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Hi peeps,

Here's a quick question for mechanically-minded people out there.

I have around £2k to spend on a 2nd hand van. Looking to buy an Astravan.

For that cash, I can buy a newer model (around 2010 plate) with 100 - 150k on the clock, or, an older model (2001) with 50k on the clock (with warranty, FSH, and MOT certs.).

I'm minded to buy the older one with the lower mileage, but don't know if there are reasons to not do so (emissions, efficiency, etc.)

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!


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Petrol or diesel?

Do you plan to use it inside the ULEZ?

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Thanks,

Should have posted that already... It's a diesel, no intention of LEZs.


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Hmmm a difficult one. I would be tempted to go for the newer one even though it has done a high mileage. The other is still 16 years old and even though it has only done a low mileage every component is still 16 years old. The thing about diesels is that if they have been doing longer distances then the engines tend to have less wear than those that have been pootling about doing stop start driving. I think body condition is important so have a good look at that.

There is an element of risk in either choice as I am sure you appreciate.

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Thanks guys.

Clearly I don't know that much about road vehicles, though I am aware of the inherent risk.

Used to marine engines.

I'm going to look at the vans today. A friend has told me to check out the following. Any other hints appreciated!

Radiator reservoir: check for cruddy stuff in liquid
Oil cap/dipper: check for oil 'milky' in consistency (head gasket)
Drips beneath vehicle
Wear and tear around driver position (could indicate inaccurate mileage)
Handbrake on, clutch up, should stall. If not, clutchplate could be damaged.
General rattles, blue/grey smoke.


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The mileage wouldn't worry me provided that it's had regular oil changes, (I bought a Passat Estate with 135k on the clock and sold it with 195k when the aircon needed a complete rebuild, the last time I checked its mot on-line it was still going at 235k) so check the service history carefully, if it's a bundle of loose papers/receipts take the time to put them in date order and check them.

With much older vehicles, despite regular maintenance there is always going to be a limited life span on things like rubber hoses and any plastic parts, if you're happy to get your hands dirty on a regular basis it's not a problem but if you shy away from that sort of thing then a younger vehicle is better.

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Isn't £2K rather a lot for a 16 year old van?
It's bound to have some tin worm I'd have thought at that age, and I'd wonder about the 50K miles in 16 years.
If the newer one's a decent runner and been serviced regularly I'd go for that I reckon.


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Thanks again for responses.

The old van is at a dealership, claims it has all original MOTS and service history. 1 owner from new.


http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201702092165130?advertising-location=at_vans&postcode=se129ab&colour=Silver&maximum-mileage=150000&sort=supplied-price-asc&supplied-price-from=2000&supplied-price-to=2500&radius=200&page=3


I can run the numberplate past the Experian people. Though it sounds like this could be a lemon in everyone's opinion...


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i went and had a look at a couplea vans last weekend.

transit trend. think it was on a 12 plate. long wheel base. mid height roof. 155k miles on it. it was silver. reasonably clean like. £5495 no vat

when i was at the garage i mentioned to the fella that i had prefered a vw crafter but finding one with a/c was like finding rocking horses sh*t. he actually had one. again a 12 plate i think it was. but with 30k miles on it. that was £10k plus vat. unfortunately that was a lwb model and theyre fecking massive, like transit jumbo sized.

so i kinda left not knowing what i wanted haha :cheers: :cheers:


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2k for a 16year old Astra van is silly money. 4/500 quid tops for one of that year.


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steviejoiner74 wrote:
2k for a 16year old Astra van is silly money. 4/500 quid tops for one of that year.


Hello Mr.

Are all the vans on Autotrader heavily overpriced then?

I can't find anything that cheap that seems worth the bother of owning. I did see a crew van with about 200k on the clock for £800. Any suggestions?

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Try gumtree or eBay mate.


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