- What van for 2k
After a little time using an estate car with roof racks I have decided its time to go back to a van, i used to run a 1.7 DTi astra van but i was a pain as bikes didnt fit with wheels on and it could only carry two people, I now have an A4 estate, two bikes on roof and one in the car so 3 people no problems but now the wife can change her company car for something family friendly I can go back to a van as i plan on racing next year and want somewhere to get changed etc lol but i have a few requirements………….
Must seat 3 people
As reliable as a 2k van can be (I always run old cars)
Possible scope for day van conversion
Not turn orange at the site of road salt (vito sugestuions take note)
Not be too massive
any help would be greatPosted 4 years agoBlazin-saddlesMember
TBH with a 2k budget you’d be best having a trawl on VanTrader and seeing what you fancy in your budget and then get the best example you can find of that.
Small, Cheap, Reliable, Van are not normally words used in the same sentence, you’ll look at a lot of nails before you find ‘the one’
I’ve auctioned off some of our work vans in the past and got £1k-1.5K for something that was destined for the scrap yard so I’d generally avoid eBay on this one myself, although it won’t hurt to look for a BIN bargain.Posted 4 years agobikebouyMember
I’d head down the route of Renault Traffic or the Vaux equivalent, I had the Traffic for 2 years and it ran really well until I wrecked it by piling my windsurfing gear in it on the dashboard soaking wet…Posted 4 years ago
But the Vans are just about achievable at that price now.. Or failing that a small Kangoo (but that doesn’t really fit your criteria)timthetinyhorseSubscriber
yeah i have ended up looking towards the vaux/renault/nissan to be honest……T4 is a nice idea but way over priced compared to everything else and for wat reason other than cult status??
The fiat pic above is just simply epic, i might just take the wife for a look at one next week lolPosted 4 years agobikebouyMember
The way I see it is like this.Posted 4 years ago
A) it’s a van, so it holds bikes & gear
B) its going to get mucky and dirty and stink
C) it’ll get you to places of fun and frollics
D) it’ll run quiet, be nice to drive, easy to park
E) it’s a van so everyone else on the road will assume you can’t drive/give a toss/couldn’t care less where you stick it on the road
F) you can lock it up without everyone knowing whats in the back of it
Thats about it, if you are fussy about what you drive then it’s going to fulfill all the above criteria anywhoos and you will be more angsty where/when/how you look after it.
For that reason Renaults/Vaux/Nissan/Toyo’s fit the bill and no one will even care what it is you are driving.
Sounds like you want exactly what I bought. Took me ages to find a good one at the price but they are out there. Private sellers better than dealers IME, van dealers make second hand car salesmen look fantastic.Posted 4 years ago
I eventually found, after a ,lot of looking, a SWB low roof Transit, 8yrs old with 79k on the clock, the 85hp T300 version. Night heater and water heater fitted already. Ex-BT so not had too hard a life. Usual issues around the sills and wheel arches but mechanically sound. 39-40mpg. Paid £2,300 for it.
18 months on the day van conversion is almost done. Very pleased with it. run it as my only vehicle.
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