I bought a 1989 Toyota carina 2 diesel a few years ago for 500 euro with 200000 miles on it . I drove it like a nutter and a lot of the roads were rough but kept the oil and filter fresh until it had 295000 miles on it 5 years later . in that time it never let me down I just had to change a starter an alternator the battrie a ball joint or 2 only normal wear and tear . it was very comfortable even on real bad roads .Absolutely bull cack buddy . I had my T4 5 yr now. Its on 178k miles and ive had it since 120k an its needed a starter motor. And yes I go to t4/5 meets too and paticipate in forum events. Some people just talk sh. .....ite
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I got 400 euro for it when I sold it it owed me nothing . if you want to buy an affordable van / mini bus that will stay going and can be kept serviced by the amature mechanic then the hiace is your only man . its one thing breaking down close to home but you don't need to be breaking down in a foreign country where you don't even speak the lingo and a properly sorted hiace with a few tools and handy few spares with get you home .
a Toyota lucida are another thing to consider I thing they are probably faster and more fuel efficient than a hiace but probably not as good to pull big weight .