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Hello,

We are after some advice as we are not massively clued up in the rights and wrongs of what we are about to venture into!

We are planning a trip to Scandinavia, travelling around hopefully for 6 months. Originally we looked at buying something completely done out, and as we've researched we've swayed more to the idea of having a T4 fitted to our own spec.

However, today we visited a really reputable converting company who offered us his own T4 as he just doesn't have the time to use it.

Its a T4 2.5 tdi, full conversion, long nose short wheel base, 2003, with 43,000 on the clock, a recent cam belt change and full service history. Since conversion 3 years ago its never been used. It has original factory fitted swivel captain chairs, a reimo roof, alloys, lowered and is mint in condition. We've been offered the van for £18,000 including a few changes that we've asked for.

We really like it but don't want to make the wrong decision. We were thinking a 1.9 hoping our fuel economy would be better, however, we are planning to take our time; is this 2.5 going to sap us of all our funds?

Any advice on buying this would be much appreciated, and info on 2.5 fuel economy?

Thankyou,

Luke and Annie.
 

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My 2.5tdi does 42 ish to the gallon all day long.IF UR DOING A LOT OF MILES AND CARRYING A LOT OF CAMPING GEAR then the 2.5 is the bus. For 18k that needs to be one top t4.T:
 

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Hello,

We are after some advice as we are not massively clued up in the rights and wrongs of what we are about to venture into!

We are planning a trip to Scandinavia, travelling around hopefully for 6 months. Originally we looked at buying something completely done out, and as we've researched we've swayed more to the idea of having a T4 fitted to our own spec.

However, today we visited a really reputable converting company who offered us his own T4 as he just doesn't have the time to use it.

Its a T4 2.5 tdi, full conversion, long nose short wheel base, 2003, with 43,000 on the clock, a recent cam belt change and full service history. Since conversion 3 years ago its never been used. It has original factory fitted swivel captain chairs, a reimo roof, alloys, lowered and is mint in condition. We've been offered the van for £18,000 including a few changes that we've asked for.

We really like it but don't want to make the wrong decision. We were thinking a 1.9 hoping our fuel economy would be better, however, we are planning to take our time; is this 2.5 going to sap us of all our funds?

Any advice on buying this would be much appreciated, and info on 2.5 fuel economy?

Thankyou,

Luke and Annie.
thats a lot of money for a T4, its got to be a bit special for that, has got a pop top, got to way up resale etc in the future................
 

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I think it's probably a fair but not great value price, but low mileage T4s are increasingly rare so if it has everything you want, go for it - you're not paying thousands over the odds if it's a quality conversion.

If it was me, I would worry more about suitability of the engine than insignificant variances in fuel economy - as Ady says for a loaded camper the 2.5 is the one to have - I see it as a large positive not a negative.
 

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It sounds like a lot of money, but it also sounds like a lot of van. As said above a low mileage T4 with that sort of spec isnt going to cheap. Its also from a dealer.

Do your research, see what else you can for that money.

I loved our old T4 (185k, 2.5TDi xAA) it did well over 40mpg but it didnt have much in the back. Bigger engines dont always mean less ecenomy.
If its got cruise control it'll help even more with the mpg.
 

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Sounds overpriced, and if it hasnt been used thats worse than one used daily if you ask me

Id rather buy a reliable van than one that stands around getting seized brakes etc

2.5s rock- especially if you have a heavy camper and a load of gear!
 

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nealglover has a Multivan II for sale at around £11,000 - a much better choice for your needs, in my humble opinion....
(I'm not on commision, by the way!)
 

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If your looking to spend 18k on a T4, don't forget that you could get a good kitted out T5 for that sort of money as well. (I know I would even though I have 2 T4's I:)

If your budget can stretch to 20k then Rod's T5 is on PistonHeads. Definately one to compare against at least. (Deep blue top spec T5 with bispoke interior Bristol area)

Definately one on my shopping list to look at if I had that sort of money to spend.

As for spending 18 on a T4........... It would have to be VERY special.

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sounds like youve been sized up as a great way to offload someones recent conversion..
dont rush into it, do laods of research.
imported T4 westi's (normally 2.4d and slow) imported from germany are regulary on ebay for ~£11k.
a pukka uk westi 2.5tdi T4 would need to be very low miles to come near £18k..
a converted panel van for £18k is way over priced..

if your spending 6months abroad id look for LWB high top lhd westi import 2.5tdi ..

pop top swb van for 6months would be tight on space to say the least..
 

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Thanks for all the good advice im a little more confused than i was be for i posted it.

Iv been doing a lot of looking on autotrader, pistonheads etc and to me this does not seem over priced in comparison to the ones on those sites. Its in amazing condition not a scratch on the body work, the conversion has been done by one of the biggest and best VW specialists in the west mids. He said we could choose any wheels we wanted in there stock and hes going to fit a grill/oven and reupholster the seats because there not to our liking and hes going to swallow all that cost up.

I know i sound i little like im trying to convince my self this is a good deal but i do think its the best iv seen. Originally we were going to get a van kitted out but the cost is going to be some where the same as we want it to be to a good standard and a high spec.
 

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Mint low mileage vehicles with decent conversions and Reimo poptops do not come along every day or every week or even every month.

Yes, you might be able to do it cheaper and/or get a T5 converted for similar money, but in my experience you could spend months looking for the right van then more months deciding how/where to get it converted and more time actually getting it done - and still not end up with something better/massively cheaper.

The van is not hugely overpriced - if it's exactly what you want, go for it.
 

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You are paying a premium for the low mileage so ask yourself if that is important to you.

I.e. if you were looking for a van to start with from scratch, would you be looking for a £7-£8k van with 43k miles, or a £4-£5k van with 100k+ miles?
 

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Or you could just buy this one. Already saved 3+k and u defo know that its been looked after.

If I had your money I know what I would do and it wont involve a T5 either I:

http://www.vwt4forum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=90468


Ok that is really nice its got every thing im after, propex heater, cooker, pop up roof etc.

The only thing that is a bit of a worry for me is that its done 103000 miles. Do you think this will be an issue as we will be doing a lot of miles over the 6 months when were travelling.
 

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al depends on who this biggest specialist is in the west midlands..I:

103k although nothing on a t4 and aint nothing to worry about at all,i would not call low milegae...

i could source you a 41k genuine low milegae 1.9td totaly standard and ready for conversion if you wanted for £6000
 
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