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Hi Guys,

Considering buying my mates 1993 1.9D T4 off them. He has dropped it off with me this weekend so I can have a look at it. Issue is when I popped the bonnet the water reservoir is empty. I took it to my closest garage (they don't really do vans or older vehicle) and they advised not to buy it as they think its loosing water. Spoke to my Dad and he reckons its not an issue as long as my mate isn't topping it up with water often. My mate doesn't know much about vans (and neither do I!) so I can imagine he has just forgot to top it up. However he has driven it from Manchester to London and back in the past two weeks and nothing has gone "bang" (touch wood). But what do you guys think?

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Tell your mate its got no water in it and let him do it and run it for a few days to see if it loses anymore .
If he breaks it then he touched it last and its not your fault.
Could be a leak, could be head gasket , could be just low on water but if you dont know what you're doing then let him sort it before jumping in with both feet.
 

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Thanks for the quick response. It was what I thinking of doing too so its reassuring to not hear "run a mile" or any suggestions that it could be something much worse. I'll get the torch out and have a look for leaks and at gaskets etc. BRB
 

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Also, at that age, there have been reports of the core plugs (back of the engine) rusting and allowing the water to escape.

As it's a 1.9D...don't hold your breath on the "run a mile" comment.....it could take a while. :giggle:
 

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What is the reason you are specifically after this one, can I ask? Is it in generally above average condition for the year? Low mileage?

The reason I ask is that there's a lot of buses out there, for various prices, and while all of them will have pitfalls (old machines!), they might not have such a potentially serious issue. If its the head gasket even with mates rates you're looking at around 2k to fix.... That's not gonna be fun if you've just spent cash buying it....
 

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114k miles and a fully kitted out kitchen and rock and roll bed and minimal rust for £3.5k. A friend has owned it the past year and I've done alot of long trips with him in it and its ran well and he has had no breakdowns. Felt like I couldn't go too wrong with it at that price.

Update is, I ended up buying it after my friend confirmed he couldn't even remember the last time he filled it up with water. There is a T4/T5 specialist a four mile drive from me so I'm going to take it there this week hopefully and get a full service so I know where I stand!

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Yes, topped it up and literally planning on driving it straight to the garage for a full service. My friend said he had filled the water twice in the year since he bought it but the last time was some months ago. Lord knows how long it has had almost no water in it for. He had it MOT-ed two months ago with the only advisory being on the steering but I guess its not like checking the water is even part of the MOT.
 

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Hi Guys, took it to the garage this morning for a service - here's the update! Lad at the garage was worried it was the pipe going to reservoir was cracked/broken (which apparently they no longer make spares for -_- ). However, on closer inspection he reckons someone just hasn't screwed the cap on really tight after topping it up! Asked him to fix the advisory on the steering rack and replace the air valve, but apart from that it was just a straight forward service! Phew!
 
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