using a van as your only vehicle.
Had a LWB transit as main car for 3 years ish, missus had a car we used for light/quick trips and to posh places 🙂
Driving position is fine and I preferred it to a car really. Fuel economy depends on engine etc. Probably from 30-35 for the diesel though post the year/engine for better idea from others.
You know the ups so i’ll give you the downsidesPosted 5 years ago
Supermarket car parks – you’ll be over the back in any with tight spaces
Petrol Stations – You will be there a lot 🙂 (Compared to Diesel Estate for me)
Without anything to pop small things in your shopping will roll round the place
People may think you are coming to tarmac their drive.teamslugSubscriber
I have had a renault trafic for ten years. Prefer driving it to car. Low insurance, ride and handling are good (its less harsh than a transit and a bit narrower too). Car parks are fine, parallel parking can be a bit of a challenge though.Over 100 quid to fill it up though!!Posted 5 years agoPlumzRichardMember
I have a Citroen Dispatch LWB HT. Great van and dose not look to out of place in Silver. Its ok to drive for day to day stuff but does drink the fuel a little.
Be carfull of height restricted car parks and so on. A small parking camera makes tight car parking spots alot easier.
I belive its worth it for what i really use a van for, most small journeys and going to and from work i just ride any way.Posted 5 years agoolddogMember
I have a LWB renault trafic. Its at the limit for a supermarket car parking space, but a swb would be fine. I’m pretty sure a SWB would be shorter than the bigger 4x4s.
I get 35mpg plus, but that is mixed usage – longer trips with me bikes and boards and I can get over 40. I do take it easy with the right foot though.
You will need to fit something in the back for smaller loads, I have a couple of storage boxes, or it will rattke about – I’m thinking supermarket shopping.
The ride/drive is fine, a bit noisy, mainly the cheapo bulkhead rattling when empty in mine – but to be honest much more relaxing to drive than some of the hot hatches I used to drive with rock hard suspension and all.
…. But make sure you understand the servicing/maintenance costs and understand than the van may have had seen a bit of life before you got it. It may be that the previous owner is getting shut because expensive work on the way – engine belt, dual mass flywheel etc
and be careful when reversingPosted 5 years ago
no its not a simple weight limit
its “car based van” & a weight limit
kangoos and berlingos DO fit the criteria (although its a grey area with the popo and ive had to argue once)
Connects despite being a similar size DO NOT
Your allowed to do 70 on the motorway
It’s a strange system, my Caddy is on the logbook as a car derived van but as it’s over 2 tonnes gross weight it’s classed as a ‘proper’ van regarding the speed limits.
This clears it up a little:Posted 5 years agomccettMember
Had a Peugeot Partner for a couple years, got another car, back in a T4 now. Never used the rear seats in the car, car constantly full of wet bike/dog, interior getting wrecked.Posted 5 years ago
The T4 is great, plastic floor helps cleaning and i’ve ended up with rear seats i can get changed in and make a brew with the bike in one piece in the back while everyone else is doing a wee dance in a car park in the rain. Wouldnt be without it now. Fits in parking spaces, elevated driving position, tend to cruise round at a nice sedate pace which suits the dog too as he’s not getting thrown about.
Only downside I have found is if you do park it in a car park, people tend to think ‘oh, only a van’ so use the sides to rest their door/pram/trolley against… 🙄IHNMember
I drive a T5 camper as my everyday ‘car’. Its SWB so fits in standard parking spaces and most multistoreys. I get high 30’s MPG, but most of my driving is 50+mph A-roads and motorways, not urban stop-start.
It grates a little after a while and it’s a nice change to drive the little lady’s Mazda2 every so often, but it’s fine.Posted 5 years agoorangeboyMember
I had a huge Renault master lh35 as my daily drive for ages
Loved it just have to be a bit carful where you park but soon get used to it
Mot cost more and less places to get it done but that might not apply for a lower weight limit
It would return 32-35 if you kept to 80 or below on the motorway
Best thing I did was bolt a plastic storage tub in the back for small stuff to go inPosted 5 years agohoneybadgerxSubscriber
I’d get a couple of insurance quotes before you buy as well. I drove a Vito for a while as my work vehicle whilst I was converting it into a camper, and unfortunately as I’m a civil engineer and need to visit sites you pretty much get classed as a tradesman which can be pretty expensive (despite turning up in a suit!).Posted 5 years agogravity-slaveMember
I’ve had a van as my daily drive to commute to the office for about 10 year now – T4, Mk1 Vito and now a smarter Mk2 Vito, black, lowered, alloys, looks less trade-like when I arrive at the office. I have the 4X bike in the back today for a lunch time street ride!
I do have the benefit of borrowing the Mrs’ car, but rarely do, really like driving the van. Fuel cost is the only downside for me.Posted 5 years agozerocoolMember
I drive a Vauxhall Vivaro, and although I prefer driving it to cars. I must be honest and point out how expensive fuel is nowadays and that vans are a lot less fuel efficient than cars, normally due to weight and height. They’re not cheap for short urban journeys and use a lot more fuel than even my old car with 2 bikes on the roof and a tow bar rack as well.
Also as said above, insurance can cost a lot (mine’s only £100 as it’s on a multi van policy for the farm)
And it costs a fortune to drive it over the Severn Bridge.Posted 5 years agofuzzheadMember
Nobody has mentioned tolls. If I had a van in Bristol the occasional trips over the Clifton Bridge and in to Wales would be a lot more expensive.
I’ve also had the tollbridge pleasure, sitting in a smallish van with just a bike as cargo, and paying double the cost of the Discovery loaded with 7 people doesn’t rankle in the slightest, honest.
This is the main reason I haven’t got a vanPosted 5 years agojerseychazSubscriber
You’ll get shafted on ferries as “freight” although you can sometimes pull the “sporting goods” line if you have a bike(s) in the back! Used t have a T4 which was brilliant, a bit battered so people gave you a wide berth in car parks and let you out of side turnings 🙂Posted 5 years agodruidhMemberjerseychaz wrote:
You’ll get shafted on ferries as “freight” although you can sometimes pull the “sporting goods” line if you have a bike(s) in the back! Used t have a T4 which was brilliant, a bit battered so people gave you a wide berth in car parks and let you out of side turnings
I’ve been OK with the ferries. For the IoM, I had to fill in a declaration of goods (i.e. zero) and CalMac just book you on as a people carrier.Posted 5 years agothomthumbMember
Not great going to a funeral/date/wedding in them….
room in the back for a coffin/ bed/ suit though 😉
i love the high driving position, i love the space, i hate the passenger seat. fuel economy is 37-40mpg. parks fine in decent car parks, can be a nightmare in small spaces but so can a big car (mondeo estate is wider than a t5)Posted 5 years agoalfabusSubscriber
I’ve got a T5 LWB Kombi; before that I had a T4 LWB Panel (with a window in the sliding door) and before that a T2 (bay) with a poptop.
Never paid more than a car toll on the severn bridge – used to be at Uni in Aberystwyth, so crossed the bridge a lot. Now live in Cheltenham and go to south wales a fair bit.
Ferry/tunnel does cost a bit more, but then I can fit more people and stuff in, so it divides by more people 🙂
Vans are awesome.
ps I now have a car as well, but used to use my T4 as daily driver.Posted 5 years agoporter_jamieSubscriber
thats a 100ps 5 speed vtx75 trans. this is a good thing because it does not have a dmf, or commonrail injection. it will do 34 mpg. as for ferries, it will not cost much more than a car. mate and myself took my t4 and his transit (100ps like that one) to the alps. the transit is defo nicer to drive.
my t4 is my daily driver. if you are used to posh cars then don’t do it. i dont think i could go without a van now, had them for years. so practical. muddy bikes, dogs, motorbikes, etc not an issue. i get 34mpg from it, it’s got 190k on it, and is an 88hp motor.
ps, window in the side gets you across dartford crossing for same cost as a car.Posted 5 years ago
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