Korean / Japanese Surplus Vans — PinoyExchange

Korean / Japanese Surplus Vans

guys im planning on replacing my car with a van....cuz in our situation a van is more practical than a car..anyway, i was looking at those japanese/korean surplus vans that's been selling like pancakes recently.im on tight budget so im looking for the best that my money can buy.any feebacks to those who own or have owned such vehicles. im planning on either a kia pregio, or those delica 4X4 vans.


  • slamm
    slamm runnin on empty
    If you're looking at the Korean surplus, the best bet would be the Hyundai H100 as this is based on the Mitsu L300 (4d56 diesel, lotsa parts). Problems you'll most likely encounter would be with the A/C and cooling system (As they're still made for cooler climates and arent tropicalized) and maybe an engine/fuel system and suspension that needs some reconditioning (it'll be a hit or miss on this part)... Be prepared to spend more for repairs aside from the vehicle purchase price.

    Delica = Delicado... I saw several tip over in accidents already and there will be more reliability problems. Given your on a budget, why not take a look also at those classic L300 vans? :)
  • GreatBop
    GreatBop Beerhand Gets Big Pots
    the correct term for that is not surplus, but JUNK. and then we buy it from them, and fix it, so itll look good again..

    anyway.. instead of buying one of those, i think it's best if you just buy a second hand LOCALLY BOUGHT Van instead.

    dami namang 2nd hand hi ace or nissans dyan eh.
  • shun_sakurai
    shun_sakurai when in doubt, FLAT OUT!
    May I suggest you look at a second-hand local Kia Pregio.

    Mechanically there isn't much wrong with the Pregio, even for the automatic versions, as long as it's been maintained very well. Most of the reliability issues arising from the Pregio come from not-so-careful owners.

    Little things can start to go wrong, such as the locking mechanism for the sliding door, but that's livable IMO. The biggest headache we had with our 1998 unit was the air conditioning system as we had to take it for repairs every 2 years.

    Otherwise there's little else wrong with the Pregio. It'll take you a bit of effort to look for units still in immaculate condition, but if you're in the market for a cheap van it'll serve you very well.
  • jason_10
    jason_10 auto enthusiast
    i suggest getting a vanette. a 97 and below model ranges from 200t and below. close to the price of surplus vans. what's good about the vanette is the airconditioning system. parts are also abundant. and it is not converted. issues avout overheating can be solved by able mechanics.
  • i would consider the vanette if it weren't only ts gasoline engine...im looking for diesel engined vans...the classic L300 would be a good buy,but i was hoping for something different because we owned a 89' L300 versa van before, and would seem redundant if i buy another one,albeit a different engine. :)
  • slamm
    slamm runnin on empty
    The Pregio is ok (good engine, comfy ride) if you find a good unit but if you get one thats not good... it'll be a moneypit for repairs.

    If you can make your budget stretch to the 300K+/- range, the Nissan Urvan and Toyota Hiace are very good options (reliable and lotsa parts).
  • thanks for the suggestions guys...as of now my limit would be at the 200k range and i mean stretched limit!i saw a hyundai h100 in buy and sell selling for 150k...if i get the time i'll check it out.
  • OTEP R
    OTEP R Tsikot.com Admin
    You can already get a locally sold Korean van H100 or Besta for your budget. No need to go surplus unless you're in a hurry to acquire a unit.
  • guys ive found a 1998 Kia Pregio LS, and were planning on taking the unit, since it fits right inside our budget and affordable ang monthly ammortization ksi pinadaan ko sa financing yung balanse.anyone of your out there who owned one feedback naman po.tnx. :):)
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