My lord what a sack of spanners that was... needed 3 new doors and footwells
The engine was toast
The search continues
When buying a used van you either get a good 1 or a crap 1, unfortunately sounds like you have had bad luck. I got a cheap transit connect, brought it for £500 off a mate, spent about £600 getting it so I’m happy with it ( full service, minor bits and bobs getting sorted) now drives fine not had any issues.For the last 7 years I have had "skip cars" I fold the seats down and destroy them, using them for all teh crap jobs and so seeing as our house purchase is nearly done a van would be handy for lugging a bit more shite about.
I bought a combo about 8 maybe 10 days ago and since then I have been fixing faults. It was a cheapo van and I expect to do repairs and what not but today while I was meant to be on a beach with my family I was underneath trying fix and I decided that I had bought a lemon.
But broken engine mounts, oil leaks, crank sensors, remote locking not working etc etc etc...
The garage claimed they had done a cambelt and after all the other stuff I did a bit of searching and from my opinion and the 3 other people who were there with me agreed the belt had not been changed. which is hard to prove and unless you physically see someone fitting a belt its hard otherwise.
I dont mind tinkering but literally all week I have been messing about.
The van was sold as seen but I was not standing for that and after a lot of arguing my money was returned... Thankfully the consumer rights act is on my side... They did try charging me 50p a mile which I was not having none of.
So my search for another van is on... but everything seems absolute garbage...
I try and avoid french...
Fords rot and the VW caddy has massive injector problems...
I don't actually need it for plastering and to be honest the only reason I use a van is for moving my bees about and home projects... I may do the odd job here or there etc but not enough to warrant spending huge amounts..
SO what do you drive and how reliable is it?
Always ask an aa man.... They now all the common faults....When buying a used van you either get a good 1 or a crap 1, unfortunately sounds like you have had bad luck. I got a cheap transit connect, brought it for £500 off a mate, spent about £600 getting it so I’m happy with it ( full service, minor bits and bobs getting sorted) now drives fine not had any issues.
I always check on RAC for reviews and pros/ cons, what to look out for when buying etc.
WTF were you looking at a Lada Niva for, in the first place?!?!?!?!?Reminds me of the time I took a flight from Glasgow to Luton to look at “nice” Lada Niva 4x4. Pile of shite lol. Had to get the train home
Do your research. The Niva was/is a great off roader. It was advertised as good condition when In reality it wasn’t even taxed and hadn’t turne a wheel in months let alone seen a carwash in a long time.WTF were you looking at a Lada Niva for, in the first place?!?!?!?!?
You went to look at a pile of shite and that's exactly what you found!
Best advice I could give you.. don’t use your own money. Too many good deals out there. Transit tops everything for our game.I’m going to go for a Ford transit lwb high top. But would begrudge 25-30k out the savings.
Even considering a loan as interest is so low.
I’ve got until September before the Iveco fails another MOT and costs a fortune