Help Me Choose A Cheap Arse Mission Van

Postby Tama on Thu 25/Jun/09 11:00am

I've decided that having a mission van would be a good idea - something that can get to interesting places in New Zealand and be slept in. However I'm not keen on spending much and thinking around the $2,000-$3,000 mark.

Unfortunately that sort of money gets you these: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Categor ... allery&Y=0

Which be roughly broken down into:
Late 80s to Mid 90s Toyota Townaces/ Liteaces
Early 90s to Mid 90s Toyota Previas/ Estimas etc.
Late 90s Hyundai H100s
Early 90s Mitsubishi L300s/ Delicas
Old/ High Mileage LWB Commercial Vans
Dodgy pieces of shit

I realise that my price point is never going to get a minter but I'm still trying to work out what path to go down as I'm sure any major mechanic problems will render a sub-$3k van throw away (especially diesels). So I'm after something as reliable as possible. Preferably something that delivers me 50,000km of stress-free missions and then expires catastrophically (without endangering my life.)

What are your thoughts?
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Re: Help Me Choose A Cheap Arse Mission Van

Postby danose on Thu 25/Jun/09 11:05am

you should buy the jumbo bedford - then whack a decent motor in it and upholster the interior in purple velvet :satan:
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Re: Help Me Choose A Cheap Arse Mission Van

Postby psychavoc on Thu 25/Jun/09 11:05am

Quick! Hide this thread from Scotty! :paranoid:
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Re: Help Me Choose A Cheap Arse Mission Van

Postby nagem on Thu 25/Jun/09 11:07am

Dunno. We have a hiace 4wd diesel and it's Primo - but slow up hills but who cares? Broke the fan belt in it once. That's about it I think.
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Re: Help Me Choose A Cheap Arse Mission Van

Postby Cleatus on Thu 25/Jun/09 11:24am

when i bought my van which was in the same price bracket as you i found that trade and exchange had far better value for money than trademe for some reason.
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Re: Help Me Choose A Cheap Arse Mission Van

Postby shmoodiver on Thu 25/Jun/09 11:25am

i have a townace turbo deisel auto for sale tama, rebuilt the donk 60k ago, dereg and needs a bit of work to get it worthy but i'll happily part with it for 1k
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Re: Help Me Choose A Cheap Arse Mission Van

Postby sweet_P on Thu 25/Jun/09 11:26am

We have a rather large truck parked in our driveway you could have :sneaky:
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Re: Help Me Choose A Cheap Arse Mission Van

Postby Tama on Thu 25/Jun/09 11:28am

shmoodiver wrote:i have a townace turbo deisel auto for sale tama, rebuilt the donk 60k ago, dereg and needs a bit of work to get it worthy but i'll happily part with it for 1k

Thanks for the offer Shmoo but I'm wanting something WOFed etc. - otherwise I could be digging myself a big money pit.

sweet_P wrote:We have a rather large truck parked in our driveway you could have :sneaky:

Done - I'm up next week :)
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Re: Help Me Choose A Cheap Arse Mission Van

Postby psychavoc on Thu 25/Jun/09 11:34am

VORB truck eh? :sly:
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Re: Help Me Choose A Cheap Arse Mission Van

Postby sweet_P on Thu 25/Jun/09 11:35am

Tama wrote:
sweet_P wrote:We have a rather large truck parked in our driveway you could have :sneaky:

Done - I'm up next week :)


:lol: Righto then... (I suspect I may get in trouble for this.... :paranoid: )
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Re: Help Me Choose A Cheap Arse Mission Van

Postby Tama on Thu 25/Jun/09 11:36am

sweet_P wrote:
Tama wrote:
sweet_P wrote:We have a rather large truck parked in our driveway you could have :sneaky:

Done - I'm up next week :)


:lol: Righto then... (I suspect I may get in trouble for this.... :paranoid: )

It is free - right? :eh:
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Re: Help Me Choose A Cheap Arse Mission Van

Postby sweet_P on Thu 25/Jun/09 11:40am

Tama wrote:
sweet_P wrote:
Tama wrote:
sweet_P wrote:We have a rather large truck parked in our driveway you could have :sneaky:

Done - I'm up next week :)


:lol: Righto then... (I suspect I may get in trouble for this.... :paranoid: )

It is free - right? :eh:


Hmmm - we could build a truck sized cardboard cut-out and put that in the driveway... Thorg will never notice it's gone, I'm sure! (I'm so going to get in trouble... :cry: )
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Re: Help Me Choose A Cheap Arse Mission Van

Postby Scotty on Thu 25/Jun/09 11:45am

psychavoc wrote:Quick! Hide this thread from Scotty! :paranoid:

SHUSH!

Early 90s to Mid 90s Toyota Previas/ Estimas etc. look not too bad as you can get 'em in 2.4 petrol and AWD options for well under 2G.

I'm very much in the mood for getting one, then trading the caldina in on a wee reliable runabout for C around town.
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Re: Help Me Choose A Cheap Arse Mission Van

Postby RussS on Thu 25/Jun/09 11:51am

Kind of partial to my Townace Noah. If you remove the fold-up seats at the back and the single one in the middle row you can turn the double seat sideways and fit 2 bikes. With more bodies in the van you can pop a rack on and have needed seating with plenty of space for kit.
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Re: Help Me Choose A Cheap Arse Mission Van

Postby danose on Thu 25/Jun/09 12:04pm

Scotty wrote:I'm very much in the mood for getting one, then trading the caldina in on a wee reliable runabout for C around town.


just buy her some paniers for the commuter and tell her 'it's all good training' :satan:
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