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Diwrnach

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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CHWS

Hi ace are bulletproof from what I'm told, but quite thirsty

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Eviestevie

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

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Luke Barnard

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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Green Pro Clean Ltd

I have a Trafic with 171000 on the clock and just today spent £12 letting the lads at the car wash clean it :(

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CHWS
I have a Trafic with 171000 on the clock and just today spent £12 letting the lads at the car wash clean it :(

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

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Diwrnach
Be careful with vivaro/traffic/primastar with over 100k miles, just spent nearly £1200 having four siezed injectors removed and replaced!!!

Ouch!

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Diwrnach
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

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.

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Diwrnach
I have a Trafic with 171000 on the clock and just today spent £12 letting the lads at the car wash clean it :(

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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Diwrnach

Sorry, was thinking of a small van with the traffic, its quite big lol, like I say my knowledge on vans is pretty much zero.

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Guest boarcity

hiace, reminds me back in 2005 i was a mechanic a local builder came in with one overheating turned out the head was cracked. Anyhow he went and bought a fresh complete engine from a breakers yard and had me fit it in for him . i will always remember him saying "youre joking" because on start up it overheated and it turned out hed bought an engine with a cracked head

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Diwrnach

Bloody hell, that's a bit of a shitter two cracked heads!

 

So any other options for tank like vans?

 

Like I say I only want a years work out of it really, I figure I will just spend a grand a year on a new van lol, though if I can get one to last long will be a bonus.

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Guest boarcity

theres a guy on the forum has a post his 03 partner van for sale 1800 quid. spent 3k on it in a year surely that one must be bombproof now hes pumped a fortune into it

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Luke Barnard
I have a Trafic with 171000 on the clock and just today spent £12 letting the lads at the car wash clean it :(

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

Mine started about 6 weeks ago with a little hiccup occasionally whilst on the motorway which fairly quickly turned into what feels like a misfire but you take your foot off and it goes away. Had a friend with a snapon code reader check it and it came up "number 3 injector circuit" so I googled it and found all the horror stories about injectors on these engines... have a look on youtube, m9r injector removal!!!

By the time I got it booked in I couldn't get more than 20mph out of it and it had a really bad diesel knock, sounded like all the bottom end bearings had fallen out.

Took it to a garage that does only diesel work who found two completely failed injectors and then broke a very expensive German tool removing them in about 100 pieces!!!

Upside is before the work i was averaging 26mpg (19mpg the last two weeks) thats now gone upto 38mpg...soothes the pain a little.

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Diwrnach

Every cheap traffic on ebay seems to have a "it cuts out, it has problems with injector" etc wrong with it. Looking on google it seems very common and not cheap either.

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Diwrnach
theres a guy on the forum has a post his 03 partner van for sale 1800 quid. spent 3k on it in a year surely that one must be bombproof now hes pumped a fortune into it

That scares me as I am sure some vehicles come off the line on a Friday afternoon or something and are bad before they are even on a forecourt. Some vehicles just seem to be bad uns.

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Green Pro Clean Ltd
Much bother green up to that mileage? I've 124 on mine and I'm just expecting the gear box or injectors to go

 

None at all, but I am a bit different, even though she is a 57 plate I treat her well, service regularly and don't drive like a total knob. I did have to do the tensioner pulley last week as the bearings in it went and that was £80 but the only money outside of service I have spent on it since new tires last summer.

 

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

 

My traffic has a 500L tank and room for a carpet cleaner and pressure washer as well.

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That scares me as I am sure some vehicles come off the line on a Friday afternoon or something and are bad before they are even on a forecourt. Some vehicles just seem to be bad uns.

im on my fourth partner van in 8 yrs . that says summat . having said that all were well under a grand on purchase . so say 4 grand in 8yrs its only 500 a year

 

 

or ten quid a week, who can possibly begrudge that. quite comfey seats too, iv never had backache in 8 yrs thats a plus

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Diwrnach
im on my fourth partner van in 8 yrs . that says summat . having said that all were well under a grand on purchase . so say 4 grand in 8yrs its only 500 a year

 

 

or ten quid a week, who can possibly begrudge that. quite comfey seats too, iv never had backache in 8 yrs thats a plus

Would it fit a good sized tank plus pressure washer though? I would love a small van, but don't think everything is going to fit in one.

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