2005 Combo 1.4
I work in remote Western Australia, I'm stuck here for the foreseeable future, due to state lines being closed due to Covid19, my family and home is 5000k's away, on the other side of Australia. I decide that if things get worse and as a worker who is considered 'essential', I could drive home if worst comes to worst. So I go looking for a smallish Van, Caddy, Kangoo, Berlingo, Combo etc, looking at prices and parts availability, I start comparing second hand Caddy's and Combo's, the price difference and cost of parts etc made the Combo the better choice. So it's a toss up between two, both 1650k's away. I make a deal on one of them, sight unseen, I pay the guy, it's $1800 Aud, so, now I own one, I'm expecting a price of around $500 to truck it up to me, that figure turns into $1100! Damn! So I toss around some ideas etc, then I find out that the state government of Western Australia is dividing the state up into around 8 areas, all to be closed off, to restrict travel between areas. They tell us this on the 28th of March, with a closure date of 31st of March at midnight. I was due on the 2nd for a 36 hour break from night shift as we can only work 8 nights in a row, I figure that if I moved that forward to the 30th of March, I could still meet the 8 night requirement for the rest of my roster, so I book a flight, finish Sunday night's shift, grabbed 3 hours sleep, jumped on a plane without telling management, was in Perth 1650k away by 11.30am, picked up the Combo, by 12 noon, when to the DOT, a hardware store, a locksmith to get a second key cut and programmed, filled it with petrol, grabbed a few items at the supermarket and hit the road. I left Perth at 4pm and was back in Port Hedland at 7.15am, travelling the 1650k North, overtaking multiple 3 trailer road trains on a two lane highway (one lane in each direction). Tuesday morning, didn't even check the tyre pressures, had a check engine light on the whole way, sat at 120Kph, acheived 7L/100K fuel economy out of the 1.4XEP engine. It was a carpet cleaning van, so pretty smelly inside, lots of spilt chemicals etc, I've cleaned it, polished it, repaired the A/C, fitted a 477MHZ 80 ch two way radio, fitted rear speakers, built a folding bed for one side, painted the rust matt black 15" rims silver and it's looking good!