Glass’s has recognised the third-generation facelift Transit (in production 2006-2013) for its robust and value-for-money operation, naming it the Glass’s Used Van Hero for July.
Dubbing the vehicle a mainstay of SME and one-man bands alike, Andy Picton, chief commercial vehicle editor, said: “The much-loved V347 and V348 Transit was available in numerous guises with a wide choice of reliable engines and has been the mainstay of many a business over the years.”
In particular, Glass’s noted that the Transit is well-built and relatively cheap to maintain, with strong, durable engines and said that well-maintained low mileage stock is still available – the Transit FWD 260 2.2 TDCI (115) SWB M/Roof 11 plate with 40k on clock has been named as the ideal buy.
Glass’s added that the model can bring sporadic issues with EGR valves and DPF filters and said to check for a service history where possible, while due to concerns over an increased number of thefts, operators should ensure a fully operational alarm is fitted.
Picton commented that “anyone requiring a fit for purpose, cost effective commercial vehicle, could do a lot worse than buy a Transit. There are still plenty available on the used market with the nicest examples still eagerly sought after.”