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    NWTK Vans bike transporting types

    Possibly in a year or so the car is about to wet itself now I must admit i've been a fan of the car trailer combo because if you get a van you have to drive a van all the time, most of the vans I've had anything to do with have had things like toyota hiace and budget or thrifty on them, while they are fine for a once a month trundle to the track or your fleet when you have other people driving them, I'd like something thats not going to have me ask WTF was I thinking when I got this thing.

    I drove a Vito a long time ago and was impressed buy it not been generally shit to drive unlike pretty much any other van I'd driven to that point.

    So I do lots of country driving so something thats only passable on the highway is not really a thing. Criteria will be most likely Diesel and manual, manual because when buying second hand if the auto hasn't been looked after its a time bomb. About Vito size maybe with the possibility of a passenger seat in the rear and can tow some windows would be good too.

    Brief look around there are
    Merc Vito
    Reno Traffic
    VW Transporter
    Iveco Daily (although this might be stepping into a bit too big NFI if there is a smaller one)
    Citroen ???
    Hyundai I Load
    Fiat ?? well is this a mine field on which I carefully tread?
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    So experiences thoughts what falls apart at what point? Sound deadening room for free candy signage etc etc. Or I should I just get a crummydore wagon with a towbar?
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    Iload for the win .

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    We have the iMax here at work which is the passenger version of the iLoad and it's OK, nothing outstanding but does the job we need it to and is good on fuel
    I personally wouldn't fancy doing lots of country driving in it but if you aren't a huge bloke them it may be OK
    It's an auto so quite sluggish if you want to get anywhere in a hurry but once up to highway spees does OK
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    Vitos/Spritners - I like them, nice to drive, but by all accounts unreliable / expensive when (not if) they break. Recently avoided getting one for that reason personally
    I load - can't fault them, well built surprisingly good to drive, the turbo diesels have a bit of get up and go to them and generally drive nicely enough on their own. Timing belt an engine out job I'm told which is a pain but not really that big of a deal. Have rented a load of them and they'd probably be my next one if I get a van again..
    VW Transporter - personal fav, had circa 1998 one a while back and it was spot on - think the newer ones look the dogs bollocks.

    I like the idea of a van over a car trailer because it gives the option of sleeping in the van (not that I never did) plus it constantly comes in handy even when not lugging bikes about. Now gone the ute/trailer route, its a good compromise and fun to drive without the trailer - but nowhere near as useful as a van

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    sprinters= $1000 per service and not reliable i have a transit 6 speed manual turbo /d. i did a trip to albany to pick up a bike and did it on one tank 70lt 900ks....and i could walk when i got home

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    iLoad is pretty good. I use it for my daily as well as that bike transport (as you've seen).

    If I was to buy a van again (possibly soon), I would be looking at the new line of Ford Custom's, or an iLoad again. I've looked at all the new "cheap" vans that have come out in the last few years, and for me they failed in the simple area's such as internal height, floor height, internal width, and even accesability.

    Otherwise the Merc is a great van as well, but unless you get the top of the line one, it's pretty gutless.
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