1996 Nissan Vanette Cargo 2.3L diesel from UK and Ireland
Clutch hose sprang a leak and lost the fluid - £15 and 10 minutes to fit it - away we went.
Thermostat broke (meaning no heater); £12 and 20 minutes later it was lovely and warm.
Rear spring shackle bushes were worn out when I got it (and missed by the MOT station); only £40 a set from Nissan, and took an hour to fit.
Everything is easy to get at on this van. Once you have removed a trim panel, tipped the seats up and taken the floor out...
This is generally a good reliable van. A relation uses one in his lawnmower repair business, and it has spent most of its working life towing trailers and fully loaded.
So I bought one!
They are very reliable if a little noisy and under-geared for motorway use. However if you are happy to follow lorries and not try to overtake them, fuel economy is reasonable at around 25MPG.
Just watch out for worn rear spring shackle bushes which make the van hop around the road under acceleration/braking.
A broken thermostat is common, but only takes 25 minutes to fix!
Cabin noise can be vastly reduced by fitting old household carpet under the rubber floor covering and in the rear load space. Also fit a decent radio.
Gearboxes and drivetrain are a bit clunky, but unbreakable.
Watch out for rust in the sills and behind the front wheel where the wishbone bolts to the chassis, as this can be terminal.
Easy to service and maintain.
All in all a good workhorse - a proper 'donkey' van that does what you want, even if overloaded a bit, it will still get you there - and back again!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th May, 2010