how long does a van last ?

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BCN EXPRESS ESSEX

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Original Poster

Strange question perhaps ? but my 59 plate Transits clocking the miles up big time ( last 7 days ive done nearly 5000 miles, essex to glasgow, essex to helsinki) ok i know thats not going to be every week but i think since ive started ive been doing 2 to 3000 every week, other week i was it was tonbridge i was delivering & there was this guy delivering or collecting from the same place & i kid you not when i pulled up i thought this van was dumped, it was a really old  white transit w reg i think, back door was all smashed in & it had black paint round all the wheel arches it looked awful ! the driver had this filthy hi vis on and looked like he could do with a good bath, i was going to have a butchers & see how many miles it had done but was worried about catching something lol =]

RT Courier Sevices

5

In all fairness, as long you keep to the service intervals and do so after the warranty period then it should keep going, barring major component failure, which  can happen any time.

BCN EXPRESS ESSEX

320
Original Poster

Any idea how long the transit engines last, bloke at the garage said hes seen them with 300,000 miles on them wondered if he was bullsh-t-ng me ?

RT Courier Sevices

5

I've known a few with upwards of 200k on the clock. One's of the age you are talking about were all simple technology (direct injection), no frills, built to for reliability. Okay they can be a bit gutless and wheezy, but they rarely go wrong, because there's not really anything to go wrong with them.

Tigz transport

1096

One of my transits had 240000 on it and has no sign of stopping starts on the button it's a late 51 If I get Scotland's or anywhere uP there that's the van I take it's the one I trust all day long 

Tigz transport

1096

One of my transits had 240000 on it and has no sign of stopping starts on the button it's a late 51 If I get Scotland's or anywhere uP there that's the van I take it's the one I trust all day long 

RGM Courier Services

1737

I run 09 reg. citroen berlingo van with lpg with 270,000 on the clock. Runs like new. just had new clutch though. Thats the key, regular servicing!!

BCN EXPRESS ESSEX

320
Original Poster

just paid £46 for a mirror glass for my van !

Nottingham & Derby Couriers

3295

And 7 years bad luck

021 SAMEDAY

3693

Just retired an 04 plate Renault Master with 380000 miles on it - timing collapsed and allowed shards of hardened metal to enter the sump so not really worth repairing.

Have an 11 plate new style renault master with 98000 on it - still under warranty until August 2012. Not really run in yet.

The older van was 10 - 12 % BETTER on fuel but the new erone is Euro 5.

Negotiating to buy a low mileage 2 year old old style at the moment.

Also running 58 plate Tranny at around 90k on multi drop work and a contact hired Citroen Relay which is returning around 34 mpg similar to the older Renaults.

By far the major cost of runnin a vehicle in this country is fuel. there is no point at all in scrimping on serviceing.


Van European Ltd

5

we have some 06 Sprinters which are better tan our newer ones, all have 750,000+ miles had new engines with merc = warenty 2 years, resprays to look pritty... happy days

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