Date registered: Mar 2010
Vehicle: 2001 110 CDI (sold) 2006 111 CDI Comfort (current)
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It's all subjective really. And is your question 'is the 110cdi the best of the MK1 Vito's' or is it a more general is it a good van?
I think it's the best of the MK1's in terms of power against fuel economy and being turbocharged. But I haven't driven or owned for a long enough period all of the MK1's so that opinion isn't fair. It does Re-Map very well though.
In terms of is it a good van? Well..... Again you'll hear so many opinions from people who haven't driven any other vans. Particularly T4 owners. We have a works Transit 2002. Has never broken down, never failed to start, is abused like buggery but still keeps going. The service cost is good and parts are everywhere and so easy to come by, however the engine bay is cramped and difficult to get around. They don't seem to 'pimp' very well at all and very few aftermarket products. The body work in my opinion is just as bad as the MK1 Vito with rust everywhere.
I have driven many LDV's... I really don't want to say anymore, I will admit my shame.
The Traffic-come-vivaro-come-expert seems really tidy and I've not heard anything bad abut them other than they will always drive like a van, not any better.
The Transporters are great vans. Let's not take anything away from them, the proof is in the pudding. The T5's have a lot of problems, and in my opinion look really ugly, and they have cornered the wanker tradesman market who'd like 20inch alloys on a van! Good luck with the hemorrhoids buddy!
The T4 is the best van closely follwed by the 639 Vito then the 638 Vito. I have driven four or five T4's, and while I don't think they hold the road very well, lack power and the engines sound like a bunch of spanners having a gang-bang, they are reliable, hole their value and don't rust. I am 100% sure if our 638 110's didn't rust they would hold the same value.
I firmly believe my 110 is a great van. It's a pleasure to drive, and I never have to force it round corners, or accelerate hard to get it flying along. It cruises so nicely at 65-75mph with room to spare. I have put a lot of time and effort into getting mine where it is, I think the total spent is close to £3000 including the price to buy it and a re-spray. I would never have got a T4 for that money in anywhere near as good condition.
At the end of the day it's a bloody van, they all drive shit compared to cars, are slow, thirsty, wouldn't win any awards for style. It's what you are going to use it for. If a works van, it really doesn't matter what you get, a transit will be great. If it's a personal van and you want a great drive, look at the 639 vito, if a camper look at T4 and 638 vito.