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Hi all,

Just wondering what peoples opinions are on a T5 2.5TDI with 240k miles covered. I know it's had (within two years) clutch, flywheel, DPF/EGR/Turbo and cams and followers replaced. Service history is patchy so not certain on oil frequency.

To be avoided, or just buy on condition?

Thank you very much for any help.
 

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Loads are getting up there now due to the age of the t5 .
example I buy a brand new car had nothing but trouble, £2000 bill after 8000 miles blew a bloody turbo !! @8 months old, warranty covered luckily...
another time had operation on heart the boss pick me up when I get out the bloody ‘new car’ thing breaks down on way from hospital we get recovered from AA, AA couldn’t believe it was genuine when he picked us up as everyone who breaks down always says they have health issues to try and get recovered faster😂
ive had my 20yr old t4 for 5yrs been great never let me down,,,, 169k filled with kids, junk and bikes, half the streets scooters parked along side it one day I sh#t you not, but it’s cheap as chips so who cares......
if the van seems good condition ‘rust wise’ has various receipts for jobs done go for it... it’s a 2.5 so you will be paying out for stuff anyway regardless of a stamped book which means very little without receipts to back it up, as anyone can stamp
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Similar dilemma for us. Newton (2000 2.5 AJT) has 230K and the start of tin worm. On the fleet since 2011.

Is it time to call time and get something newer?

It would cost me a couple of grand on top to upgrade.

Or spend the same money on Newton and renew everything, last another 10 years.

Rhys
 

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I have a 56 Plate T5 with 2.5L on £220k. It's had everything done and only 1 owner from new, so the service history is incredibly detailed.

Condition is most important. Check the power steering; that is a regular problem with them, if it's failed or failing it will be noisy.

Otherwise, good luck!
 

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Thanks for the enthusiastic words chaps - I work for a Volvo specialist so no stranger to very high mileage vehicles. I am just completely unfamiliar with this unit (and T5's in general) in terms of longevity.

Ironically I know the T4 2.5 is an old 850/V70 unit so know them well enough..

I think condition withstanding, I may go for a punt.
 

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Nicely run in for a well serviced 2.5. However, the 2.5 can be a money pit. Everything takes time and it's not the easiest to work on and hence expensive or neglected. Why are they getting rid after doing all that? Was it all done at once, or gradually? If gradually, maybe it still doesn't feel right. Water pump, power steering pump, exhaust manifold (if an AXD or AXE), alternator and AC freewheels and couplings and O/S driveshaft are common issues.
 

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Cylinder head. All mentioned replaced items suggest a smoky van! The cure is cylinder head replacement (worn injector ports) and possibly injectors if badly worn as well- a massive expenditure!
 

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It is scary! A bit of smoke now and then, gets worse, higher fuel consumption, a bit noisier, lazy start up, etc. It’ll drive on and on and on till you can see the white cloud behind the van chasing you everywhere! You do get some black cloud from time to time for a change of scenery also!
 

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What’s cheap?
what’s it like for rust ?
as said engine troubles and rust could bankrupt a fella 😳
 

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its 3.5k, which i feel is reasonable. rust, couldn't see anything significant, few surface patches appearing here and there
 
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