I have been thinking long and hard recently about my much-loved Mercedes Vito van. She is now 13 years old and goes GREAT, in all this time she has never let me down and we have had some wonderful trips around Europe together. I love driving the Vito and the 3L V6 diesel engine and auto box are soooo sweet, she has a large fuel tank so I can drive 750km easily between fuel stops so she is ideal for long trips. I have also towed with her and I could easily forget that she was pulling a trailer and car, so effortless.
But a recent trip have highlighted her main weakness. The drivers seat is adjustable and thus comfortable with an armrest whereas the passenger sits on a bench (two folks, at a push) which is totally fixed and therefore NOT really first class travel. We drove to France and stayed in Marseille for a week and my poor passenger really suffered anything over 3 hours in the van, which made the journey harder. I had previously asked whether the bench seat could be removed and replaced by a single seat but no company would take the responsibility due to homologation, seatbelts and airbags unfortunately.
Well, very long story shortish, I found a 2016 LHD Vito in the UK and the dealer is willing to take mine in part exchange!!! I have been searching Ebay and Gumtree and Autotrader for ages and I finally found what looks like JUST what I need, a 2016 Vito van with loads of comfort (auto box and so on) so within 2 weeks I will drive mine over to swap. UNLESS I can find a buyer in Italy or France, in which case I can try for more money. So watch this space, I will be heading over to visit Slough Van Centre within the coming 2 weeks. I will sure be sorry to see mine go.
STOP PRESS: Now sold to a nice French guy so I must deliver her to Biarritz which is almost in Spain!