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Thread: What the most reliable van to buy to travel in

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    What the most reliable van to buy to travel in

    Been looking to buy a van to travel/work/live
    In your opinions what's best van to buy

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    There's no definitive answer to that question other than a bargain.
    even a gypsy caravan is too much settling down.

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    You can't go wrong with a banana engined transit or LDV. The banana (2.5 DI diesel) runs and runs. Rust can be an issue with both.

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    the one you can afford

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    You get what you pay for and they all have their drawbacks. Buy old and you need to source spares, deal with rust and regular fettling.
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    I had a hankering for a Bedford TK but age was against it apart from finding a good one and modern kit despite the barstard electronics is a far better ride, less servicing time and better bodies although Mercs, supposedly best engines, and Fords still rot. I run a Trafic (injectors stick in the head fault but up to 20,000 miles a year no sweat) and a Master, just picked up a Movano. Good metalwork and popular.
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    Studies in Australia based on the number warranty claims , factory recalls and service call outs show Toyota to be no 1 and I think Hyundai to be no2. Having said that during the GFC a few years ago they started taking short cuts and started have factory recalls.They are still about the best in this regard.

    The main drawback is they cost more new than new comparable vehicles.
    I find Toyotas easier to work on the other brands. The price of replacement parts is dearer than Ford but not as dear as Mitsubishi or Subaru.

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    Thank you everyone for replies
    Keep them coming please
    Looking to buy end of September so need as much info as poss

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    I would second the 2.5Di LDV. Solid motor and decent MPG. Rust is an issue, as is leaking water into the cab, but cheap and very realiable once given a full service. Love mine, just got back to UK after driving 4000 miles around Spain and never let me down!

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    Originally Posted by Nomadic-hippy
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    as is leaking water into the cab
    Can be fixed!!! But ditch the horrid spongey floor mat so any water that does leak in doesn't stay!

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    And bag the ecu and turn upside down, you really dont want any water in there!

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