajících se různých problémů, což je zjevně problém pro lidi čekající na převzetí dodávky a pro lidi uvažující o tom, zda si jeden koupit. Zřídka slyšíme od členů, kteří mají T6.1, kteří jsou spokojeni se svými dodávkami a kteří nemají žádné problémy. Takže jsi tam venku? Bylo by skvělé vědět, jak dlouho si užíváte bezproblémový život Cali 6.1.
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No problem
 

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