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I have an Ex AA Renault trafic, 08 plate. It's done 180,000 miles and I am the second owner. Pretty much nothing has gone wrong with it over the 6 years I've had it. I've had it regularly serviced.

I've spent perhaps £1200 on it getting it racked out inside very nicely and also deadlocks so i'd like to keep it for as long as possible. Also I simple like the van so again want to keep it in good shape for as long as poss.

My question is, apart from keeping it regularly serviced, what are some basic things I can do to keep it going well for as long as possible? These are not things I would do myself as I do not have the knowledge, they would be for a mechanic.

If continuously kept in good shape what sort of miles could be got realistically?

Cheers :)
 
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Diesel engines will keep going for many miles if the oil and filter is changed regularly and they aren't hammered.

Obviously suspension bushes, brake pipes etc will need replacing, but they also could do on a car or van with 60000 miles on the clock.
 

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Regular maintenance from a decent mechanic and some TLC from you @happyhippydad and they will go forever.....my dad had more than one hgv with more than a million miles on them :)
 

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Has it had the scuttle re-sealed to stop water ingress onto the injectors causing failure and seizing ?
Has it had the timing chain replaced ? I'm guessing it's the 2.0l on an 08 plate. This is recommended at 100k and can cause total engine failure if they go.
Regular gearbox oil changes are key on these too to keep them smooth.

I'm in a '56 plate vivaro and after having had all injectors done and getting along with a crunchy gearbox I'm looking up all the preventative moves possible now it's running sweet.
 

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I have an Ex AA Renault trafic, 08 plate. It's done 180,000 miles and I am the second owner. Pretty much nothing has gone wrong with it over the 6 years I've had it. I've had it regularly serviced.

I've spent perhaps £1200 on it getting it racked out inside very nicely and also deadlocks so i'd like to keep it for as long as possible. Also I simple like the van so again want to keep it in good shape for as long as poss.

My question is, apart from keeping it regularly serviced, what are some basic things I can do to keep it going well for as long as possible? These are not things I would do myself as I do not have the knowledge, they would be for a mechanic.

If continuously kept in good shape what sort of miles could be got realistically?

Cheers :)
My advice would be to avoid going to Screwfix. :D

But seriously ..... if you follow the manufacturer's weekly/monthly/annual maintenance checks I see no reason why the van can't keep going beyond 200,000 miles.
 

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If you're only doing local trips take it for a spanking up the motorway for half an hour once every month, this will help keep the engine clean, a shot of Redex every few tanks also helps. this will also reduce emissions so not all bad.

200k is barely run in.
 

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I’ve got a 07 vivaro that’s just come up to 55,000.......I don’t like traveling far for work :tearsofjoy:
 

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A diesel engine should go well past 200K, my landrover's engine is well over that, built in 97 and has a chunk missing out of one of the pistons.
Get the cam belt/chain replaced before the manufacturer recommended time, cos if that goes then it usually writes a modern engine off.
Keep on top of regular oil and filter changes, check your oil and fluids regularly.
Change the gearbox oil at the recommended intervals.
Have a good look over the engine and transmission occasionally to spot any leaks before they become a problem (can you tell I'm a landrover kind of guy?)
Don't ride the clutch.
Let it warm up before driving fast.
Give it a good hard run once in a while to clear the dpf.

And don't crash it!
 

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Oh yeah, and get the EGR and DPF cleaned out and the EGR valve blanked off.
Is EGR blanking recommended for that engine? I've done it on my various landrovers over the years and it improved things but for my current L200 it apparently does more harm than good removing it.
 

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It'll be fine we had a hiace in work did 280000 and was sold after that so it may even have broke 300. If they are well looked after and you can keep the rust away it'll be fine
 

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Have the Vauxhall in an 07 plate just done 170.000. Had to have new recon and gear box and clutch :( ouch! Make sure the oil is changed in it at the service intervals, this seems to be one of the biggest killers of them.
Regular servicing is the key, with good quality spec oil and filters, I run a Vw lt35 that is currently on 386.000 and still going strong apart from a we bit of rust:)
 

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I had an old p reg t4 and that did 250000 and was still going....the van basically fell apart around it .....some lunatic still gave me £1500 for it over the phone without viewing!
 

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The old t4s still fetch good money, but to be fair the were a reasonably bulletproof van, I had a mate who owned an ex AA one that he got 750.000 out of before it rotted away beyond redemption
 

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Is EGR blanking recommended for that engine? I've done it on my various landrovers over the years and it improved things but for my current L200 it apparently does more harm than good removing it.
It is by specialist mechanics for these vans, but obviously not by the manufacturers. I'm seeing how it goes for now, but since having it done I've not noticed any ill effects. October brings the MOT so I'll see if emissions are affected. Anything I should look out for ?
 
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