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    Quote Originally Posted by Corabar Steve View Post
    Nah, I'm getting one of these.
    I think i have dejavu. Sure we had the same the last transport thread

    I had a look at an Alhambra today at childcare and that would actually be large enough. I use the insignia quite a bit now, if my wife goes back to work then having a van would mean also getting a third car which will add expense as I look after kids in the day, so will need something with permanent rear seats. I really need to get out and test rive some options to see. I bet vans with cabs dont drive too differently to a Zafira.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yourdj View Post
    Interesting about van insurance, I need to get some quotes and see as it used to be double what it was when i went back to a zafira. I would have zero no claims to start so it will be expensive.
    I find van insurance very steep - currently pay £670 for a van, 10 years old and worth about £1200 compared to a year old car, valued at £13k where we pay £215

    Never looked into it yet, but would fleet insurance or similar not work out a little cheaper ?
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    Maybe its my age but.....................54 plate fiat doblo , fully comp , £168 and thats with Swinton
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    This is when I feel glad that I no longer have small children nor loads of kit so I stay nice and comfy in my big estate car. Aaaand relax!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ppentertainments View Post
    I find van insurance very steep - currently pay £670 for a van, 10 years old and worth about £1200 compared to a year old car, valued at £13k where we pay £215

    Never looked into it yet, but would fleet insurance or similar not work out a little cheaper ?
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    I was paying about that on a £600 Berlingo & a Partner. I then got an old Astra DTI van (I drowned that it in a flood) and then was so impressed I went for the older Zafira which was £2-300 with DJ business use. I have had 2 Zafiras a MK2 Astra and now an Insignia since with similar prices.

    I saw one of these today and loved the look of it. the interior also looked great and bags of room. If I could get my flight case across the van I could create an area at the back for main kit and dogs and have the middle section for children & the photobooth/extras. I need to check what the insurance will be like.

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    How is this for fit for purpose?

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    Had this interior - take out a row of chairs job sorted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daryll View Post
    Maybe its my age but.....................54 plate fiat doblo , fully comp , £168 and thats with Swinton
    Nice.

    the odd £3-500 is not a lot of money in the grand scheme of things really and a van is more fit for the job as it looks good and is practical. I just need to assess logistics as there are so many variables to consider. If I had no dogs (for example) my choice would be much easier as I dont have to worry about the mess and smell, but having said that loading kit inane out means that buying a top notch VW is just not feasible as it will get damaged. This is the reason i have bought old Zafiras, but they are super for someone with a sensible amount of kit that also wants a family/drive to meetings/take crap to the dump - type of car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yourdj View Post
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    I was paying about that on a £600 Berlingo & a Partner. I then got an old Astra DTI van (I drowned that it in a flood) and then was so impressed I went for the older Zafira which was £2-300 with DJ business use. I have had 2 Zafiras a MK2 Astra and now an Insignia since with similar prices.

    I saw one of these today and loved the look of it. the interior also looked great and bags of room. If I could get my flight case across the van I could create an area at the back for main kit and dogs and have the middle section for children & the photobooth/extras. I need to check what the insurance will be like.

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    Nice.

    the odd £3-500 is not a lot of money in the grand scheme of things really and a van is more fit for the job as it looks good and is practical. I just need to assess logistics as there are so many variables to consider. If I had no dogs (for example) my choice would be much easier as I dont have to worry about the mess and smell, but having said that loading kit inane out means that buying a top notch VW is just not feasible as it will get damaged. This is the reason i have bought old Zafiras, but they are super for someone with a sensible amount of kit that also wants a family/drive to meetings/take crap to the dump - type of car.
    Nice,but only for a very basic set up,i would not get half my kit in.

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    Anyone seen these in the flesh.
    I have always wanted to go back to Honda after my rock solid Civic.
    The best cars I have owned have been jap's, especially the subaru's.

    I bet it drives well. Honda Elyson:

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    Yes, looked at one before plumping for my non imported Honda frv. What put me off was partly the big petrol engine( last car was a Honda stream with a 2.0 VTEC and it was very thirsty ) and also the problems I've had in the past getting parts for rare imports. Your generally ok with brakes and oily bits as they share them with other cars but stuff like exhausts and suspension parts you will struggle with, likewise body and trim bits. Nice car though, loads of room. Should note though that it had a Jap stereo which was slightly smaller than double din and you won't get a facia for it. I really wanted a Jap people carrier so ended up getting one of the last diesel frvs made

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundscapes View Post
    Yes, looked at one before plumping for my non imported Honda frv. What put me off was partly the big petrol engine( last car was a Honda stream with a 2.0 VTEC and it was very thirsty ) and also the problems I've had in the past getting parts for rare imports. Your generally ok with brakes and oily bits as they share them with other cars but stuff like exhausts and suspension parts you will struggle with, likewise body and trim bits. Nice car though, loads of room. Should note though that it had a Jap stereo which was slightly smaller than double din and you won't get a facia for it. I really wanted a Jap people carrier so ended up getting one of the last diesel frvs made
    I am fortunate to live next to Southampton docks so there should be some decent imports kicking about. You can also buy them directly, but dont get the chance to try them first. There is a camper van place near me that has all the usual suspects (Alphard, Elgrand, Bongos & Hiaces) so will pay them a visit with my large flight case and see what fits best. They also specialise in Transporters so can also get a feel for the best (but most expensive) option. There are also a selection of Merc Vitos and the other one in the Imperial car warehouse on the way back, plus the usual suspects. Added to that there is Simply Japanese at Beaulieu near my house in July.

    I am not over fussed with the MPG and it looks reasonable at 35 mpg. We have the Diesel Insignia for road trips.
    I don't go anywhere anyway most days, plus i had 3 Imprezas and not not noticed it until i put my foot down.

    This looks ideal but will cost at least £12,000 which is not far off the older AMG leather Merc offerings.

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