VW Crafter

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GB Distributors (Bridgend)

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Hi All, please anybody running a vw crafter lab? Please what are they like? Are you happy with it? Got a opportunity to have one any comments useful. Ta Gary

Dash Despatch

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Both mine are LWB Crafters, 62 plate at 125k miles and 64 plate at 20k. Water pump on older van done under warranty, no downtime otherwise

DO NOT ON ANY ACCOUNT BUY A PRE-FACELIFT CRAFTER (

ATM Logistics

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We have a '09 plate Crafter LWB, no issues whatsoever, been the most reliable van I've had so far, 110k

AJM sameday Couriers

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ATM Logistics said:


We have a '09 plate Crafter LWB, no issues whatsoever, been the most reliable van I've had so far, 110k

6 Years old 110 k do you not use it?

Addams UK Express

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I've got a 2010 Sprinter with 70,000, but spent 3 years doing multi-drop doing 80+ drops and 30-35 miles a day on route, not much mileage granted, but probably a harder days graft than sitting at 70mph on a motorway all day

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ATM Logistics said:


We have a '09 plate Crafter LWB, no issues whatsoever, been the most reliable van I've had so far, 110k

I would consider myself very fortunate to have a first generation Crafter with no issues and get rid of it while the going is good :-)

As said above ^^^ 110k is hardly representative of a commercial vehicle in our line of work

GB Distributors (Bridgend)

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Thanks for feedback, Gents

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AJM sameday Couriers said:


ATM Logistics said:


We have a '09 plate Crafter LWB, no issues whatsoever, been the most reliable van I've had so far, 110k

6 Years old 110 k do you not use it?

Does about 4 jobs a year for us, the rest of the time its on rent so probably gets more abuse!

One of our Transits has 150k on the clock and has been a donkey. But he seems fixed now :)

Perhaps explaining the issues with them rather than just saying it is crap would help.

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ATM Logistics said:


Does about 4 jobs a year for us, the rest of the time its on rent so probably gets more abuse!

One of our Transits has 150k on the clock and has been a donkey. But he seems fixed now :)

Perhaps explaining the issues with them rather than just saying it is crap would help.

Turbos, dpf filters, propshafts, rear axles, waterpump, EGR valves, adblue, poor fuel economy are the major items I can recall

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Sounds like you had a mare, was it just the one you've had or more? I've had one particular Jumbo Transit that was even worse than the one I mentioned earlier, but have vans exactly the same spec and model year had no issues. Maybe it was build on a Friday afternoon :)

What's the difference on the updated version that fixes the issues?

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ATM Logistics said:


Sounds like you had a mare, was it just the one you've had or more? I've had one particular Jumbo Transit that was even worse than the one I mentioned earlier, but have vans exactly the same spec and model year had no issues. Maybe it was build on a Friday afternoon :)

What's the difference on the updated version that fixes the issues?

That's a list of stuff our local dealer was doing on a regular basis - they were so busy with warranty work you couldn't get in the yard for abandonded Crafters awaiting repairs most days. We were fortunate to be able to soldier on with the last of the LT35's until the facelift model came in in 2011.

New 2.0 litre motor without adblue replaced the old 2.5 that was struggling with emissions and that sorted the dpf, service bulletin for fitting turbos sorted that, waterpump recall for uprated part, reduced service interval for rear axle oil change.

Our 62 plate Crafter is doing 31.5-33.5 mpg, the 64 plate with higher diff is doing 34.0-35.5

Enjoy this discussion? Check out these related topics: Sprinter vs crafter, Anyone know about "adblue", Thought I might join you lot.

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