i am considering to buy a former black cab to export back to Italy, i see that these models are on sale and read online that they can be insured and used as a private car, any of you has done or know anyone who has done it?
Any cab driver here who could tell me what to look at and what mileage will still be decent to afford a road trip back to italy?
I saw cabs with 250,000 miles for over just a grand, i read they can go up to 500,000 miles???
So I’m not an expert on this but I saw a program on TV about the introduction of new Mercedes Vito cabs. Apparently taxi drivers will tell you that LTI haven’t made a decent vehicle since the “Fairway” whatever that means.
I had a Fairway (not as a private vehicle) that had well over 600,000 on the clock and still went ok but a bit breathless with the emission reducing stuff fitted to it. It had a Nissan engine the same as the TX1.
The TX2 has got a Ford Transit engine and is a real rattler.
Cabs have to be retired at 15 years (I think) now so you should be able to pick up a reasonable one.
Best place to ask would be one of the big cab rental garages in Three Colts Lane, Bethnal Green.
I see quite a few unplated ones running about so I don’t think it can be much of a problem.
thanks for the tips guys… i will let you know how it goes, i will probably do it in June…
i tried to get a quote online but sites like go compare etc… do not have the LTI listed, the only sites i found for insurance are asking the license number, probalby i will just need to call up some insurers…
Longshanks since you had it for such a long time and you worked with it, can you tell me if a front passenger seat can be fitted?