Just a thought about the Montego idea, I would be pretty sure that each year at 150000 you will have one of the engine ancillaries failing or causing agro. For you or me with a bag of tools and a bit of ability there should not be too much of an issue, but for your typical male who cannot change a wheel
or put up a shelf it might be a bit of an ask. Having lifed out 2 light vans from new in my business I can only say they were good for the first 150k and then were a pain from then on.
I read an article on the Beta company last month and the point that came up is that diesel
engines without a common rail system might be a bit scarce in the future which means that the likes of you and me are going to have to get in an engineer
in to sort out any problems.
Regarding the specifics of the Perkins, issues with mine have been leaks
on the crankshaft oil seals
, the rear seal is still leaking a bit, next time I have a go at it I will use a sleeve on the crank to give a fresh surface for the oil seal
. We also have had to fit a water
pump and other than my lack of trust in any engine with a cam belt that's about it. I can't tell you how many hours we have on the motor
as the hour meter has been broken for the last 8 years.