Cheap as possible van options!

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  1. Diwrnach

    Diwrnach Grand Master
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    OK going to bite the bullet and get a van, but also keeping the pick up so want something to run along side it, thinking as cheap as possible really, if it lasts a year I will be happy kind of cheap, a grand would be good, couple of grand fine as well, but prefer cheaper rather than more expensive, I do have a friend who runs a body shop so can make it look pretty if needed cheaply.

    What I am after is one of those old tanks that just runs forever and never breaks.

    Thinking Toyota Hiace? though a SWB transit also seems a good option but they always seem to be covered in rust.

    Needs to be big enough to hold at least a 350l tank and associated gubbins for WFP and pressure washer with rotary etc.

    Was thinking of a small transit connect and that kind of thing, but really don't think it would be big enough? though anyone that has a van of that size please feel free to correct me, would like to get away with a small connect or something if at all possible.

    Thinking Eviestevie might be a font of knowledge on this subject, I know literally nothing about vans other than my mates not that old transporter rounded off the cam lobes in less than 80k miles.
     
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  2. Diwrnach

    Diwrnach Grand Master
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    Hi ace are bulletproof from what I'm told, but quite thirsty
     
  4. Eviestevie

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    The good old hiace
    They are bombproof
    Most reliable can I would say on the market but there not to everyone's taste and basic but if you want a strong engine this van is the one
    A customer of mine has one in red absolutely showroom condition only 52,000 from new every time I clean is Windows I offer to buy it lol
    Said he has never spent a penny apart from tyres and service
     
  5. Luke Barnard

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    Be careful with vivaro/traffic/primastar with over 100k miles, just spent nearly £1200 having four siezed injectors removed and replaced!!!
     
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    I have a Trafic with 171000 on the clock and just today spent £12 letting the lads at the car wash clean it :(
     
  7. CHWS

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    Much bother green up to that mileage? I've 124 on mine and I'm just expecting the gear box or injectors to go
     
  8. Diwrnach

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    Ouch!
     
  9. Diwrnach

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    I am just reading the Australian motor car website of some description, there are people with them up to 800k km on them and never done anything but service them!

    I couldn't care less about style, old fashioned etc etc, if I can spend between 1-2k and it last a year or two it will have paid for itself, but if I can get one that keeps going will be more than happy.
     
  10. Diwrnach

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    Will a traffic fit a 350l tank and pressure washer mate? I have looked at those but they don't look very big.
     
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