1997 Ford Transit SWB Mid roof 2.2 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
It is the perfect van to turn into a camper, which I have done. A high roof LWB would be better
Engine rebuild, broken engine mount, air conditioner fell off.
Very reliable, getting 10 litres to the 100 kms @ 90 kph.
Rides well; comfortable for the driver, not so for the passenger.
Converted to basic camper and is ideal for that. It has been on several trips over 3000 km and hasn't missed a beat. Cruises at 110 comfortably.
The engine rebuild and total running gear fitout at 211000 km cost about $8000, so the van has now cost me $10000, but I feel that this has been a good buy. I have added 40000 km to it and it is my pride and joy.
As a manual petrol, there haven't been any major transmission costs so far.
In summary it has been the most fun vehicle that I have owned in my 60 years, and the most versatile, having served the family for many house moves and camping holidays. Next vehicle will be a LWB high roof version.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th December, 2014