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Time to change van ? bit of advice needed ?

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I drive an old 2002 Diesel Peugeot partner van, no turbo, 160'000 miles on her, I do about 14'000 miles a year, its probably worth nothing at all in money terms.

I use it to transport a drum kit to gigs a few days a week and it never has to carry a heavy load. 

I've replaced a fair few parts in recent years (bushings, disc breaks, fuel pump, exhaust, suspension springs etc etc) nothing really major but there's usually some part that needs replacing every once in a while.

Shes driving good at the minute, starts on the button and purrs along nicely, but i have developed a bit of itch to change her, my dad thinks it must be uneconomical to drive an old van , it will need 2 new wishbone bushings and a patch on the exhaust probably soon this year, but my mechanic says its driving well otherwise.

My budget at the moment is for a 2011/2012 van, many of them typically have around 80'000 miles on them. I'm guessing  80'000 miles is around the time when parts start to fail , so maybe i'd be better off keeping the old one for a while yet ?

Ideas welcome

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If you are not worried about performance the Toyota Hiace is a good option. High miler and reliable. They hold their value too. Ive had one and so has a friend. They are good for 250,000 miles.

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We have 2 Ford Transits, bought with around 80K or 90K on them. One of them has had a couple of problems, probably spent about £2500 on top of regular servicing but otherwise have been trouble free for 2 years (now both 120K on them). One was ex AA so I assume it had been looked after.

They are more reliable than the 2 Renault Trafics they replaced. We had the Trafics from new but once over 70K they had litany of problems.

Sounds like your Peugeot is okay, I'd keep it going until something serious comes up. 

Cheers BB

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On ‎02‎/‎05‎/‎2017 at 02:48, michaelgb said:

I drive an old 2002 Diesel Peugeot partner van, no turbo, 160'000 miles on her, I do about 14'000 miles a year, its probably worth nothing at all in money terms.

I use it to transport a drum kit to gigs a few days a week and it never has to carry a heavy load. 

I've replaced a fair few parts in recent years (bushings, disc breaks, fuel pump, exhaust, suspension springs etc etc) nothing really major but there's usually some part that needs replacing every once in a while.

Shes driving good at the minute, starts on the button and purrs along nicely, but i have developed a bit of itch to change her, my dad thinks it must be uneconomical to drive an old van , it will need 2 new wishbone bushings and a patch on the exhaust probably soon this year, but my mechanic says its driving well otherwise.

My budget at the moment is for a 2011/2012 van, many of them typically have around 80'000 miles on them. I'm guessing  80'000 miles is around the time when parts start to fail , so maybe i'd be better off keeping the old one for a while yet ?

Ideas welcome

we have a 2004 example with similar mileage and usage.  Normally carting fishing gear up and down Lincolnshire/Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire from time to time. The garage that services it etc. basically said run it till it hits a big repair bill. It starts, stops, does over 40 to the gallon. You could chuck 8-10k at something newer and hit a big repair cost sooner. The old HDi engines seem to be well built units.

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On 02/05/2017 at 02:48, michaelgb said:

I drive an old 2002 Diesel Peugeot partner van, no turbo, 160'000 miles on her, I do about 14'000 miles a year, its probably worth nothing at all in money terms.

I use it to transport a drum kit to gigs a few days a week and it never has to carry a heavy load. 

I've replaced a fair few parts in recent years (bushings, disc breaks, fuel pump, exhaust, suspension springs etc etc) nothing really major but there's usually some part that needs replacing every once in a while.

Shes driving good at the minute, starts on the button and purrs along nicely, but i have developed a bit of itch to change her, my dad thinks it must be uneconomical to drive an old van , it will need 2 new wishbone bushings and a patch on the exhaust probably soon this year, but my mechanic says its driving well otherwise.

My budget at the moment is for a 2011/2012 van, many of them typically have around 80'000 miles on them. I'm guessing  80'000 miles is around the time when parts start to fail , so maybe i'd be better off keeping the old one for a while yet ?

Ideas welcome

At any age, with 14000 miles a year or so, things will need replacing.

Much as driving something newer would possibly add some pleasure, I'd be more inclined to suggest keeping it going until a big bill arrives. In the meantime, try and stick some wedge aside so that when 'the day comes' you can possibly go for something newer and lower mileage.

I suspect that swapping a 16000 mile van that runs well for an 80000 miler that is unknown might end up being an unwise decision.

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8 hours ago, Brown Bottle said:

We have 2 Ford Transits, bought with around 80K or 90K on them. One of them has had a couple of problems, probably spent about £2500 on top of regular servicing but otherwise have been trouble free for 2 years (now both 120K on them). One was ex AA so I assume it had been looked after.

They are more reliable than the 2 Renault Trafics they replaced. We had the Trafics from new but once over 70K they had litany of problems.

Sounds like your Peugeot is okay, I'd keep it going until something serious comes up. 

Cheers BB

given the rash of thefts with transits diabolical security , might be worth investing in some good security if you buy one . peel and steal , I think they call it !!!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4172302/Van-drivers-warned-peel-seek-theft-craze.html

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53 minutes ago, hifinutt said:

given the rash of thefts with transits diabolical security , might be worth investing in some good security if you buy one . peel and steal , I think they call it !!!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4172302/Van-drivers-warned-peel-seek-theft-craze.html

We lost one about 2 years ago, full of work kit in the back too. Gang was convicted last year, they had stolen over 40 IIRC. We have additional security measures now.,

Cheers BB 

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brilliant , glad to hear that they got caught

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Good little vans, i'd be tempted to keep it. Better the devil you know etc.

We had a little Escort diesel van of similar vintage which did well. 300 bottles of wine was ok on booze cruises with plenty of air in the tyres.

If you want anything bigger owning a Vauxhall Movano was unpleasant.

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I'd keep it unless that itch is really bothering you. It sounds like you've paid the dues and done the work. So now you can drive it until corrosion or a serious failure finishes it off. Buying a vehicle at 80k is often like buying a long list of somebody else's problems.

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