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RUST (or new paintwork covering it up)!!
This cannot be repeated enough.

Avoid any T4 that has been freshly painted or is covered in stickers. Old tarted up money pit dogs are everywhere at the moment.

OP, if you are thinking of a camper / day van conversion, the 1.9TD is not an ideal choice.

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This cannot be repeated enough.

Avoid any T4 that has been freshly painted or is covered in stickers. Old tarted up money pit dogs are everywhere at the moment.

OP, if you are thinking of a camper / day van conversion, the 1.9TD is not an ideal choice.

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Why us the 1.9 not ideal? Cant find a 2.5 for the budget.
Will check for rust MOT history looks ok?
 

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Why us the 1.9 not ideal? Cant find a 2.5 for the budget.
Will check for rust MOT history looks ok?
Hi, I have 1998 1.9d she is slow up the hills but overall a cracking van, fully converted.
As previous posts have stated look for rust especially around sills, arches, sliding door step and windscreen. Don’t worry about having a good look and poke around, if the seller minds walk away. Remember it’s an old van so will have issues and will cost to keep it running. Don’t pay silly money this is the silly season and folk are taking advantage.
 

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Thanks seen two between 3 and 4K, ones LWB is that better or worse?
Both over 200,000 miles
 

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Why us the 1.9 not ideal? Cant find a 2.5 for the budget.
Will check for rust MOT history looks ok?
The 68 bhp 1.9TD (engine code ABL) is a sweet little engine but it is very underpowered & consequently many have been caned / poorly maintained, they are a risk & have a couple of common issues that cause them to grenade hence so many vans have had engine swaps.

Save your money & buy the latest 2.5TDI you can after the madness calms down (it will).

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the 1.9TD is not an ideal choice.
Horseshit.:cautious:

or is that hobbyhorseshit? :rolleyes:

suppose it's your opinion though......

The 68 bhp 1.9TD (engine code ABL) is a sweet little engine but it is very underpowered & consequently many have been caned / poorly maintained, they are a risk & have a couple of common issues that cause them to grenade hence so many vans have had engine swaps.

Save your money & buy the latest 2.5TDI you can after the madness calms down (it will).
while the 4cylinder 68hp 1.9td is slow it's reliable & easily maintained / servivced.(y)
something you cannot say for the 5cylinder 2.5tdi.

plenty of vans have been repaired / updated / bodged / modified / fucked about by previous owners & home-mecanics in the last ~30 years.
also by 'professional' mecanics and 'speciallists':rolleyes:

always buyer beware whatever you go for.


Its for my son, should he just runaway and buy a Transit!!!!
more comfortable ride, more power, better trim / extras level & no 'Scene-tax' so not a bad choice (I fancy another mk3/4/5 Transit)

you don't need to buy a van to have an identity:p


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Well
It needed too much random bits, Rear Brakes, water leaks on Engine,. noisy CV, no bad rot but lots of scabs, just never going to be a tidy van
So off to look at an alternative tomorrow
 

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Hiya, if not tomorrows, the right one will be out there, what are the essential elements and budget, if you can post this in the wanted area there may be someone on the forum who might be aware of one that suits. 👍
 

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as an occasional drive the extra complexity and need for specialist knowledge that is at best coming up to retirement age made me decide that if I wanted a T4 it was not going to be a five cylinder model! The 1.9 is a simple engine, it's not very powerful but will do 70mph all day long and cover huge mileage in ABL form. I'm not convinced that the 2.4 or the 88hp 2.5 are very much better thought they do have more grunt without doubt.

If you can fix the 2.5 yourself its a great engine, if you cant fix it yourself you need someone who can.
 

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Its for my son, he is on a limited budget so its looking like his 1.4 Diesel Polo is going as he needs something bigger, the vans we have seen are showing us he need to up his budget. So I think he will buy a car for now whilst he saves up.
1.4 Diesel Polo any one???
 

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Its for my son, he is on a limited budget so its looking like his 1.4 Diesel Polo is going as he needs something bigger, the vans we have seen are showing us he need to up his budget. So I think he will buy a car for now whilst he saves up.
1.4 Diesel Polo any one???
This isn't a good time to buy any van with a limited budget, the good ones have gone upon in price by 50% and there are a lot of people chancing rotboxes for what was the bottom price for a reasonable example in need of a little tidying up 2 years ago.

Why a T4? Would an large estate car not be better? I think these days you need quite a good reason to stick with a van this old, in my case its an occasional drive and I can fix 90% of things on it myself. The fact they are "cool" is probably the worst reason to buy one im afraid :ROFLMAO: .
 

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He wants a van
He needs to be able to shift large items on his own, wont fit in an estate, we have a good group of friends who currently help out moving stuff but he wants to be able to do his own.
He is the only person I know who has collected a motor bike and side care in a 9N Polo!
 
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