Whether you are looking for a builder’s van to convert into a camper, a van to carry your mountain bike, or a posh transporter for the school run or weekly shop, the T5 ticks all the boxes. The key is to pick one with a meticulous service history and avoid examples that have been used and abused. Be wary of buses that have been modified already – original is always best.
If your budget allows, avoid the generally less reliable pre-2006 models. Try to foresee the big issues, like the need to replace the DMF, and negotiate on price if necessary.
The ideal is to buy a post-2009 T5.1 with its talented 2.0-litre turbodiesel. It’s more efficient, totally reliable and worth every extra penny you’ll need to spend.