What's the best large, panel van?

I have owned a 2012 Ford Transit van for 2.5 years. I purchased it secondhand and this past year it has given me nothing but grief. I was told that Ford parts where inexpensive to repair, this is utter tosh. What I have spent this past year is simply unacceptable considering the vehicle is only five years old. I have previously owned Ford trucks, Toyota and Chevy - however, this has been the most unreliable vehicle of them all. I will not buy another Ford, to me they are so mass produced that they have forgotten reliability. Could you kindly advise on the best large, mid-range panel van? My budget is £15,000.

Asked on 3 January 2018 by Robert Speakman

Answered by Dan Powell
If reliability is a concern, I’d be tempted to buy the Toyota Proace. It is sold with a five-year-warranty as standard and is available in a wide range of bodystyles. Most versions will carry three Euro pallets weighing up to 1400kg. vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-reviews/toyota/proace-20.../

Brand new, a Proace will set you back roughly £20,000 including VAT, but there are a few pre-reg deals at the moment and £15,000 should secure a nearly new van from a Toyota dealer with delivery mileage.

For more buying tips, see: vans.honestjohn.co.uk/how-to-buy-and-sell/how-to-b.../
Similar questions
I have an LDV Maxus, which I have been pleased with as a work horse. I'm looking for a van with more refinement, good fuel economy, road handling, safety and visibility, space, comfort and reliable functions...
I need a van that looks professional, smart and modern. Love the Volkswagen range but budget may not stretch to a new model. It needs to be converted for fish sales, which will cost about £6000. The Renault...
I'm an Antiques dealer and therefore need a van with a soft ride. Which vans have the softest suspension?
Related models
More refined and better to drive than many of its rivals, impressive interior quality, powered by excellent range of diesel engines.
Easy to drive and cheap to run, will carry up to three Euro pallets and tow 2.5 tonnes, two electric models available.

Value my van