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Charlie Thorn ASKED THE GUIDE

Save the heartache

I WANT to buy a secondhand work van. I have found a MB100 that has done only 47,000km, but I don't know much about them. I have close to $20,000 to spend, and have also looked at the Volkswagen Transporter and the Mercedes-Benz Vito. As this will be the only vehicle I have for a while, I need it to last. Which is the best of the three?

Graham Smith ANSWERED BY Graham Smith
20 September 2007

THE MB100 was built by SsangYong when Mercedes-Benz was getting up close and personal with the South Korean carmaker. It had a Benz badge, but it wasn't of the same quality as a real Benz. I wouldn't like to split the Vito and Transporter. They're both very good vans. If you can stretch your budget a little, you could buy a new Mitsubishi Express and save any heartaches that can sometimes come with a used vehicle. And if you can get away with a smaller van, try a VW Caddy.

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