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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2022 3:32 pm    Post subject: 2002 Winnebago Vista Reply with quote

Hi, I am new to the group and have a question I hope to find a answer to.
I am looking at a 2002 VW Vista class C motorhome. It has been retrofitted from a automatic trans to a standard trans which was not available at time of purchase. The problem arises from this is there is a "check engine light" for "communication error". Seller indicates this is because the auto trans is not there to be read. Also as I understand it, the vehicle will not pass inspection, in counties where it is required, due to the check engine light ( I have not confirmed this). Does anyone know of a work around for this rather than reinstalling the auto trans (it comes with the deal). Thanks for your input.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2022 4:10 pm    Post subject: Re: 2002 Winnebago Vista Reply with quote

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=765099

I think eurotec works out of Westy motorwerks here in Asheville. Pm him, or give them a call.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2022 4:10 pm    Post subject: Re: 2002 Winnebago Vista Reply with quote

I have a 2002 Vista myself. Rare beast! I've had mine for 10 years and have only seen one other Vista on the road ever. And you found one with a manual trans?! One of a kind there! Just curious what's the mileage and asking price?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2022 6:22 pm    Post subject: Re: 2002 Winnebago Vista Reply with quote

dborell wrote:
I have a 2002 Vista myself. Rare beast! I've had mine for 10 years and have only seen one other Vista on the road ever. And you found one with a manual trans?! One of a kind there! Just curious what's the mileage and asking price?


How heavy is that thing? Couldn't imagine trying to push it with the VR6 and auto trans. Looks awesome though.
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and this one is selling (maybe old) for less than most 2002 EVC go for.
https://www.motorhomes503.com/2002-winnebago-vista-21b.html
Found it
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GVWR=7275
https://www.scribd.com/document/336329777/2004-vis...from_embed
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2022 5:56 am    Post subject: Re: 2002 Winnebago Vista Reply with quote

Seems like this would be an ideal candidate for a 2.5L AXG TDI conversion set. ECU tune. ~180hp, gobs of torque and excellent efficiency and durability.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2022 9:21 am    Post subject: Re: 2002 Winnebago Vista Reply with quote

The VR6 pulls it surprisingly well. Going up grades I put the trans in 3rd and go at 65 MPH. Otherwise the trans will shift back and forth between 3rd and 4th. Keeps up with traffic except the steepest of grades.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2022 11:54 am    Post subject: Re: 2002 Winnebago Vista Reply with quote

dborell I think it has a little over 100K on it and the asking price is 10K and it comes with the removed auto trans. I did find a post where a guy has developed a plug in bypass of the trans signal and is in the process of trying to market it. Will keep an eye on it. Seller says it will not pass inspection here in Texas (if required) because the check engine light is on. I'm 78 don't need anything fast.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2022 6:18 pm    Post subject: Re: 2002 Winnebago Vista Reply with quote

just rechecked it's not quit 62000 miles>

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2022 6:56 am    Post subject: Re: 2002 Winnebago Vista Reply with quote

If your can get it passed emissions that's a good deal on the surface. Your could sell the auto and recoup part of the price.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2022 4:16 pm    Post subject: Re: 2002 Winnebago Vista Reply with quote

CdnVWJunkie wrote:
Seems like this would be an ideal candidate for a 2.5L AXG TDI conversion set. ECU tune. ~180hp, gobs of torque and excellent efficiency and durability.


Hi Rob, your post tempts me to to do a swap Smile with a front clip but AXGs are not common like the other engines. I guess the other option is the normal 2.5TDI engines which can could be tuned to 180HP from what I read. Looks like the AXGs come with larger intake and exhaust among other things and the N75 which I need to read about on what it does.

The ACU I have is nice and simple and has climbed mountains no issues. Hard to decide.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2022 5:42 pm    Post subject: Re: 2002 Winnebago Vista Reply with quote

seems like you need to just get the box\\https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=...p;start=40
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2022 5:13 am    Post subject: Re: 2002 Winnebago Vista Reply with quote

wohtex wrote:
dborell I think it has a little over 100K on it and the asking price is 10K and it comes with the removed auto trans. I did find a post where a guy has developed a plug in bypass of the trans signal and is in the process of trying to market it. Will keep an eye on it. Seller says it will not pass inspection here in Texas (if required) because the check engine light is on. I'm 78 don't need anything fast.

Bill


That guy is me. Wink I have engineered a "black box" that the auto transmission wire harness plugs into. You'll need the transmission control module installed along with the wire harness that used to run to the transmission. The box emulates the electrical components in the transmission to eliminate the check engine light. You install it, clear codes and no more CEL.

Message me here if you're interested.

Dean


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