This car was sitting on a used car dealer lot here in Leicester, marked up at £895 with a fresh MOT. A few months went by and it was sitting in the corner being very unloved. I needed a clean, presentable van as I am a computer repair pro, no heavy loads or massive motorway crunching required, and good space to add my company logo's etc. So I asked the owner to fire it up, battery was dead, jumper box added, it fired up but with a HUGE plume of smoke! After the test drive, it ran reasonably well, a little agricultural gear change but it went well. So for the deal, I went in with my size 10's, and said that my best and only offer of £400, take it or leave it. He took it.
Since that time I have flushed the radiator, which was new, but gunk was in the expansion bottle, my local independent Renault specialist allayed my fears of any impending head gasket failure, £40 for the flush and away I went.
Well, what an absolute joy and the best £400 I've spent in a LONG, LONG time. Parts for the Renault 5 derived van are ridiculously cheap. The F8Q diesel motor is no screamer, but with 65 ish bhp, it returns 50 plus mpg on a run.
No power steering, but it came with alarm, immobiliser and remote central locking.
The vinyl stickers on the van (which is bright red) look good, and does its job of advertising my services.
This year has been really cold, and it starts every time, no cranking, it starts on the button.
My only negative point is the heater on these are REALLY POOR, it's the same for all of them, it eventually warms up, but other than that it has done me proud, and for the money in these difficult times, I really can't complain.
My plan is to keep it presentable and drive it into the ground. The MOT is due in 6 months; I've been driving it for almost 4 months and it serves me well.