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Possible to buy a good Transit for £3000?

Postby Pies » Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:30 am

Hi guys. Looking to purchase my first Transit for transporting 2 mx bikes within the next 2 months. Have joined your wonderful forum to glean as much info as I can before I start looking.

As per my original question, is it possible to but a decent Transit for £3000? Ideally i'll be looking for a SWB with a medium roof. Most of what I'm seeing in my price range is the 2.2 engined version, how is this for reliability? Are there any impending doom scenarios I need to look out for other than the standard diesel engine stuff such as turbos, injectors, DMF & EGR valves etc? I know rust can play a big factor, generally where are the key areas to check?

Also is it true with the 2.2 engine, any version under 125ps has a solid flywheel and not dual mass?

Also I see different models such a T280, T350 etc, what do these model numbers denote?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Possible to buy a good Transit for £3000?

Postby ned » Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:11 am

Yes you can get a decent van for sub 3k.

Rust = have a good look underneath, turkey built vans rust less then Southampton built vans, look for TT in the vin no.

Reliability = if the vans been properly serviced and taken care of then there as reliable as anything else.

T260, 280, 350 ect is the total vehicle weight (van and payload) so a T280 has a max weight of 2800kgs and the T350 has a max weight of 3500kgs.
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Re: Possible to buy a good Transit for £3000?

Postby Pies » Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:44 am

ned wrote:Yes you can get a decent van for sub 3k.

Rust = have a good look underneath, turkey built vans rust less then Southampton built vans, look for TT in the vin no.

Reliability = if the vans been properly serviced and taken care of then there as reliable as anything else.

T260, 280, 350 ect is the total vehicle weight (van and payload) so a T280 has a max weight of 2800kgs and the T350 has a max weight of 3500kgs.


Thank you for your reply.

Is the 2.2 deemed the better engine over the 2.4? Is there a quick way of differentiating between a Turkey built van to a Southampton one?
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Re: Possible to buy a good Transit for £3000?

Postby ned » Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:51 am

If the vin no has TT its turkey if it has DB its Southampton.

2.2 is fwd 2.4 is rwd so its personal preference, but the 2.4 has a raise load area floor to accommodate the prop shaft.
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Re: Possible to buy a good Transit for £3000?

Postby oldyellar » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:27 am

Dont forget post 2012 eu5 vans all are 2.2 and later in 2016 they change to 2.0 however thats most likey not going to apply at 3k
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Re: Possible to buy a good Transit for £3000?

Postby Altransit » Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:11 pm

If you need to be wheeling bikes into the back, you'll be better off with the lower floor (and hence, taller load height) of a FWD. An un-loaded 260 will usually sit lower at the back than a 280 or 300

260/280/300 are all class 4 MOT, which are easily available. Most of these you see will be SWB/MWB and FWD

330/350 are all class 7, which not all MOT stations can do. Most of these you see will be MWB/LWB and RWD
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