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I may have got this wrong,but i think that the Vaux/vivaro,is kin to the Renault Trafic/Master. Had a Renault Master,still wish i had it,(The Renault bit LOL)so check this out,as the Renault is a serious bit of kit.
My best friend next door is a central heating engineer cum plumber. He leases a Vauxhall Vivaro. His 3 years is done, but, for the first time that I can remember, he is extending the lease by another year. When his cab area is tidy the van really is a pleasant drive.
As Ted said, the Vivaro and Trafic are one and the same, just some sort of mutual marketing agreement.
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I have owned a Vivaro from new since 2003 for my business use. First major expense was at 4 years old when the German made Bosch fuel pump disintegrated spreading shards of metal throughout the entire fuel system. Repair cost at local independent garage £1600.
Since then it has had new front suspension lower arms, new disc brakes all round, handbrake cable snapped (new one cost just £.
I have heard reports of weak gearboxes but mine seems OK so far.
Still on the original battery and standard stainless steel exhaust.
Great to drive but not the best turning circle in the long wheelbase version.The later models have different engines and the fuel pump problem sorted with a new modified Bosch pump.
If you look on the net there are plenty of reports about unreliable VW transporter and Mercedes Vito vans which cost more to buy and more expensive on spare parts. So overall I would still recommended it and plan to replace mine with another of the same.
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We have a 2007 Vivaro 1290 which we recently purchased and are considering converting.
Best van I've driven!
Returns 50+ to the gallon and drives wonderfully.
The 6 gear high power version seems the best to go for, still has the 2000cc engine and loads of torque.
We will remap engine as 6th gear doesn't like speeds below 50mph.
If the gearbox sounds rough then get it fixed ASAP as repair costs will rise if you ignore the warning signs.
We would also like a single passenger seat but they seem to be like rocking horse ................
Will probably fit captain swivel seats and spoil Helen!
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