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    I reckon that Reno will have a good parts supply as Australia Post have started to change their whole fleet to Renault Traffics.

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    Yeah, the parts guys I've spoken to reckon they're pretty good in that regard.

    Major sticking point right now for me, is getting a child restraint anchor point fitted to the front centre seat. Apparently it can be done but they've all said they don't know for sure until they have the van. Looks like a dual-cab ute with a service body on the back, is back on the agenda.

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    The removable rear seat in My Vito Crew cab has factory Child restraint anchor. Center rear only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by itsnotagsr View Post
    1uz Volvo 240?
    I finally got a ride in one today, it was worth the wait, and the interior was delightful.

    Anyway, I bought a 2010 Iload for less than my budget. 7 years remaining on extended warranty. Couldn't really go wrong. Usual wear and tear inside, exterior was very clean. Drove like a car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Evo 7 View Post
    Yeah, was going to say...

    Every ex-Ambo I've ever dealt with had some sort of gremlin with the electrics, and a fucked transmission. Plus there's that concept of knowing that death occurred in there.

    I've got two Transporters, one a T4, and the other a T5 on the books (customers), and both have all sorts of bizarre electrical problems. The T4 is heading down the path of needing the interior wiring harnesses replaced.
    drove mine 9000k's in the first 5 weeks I have owned it, had a wholesale nursery own it in between, maybe they sorted all the bugs out?

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    Probably.

    As long as you're happy with it, that's the main thing.

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    Any indication which state it was from originally? You'd be laughing if it was ex ACT, they specced them right from day one and jumped up and down about the slightest problem. They cracked the shits that 1 van still had it's 160 km/h speed limiter active, major hassle for us to remove it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Evo 7 View Post
    Yeah, the parts guys I've spoken to reckon they're pretty good in that regard.

    Major sticking point right now for me, is getting a child restraint anchor point fitted to the front centre seat. Apparently it can be done but they've all said they don't know for sure until they have the van. Looks like a dual-cab ute with a service body on the back, is back on the agenda.
    Can it legally be done? I am thinking of air bag placement.

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    Yeah, apparently. If the child seat is forward-facing.

    In theory, the airbags shouldn't be an issue, as the child seat is in the middle.

    To be honest, the whole thing's been put in the 'Too Hard' basket. Nobody can give me a straight answer on any of it. As I said, one place said they could probably do it, but they'd need to attempt to do it on the van first. Apparently, they'd put a bar in between the B-pillars, with the anchor point on that. Their main issue is physically mounting said bar, hence wanting the van to find out.

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    Some cars have a Baby seat airbag button for the front, My E does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Supashake View Post
    Some cars have a Baby seat airbag button for the front, My E does.
    Eh? It shouldn't, not allowed to disable airbags according to ADRs.

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    My Australian delivered E500 had it standard.
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    Australian Delivered Grand Voyager has it too

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    Its a function for Babys in the front seat so why not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by irsa76 View Post
    Eh? It shouldn't, not allowed to disable airbags according to ADRs.
    Ummm WTF?

    Shitloads of cars allow it.
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    Tritons do.

    VWs have it changed here in Australia at Patrick's. Although, a few slip through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irsa76 View Post
    Any indication which state it was from originally? You'd be laughing if it was ex ACT, they specced them right from day one and jumped up and down about the slightest problem. They cracked the shits that 1 van still had it's 160 km/h speed limiter active, major hassle for us to remove it.
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    Thread from the dead!

    Are iLoad's and Hiace's still the pick of the bunch? No love for El-Grands?

    Basically, I need to get a van or caddy for 2 of the staff who will be on the road visiting sites, carrying photography/video equipment.
    Even though I love VW, not sure I want the resale of the Caddy, hence the iLoad vs Hiace in diesel flavour considering. No cruise control sucks though for long drives!
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    Commodore wagon?
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    I have no experience with vans, but I would anticipate you'd get a better deal on an i-load than a hiace as you'd avoid the usual Toyota tax.

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    iLoad everytime over Hiace

    My biggest regret in business is buying VW vans, not because they were bad, but changing business circumstances meant selling early, which meant major burn.

    3 months ago I went with a friend to buy an iLoad, low K Diesel autos hold there value incredibly well, 2011's with around 70'000kms were fetching $25000+ at Pickles

    Still love mine

    Edit:Back in 2011, the iLoad was the same price as today ($38,990). Today expect a median resale price of the 2011 model to be $28,450, an impressive retained value of 73 per cent according to redbook.com.au.

    That's the highest retained value of any van on the market.

    In other news on the carsales website they have a video 400m test of the diesel auto and it runs a 16.7 which was the fastest all the vans tested haha


    Lack of cruise is the only bug bear...and it's a bug one for me
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    Mate of mine who has a mobile mechanics business recently traded his Hiace for an iload. Rates it as a much more comfortable van to drive and be in all day.
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    iLoad it is then, thanks guys

    GTREA, wouldn't be possible to retrofit an aftermarket cruise control system?
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    The Hiace is a long way behind everything else. Forward control vans just don't cut it any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PASHN8 View Post
    iLoad it is then, thanks guys

    GTREA, wouldn't be possible to retrofit an aftermarket cruise control system?
    Yes, the NSW Govt Iloads have aftermarket cruise fitted as std.

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    I have just purchased a 2011 iload turbo and its just great, drives really well, comfy takes a good load much nicer
    pretty much in everyway compared to the Toyota I had. Only downside is two people have told me that they have
    had some pretty serious issues with theirs. But I would guess that 2 out of 3 vans are iloads so must not be too bad.
    Just cross fingers it dose not explode.
    PS really shines on a country run and mine has cruise control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbosurfer View Post
    I have just purchased a 2011 iload turbo and its just great, drives really well, comfy takes a good load much nicer
    pretty much in everyway compared to the Toyota I had. Only downside is two people have told me that they have
    had some pretty serious issues with theirs. But I would guess that 2 out of 3 vans are iloads so must not be too bad.
    Just cross fingers it dose not explode.
    PS really shines on a country run and mine has cruise control.
    Nice! Did cruise come from factory? or did you fit it after?
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    I absolutely love my T5 transporter (the first gen with the 2.5L I5 TD). The thing drives brilliantly, very car like, handles well, very comfortable and built really well. That said it has stung me on parts and labour costs for a few failures (AC compressor died and the ex manifold cracked). For what you want the iLoad would be pretty hard to go past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Evo 7 View Post
    Yeah, the parts guys I've spoken to reckon they're pretty good in that regard.

    Major sticking point right now for me, is getting a child restraint anchor point fitted to the front centre seat. Apparently it can be done but they've all said they don't know for sure until they have the van. Looks like a dual-cab ute with a service body on the back, is back on the agenda.
    Isofix? It will be legal here soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PASHN8 View Post
    Thread from the dead!

    Are iLoad's and Hiace's still the pick of the bunch? No love for El-Grands?

    Basically, I need to get a van or caddy for 2 of the staff who will be on the road visiting sites, carrying photography/video equipment.
    Even though I love VW, not sure I want the resale of the Caddy, hence the iLoad vs Hiace in diesel flavour considering. No cruise control sucks though for long drives!
    We are eating up the Fiat Scudos where I work. They are almost half the price of a Hiace, there isn't a contractor in our fleet driving a Hiace anymore tbh, why would you? Can get a Scudo onroad for 30k at fleet price, turbo diesel with plenty of grunt. We have had them for about 3 or 4 years and they have been quite reliable. They have the odd thing break here and there but that's to be expected, they are company vehicles driven by company drivers.

    I only do the CBD and valley so I managed to talk them into getting me a Fiat Doblo. I love it, 1.6L turbo diesel, hauls major ass and gets 6L/100km doing genuine CBD driving. Costs me $50 a week in fuel now, it's unreal.

    So yeah, before working for these guys I wouldn't have even considered touching a Fiat but they've won me over. Really nice to drive, the Doblo is basically like driving a car.

    I've run into 2 guys that run Iloads which have required turbo replacements. Not actually sure what went in the turbos, sounded like the exhaust wheel had sheered off on one of them.
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