The third generation, facelifted version of the Ford Transit has been named as Glass’s Used Van Hero for July.
Each month, the used value expert names a model it believes offers versatility, economy and outstanding value for money, and for July it selected a model that was in production from 2006 to 2013.
Andy Picton, chief commercial vehicle editor at Glass’s, 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.
“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.”
Transit virtues cited by Glass’s include being well built and relatively cheap to maintain, plus it has strong, durable engines if maintained correctly, which will give years of trouble-free motoring.
The company says that well-maintained, low-mileage stock is available, with buyers often entering into bidding wars for the best examples, with the best purchase being a FWD 260 2.2 TDCI (115) SWB medium-roof 11-plate with 40,000 miles on the clock. Glass’s says such an example should retail for £6,325.
It’s not all good news, however, where the Transit is concerned, as it’s said to suffer “sporadic issues with EGR valves and DPF filters”, while due to concerns over an increased number of thefts, it’s wise to ensure that a fully operational alarm is fitted.