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    1. Semi-n00b
      Join Date
      Oct 13th, 2009
      Charlotte, NC
      2001 Eurovan MV
      07-08-2012 11:12 PM #1
      Fairly new to the VW world as I've been a SAAB guy for a long time... that is until my 3rd child is on the way and I needed a family mover- 2001 EV MV.

      I have a pretty good tool selection for repairs, but was wondering what anyone would suggest for working on my EV.

      I see there are a few 12 point bits needed... any particular size or should I just go with a set.

      Any input is appreciated.

    2. Member
      Join Date
      Oct 12th, 2005
      South Australia
      '01 T4 Trakka Camper 2.5TDI Syncro, '06 Golf TDI 16V manual, '09 Tiguan TDI CR manual
      07-09-2012 03:57 AM #2
      Yes there are a few XZN [AKA triple square] tools needed. I buy quality tools such as Stahlwille or Hazet
      that are quite expensive. I have found that it's not just the size that's important but also the length & the size of drive to get into some places. That is why I only buy the tools when I need them. This can be a problem if you need your van to be going for next day though.
      I have noticed that VW are using more torx fasteners on the later cars[post 2003] so that could be another reason not to buy many sets of tools that will never be used.

    3. 07-09-2012 01:18 PM #3
      I bought these and so far they've been fine (linking to pic b/c it's huge)

      Got them at Pep Boys. Not too expensive and have done the job so far.

    4. Member
      Join Date
      Sep 24th, 2003
      Hagerstown, MD
      1999 passat 1.8t, 2001 EV GLS
      07-10-2012 10:39 AM #4
      I haven't bought many, if any VW exclusive tools, in working on my EV or Passat.

      I use the craftsman socket for the huge oil filter cap. I have found that i have needed many different sockets: deep, shallow, normal, and different rachets for different spots: hinged, offset, short, long. Same for wrenches, you never know which will work best. I have cheap harbor frienght Stubby wrenches that are awful in hand, but nice to have for the few occassions that i've needed them. I have craftsman racheting wrenches (but will buy gearwrench when i see a deal, with the little flipper selector) as well as combo non-racheting. But I haven't ever done work on either that required VW exclusive tools.

      I too bought the cheap auto parts store "triple squares" and insert them into the socket that fits it or wrench.

    5. 07-21-2012 01:45 PM #5
      I just had to buy two sets. First one was a star bit set; sizes t-40 thru t-60. Second was an OEM 12 point Metric set; sizes M6 thru M12. Don't forget to tell them 12 point Metric or they will say they don't have it. You really only need the M12 but I got the 4 pc set for the heck of it. I found both of these at AutoZone at about $26 for both sets. I also had to grab a Hex bit size H17 for the tranny drain plug.

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