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    • cicatriz
    • By cicatriz 14th Jan 20, 3:12 PM
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    Van Advice
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    • 14th Jan 20, 3:12 PM
    Van Advice 14th Jan 20 at 3:12 PM
    Hey there. It seems theres some pretty smart folk here on the forum so i thought I'd sign up to get some advice. I am also from Australia and have just moved to Italy and all of the cars are different here so not sure even of the reputations of various marques here.

    My budget for a second hand van is about 8000 Euro. I want something like a Sprinter, transporter or an Iveco Daily. The transporters and Sprinters are older within that price range than the Dailies because im assuming they're more reliable? I'm a bit scared to go with Fiat or citreon cause my nightmare is that it will break down and cost more.

    My aim is just to have something to travel around in and see Europe to be honest, so economy will be a big factor also.


    Any advice? Is my budget too low for something reliable?
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    • born again
    • By born again 14th Jan 20, 4:00 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 4:00 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 4:00 PM
    Not sure what is different about cars in Italy. They have the same manufactures and range as the rest of the world.

    Not up on vans. But in Italy you better look for a Fiat
    • Car 54
    • By Car 54 14th Jan 20, 4:13 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 4:13 PM
    Not up on vans. But in Italy you better look for a Fiat
    Originally posted by born again
    Why? Iveco is a huge Italian brand.
    • cicatriz
    • By cicatriz 14th Jan 20, 4:34 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 4:34 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 4:34 PM
    The brands are totally different in australia.
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 14th Jan 20, 4:59 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 4:59 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 4:59 PM
    Italy is one of the most difficult European countries to buy and register a vehicle in as a non-resident.

    You really are best asking on an Italian forum. If your Italian isn't up to it, there'll be English-language ones for "ex-pat" Italian residents.
    • cicatriz
    • By cicatriz 14th Jan 20, 5:45 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 5:45 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 5:45 PM
    I am an Italian resident.

    I've noticed in a few other thread here the Vans are pretty similar. So any advice from here would be relevant to me.
    • eamon
    • By eamon 14th Jan 20, 7:35 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 7:35 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 7:35 PM
    At the price/age range you are looking at then large vans from Fiat, Peugeot & Citroen are the same things i.e. all built in the same factory with the only difference being the badges. Ditto for VW & Mercedes. Ditto for some from Nissan, Renault & Opel. As already said Iveco is Italian. As far as I can tell the Ford Transit has never been a joint venture with any other manufacturer.



    Many of these vans especially the panel vans were designed for starship distances. So when buying used condition & service history is key.
    • Scrapit
    • By Scrapit 14th Jan 20, 9:17 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 9:17 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 9:17 PM
    At the price/age range you are looking at then large vans from Fiat, Peugeot & Citroen are the same things i.e. all built in the same factory with the only difference being the badges. Ditto for VW & Mercedes. Ditto for some from Nissan, Renault & Opel. As already said Iveco is Italian. As far as I can tell the Ford Transit has never been a joint venture with any other manufacturer.



    Many of these vans especially the panel vans were designed for starship distances. So when buying used condition & service history is key.
    Originally posted by eamon
    Somehow the load capacity can vary too.
    • jimbo6977
    • By jimbo6977 15th Jan 20, 1:27 PM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 1:27 PM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 1:27 PM
    Large numbers of motorhome manufacturers use Fiat Ducatos.
    Large numbers of minibus transfer companies use Renault Traffics.

    They and their re-badged Peugeot / Citroen / Opel / Nissan / Vauxhall brethren are ubiquitous across Europe, any garage will know how to fix one.

    Having driven both, I would choose one of them - A Ducato is bigger than a Traffic.
    • Goudy
    • By Goudy 15th Jan 20, 2:07 PM
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    You want a short or long, low or high roof, fast or economical?
    You want FWD or RWD?
    You want single axle or double wheel rear axle?
    Single cab, double cab?
    Windows in the rear?
    Rear tailgate or barn doors?
    Diesel, petrol or plug in hybrid?
    Cheap spares and a dealer in every town?

    The Transit has it all.
    Everything else is just an imitation.
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