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Message posted by Lianne1978 on 17/9/2017 at 12:51pm
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Think we've found a camper that ticks all the boxes, however it's higher mileage than we had initially thought we'd go for. It's got full service history. Is 111k actually that height for a 2011 vehicle which was converted in 2015 ??

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18500 miles per year average is pretty high I'd say especially a most campervans don't do high mileages. What was it used for before being converted? Lots of motorway miles aren't necessarily a problem, lots of stop/start driving is.

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I wouldn't be too fazed by that sort of mileage, in itself, especially as the one you're looking at has full service history..
As Sean says, whilst 18,500 pa average is perhaps higher than the norm for a "campervan", it would be viewed as very little for a "commercial vehicle"..

It would certainly be worth reading/joining a VW T5 specific forum, to gain info as to what to look out for on that age/mileage/model of vehicle?

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my husbands car has done 10k miles in 2.5 years. The camper wil replace his car so we won't put that much Day to Day mileage on it.   Camping trips will put probably 4 or 5 k a year.
Will enquire about the van history pre conversion thanks

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If it was converted in 2015 then it will have has a first life as a commercial van. Is the service history from a VW franchise garage? If so probably ok. Engines are sound enough for twice that mileage but its all the other bits that cost a fortune when they fail. Suggest you read service history carefully. What has been replaced?

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It was a hire vehicle with Northwood van hire and was serviced every 6 months from the documentation, appears to have been looked after mechanically ??

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Message posted by daveyjp on 18/9/2017 at 11:14am
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The type of journeys it has had so far in its life could be far more beneficial to its longevity than the few thousand miles you will do.

Your extended trips should be OK. The stop start and short hop journeys are not good for any engine, for modern diesels they can end up being very expensive.

This vehicle will have a DPF. Just remember it is a consumable item. Find out if it has ever been changed, if not budget for a replacement - don't be surprised if its 1,000. Cleaning is possible, but can have limited success.

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Mine was first registered in Sep 2011 and currently has 151,000 on the clock. It has full service history and never misses a beat.

Yes I agree bits are expensive when replacing them, like discs and brakes, etc. but if you can afford the servicing and maintenance then a T5 is a wonderful way to go.

I have traveled all over the country in the last 12-months since buying mine and would not go back to anything else if I am being honest with you.

I also use mine as my daily driver and is fine for parking in most car parks, streets, etc.

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Message posted by jimsmimm on 19/9/2017 at 9:54am
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I would get someone to inspect it if you don't know what your doing, T5s are nowhere near as reliable and cheap to run as the previous T4 which a lot of the reputation was built on though they should still be easily capable of well over 200k.
Have a look on the T5 forum for things to look out for and ask if the duel mass flywheel has been done, mine went at 70,000 costing over 600 to replace.
T5 is nice to drive, easy to park and hold their value well, though they're thirstier in town than people would have you believe.
Good luck.

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..also, in relation to the conversion side of things; Who carried it out?..are they a well known(& reputable) convertor?..if not well known, have they carried it out correctly/safely?..
(re; gas pipework, flue(s) electrics etc)


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thanks all we have narrowed it down to 2 vehicles, both similar age and mileage. one LWB and one SWB. Going for a final test drive this weekend before we commit!



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Message posted by Lianne1978 on 28/9/2017 at 7:53pm
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we went with the T5 - collecting this weekend.

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