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LDV still the most reliable van on the road

Despite Leyland DAF Vans closing its doors four years ago, its vans remain robust, suffering the least number of breakdowns, according to Warranty Direct, while Vauxhall vans come bottom of the study.

The study of more than 2,000 van policies found that an average of 22% of LDV vans suffer a fault each year.

That failure rate jumps to one in three for Mitsubishi, placed third in the study.

Meanwhile, more than half of Vauxhalls break down every year, making it the least reliable brand.

The most common faults recorded are suspension damage, often caused by speed humps and potholes, accounting for almost one in 10 garage visits.

Electrical and fuel system issues are the next most reported woes.

Duncan McClure Fisher, managing director of Warranty Direct, said: “Time is money for van drivers so every minute they’re off the road costs them. It’s great to see British build quality faring well. The irony is that the most reliable manufacturer is one that did not survive the recession, but at least you know it’s a good used vehicle buy.”

Most reliable van manufacturers

 

Position

Manufacturer

Annual Incidence Rate

1

LDV

22.01%

2

Mercedes-Benz

23.15%

3

Mitsubishi

30.63%

4

Fiat

34.23%

5

Renault

36.98%

6

Ford

38.52%

7

Volkswagen

39.30%

8

Citroen

41.43%

9

Nissan

45.46%

10

Peugeot

52.60%

 

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  • Christine Thompson - 23/06/2013 18:46

    My husband Gary THompson worked for LDV For a28 years and loved every minute of it.He swore by the van makers a he knew how and the men how made them. At every opportunity he recommended the van makers and was so sad when the factory like many others closed.When drive passed the now flatten factory to this today still up sets him.RIP LDV however please support the van

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    • Richard Dunne - 23/06/2013 19:12

      @Christine Thompson - I knew Gary if its the same one. Did he work in T Block. Be great to know how he's getting on/have a chat.

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  • Richard Dunne - 23/06/2013 19:10

    In terms of value for money they were/are excellent. A great toolbox, reliable engine and spacious . It's a shame it didn't have the same marketing budget that the other big boys had (who were able to convince potential buyers they were getting something better than they were). I also worked at LDV for approximately 14 years and can vouch whilst it suffered from an image problem it was a great product.

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  • Andy (Roadwolf) - 20/09/2013 22:08

    I totally agree! LDV Convoy the best van EVER built. I wouldn't have anything else, never let's me down and does everything asked of it and more. 100000% reliable, big, tough, durable, comfortable and fantastic to drive. I've had Transits, Ivecos, Sprinters but have got shut of them and had Convoy for a while and will be sticking with it forever. I love it. Don't understand why people would use anything else. The fuel economy is great too, about 28 mpg around town.

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  • Mr G - 07/06/2014 22:55

    I'm confused. How is it that in this article LDV is said to be the most reliable van, yet in the FN50 Most reliable van for 2013 it is the Ford Transit. I am currently looking into buying a van for my roofing business and wish to buy something that is not going to breakdown, or require lots of work doing to it to keep it road worthy. I have been lead to believe that Fords are very unreliable. Is this an issue more for the cars and not their vans.

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