The Volkswagen Westfalia T4 Transporter California Advantage Camper Model History
In late 1999 the VW Westfalia T4 Transporter California Advantage model was introduced. The Westfalia California Advantage was a special limited edition bus. The Westfalia California Advantage was available in poptop version only. The basic model equipment was the same as the 1999 California Coach but it also had some extra equipment fitted as standard and was available in five exterior colours. The base vehicle for the VW California Advantage was the short wheel base “long nose” version of the VW T4 Transporter.
1) 1999 - 2003 VW Westfalia T4 Transporter California Advantage Camper engine options and approx price (inclusive tax when new in standard form):
From 08/1999 (2000 model year) price list. Prices are in Euro:
California Advantage with Poptop Roof
Volkswagen California Advantage TDI Motor with Kat, 2.5 litre, 5 cylinder, 65 KW (88 PS), 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2800 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, Poptop Roof 35,906 Euro.
Volkswagen California Advantage TDI Motor with Kat, 2.5 litre, 5 cylinder, 75 KW (102 PS), 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2800 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, Poptop Roof 36,983 Euro.
Volkswagen California Advantage TDI Motor with Kat, 2.5 litre, 5 cylinder, 75 KW (102 PS), Automatic Gearbox, load weight 2800 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, Poptop Roof 38,700 Euro.
California Advantage with Poptop Roof and Navigation System
Volkswagen California Advantage TDI Motor with Kat, 2.5 litre, 5 cylinder, 65 KW (88 PS), 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2800 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, Poptop Roof 37,511 Euro.
Volkswagen California Advantage TDI Motor with Kat, 2.5 litre, 5 cylinder, 75 KW (102 PS), 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2800 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, Poptop Roof 38,587 Euro.
Volkswagen California Advantage TDI Motor with Kat, 2.5 litre, 5 cylinder, 75 KW (102 PS), Automatic Gearbox, load weight 2800 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, Poptop Roof 40,304 Euro.
The Volkswagen Westfalia California Advantage camper had grey furniture with a beech wood colour edging. The upholstery had a grey / multicoloured squares pattern fabric known as “Step by Step” Flannellgrau UC.
The upholstery material in the VW Westfalia T4 California Advantage camper for driver, passenger and rear seat/bed was a grey material with multi coloured square pattern known as “Step by Step” Flannellgrau UC.
The curtains for sides and rear in the VW Westfalia T4 California Advantage camper were grey.
5) 1999 - 2003 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Advantage Camper Pop Top Roof Specification
The pop top roof outside finish for the VW Westfalia California Advantage Camper was in the same colour as the vehicle.
The inside headroom of the vehicle with poptop was 135 cm.
Upper bed in poptop is 194 cm x 106 cm and bed cushion foam is 5.5 cm thick.
Ventilation window with mosquito nets in the sides of the roof canvas.
Vehicle with pop top roof can potentially have sleeping space for four people.
6) 1999 - 2003 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Advantage Camper Flooring and Carpeting Specification
The flooring in the rear of the VW Westfalia T4 California Advantage camper was a hard wearing grey PVC material with multi coloured flecks. The step is made from grey plastic.
Grey velour carpet floor lining in drivers cab.
7) 1999 - 2003 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Advantage Camper Door Trim Specification
Door interior trims made from grey plastic with cloth material insert.
8) 1999 - 2003 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Advantage Camper Standard Model Specification
Length - 4789 mm (short wheelbase).
Width - 1840 mm
Height - Poptop 1990 mm
Laminated Windscreen in tinted glass.
Drivers cab windows windows in tinted glass.
Double glazed windows in rear living area.
Sliding window in front left above kitchen opposite the sliding door.
Grey curtains all round for the living and cab area.
220 volt External CEE Hook Up socket on the outer wall at the rear left with one internal outlet socket in living area and safety trip cut out.
Automatic battery charger.
Leisure battery 12V 80 Ah (maintenance free) with split charge relay for equipment in living area (fridge etc). Charged by alternator or battery charger.
Central electronic control unit in drivers cab above the mirror with LCD display for outside temperature, charge level of the batteries, operating status of the fridge, freshwater / waste water tank levels, push button adjustment for fridge temperature and timer and temperature control for the night heater.
Dual tone horn.
Halogen headlights with range adjustment.
Two reversing lights.
Rear fog light.
Anti theft system with immobilizer “Transponder”.
Adjustable instrument panel lights.
Warning light for hand brake, brake circuit failure and brake fluid level.
Windscreen wipers with intermittent, two speed and wash / wipe functions.
Two 11 Watt transistor lights.
One swan neck 5 Watt halogen light.
Living / Bedroom Area
Two person seat bench that slides and folds to make a double bed in conjunction with rear bed cushion.
Rear seat bench has two three point automatic safety belts.
Two headrests in rear seat.
Storage compartment under the seat bank.
Three storage compartments in the seat bank front.
Double bed is 194 cm x 117 cm and bed cushion foam is 8 cm thick.
Wardrobe on the left hand side.
Storage cabinet at the rear left hand side.
Roof storage locker in the rear with a mirror.
The kitchen cupboard is opposite the sliding door with a sink / cooker combination with an adjustable cover, cutlery drawer and storage for tableware and provisions.
Removable gas cooker with two burners (performance between 1100W and 1800W, consumption at rated power approx 0.40 litre / hour), powered using “Campinggaz” Bottle 907 (2.8 Kg), safety gas bottle vent, gas pressure regulator, with quick release connection with shut off valve.
Gas bottle is stored in special rear cupboard.
Stainless steel sink with electric tap.
Removable table (72 cm x 40 cm). Stored in rear seat bench.
40 litre Electrolux compressor fridge.
Freshwater and Wastewater
25 litre freshwater tank.
Filled through a filler cap on left hand side of vehicle.
Emptied outside under the vehicle. Cleaning opening on tank.
Freshwater tank has a submersible pump.
Freshwater line with separate emptying.
27 litre wastewater tank (frost protected inside vehicle). Emptied using tap accessible in kitchen cupboard.
Speedometer with resettable mileage trip.
Rev counter and digital clock.
Climate control with mechanical regulation.
Night Heater with timer.
Heated driver and passenger front seats with lumbar support.
Stronger tailgate struts.
Bike rack for 3 cycles on rear tailgate.
ABS / EDS.
Airbags for driver and passenger.
Screw on front wings (cheaper to repair).
Front indicators in white.
Heated windscreen washer.
Slide rail for sliding door in black.
Electrically adjustable and heated side mirrors.
Electric drivers cab windows.
Central locking with remote control.
Sliding door on right hand side to access living area.
Warning buzzer for switched on electrical equipment.
Locking Fuel Cap.
Two front swivel seats with armrests and height adjustable head rests.
“California Advantage” lettering.
Rear windscreen with rear wash wipe.
Height adjustable automatic three point safety belts.
Fuel and temp gauge.
12V outlet with cigarette lighter.
Fresh air supply with 4 speed fan.
Heated and fresh air ventilation with dust and pollen filter.
Heating with mechanical control.
Two swivelling and folding sunvisors.
Make up mirror with light on passenger side sun visor.
Drivers cab roof is lined.
Dipping rear view mirror.
Inner light (with separate reading light).
Switchable light in the sliding door step.
Storage cubby hole in middle under dashboard.
Open storage under dashboard on left hand side.
Storage trough in the dashboard on the right hand side.
Storage pocket below dashboard in centre.
Grab handle on the sliding door side left.
Strap on the sliding door side right.
Grab handle in roof frame on the right hand side.
Storage pocket on driver and passenger doors.
Child lock on sliding door.
Two warm air vents in living area supplied by engine temp (ie not night heater).
Floor heating vents with plastic safety covers.
Roof inner cladding with integrated curtain rails.
Side cladding with cloth material insert.
Radio suppression kit to prevent interference.
Interior light with turn off delay and contact switch on cab doors.
If the more expensive vehicle option with Navigation System is specified the following equipment is included:
Radio navigation system with monochrome display
Visual route display both using the icons in the display screen in the direct view of the driver and also on the navigation display in the middle of the dashboard.
Acoustic driving recommendations.
Stereo radio installation (with radio “Beta”) together with Traffic Information Memory (TIM) and fader.
6 loudspeakers (2 in the dashboard, 2 in the drivers cab doors and 2 in the living area).
CD-Rom for Germany.
Front screen antenna.
Multifunction system (MFA)
Separate heating and ventilation control for the living area located next to light above kitchen block.
9) Options available at extra cost included:
There were many options available at extra cost for your Westfalia T4 California Advantage Camper. Below is a list of some of them taken from 08/1999 (2000 model year) price list. Prices include tax and are in Euro:
Towbar. Cost 525 Euro
Towbar with removable towing hitch. Cost 664 Euro
Sliding window in living area, additional at front right (sliding part of sliding window in normal glass). Cost 231 Euro.
Bonoplex opening window instead of sliding window in living area at front left (note to be added). Cost N/A Euro.
Comfort Package 1. Cost 279 Euro:
Courtesy light with switchable delay and contacts on the cab doors.
Make up mirror with light for driver side.
(Not when more expensive option of vehicle with Navigation system is specified).
Metallic paint. Cost 741 Euro
Pearl effect paint. Cost 741 Euro
Light and Sight:
Headlight wash / wipe system and front fog lights. Cost 374 Euro
Front fog lights (when ordered separately from “light and sight” package). Cost 225 Euro
Increase the total vehicle weight allowance to 2890 kg (not with alloy wheels). Cost 199 Euro
Bumpers, outside mirror housings and handle grip on tailgate in same colour as vehicle. Cost 297 Euro
Alloy wheels (Block design). (7 J x 15 H2). Cost 534 Euro
Alloy wheels (BBS design). (7 J x 15 H2). Cost 771 Euro
All year tyres 205/65 R 15 C 100 T. Cost 42 Euro
Mud + Snow tyres 205/65 R 15 C 100 T (not with alloy wheels). Cost 142 Euro
Radios (stereo) see also Navigation system:
radio “Gamma” (Stereo radio cassette) 6 loudspeakers, front screen antenna (not required when vehicle option with navigation system is specifiied). Cost 632 Euro
Preparation for telephone installation (only with Radio “Gamma” or when more expensive option of vehicle with Navigation system is specified). Cost 222 Euro
Telephone installation -as above but includes Nokia 3110 mobile phone (only with Radio “Gamma” or when more expensive option of vehicle with Navigation system is specified). Cost 863 Euro
Underbody protection for extreme conditions. Cost 219 Euro
10) Accessories available at extra cost included:
There were many accessories available at extra cost for your Westfalia T4 California Advantage Camper. Below is a list of some of them taken from xx/xx price list. Prices include tax and are in Euro
Coming soon !
11) 1999 - 2003 VW Westfalia T4 Transporter California Advantage Camper Front and Rear Logos
VW Westfalia T4 California Advantage front and rear logos.
12) Links to Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Advantage Camper Sales Brochures (Prospekt) and Price Lists (Preisliste)
Please note that some of the links take you to an external site called vwpix.org, which is an excellent source of sales literature for all versions of VW camper van. Most of the brochures are in German language as this was the main market.