1987 Mercedes-Benz TN Van 307D 2.4 diesel
Slow, but will always get you there
Lots of rust on the bodywork and doors. It's now 22 years old, but I remember these things when they were current and rust protection was never very good. The front wings have also suffered badly from corrosion.
Clutch master cylinder broke.
This was purchased as a camper van, I have to say its extremely dated, even when comparing it to a late '80s Transit, in the way it drives.
Has a vast interior, but man it's so slow!
Mine has a weird dog leg ultra-low first gear, apparently only needed when heavily loaded, I find it too low geared in general. 65 mph is its comfortable cruising speed, any more and it sounds like a rod is going to pop through the bonnet.
The gearchange takes some getting used to, it's very sloppy and you really have to feel for the gears.
Economy not bad for its size, 25-30 mpg.
Uncomfortable to drive, steering VERY heavy, engine very noisy.
Restricted access to engine due to semi-forward control/semi cabover design, much like an old Bedford CF
For all that, it's never had a thing go wrong with the engine and always starts on the first revolution of the crank, even in freezing weather.
Parts are pretty expensive, ebay is the best bet.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th May, 2009