Just thought I'd pass on some info and my take on rebuilding your shift linkage if you have a MT in an early Eurovan.
My advice on rebuilding? Don't. Well, sort of.
My shifter was incredibly floppy. As with my former Mk2 GTI I figured I'd buy the bushing kit (that Europarts-SD sells) and replace all the bushings. Turns out while on the Golf Mk2 these are all moderately easy to get to from above and from under the car, the case isn't the same w/the T4. Also, some of the T4's linkage parts are pressed together requiring such force that you need to effectively have some of the pieces out of the car first in order to snap them together and that isn't easy at all to do. So doing a global replacement of all bushings I wouldn't recommend. Also on mine, many of the bushings were actually fine (surprisingly so given the age of the car, it lived in NM and AZ for all its life so I figured they'd all be dried out and cracked).
So what was the problem? This.
That isn't my pic but it shows the trouble spot. This is looking into the engine bay from above on the driver's side. See the bar going across with a smallish white ball on one end and a slightly larger dark-colored ball on the other end? The dark colored one on mine was totally gone altogether (probably popped off or it dried and cracked and fell apart).
That ball is normally enclosed in a metal square that I'll call a "cage". That cage isn't shown in this pic (it's been removed in this pic). Anyway, that ball is normally enclosed in that cage which keeps the play on that transverse rod to a minimum. Without that ball, the shifter will wiggle left-to-right while in gear and feel like it's in neutral.
That large ball is part of Europarts' rebuild kit, but in reality that's all I needed, not the entire kit. Now I'm not saying that you might not need the kit, but what you want to do really is scope out your linkage and see specifically what parts are missing or broken. So for now, I threw the remaining bushings in a ziploc bag in the glove compartment for years from now when I really will need them and these parts will all be NLA by then
Overall the T4 linkage I think is tougher and more robust than the Mk2 Golf linkage, but the parts are tougher to deal with. The Golf had fittings that were made to unsnap. Many of the T4's parts are ball-in-socket designs that are pressed in by brute force. That's all well and good but you are limited in getting in there and working with those parts. The one other bushing I did replace I had to press the ball back in the socket by whacking it with a mallet. Can't do that with many of the pieces while they're in the car.
Modified by gti_matt at 10:45 PM 10-18-2009