Recommend me a 5 seat van please?

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  1. broona

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    The more I get into mountain biking, the further afield we go, and the more people that want to come along, so I'm tempted to sell my VRS estate and get a crew cab van!

    Got around 7 or 8k to spend, and my favourite so far (for price anyway!) is the Vauxhall Vivaro, looks reasonably well specced, the SWB still has 2m of storage length behind the rear seats, and it's also got a bulk head fitted, so anything in the back's hidden from prying eyes!

    Any recommendations please?
     
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    If you go down the van route avoid the Vivaro version of that van at all costs :thumbsdow

    I used to maintain a large fleet with a few Vivaro vans, several of the Renault version (Trafic) and mostly the Nissan version (Primastar).

    The Vivaro version was a nightmare, bad starting, engine management faults, electrical faults, sometimes I could only get them to start using easy start....even the dealers couldn't sort out the bad starting problems :eek:

    The Renault version gave very little trouble, mostly brakes wearing out very early....new discs all round every service, of course the drivers may have had some responsibility there, but all the vans were the same.

    The Nissan version had only minor faults, rear door handles falling off...easy fix!
    Front handbrake cables breaking early as well as the brake disc and pad thing, same as the Renault.
    Early starter motor failure, but that may have been down to very heavy stop-start use.
    I would avoid the Vivaro version going off my experience, the others were alright.
     
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    Go for a VW T 4 :smashin:
     
  4. broona

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    Would love one, but can't justify the price, I'd be spending at least double to get one on the same plate as a Vivaro or clone, although I appreciate they're in a class above!
     
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    You will spend the equivalent on repairs for any other make :)
     
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    The 6 speed gearboxes are made of chocolate, avoid.
    Also I doubt is there 2M from the rear seats in storage length in SWB version,
    theres less than 2.4m without the rear seats.
     
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    I would also keep away from a Vivaro. Mine has 80,000 miles on the clock, had a new clutch and loads of problems with the gear box.

    John..
     
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    I thought the Renault , Nissan & Vauxhall were all the same van built in Luton from the same parts with only the trim & badge changing between them ?
     

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