2004 Ford Transit T260 2.0 TDI from Finland
Reliable and comfortable
There is really nothing wrong with the van except some undercarriage rust which I am about to repair.
The plastic around the front windshield was brittle and fell off so I had it replaced.
All the systems are shipshape except the rear defroster, but that's an easy fix.
The van handles exceptionally well and at times I forget I am driving a van at all.
It is steady, smooth, and although it doesn't necessarily feel solid like some American vans I've owned, it feels well-built.
It has been extremely reliable although I've had it for about a year now, time will tell.
The engine and drive-train are in flawless condition and it ticks like a clock.
All the power components (brakes, door locks) work perfectly as well, and the only concern I've had to deal with is the occasional oil change and diesel fuel filter change.
I can understand why these are so popular. I will however add that it seems that this van was loved and well-cared for. If you get one of these that's been beat up, it could turn into a bit of a nightmare.
The vehicle is also a bit noisy in the cabin, but it has extra insulation so it's not a major headache.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th February, 2021
12th Feb 2021, 14:00
They are very popular vans. Hard to find one in good condition though, most were used as work vans and are very rough. Wood-lining the interior also helps make sure the dents don't get too bad. Still a works van will have had heavy use. You can get private ones with windows and rear seats, mini bus features from the factory, but these are expensive to buy.
11th Aug 2022, 11:33
Along with the Renault Trafic, vans from this time period make excellent motor home conversions.