Used car review MercedesBenz Vito 19982004 | carsguide com au

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Mercedes-Benz Vito 114 W638

Used car review Mercedes-Benz 1998-2004

Graham ‘Smithy’ reviews the Mercedes-Benz Vito its fine points, its flaws and to watch for when you are buying it.

with the flood of imported cars we’ve seen in the decade or so has come a wave of light commercial vans. them has been the Mercedes-Benz a semi-bonneted van that has delivered a new to long suffering light drivers, with a blend of safety, agility and performance.

the European vans, like the arrived local van drivers had to the discomforts of driving cab-over-engine most of which came Japan at an unbeatable price.

semi-bonneted vans struggle to on price, but they’re winning on the basis of their features, safety, comfort, and handling, leave the old style COE vans for

Most of the sales are going to business operators who have to the vans themselves rather the big fleet operators who still buy on price alone.

Increasingly are finding the Euro semi-bonneted ideal for work and play. can carry their tools of to the work site on weekdays, carry their sporting or gear on weekends getaways.

The Vito is a mid-sized one-tonne front-wheel drive van. its sloping bonnet and windscreen, and van proportions, the Vito is an attractive commercial, one that presents business well when out and on the job.

Big grey plastic provided important bump for the front and rear, while rub strips protected the sides.

The SBV provided occupant protection front crumple zones, and in the of the Vito there was also a airbag.


Throw in disc front and rear, independent front and rear, and power-assisted and pinion steering, and you have an primary safety package to keep the secondary crash system out of play.

Antilock which came with control and electronic brake distribution, added to primary on petrol engine models, and was on diesels.

Hop into the driver’s and the advantages of the SBV design are immediately You simply slide into the there’s no climbing up over the arch, as you must in a COE van.

Once inside the Vito was equipped with a neat layout, lots of pockets to the workday needs, and a two-speaker system.

On the road the Vito was another virtue of the SBV design, the supple and absorbent, the handling and balanced, the brakes powerful a fairly soft pedal sometimes caused concern.

came from one of two engines at one petrol and one diesel. The petrol was a double overhead cam 2.0-litre which with fuel-injection put out 95 kW at revs, and 186 Nm at 4500 revs, and the Vito with a decent of grunt.

The diesel was a 2.3-litre unit that delivered a 58 kW at 3800 revs, but which was economical if lacking legs.

The change came in 1999 Mercedes released a double camshaft 2.2-litre common turbo diesel engine transformed the Vito. The 108 CDi delivered 60 kW at revs, and 200 Nm at 2400 revs, gave the base van smooth performance and miserly economy.

In 2001 it was joined by the 112 CDi, gave 90 kW at 3800 revs, and 300 Nm at revs, for even more

Vito also came a choice of a nice shifting manual gearbox, or optional auto with manual option, with final through the front wheels.

The came in one size. It had a payload of 1.1 a payload volume of 4.9 cubic with load zone 2300 mm long, 1630 mm and 1390 mm high.

Tracks on the were fitted standard to operators to fit roof racks for carrying capacity.

Access to the area was through a tail and sliding doors on both Rear barn doors optional.

Air-conditioning came on the 112 CDi, but was optional on other

Be quick when you see a Vito for because they’re hard to on the used market, and don’t last very long.

The engine 113 vans range in from $18,500 for the early through to $27,500 for later from 2003.

Early 108D diesel are valued between $18,500 and The much preferred later common rail diesels run $20,000 for the 1999 models to for the later 2003 examples.

Top of the 112CDi vans start at for 2001 models and climb to for 2003 vehicles.

The Vito is a so it has to be checked for signs of hard when inspected. Look at hinges and latches for wear and the sliding door mechanisms been known to fail

Mercedes-Benz Vito 114 W638

Also look for damage the load zone where restrained loads have allowed to slide around and into the body sides.

look for evidence of regular Dip the oil and look for contamination and sludge, the cooling system.

The clutch can be a if the Vito is worked hard at to full load capacity so for signs of slippage.

Also the body work for general of neglect in the form of bumps, paint touch-ups etc. look for mismatched paint, panel gaps, wobbly etc. that might a crash.

Generally the Vito is and operated by small business and tradesmen that often use it as transport, so they tend to get looked after than fleet vehicles.

OWNER’S VIEWS

Former driver Dennis Cleghorn a 2003 112CDi Vito for use in his kennel business. The sliding had to be repaired, done under but overall he’s very with the Vito, citing its safety and performance as standout

Roger Fox drives a 2002 112CDI. He says it’s a long distance cruiser, well, rides like a and has a good auto, but he isn’t with the non-factory power and central locking fitted by the when he thought he was getting ‘Benz items.

Andrew company, Apex Rental has three Vitos. Two were in 1998, and have been free apart from a failure in one after 80,000 km. He they have been and economical. The latest is a 112CDi, he says is even better.

Dadds has had an ongoing braking with his 1999 Vito, seems to have been by a faulty brake master He has also had problems with a pump and engine fan among a of issues that appear to been caused by faulty connections. He is also critical of the seating, a blind spot by the windscreen pillars, and the headlights he describes as dreadful. Against he rates the handling and fuel good.

• smooth fuel common rail diesel

• comfortable ride

safe handling

• operation

• good value

• attractive

Mercedes-Benz Vito 114 W638
Mercedes-Benz Vito 114 W638
Mercedes-Benz Vito 114 W638
Mercedes-Benz Vito 114 W638

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