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Really started to hate myself looking for a t4!
Knowing little about vans at the start i was happy with ANY t4.
But now being on the forum a couple months, and looking for a van for even longer than that i have started basically argueing with myself on what engine to get.
People swear by their 1.9td, but then others say the 2.5 is the best.
Then the 2.4 is good.
I understand it all comes down to personal preference..
But with £3k i dont have much to play with?

Im not one to be sitting at -70 on the motorway (but dont do much motorway driving)
Im not one to be racing round but i do like that bit of power their when wanted.
Got a baby due in less than 5 weeks! Itll be a 5-6 seater once completed or brought as need atleast 4 seats! also as i go football so need enough seats like a car. (some weight in the van at times so dont want something struggling)

But their are no decent 2.5s upto £3k-£3.5k??
Also cant have too much of a project due to time (work full-time and a baby soon)

Any help/advice anyone as im coming to the end of my tether especially with due date dawning on me!
 

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I've recently been in the same situation and feel for you!

What do you want with that budget?

If you want a standard van in the best condition possible for up to £3.5k a little searching will find what you want, if you want a van with all the seats etc you need for that it will be a bit harder.

The more you limit your options the harder a search will be and the less you will find.

I was screwed, I needed LWB, white and LEZ compliant as it goes into London a lot. Massively limited my search, I managed to find one though, 2.5 tdi which fit the bill, usable straight away and easy to do the little bits that it needs as and when I have time/money. Under the budget you are talking about.

Work out what is most important to you, sounds like it isn't the engine but seats etc, go and drive a few then see if you still feel the priorities are the same.
 

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I've recently been in the same situation and feel for you!

What do you want with that budget?

If you want a standard van in the best condition possible for up to £3.5k a little searching will find what you want, if you want a van with all the seats etc you need for that it will be a bit harder.

The more you limit your options the harder a search will be and the less you will find.

I was screwed, I needed LWB, white and LEZ compliant as it goes into London a lot. Massively limited my search, I managed to find one though, 2.5 tdi which fit the bill, usable straight away and easy to do the little bits that it needs as and when I have time/money. Under the budget you are talking about.

Work out what is most important to you, sounds like it isn't the engine but seats etc, go and drive a few then see if you still feel the priorities are the same.
Ive been and test drove a few.
Nothings as of yet has kicked me in the face,
I think most importantly its the van, condition, how it looks and drives.. the seats are second important but for them ive seen a few on here, and gumtree i could pick up cheap enough to keep me happy and fit myself or i know couple people who could fit for me.
Its just i havnt come across the right van yet! but its really starting to annoy me.
I dont want to travel hundreds of miles to come across a shed!
ive travelled over an hour one way to look at one van (Scratches all over and the side door took about 10 minutes to shut!) and what a waste of trip that was, untill we decided to go to the bullring before coming back just to make the trip somewhat useful (got unborn daughter some nice clothes)

Another van travelled just under an hour, for the van turbo to be whining like mad (im no expert but that dont seem right to me)
So another wasted journey..

Travelled to liecester another time to see a van for it not to have any mot or tax, two flat tyres, and paintwork shabby. The pictures must of been about 2 years old!! what a take that was! the garage owner said he could sort it all if i paid him upfront.. yeh right mate i want to see a van working and test drive it until i part from any cash! surely you want to sell a van you get it good to go? or am i just stupid?
Sorry about the rant, just stressed i guess. Lol
 

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Was in same boat.

limited budget but needing a family vehicle.

found mine for £3k.

Was panicking a little when the MOT came up a few weeks later but it virtually sailed through (Brakes and two lightbulbs)

Got extra seats for the rear so the mini me can go in the back. sorted.

internally, the vans a mess. Domestic paint everywhere, dirt everywhere, some strange gooey stuff everywhere.

but outside it's in pretty tidy condition. No rust, a few small dents and nicks in the paint but perfectly livable.

so my long winded story is that there is the right van out there, unfortunately you have to look hard T:
 

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Really started to hate myself looking for a t4!
Knowing little about vans at the start i was happy with ANY t4.
But now being on the forum a couple months, and looking for a van for even longer than that i have started basically argueing with myself on what engine to get.
People swear by their 1.9td, but then others say the 2.5 is the best.
Then the 2.4 is good.
I understand it all comes down to personal preference..
But with £3k i dont have much to play with?

Im not one to be sitting at -70 on the motorway (but dont do much motorway driving)
Im not one to be racing round but i do like that bit of power their when wanted.
Got a baby due in less than 5 weeks! Itll be a 5-6 seater once completed or brought as need atleast 4 seats! also as i go football so need enough seats like a car. (some weight in the van at times so dont want something struggling)

But their are no decent 2.5s upto £3k-£3.5k??
Also cant have too much of a project due to time (work full-time and a baby soon)

Any help/advice anyone as im coming to the end of my tether especially with due date dawning on me!
Sounds like a tyre kicker to me !

Now that Ive got your back up lol I can tell you that they are out there and no doubt what ever option you go for you will grow to love it and hate it !

Ive got a 1.9TDI with intercooler and high flow nozzles (injectors) and I love it! but then again I did when it was a 1.9TD 67bhp Rasp:
Love It Love It Love It T:
Good luck with the search dude
 

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Sounds like a tyre kicker to me !

Now that Ive got your back up lol I can tell you that they are out there and no doubt what ever option you go for you will grow to love it and hate it !

Ive got a 1.9TDI with intercooler and high flow nozzles (injectors) and I love it! but then again I did when it was a 1.9TD 67bhp Rasp:
Love It Love It Love It T:
Good luck with the search dude
Professional tyre kicker! thats how the 2 tyres popped on that van! kicked them far too hard.. instant fail in my eyes!

With the guy above saying he wishes he went 2.5 i think that will be me if i dont get one..

My eyes hurt im looking at screens constantly trying to catch a bargain.
If i get 5 minutes at work free im on my phone, ebay, gumtree, this forum..
and as due dates getting closer im getting more impatiant..
 

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Ive been and test drove a few.
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Another van travelled just under an hour, for the van turbo to be whining like mad (im no expert but that dont seem right to me)
So another wasted journey..

Travelled to liecester another time to see a van for it not to have any mot or tax, two flat tyres, and paintwork shabby. The pictures must of been about 2 years old!! what a take that was! the garage owner said he could sort it all if i paid him upfront.. yeh right mate i want to see a van working and test drive it until i part from any cash! surely you want to sell a van you get it good to go? or am i just stupid?
Sorry about the rant, just stressed i guess. Lol
Unfortunately you didn't tell us how much those vans were going for as they may have been a bargain at the 'right price'. I think your chances of getting a scratch free, 'good' van for under £3.5k is somewhere between nil and extremely unlikely! For the money that you are talking about I think that you have to expect to do a reasonable amount of work to get it up to scratch. The sliding door fault may have been a simple lock fault for example. If you look at some of the projects that are being posted on here that will give you a good idea of the current situation concerning price/condition. Failing that, keep on searching you may 'just' get lucky if you are happy to go without a T4 for long enough T:
 

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Unfortunately you didn't tell us how much those vans were going for as they may have been a bargain at the 'right price'. I think your chances of getting a scratch free, 'good' van for under £3.5k is somewhere between nil and extremely unlikely! For the money that you are talking about I think that you have to expect to do a reasonable amount of work to get it up to scratch. The sliding door fault may have been a simple lock fault for example. If you look at some of the projects that are being posted on here that will give you a good idea of the current situation concerning price/condition. Failing that, keep on searching you may 'just' get lucky if you are happy to go without a T4 for long enough T:
The two pop tyres was a 2.4 wanted 2.8k for it..
The sliding door one was a 2.5 wanted 2.6k i think (put a post on here about it what prople thought and a few replied daying no) the door wouldnt slide at all then when got across wouldnt latch, also had a great dent down the drivers side...
The turno whining was a 1.9 wanted 2.4k... Also he had only had couple months so im guessig he also knew something wasnt right..
I dont expect something immaculate, just something presetable, a standard panel van if miles, service history etc is good im fine with doing a bit of work too it..
 
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