Which off road MPV/DAY VAN - 4x4

Which off road MPV/DAY VAN - 4x4

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IceBoy

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2,405 posts

178 months

Thursday 29th October 2015
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Hi All,

Just started to look in to these and there seem to be only two on the market, both imports.

Mitsubishi Delica
Mazda/Ford Bongo

I love the idea of off road capability and just driving off somewhere for the night!

With a budget of £4-7k where would your money go and why?

I love the idea of high driving position and 4x4 off road and 7 seats/sleeping for 2-3 people.

I think a manual diesel would be best but happy to be told otherwise.

IceBoy

Funkycoldribena

7,379 posts

111 months

Thursday 29th October 2015
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Toyota Estima 4x4(had two of these in 2wd) or Granvia 4x4 but these and the ones you are on about are all pretty old now.

cptsideways

13,127 posts

209 months

Thursday 29th October 2015
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Only the Delica is an offroader as such, all are equal otherwise ie hideously uneconomical to run.

I have a 4wd Bongo camper that I use for towing my boat & windsurfing weekends away. Have owned everything else jap 4wd too. Buy on condition on any of them.

plasticpig

11,770 posts

182 months

Thursday 29th October 2015
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An LWB Defender with a roof top tent.


TooMany2cvs

29,008 posts

83 months

Thursday 29th October 2015
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plasticpig said:
An LWB Defender with a roof top tent.
Indeed.

Delica is basically a Shogun crossed with a sprogbus. All the others are just vans with four driven wheels for damp grassy campsites.

The nearest there is to a European mid-way to the Delica would be a VW T25 Syncro - there's a complete extra subframe under there, centre VC and optional difflicks F and R, so surprisingly decent off-road, especially with a few mods.


On the downside, a decent camper Syncro is NOT cheap... But £4-7k budget isn't going to get very much of any sort of camper, until you get towards the upper end of that range.

cptsideways

13,127 posts

209 months

Thursday 29th October 2015
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There is a Delica with a Montague conversion (good one) on ebay going for not a lot due to some interior decor issues hehe its only cosmetic but otherwise a bargain as far as I can tell.

KevD28

10 posts

100 months

Monday 2nd November 2015
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I've owned both a converted delica and a bongo 4x4 with professional conversion. Loved them both.



Toured nz in the delica, loved it to bits even though the fuel pump went at worst possible time and cost what for us was a lot of cash at the time .

Had the bongo just under a year and did a fair few weekends away plus a 2000mile tour of Europe where it excelled.

The delica is a proper off roader, it has slightly less space and you'll be better doing the conversion yourself. If its only for two people then consider a pod type smev and sink, many have a second battery already. Memory foam amtteresses are roughly £120 and are great. . Watch for rust and fuel pump seal leaking - if its ppor at starting when cold or dies after 5 minutes then its the seal. £2 part but its beast to get to .


Bongo was a far better xamper. It had a full side conversion with rock and roll bed, fridge, cookers, sink, pop top ( excellent ) TV and electrics including an inverter. The pop top is great as it give you ability to stand up. Check for rust especially arches and look for best service condition you can find. It's not a proper off roader but with decent tyres will cope well with snow .

I miss both but combo of a child on way and need to buy an economical commuter car for a new job meant either the van or my elise had to go. Sold it within 3 days, good ones go quick!

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Edited by KevD28 on Monday 2nd November 06:21