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I am looking to buy a T5 in the next couple of months.
What is the most reliable version? I fancy a 2.5 with the 6 speed box
but I have been told that they arent as reliable as the 1.9s
Any thoughts?
 

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I am looking to buy a T5 in the next couple of months.
What is the most reliable version? I fancy a 2.5 with the 6 speed box
but I have been told that they arent as reliable as the 1.9s
Any thoughts?
From the research i did when i was looking the 1.9s looked more reliable .
 

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you only ever hear bad reports , the 2.5s are supposed to be troublesome but
i bought my 2007 2.5 lwb in 2010 with 70k on it , its now got 116k on it and it has never let me down , been south of france , the lakes,cornwall etc , i had a light come on on the dash once but turned out to be the sensor thing on the bulkhead under the bonnet , £40 ish, and it still drives like new ,i dont hammer it now im an old bugger of 45 but i do give it some beans occasionally
its my first transporter and i love it ,ive always had a van of some description as a fishing/tip run job,ive had a caddy pick up,2 caddy vans [one was a tdi and it flew] escort vans ,transit, and i had a a3 s-line dsg for a year but i swapped it for a year old caddy 57 caddy td1 104 , re-mapped it and that flew too, but i eventually sold it and bought the t5 and never looked back
SO I SAY 2.5 ALL THE WAY , AND GET A LWB YOU WONT REGRET IT
 

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Just sold my 07 swb 2.5 130, 70000 miles FSH, niggly ain't the word! Engine management light for no real reason, sensors failing on turbo so throwing into limp mode and DPF nightmare forced regenerations at garage and whilst driving. Think they're very sensitive! Lol.
Was in the garage a lot for minor but annoying issues unlike my old T4 that just went for servicing.
Just kinda lost faith in T5's shame cuz when they're working well nothing comes close:)
 

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Go for a pre 2007 2.5 174 (no DPF) I've done 40K miles in 2 years and only replaced a rear number plate lamp, oh until last mon and my o/s drive shaft went (common problem). I still love her to bits and boy she drives well I:
 

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Ive had a 2006 2.5 174 from new,been an excellant van,up there with the old L300 mitsubishi's that I ran in the past for reliability.
A lot of reliability issues are created with how a vehicle is used and serviced,mines has only had me as a driver and I over maintain all my motors,never believed in 20k oil changes.

If your buying a van with mega miles the 1.9 and 2.0 are easier/cheaper to work on,go for a well looked after example of either 1.9 2.0 or 2.5 and you will be fine.


In the process of fitting out a new 2.0 140 so my 60,ooo mile van will be for sale soon. T:
 

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The T5 5 cylinder 2.5l diesel engine is a beauty, though there are huge numbers of 1.9 fans on here.

I did a trip recently staying over 60mph rather than over 70mph and the computer was giving me over 40mpg. I think that's brilliant if a little boring.

And for the extra 10mph you'll still get 32-36 mpg. Don't know what the 1.9 gives you or if the engine struggles at all.

You can cruise at 90mph with the 6 speed manual very happily indeed in the 2.5, though of course the economy drops off accordingly - as it does in town with all the stop start stuff.

Drive shafts are a common complaint but that's about it really. Hardly the basis for decision making.
 
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