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  1. Hobo128

    Hobo128 GSR

    Good evening.
    I'm after buying a Ford Transit Custom as my old but trusty Vauxhall combo is starting to feel it now and doesn't look the part anymore.
    I'm trying to find out if anyone has bought them selves a transit custom and if so what payload they went for as there are 2 different payloads I'm considering, the 270 or 290. Also what do you think of the van reliability wise. it's a big expense and I want to get it right but don't want to over spend.

  2. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    With a work van I would always go for the biggest payload in the size you want
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  3. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I have the 270 2.2 SWB and it is awesome. I absolutely love it. I would have had the 290 LWB but I do not have space on the drive.
  4. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber

    But then again, sorry Shaun, do you carry too much 'stuff around' ?

    Personally, with van theft on the rise and manufacturers doing nothing about it, especially Ford, I found rethinking what I carried led me to spend out on a 4x4 which took all I wanted, cos then I used free delivery from the merchants etc, and ended up costing me FAR less in fuel and insurances.

    Without doubt it made me think a bit more and made me plan a little more but that was no real bother. When I changed over, I put away so much 'just in case' stuff that I've still never used!

    Bit of good quality (subtle) sign writing and not one customer or even prospective customer ever even mentioned it. Easily got the occasional bath in the back too but because it had less space I just ended up carrying soo much less sh1te ;)

    So many good engineers now converting to anything but vans for security reasons.
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  5. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Ford have done a software update for the central locking system apparently.
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  6. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I carry a lot of stuff
  7. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I know that feeling. Blooming wish I didn’t though.
  8. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Just as Dave says , with thieving scrotes robbing our vans all the time , it makes me carry less gear , which means a small van .

    Sorry Hobo , not trying to change thread direction
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  9. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I’m happy with the custom mate. Worth every penny.
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  10. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber

    We've just looked at buying some vans. TBH not a single one is addressing security. Its typical big business smoke and BS
    They all suggest that having paid for each van, WE then spend a min of £2k (on each van) to get us back to the security we enjoyed 10 years ago! My names Hunt not...

    Sorry, but when you then work out genuine MPG (oh don't forget to add the blue crap to your MPG too), servicing costs & environmental impact they simply do not make any form of economic sense. 20% lower MPG, more running costs, higher insurance as security is so poor & poorer reliability all for more money - buy hey it's an 18 plate! Sorry. :eek::confused::mad::(:oops:o_O :D:D:D

    "Call me happy.."
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  11. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber

    It's being so 'cheerful' & positive that keeps me sane :mad:
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  12. Jamie Liffen

    Jamie Liffen GSR

    ive had a transit custom 67 plate from new with the company i work for. the basic one has no air con or digital radio, big no no when your doing 600 -700 miles per week.

    its now done 28k and had a few problems :

    - heaters in the van have packed in.

    - adblue system failed

    - a few of the joiners have had there tools stolen , so not sure about security . i bring my tools in the house .

    all sorted under warranty .
  13. Hobo128

    Hobo128 GSR

    Do you think 270 payload is enough for the sort of gear plumbers tend to cart about? Also what year. I take it it's pre 2016 being 2.2ltr
  14. Hobo128

    Hobo128 GSR

    I've heard problems regarding ad blue on the new 2litre euro 6 engines. I don't really fancy spreading 15k on something that might give me problems, I get enough of that from customers
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  15. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    It is a 2016 2.2 and without the add blue. I would have plenty of space if I wasn’t so busy.
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