Owning , and using , an older vehicle is always going to be a bit of a mission , no matter what make . As many of T4,s are approaching 20 yrs old , you need to have a good one , to relieve headaches .. get a bad one , and its never-ending ..!! ( same for all old vehicles ) Had mine since July , 1993 , and its only let me down once ..!! Currently 233k on clock .. Depends on how attached you are to it ...
End of the day it's a lump of metal, as for t5s still come under same rip of merchant's for part etc
It does my head in when 2nd hand parts are being sold at a higher price than NEW parts.
Back to the BMW's me thinks
We've run Espaces and Saabs in the past - never much newer than 10 yrs old. They all cost around the same to run as our T4.
The difference for us is that there is a supportive owners' "scene" where help can be found. Granted, there is "scene tax" on turning vans into campers and day vans and if that's what you want to do, you'll pay for the pleasure. (I'm not against that as an idea, btw - we just need a Caravelle for its seating capacity!)
In addition, parts are at least easily available - try buying a rear spring for a mk3 Grand Espace! (Turns out a Saab 9-5 rear spring is identical, £220 cheaper and 3 weeks quicker from the auto factors! )
Thing with a T4 its not just a vehicle its a whole way of life our van is our car its our removal van and its also out Holiday which for us when you do the sums it works out very cheap . but if you fly abroad for a week in a hotel each year then the sums would not look so good
so i suppose it depends what the owner gets out of it
Ours is for keeps but then were also able to do our own work which also helps the sums.
Good luck with ya decision T: T:
can anyone recommend a good mechanic in the Swindon area, mobile would be great. Since a battery replacement My van will start but won’t rev. Then brings on engine light. Tried new accelerator pedal unit, not sure what else to do.
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Hi all. Does anyone have experience of fixing a steering wheel where the rubber has become detached from the inner metal ring and started to slip? Is it possible to create a discreet slit in the rubber and work some suitable glue in? Thanks for any help.