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Delica as sole Family Car?


 
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Sheldon



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 21:20    Post subject: Delica as sole Family Car? Reply with quote

Hi all,

I'm sorry if this has been posted 1000 times already - I did have a search around the forums but couldnt find the info that I am after.

Basically, I'd like to know your opinions on using a Delica as the sole family car? My wife and I only need one vehicle between us - I walk to work and she has a 30 mile round trip three times a week. Other considerations are that we have a six month old son and we love to get out and about. We are hoping to go on many camping trips with our son over the coming years; however, we don't wish to buy a campervan and just have it sat there all week (plus, we like sleeping in the tent).

So we are wondering if the Delica meets our needs? We love the look of it and on the surface it seeems perfect. We will be able to chuck all of our camping gear in there and the rotaing seats will make it a nice retreat in super bad weather. I am just not sure if it is suitable as a family's sole vehicle? Is it noisy on long drives? Does it drive well on UK motorways? I have a ton of questions like that really....

Are parts expensive?
Are they reliable?
What are the implications of owning a grey import in the UK? Expensive insurance? Unsafe?

I should add they we are looking to spend about 10k - we have been looking at the 2001-2005 models. Seems a lot for an old vehicle but I am guessing that here is a reason they hold their value so well? We are off to test drive one for the first time on saturday at a local specialist that imports Japanese vehicles.




All advice very welcome.
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andyman



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 22:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of the newer imports are 3L petrol V6 powered, smooth and powerful, the majority are autos, so pulling a vehicle weighing around 2.3 tonnes, your wife can expect to use around 25 /week fuel for her 90miles. You will find them a very comfortable long distance motorway cruiser, and the facility to pull over, drop the rear seats into bed format, and have a kip, is a great advantage. Or just sit and eat together in the back if your son is asleep. I take it you want to make good use of its 4x4 ability, otherwise I'd say there are plenty of similar sized 2wd mpvs which can offer similar comfort and adaptability, but with much better economy, and a better supply of spares. However, Delica owners are enthusiasts, and members on this forum have a wealth of knowledge and contacts/ suppliers that mean you are rarely left in the lurch. All you have to do is ask!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 0:17    Post subject: subject Reply with quote

Its an ideal machine for your needs, had ours for 16 years, kids grown up now, go for a diesel and service every six months you won't go far wrong
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:38    Post subject: Re: Delica as sole Family Car? Reply with quote

Sheldon wrote:
.... Is it noisy on long drives? .....


Very Happy

This is offroad, for five minutes, over part of a Welsh Green Lane:- https://youtu.be/120HyTf9PLU

This is on a road, for three minutes, in the Lake District:- https://youtu.be/H8GdQQ2EVOU


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davep10000



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

As Andy says - fuel economy (or lack of) has to be recognised - but otherwise, its generally very well road mannered, and easy to park (its quite narrow).
BUT - get to drive a few if you can, first.
With your budget, a petrol, with an lpg conversion is an option I would consider.
Here's a list of all the L400's available - gives you an idea of model differences, although there were dozens of options that could (and were) added.

https://auc.ts-export.com/m?name=catalog&mnf_id=4&mdl_id=477

Good Luck,
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi I had a Space Gear 2.8 TD with the tailgate that opens up horizontally ( sorry was a while since I sold it so can't remember the exact model etc ) but as a family car with young kids it was superb. In the rain the tailgate acts as a roof so you can wizz the buggy out pop the baby in and get yourself sorted whilst keeping dry. You can load the kids in the sliding door without breaking your back bending. The seats recline so when they want a snooze its a breeze. I am a builder so I used to occasionally tow a trailer with building materials and you can fit about 10 full sheets of ply inside and transport them in the dry as well. They are bloody brilliant the kids can walk around in the back the list goes on. I am now on the lookout for another one myself as our daily driver is too good for my trips off road fishing.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 21:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sheldon.

Delica L400 = ""Probably" the best car in the world"  Very Happy

That's my opinion - 'An I'm sticking to it  Rolling Eyes

'Aving sed that, posseeebly the L 300 = Just as good, unfortunately slightly less power  Sad

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