Cost of running van to London

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  1. Felstmiester

    Felstmiester Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I’m a builder and I’ve had a vivaro/trafic/primastar van for years. I previously owned the 1.9 around 4 years ago which pretty much at first cost £20 a day to run from home to london. Basically 25 miles each way. I done a service on it with a new fuel filter and it pretty much cut the daily running cost in half. Since then I’ve purchased a 2.5 trafic. No matter what I do the bloody thing drinks £20 a day. I’m useless with mpg and working it all out. All I know is I have a 1.3 diesel Astra van that will do the same journey for under half the price but there’s 3 of us and don’t wanna get nicked having someone in the back.

    Anyone run a 2.5 vivaro/trafic/ primastar? Are they this juicy?
     
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    When I had the van business, I had plenty of the 2.5’s and never noticed a difference, in fact I always thought they were better on fuel economy due to being less stressed.

    Might be worth looking at getting the rear seat conversion done in the Astravan...
     
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    Cable tie the third guy to the roof rack:D
     
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    Two basic things to check might be
    a] final drive ratio- bigger engine=bigger load= lower back axle ratio?
    b] engine warm up time/running temperature = colder engine will use more fuel
     
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    That’s ridiculous, and not a solution to the problem.

    Use rope, it’s reusable and so it’s better for the planet, and will save you money in the long run.
     
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    grimree Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    And if you tie it round his neck you only have to do it once (and save money on wages!)
     
  7. renault12ts

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    £20 a day...how many litres is that? Then we can work out the mpg.

    BTW it'll either be very bad or terrible.

    Probably 15 mpg.
     
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    Felstmiester

    Felstmiester Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    From my calculations it’s around £1.36 pl so £20 is 15ltrs I think.
     
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    3.235 gallons over 50 miles is...15.46mpg.
     
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    So... with the smaller van, you could save £10 a day.

    Buy a pushbike for the third guy - you're into profit in only a few weeks...
     

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