- T6 Beach 150
I agree with your going second hand advice. If it has to be new then IMO a basic T6-1 Coast with a manual roof is probably a better bet than a more complicated T6-1 Ocean at present especially given the problems being reported with the latter recently. Even better would be a late T6 on which most of the niggles have been resolved.Hi and welcome from a fellow Cali owner in Dorset. I am a similar age and have kids and the van works well as an everyday vehicle, day trips, etc, etc, so I am sure you will have a great time with one.
Two thoughts for you...
1. If buying new I would consider a coast as you don't have to worry so much about the expensive hydraulic roof. The heater is a must and is great but double glazing isn't. I can't see it adds much benefit.
2. Financially you would be much better going second hand? You can get a £30k loan for 7 years on very low rates, plus your £10k and if you could squeeze a couple more £k will get you a good T6. Cost of ownership when you come to sell it may work out the best vehicle you have ever owned.
I keep looking at getting a newer one as mine is getting old but it owes me nothing...
I wouldn't consider renting. Lots of competition. Parts for Cali are expensive and elements need treating with care, also sounds a lot of hassle.
If the OP can find a good late T6 Beach then it will be even better still as it has a manual roof. The electro/ hydraulic roof can give problems and when they do they can be very expensive to fix.
BTW, I've owned both a SE with double glazing and a Beach without at the same time. Double glazing is only fitted to the cab doors, two rear side windows and the tailgate but not the side windows with sliders in. I agree, it makes absolutely no noticeable difference to either warmth, or sound proofing and IMO is a complete waste of money. It doesn't really improve security either as the weak link would be those sliding windows.