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Old 02-06-2021, 02:32 AM   #1
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Default Rialta fuel pump

I am in process of buying 1999 VW Rialta not running.
Need fuel pump & sending unit.Every body is pointing on Eurovan , pumps are not the same. Were to get?
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Old 02-06-2021, 05:58 PM   #2
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Found this on Euro Vans URL site. The Rialta is built on a Eurovan cutaway chassis by Winnebago and is the same running gear as the van.

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Old 02-14-2021, 05:27 PM   #3
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Go here: Rialta-Tech@groups.io
This is a excellent web site for Rialta owners needing any type tech info. There's a couple others but this is the one I used most when I had my Rialta.
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Old 02-14-2021, 06:15 PM   #4
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Default 1999 Eurovan Fuel Pump

The Rialta is built on the VW Eurovan (North America) cut away chassis but it is known as a T4 in Europe so depending on where you are looking for your fuel pump you have to start with the appropriate model. It is further complicated by the North American models had the VR4 gas engines that Europe did not requiring different fuel pump than say a diesel T4/Eurovan.

Some useful links at:


VW T4 Useful Links

Since VW has really abandoned the NA Eurovan market you will likely have to source a new (or good used) fuel pump from a independent VW mechanic that works on Eurovans and old VW Vanagons. They are available but not likely from NAPA. I do know of a couple of mechanics in Vancouver BC since I had to go down this road with my 92 Eurovan for other parts. I did source a new fuel pump that I carried as a spare (never needed it) for a South America trip 3 years ago. Ended up selling it back to mechanic for a restocking fee 6 months later. So I effectively rented an insurance option when I asked my mechanic what specific spare parts I would need that are hard to find if it were to fail in SA, Fuel pump, radiator cap, and wheel bearing was the list.
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Old 02-14-2021, 06:53 PM   #5
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...& poptop heaven in Yucaipa Ca are rialta specialists

there were many thousands of these VW's sold

if you can get a number off the old one- you could search

assuming an electric fuel pump, I'm sure you can work around with a generic inline pump by sourcing specs for gallon per hour or other volume spec and PSI.
If a mechanical pump then a block off plate over the hole in the block

I have a bunch of old cars and bikes which are obsolete. outside the box thinking keeps them running.

If you need a tech, you need someone who can diagnose a problem rather than point at a part, guess it is wrong and then replace it...hoping with your money that he is right.
there is a difference between a "parts replacer" and a tech/mechanic

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Old 02-14-2021, 07:04 PM   #6
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Yes, you need to be adaptable; the pump is a complete unit that drops in the top of the gas tank and VW engineers were nice enough to make it relatively easy to replace without dropping the entire gas tank. There is an sealed access hole inside the cab portion by the parking brake if I recall correctly. You could also rebuild the unit you have. The fuel pump assembly is also not inexpensive (my new spare one was around $800 Canadian). It did not look that different than the fuel pump assembly on my BMW motorcycle. Most VW dealers will not work on Eurovans as the parts are not listed on their current computer systems and if the ‘parts replacers’ cannot find a part number most cannot think outside the box to give you a work around. Like where else is the part used, other manufacturers that used the same part? Audi, Ford? etc. The early Eurovans used essentially the VW Golf engine so the Golf parts will often work and were in fact the same parts used (2.5 L gas engines used by Golf, Audi and T4’s for example).

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