Ver­dict

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Project Mercedes-benz E320 Cdi -

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.

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