Looking for a van the size of a SWB low-roof Transit since my present
wagon is showing signs of terminal decrepitude. I had a look at a VW
Transporter and a Merc Vito this morning. I've seen a lot of surprisingly
tatty looking VWs but this one, though J reg, didn't look too bad, but it
did have 200K on the clock which is a bit offputting, even though I do less
The Vito - a V reg - had some dings, rusty scrapes at the back of the
sliding door tracks and various other places and was generally a bit
tatty. It had also had a new engine - maybe the last one threw a cambelt?
I noticed the engine was the type with a dashboard indicator that the
glowplugs are warming up (like my LDV Pilot: I don't want anything that's
like my LDV Pilot on a new van!) This seems a bit old-fashioned: I thought
modern diesels were more-or-less instant-start?
On the load-carrying side the Vito seems a bit shorter than the VW and my
pilot, but maybe the two sliding side doors would allow me to use the
space better (there are more-or-less dead areas I can barely get to with
one side door).
I had fancied a Toyota van (we bought a diesel Estima recently and I
think I could live with a similar van) but they seem like hens' teeth.
I haven't looked at actual Ford Trannies: I'd heard they used to be
rustbuckets but don't know if this is the case nowadays. And I'm a bit
leery about Renaults and Citroens, from my dealings with their cars.
Any recommendations for makes & models to go for (or to avoid)? And I'm
looking in Autotrader - are there other places to look?
- posted 12 years ago