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Best van for long distance motorway work?

Postby Darren Petherick » Thursday 26 November 2009, 11:39

Hi there. I have just picked up a contract to run from devon to bootle, merseyside every night and am wondering which van would be best for the job? Its about 500 miles a night and only small items so could be done with a car derived van. What van would you recommend to provide a good balance of fuel economy, service costs and reliability? I have a few Hdi Berlingos at the moment which are pretty good but not usually doing that sort of motorway miles! Many thanks, Darren
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Postby mattyg » Thursday 26 November 2009, 11:47

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What are people's views on a dual fuel Vauxhall combo or similier.

Engines run on mostly LPG will last longer than a petrol. But not sure how it would fair against a decent diesel.

But using LPG would pretty much half the fuel bill
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Postby bramble43 » Thursday 26 November 2009, 11:57

buy an old fiesta van. 50/60mpg, cheap parts, isn't french, last for long time, buy it for pocket money and throw it away when done
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Postby Mike George » Thursday 26 November 2009, 12:18

If it's just for that run every night, look at an astra van, possibly rented. Limits your backload options but is comfortable and economical.

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Postby Darren Petherick » Thursday 26 November 2009, 12:23

thanks for the replies everyone - george i was considering an astra but have never used one. And yes rental is definately a possibility just for peace of minf with the mileage. What sort of economy would and astra diesel give at motorway speeds? Many thanks, darren
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Postby steve jones » Thursday 26 November 2009, 14:19

I was looking into buying a new LPG van a while ago,the salesman asked how many mile's i do,i told him how many,he said trust me stick with Diesel engine,i think that say's enough about LPG.
At the end of the day the LPG is still going through a petrol engine and if the old saying is still believable that diesel's are stronger than petrol.
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Postby Mike George » Thursday 26 November 2009, 15:56

Darren Petherick wrote:thanks for the replies everyone - george i was considering an astra but have never used one. And yes rental is definately a possibility just for peace of minf with the mileage. What sort of economy would and astra diesel give at motorway speeds?

I used to get 60mpg but I expect newer models would give more, depends how heavy your right foot is of course.

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Postby maverick » Thursday 26 November 2009, 18:28

Vito :wink:
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Postby bradley jones » Thursday 26 November 2009, 18:52

maverick wrote:Vito :wink:


got to be 8)
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Postby Express_Europe » Thursday 26 November 2009, 19:08

bradley jones wrote:
maverick wrote:Vito :wink:


got to be 8)


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Postby Darren Petherick » Thursday 26 November 2009, 19:48

Vito is too big for what i need guys was thinking citroen c2, citroen nemo, ford fiesta or maybe an astra. Not sure if the smaller vans could handle the mileage though? Looking for something that could cruise comfortable at 80 and still give good mpg..
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Postby slim » Thursday 26 November 2009, 20:21

If your doing those miles every (?) night then comfort is your first objective.
Thats the same route again and again and again...............believe me if your uncomfortable its going to start to drag.

Would suggest you Norflex a caddy or astra etc and swop them over monthly to find which one suits. Check whether they can provide replacement vehicles if you breakdown en route during the night (unsure,but believe so)this would be useful as backup so the job gets done.
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Postby Stuart Farrington » Thursday 26 November 2009, 20:30

If you are sure you can manage with a very small van then the Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi or Fiat Grande Punto 1.3 CDTi might be worth a look.

My Combo has the same 1.3 engine and it's quite nippy and economical, I would imagine it's even better in the Corsa and Fiat as they are lighter vehicles.

There's also a 1.3 CDTi Astra but I've heard people say they think they are underpowered.
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Postby Chippie The Courier » Thursday 26 November 2009, 20:56

Darren Petherick wrote:Looking for something that could cruise comfortable at 80 and still give good mpg..


Are you not aware that the UK motorway speed limit is actually 70mph? :shock:
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Postby night-tynelink » Thursday 26 November 2009, 21:20

astra/combo/corsa 1.3 cdti should give you over 50mpg at a steady 80mph on motorways. They are a little underpowered round the doors but ideal for motorways with the 6 speed box.
Buying can be cheaper, if your lucky, but for peace of mind, pay the extra and lease 1 especially if your doing 500 miles a night and make sure the lease is for unlimited mileage.
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Postby Bill Jamieson » Thursday 26 November 2009, 21:36

Brian M Murray wrote:
Darren Petherick wrote:Looking for something that could cruise comfortable at 80 and still give good mpg..


Are you not aware that the UK motorway speed limit is actually 70mph? :shock:


I thought 70 was just for the slow lane :lol: :lol:
Oh and the middle lane is for 50 mph. It must be, every one does it.
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Postby dino » Thursday 26 November 2009, 21:53

I'm with bramble on this I used to run a 53 tdci fiesta van high 50's mpg and drove very nice you can pick a clean one up for a couple of grand.
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Postby Bob Johnson » Thursday 26 November 2009, 23:01

Brian M Murray wrote:
Darren Petherick wrote:Looking for something that could cruise comfortable at 80 and still give good mpg..


Are you not aware that the UK motorway speed limit is actually 70mph? :shock:


Ah :censored: to that, wouldn't get anything done if we stcuk to that!
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Postby david106 » Thursday 26 November 2009, 23:24

mazda 6 2.2 diesel does 61mpg beat that
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Postby Chippie The Courier » Friday 27 November 2009, 04:00

I get 51.5 mpg with a New Partner, though that's driving at a legal speed.
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Postby ray valentine » Friday 27 November 2009, 09:58

If you don't need a lot of load space why not use a large estate car, a peugeot 408 same engine as van and good MPG, you could then get a higher spec than a van, leather seats better radio air con, and higher legal speed limits. i don't know how the price would compare though.
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