VW transporter - Camper vans - Steveieb

With demand rocketing since the lockdown a lot of buyers are looking at the van and buying a conversion kit with the result that new vans are fetching £3000 over list .

So is there any alternative but to join the queue ?

And are the. VW reliable especially with the reputation for DPF and emission problems ?

VW transporter - Camper vans - Xileno

Probably no alternative if you want a Transporter but I would suggest looking at other vans including the Crafter or Transit. Transporter prices are daft due to the trendy-set being prepared to pay the Transporter Tax, the fact is there are other vans that will do at least as well.

VW transporter - Camper vans - bazza

I've been looking at vans for ages, thinking of a day van for a bit of touring in UK and Europe. Prices are at an all time high, so it's a very bad time to buy one, particularly the transporter, as the prices are even more inflated. However depreciation is very low on them so in some ways, it is a safe bet. But you're not buying reliability any more than any other make, the premium is simply for the "scene" and the badge which is very strong. From what I've read and heard, any of the other fans will do the job equally well or better, and for significantly less outlay. The Renault traffic / nv300 outsells the VW in Europe I believe and is a very good van.

VW transporter - Camper vans - nellyjak

Maybe you might consider something like the Toyota Estima or Alphard.?...imports of course but SO much more bang for your buck..and more reliability too.

I use my V6 Estima (you can get a 4 pot 2.4 too) as a day van and a camper now and again too.

VW transporter - Camper vans - Steveieb

Good idea Nellyjack.

whats your view of the Mazda Bongo ?

VW transporter - Camper vans - elekie&a/c doctor
I don’t quite get camper vans . They seem like a lot of money for not many facilities. A motor home makes more sense, but usually a lot more outlay . My neighbour has a Bongo , well equipped with electric everything and Mazda general reliability. His is the petrol version , not much to go wrong , but horrendous on fuel .
VW transporter - Camper vans - RT
I don’t quite get camper vans . They seem like a lot of money for not many facilities. A motor home makes more sense, but usually a lot more outlay . My neighbour has a Bongo , well equipped with electric everything and Mazda general reliability. His is the petrol version , not much to go wrong , but horrendous on fuel .

For long journeys and on-site use, motorhomes are clearly better than campers - but in rural and scenic parts of the country, campers can go where motorhomes are simply too big.

VW transporter - Camper vans - nellyjak

Mazda Bongo (Ford Frieda)..better now than they used to be...rust was an issue.

For me, they don't appeal as much as an Estima or Alphard.

They have the reputation of being a little "thirsty" but that doesn't matter to me..My V6 Estima isn't too bad for 3 litres and 220 hp of Toyota's finest (and I only do 5k miles p.a. in it)..but when you consider you are driving something with the aerodynamics of a brick and weighing in at best part of 2 tonne thern you surely can't expect mega mpg.?

As for campervan v. motorhome.?..horses for courses surely..depends what you hope to achieve or need.. Campervans are great for overnight stays...for longer I'd prefer a motorhome..but as said, you can park campervan pretty much anywhere you can park a car.

I use mine most of the time as a dayvan...it truly is an MPV with multiple uses ALL year round and doesn't have to be sat on my drive doing beggar all for a few months of the year.

VW transporter - Camper vans - badbusdriver

Before my Dad had to give up driving (following a stroke) he fancied a Bongo camper (he used to have a very basic DIY camper based on a VW T25). I was never that keen on them (the Bongo), I would have rather gone for a Toyota Granvia myself, but each to their own.

Bear in mind the youngest Bongo is going to be 16 years old now, so you would need to think of it and treat it as any older car.

But if I wanted to make a camper out of a JDM MPV, I'd be thinking about a Honda Stepwagon or Toyota Noah/Voxy, maybe even a Nissan Serena (not the kind you got in the UK!) following investigation into the reliability of the auto box (assuming it to be based on the Primera platform, this would be a CVT which, I seem to remember reading wasn't that reliable). Being front wheel drive would give a lower floor and more useable interior space for the same dimensions. The 2.0 engine would also most likely be more efficient, though not necessarily by much!.

VW transporter - Camper vans - nellyjak

The Granvia/Hiace would always be a good choice...as would the Voxy or the Stepwagon...both worthy of consideration.

If I wasn't such a Toyota fan then the Stepwagon would be the one I'd give serious consideration to.

VW transporter - Camper vans - edlithgow

Local expat automotive engineer's verdict on the Mazda Bongo. (AKA Ford Econolne here). I quote

"Junk. Horrid junk"

Its (better) competitors in the local Taiwan market would be the Mitsubishi Delica or the later Mitsubishi Spacegear, which are available in 4WD (though only with rather a weak turbodiesel engine here. The petrol engine is more robust but unfortunately engine swaps arent legal)

OR the VW LT40, which seems to avoid the usual German fragility and most of the usual German price inflation, perhaps because its been available in this market for a long time, and because the camper market is small here.

Both these have a good rep.

Edited by edlithgow on 02/05/2021 at 06:10

VW transporter - Camper vans - barney100

You have less flexibility with a motorhome but more room of course. We had a van and you could park it in a car space...a bit more difficult with a motorhome.

 

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