A good buy; has served my business very well so far
The van overall is great as an everyday work vehicle. It has never let me down once in 2.5 years of solid mileage (300 km per day, 5 days per week), and can carry a full 2 tonne payload (grudgingly).
Only negative is build quality. The model I have has the fuel tank located underneath the vehicle, but the ground clearance is far too low for the wheelbase. I've occasionly scraped the underside of the chassis coming over the crest of some driveways with short steep inclines. When the fuel tank gets disturbed from this, the fuel sender seal pops, and when you top up the tank you get an overflow through this seal (the new model has fuel tank on the other side and tucked up higher into the body - hey presto, no problems!)
I've also had the rear wheel arch seams inside the cargo area split away from the body due to fatigue from heavy loads. I've had to use body-filler to stop water leakage.
Interior is functional and comfortable enough, good layout and ergonomics. The factory fitted cargo-barrier is another bonus as with A/C you only cool the cab, and it's saved me losing my head from cargo coming forward a few times.
Servicing is quite expensive (labour price matches parts dollar for dollar these days), parts are reasonable. Though service intervals do vary up to 30k, it works out quite economically considering I am virtually operating a 2.5 tonne truck.
These vans are seriously reliable and apart from these issues, and the fact it is the first series of a brand new model, I would definitely buy another.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th July, 2006