The Volkswagen Westfalia T4 Transporter California Freestyle Camper Model History
In 2003 the VW Westfalia T4 Transporter California Freestyle model was introduced. The Westfalia California Freestyle was available in poptop version only. The basic model equipment was the same as the 2003 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 Freestyle was the short wheel base “long nose” version of the VW T4 Transporter.
1) 2003 - 2004 VW Westfalia T4 Transporter California Freestyle Camper engine options and approx price (inclusive tax when new in standard form):
From 08/2002 price list. Prices are in Euro:
Volkswagen California Coach Petrol Otto Kat Motor 2.8 litre VR6, 6 cylinder, 150 KW (204 PS), 4 Speed Automatic Gearbox, load weight 2890 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, Poptop Roof, 47,519 Euro
Volkswagen California Freestyle 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, 37,161 Euro.
Volkswagen California Freestyle 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, 38,268 Euro.
Volkswagen California Freestyle TDI Motor with Kat, 2.5 litre, 5 cylinder, 75 KW (102 PS), 4 Speed Automatic Gearbox, load weight 2800 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, Poptop Roof, 40,032 Euro.
Volkswagen California Freestyle TDI Motor with Kat, 2.5 litre, 5 cylinder, 111 KW (150 PS), 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2890 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, Poptop Roof, 41,296 Euro.
The Volkswagen Westfalia California Freestyle camper had grey / multicoloured speckle furniture with a beech wood colour edging. The upholstery consisted of grey bolster material with green infill panels (“Shark Frescogrün-Flanellgrau” design).
The upholstery for the driver, passenger and rear seat/bed on VW Westfalia T4 California Freestyle camper consisted of a grey bolster material with green infill panels (“Shark Frescogrün-Flanellgrau” design). The front and rear seats had the “Freestlye” logo embroidered into the seat back panels.
The curtains for sides and rear in the VW Westfalia T4 California Freestyle camper were grey.
5) 2003 - 2004 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Freestyle Camper Pop Top Roof Specification
The pop top roof outside finish for the VW Westfalia California Freestyle 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) 2003 - 2004 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Freestyle Camper Flooring and Carpeting Specification
The flooring in the rear of the VW Westfalia T4 California Freestyle camper was a hard wearing grey PVC material with multi coloured flecks. The step is made from grey plastic.
Grey velour carpet floor mats in drivers cab and carpet over mat in rear living area.
7) 2003 - 2004 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Freestyle Camper Door Trim Specification
Door interior trims made from grey plastic with material cloth insert. Lock on drivers door pocket and additional material storage pockets on driver and passenger doors.
8) 2003 - 2004 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Freestyle 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 (FI/LS 0.01/13A).
Automatic battery charger (13.8V / 10 A).
Leisure battery 12V 80 Ah (maintenance free) (12V 135 Ah with night heater) 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, 220 V connection, operating status of the fridge, freshwater / waste water tank levels, push button adjustment for fridge temperature and operation of the night heater.
Dual tone horn.
Halogen headlights with range adjustment.
Two reversing lights.
Rear fog light.
Front fog lights.
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, a cutlery drawer inside the cupboard 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 removable washing up bowl) and electric tap.
Removable table (72 cm x 40 cm). Stored in rear seat bench.
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.
Optic package with bumpers, side mirrors and rear tailgate handle surround in same colour as vehicle.
VOTEX Bike rack for up to 4 cycles on rear tailgate (This is mentioned in sales brochure but I haven’t seen one on any van for sale yet?).
Carpet floor mat in both drivers cab and rear living area.
Storage pocket system on rear wardrobe.
ABS / EDS.
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) (standard on 2.8 l VR6 model, option extra for other models).
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.
Leather finish on steering wheel rim, gear knob and hand brake lever.
Tableware set for 4 people.
Radio “Gamma” (Stereo radio cassette) with 6 loudspeakers and front screen antenna.
Sliding door on right hand side to access living area.
Warning buzzer for switched on electrical equipment.
Locking Fuel Cap.
Rear windscreen with rear wash wipe.
Two front swivel seats with armrests and height adjustable head rests.
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 driver and 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.
“California Freestyle” lettering.
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 Freestyle Camper. Below is a list of some of them taken from 08/2002 price list. Prices include tax and are in Euro:
Towbar with removable towing hitch. Cost 684 Euro
CD Changer (6 CD) in the middle console. Cost 458 Euro
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) (standard on 2.8 l VR6 model, option extra for 2.5 l TDI with 75 kW (102 PS) and 111 kW (150 PS, not with increased weight option). Cost 916 Euro
Window in drivers cab:
Front screen in insulating glass. Cost 232 Euro
Windows in living area:
Double glazed sliding window in living area, additional at front right (sliding part of sliding window in normal glass). Cost 238 Euro.
Dark coloured windows (including heated rear window) instead of double glazed. Cost no charge
If dark windows chosen - matching sliding window in living area, additional at front right. Cost 237 Euro.
Bonoplex opening window instead of sliding window in living area at front left (note to be added). Cost N/A Euro.
If dark windows chosen - matching Bonoplex opening window at front left (note to be added). Cost N/A Euro.
Cruise Control. Cost 273 Euro
Metallic paint (except Reflex silver paint). Cost 766 Euro
Reflex silver metallic paint. Cost 876 Euro
Pearl effect paint. Cost 835 Euro
Air filter (dust protection) with filter saturation indicator. Cost 138 Euro
Navigation System. Cost 2726 Euro:
With colour Multifunction Display (MFD).
Visual route display both using the icons in the display screen in the direct view of the driver (MFA) and also on the map navigation display (swivel) in the middle of the dashboard.
Dynamic route guidance via RDS TMC
Acoustic driving recommendations.
Tuner for TV including videotext, picture only in stationary vehicle, in the middle console, with connection socket for camcorder or games console.
Stereo radio installation (with radio “Gamma” (standard equipment but without cassette deck).
CD-Rom for Germany.
Increase the total vehicle weight allowance to 2890 kg (standard on 2.8 litre Otto V6 and 2.5 litre TDI (111Kw) engine, not with alloy wheels). Cost 209 Euro
Wheels and Tyres:
Instead of the standard wheels and tyres - 4 x Alloy wheels (Block design). (7 J x 15 H2), not with 2.8 litre Otto V6 and 2.5 litre TDI (111Kw) engine option. Cost 551 Euro
Instead of the standard wheels and tyres - 4 x Alloy wheels (BBS design). (7 J x 15 H2), not with 2.8 litre Otto V6 and 2.5 litre TDI (111Kw) engine option. Cost 795 Euro
4 Alloy wheels (7 J x 16 H2) with tyres 225/60 R 16 102 H reinforced, only with 2.8 litre Otto V6 and 2.5 litre TDI (111Kw) engine option. Cost 1038 Euro
All year tyres 205/65 R 15 C 100 T, not with 2.8 litre Otto V6 and 2.5 litre TDI (111Kw) engine option. Cost 52.20 Euro
Mud + Snow tyres 205/60 R 16 C 100 T (only with 2.8 litre Otto V6 and 2.5 litre TDI (111Kw) engine option but not with alloy wheels). Cost 97.44 Euro
Mud + Snow tyres 205/65 R 15 C 100 T (not with 2.8 litre Otto V6 and 2.5 litre TDI (111Kw) engine option). Cost 151 Euro
Radio see also Navigation system:
radio installation with removable control panel. Cost 17.40 Euro
Headlight wash / wipe system. Cost 302 Euro
Front and rear mud flaps. Cost 148 Euro
Heated drivers cab seats. Cost 360 Euro
Preparation for telephone installation. Cost 371 Euro
Telephone installation -as above but includes Nokia 6210 mobile phone. Cost 887 Euro
Underbody protection for extreme conditions. Cost 226 Euro
Winter Package. Cost 2105 Euro:
Heated drivers cab seats.
Night heater (2.5 kW output) with timer (outlet only in living area).
10) Accessories available at extra cost included:
There were many accessories available at extra cost for your Westfalia T4 California Freestyle Camper. Below is a list of some of them taken from xx/xx price list. Prices include tax and are in Euro.
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11) 2003 - 2004 VW Westfalia T4 Transporter California Freestyle Camper Front, Rear and Side Logos
VW Westfalia T4 California Freestyle front, rear and side logos.
12) Links to Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Freestyle 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.