/ Transporter, Vito, or Hiace???
Trying to decide on a van. Any experiences out there anyone can share about the above 3 vans?
I'm looking to buy a van to convert for climbing/camping trips in the very near future , I had an 06 plate VW Transporter panel van for 18months as a works bus I loved it but simply can't justify the premium for the cool badge & reputation . Great reliable & reasonably quick van though . But ruled out because of prices .
Also had a Vito for a while and believe that the older ones are relatively cheap for a reason . Over all not too bad a van if you can find a good example at the right price ! ( Like most things I suppose really ? ) .
But after talking to a few mechanics ( including 2 Transporter owners ) recently have been convinced that the Toyota Hiace is the way forward for me . ( I drove a few Hi Lux Twincabs for a while & grew to love them , hell of a bit of kit ) .
Any particular reason the Renault Trafic/Vauxhall Vivaro/Nissan Primastar isn't on your list? It's a good alternative to a T5 imo. Mine has 180,000 miles on it and still drives beautifully, I'll definitely replace it with another one if/when I finally wear it out.
From memory I think the hiace is rear wheel drive, which is a bit limiting in snow.
A mate had a vito and he had loads of problems.
Hiace I reckon. I was looking a year or so back. Pre- 2006/7 Vitos do not have galvanised bodywork, T5's are out of your price range and T4's tend to go for silly money even though they are old and dated.
> From memory I think the hiace is rear wheel drive, which is a bit limiting in snow.
Really our LWB high top sprinter is rear wheel drive and we got through a bad snow storm on our way up to argentiere without needing snow chains, good snow tyres help of course.
+1 for the Hiace. Had mine a year and done 25000 miles in it without a hitch - by far the most reliable vehicle I've had.
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