I had this PM from Andy Stothert last week, I hope it helps John
AndyStothert said:Good morning,
The vans with the 2.3 engine and 6 speed box (Fiat) 2.2 litre and 6 speed box (Peugeot) are the ones to avoid.
As you say the lighter ones with the 2.2 litre 5 speed combintion are not nearly so bad, but some owners are not happy with those either.
But having driven all of them I'd plump for the 5 speed 2.2 and give it a proper test on a hill just to make sure you are satisfied.
Also I've not heard of any 5 speed vans wrecking either clutches or gearboxes.