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Trafic Vs Transit.

Hi all,

i currently own a 2008 LL29 DCI 115 renault trafic which i have owned from new. It is now coming up to the 3 year mark of ownership and i am thinking of a new vehicle, the reason being is when i first got the van i was offered a courier job with TNT and with promise of up to 1000 a week. The only glitch being i had a black van and it needed to be white. Guess what being so stupid i got a quick respray costing 750. Champion, so i thouht the job went belly up and i was only making 140 a week after expesens and doing 100+ hours a week.

Within 6 months of owning the van i had accumilated 36000 miles and lost my 12 year anti corrosion warrenty. Absolutely gutted, had a nice new smart looking black van to white high milage paint flaking van. doesn't get much worse really. Then i started to receive factory recalls for the van, 3 in total if i can remember rightly. Fair enough i though at least renault are doing something about it. I have had no other problems with the van apart from something to do with the ac loosing gas somewhere and a track rod end had worn. Not bad considering i have 70,000 miles on the van now. Everything was ok until it comes down to Renaults customer service or no customer service if ya like.

Anyway, i called to see my dealer who is a ford dealer for some advice. He said that the best bet was to take the van back after the 3 year mark and return the vehicle to clear my hp because i will get nowhere near list price for the vehicle selling privately or trade in. My question now is do i go back down the road of a fairly reliable trafic with appalling customer service or do i go to the transit side of things. I don't really have to much info on the ford front apart from what he dealers have said at ford and i bet you can imagine what they have told me. so any help would be much appreciated on which vehicle to buy next.

Many thanks for looking and kind regards,

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Re: Trafic Vs Transit.

Hi there.

I used to work in Ford's Customer Service division, and the dealership (to be honest) is a mixed bag - same with a lot of businesses - if you have a great dealer, then you are sitting pretty, if not - you're on your own.

The transit is a well-thought out van, but they aren't problem-free. Dual mass flywheels fail regularly (many swap them for solid ones), and the corrosion resistance is poor - many 3-4 year old vans look very shabby indeed.

If you were happy with the vehicle, but not the aftercare, then why not switch to either the Vauxhall or Nissan alternatives - they are essentially the same.

P.S. rather than going for a respray (if you need to in the future) - consider getting the van vinyl-wrapped instead.



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Re: Trafic Vs Transit.

Yeah, exactly what Platinum said to my Dad's company - if the aftercare from Renault is a problem again, they'd do them identically specced Vivaros for about the same price

I have to say, I don't know much about Vans but of the few I've driven, the Trafic was most 'car' like. My dad went through a few (mostly low/zero milage) hire vans while waiting for the company to decide what to do with his L200... The Transits felt like vans. They crash and rattle over bumps, roll horribly, and are much noisier than the Trafic or Transporter. The Transporters probably felt the best put together (although he killed 2 somehow! Probably just lemons), but the Renault is better to drive. He's had his own LWB dual cab Trafic for just under a year and a half now, during which he's clocked up 50k without issues.

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We, work, have a Vauxhaul Movano 3500 great van and great support,

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Hi, I have to say I like the trafic. Good sturdy van & as you have had no major reliability issues, get another. The Transit isn't a great van, it's good but not great. As mentioned before, Flywheel problems, corrosion & the fact that EVERYBODY has one.

Just a thought, I drove a 2002 Mercedes Sprinter 313cdi for three years covering 165,000 miles & other than routine service parts, the only bits that needed replacing was one rear shocker at 37,000 miles, Front pads at 50k, front & rear pads at 92k then front & rear disks & pads at 156k! Drove like a car & with the chip fitted bloody went like one too! I know they are a lot more expensive than the competition but, you do get what you pay for & a properly maintained Sprinter will outlast any other manufacturers offerings(except maybe the VW lt but its essentially the same van so doesn't count. Or maybe counts more as it's cheaper?)
The choice is yours my friend.
Oh, and good idea on the vinyl wrapping Velsatisfied.

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