Well seeing as you've asked me, I'll tell yae.
Anyone remember the LDV fire sale after the liquidators had finished with the place? A rake of recently finished, but undispatched Maxus vans of various wheelbases, roof heights, power outputs. They were very, very cheap (no warranty obviously). So I spoke with Devon who said they'd convert any van I wanted, new or used, but absolutely no way a Maxus (they even said they'd do an IVECO). The Maxus was a horrendous van not worthy or their workmanship, my money or anyones time.
I can only agree with that. We only had a couple at our place and they didn't last long. I feel Royal Mail were largely responsible for the demise of LDV as we started buying Transits even before the Maxus came along and I think we were keeping the company afloat for many years, but they sealed their own fate with the Maxus.
They had all sorts of problems with doors and gearboxes. As well as being horrible to drive they had several annoying simple things like electric windows that you couldn't put up once you'd switched off (real vans don't have electric windows) which is annoying when you're doing multiple drops like we are. Also the radio reset the volume every time you got out to a volume you couldn't hear properly once moving. Bearing in mind I was in and out of the van around 100 times a day, this was very annoying.
But more importantly they started falling apart quite quickly. I don't think we had them more than two years. Apart from SY32 (local office number). That was kept as a spare and was given out as punishment if you broke your own van. Kind of an incentive to look after yours. I remember I once put unleaded in the Transit. I realised halfway through filling up and let go of the nozzle as if it was suddenly electrified. I rang the office and my line manager came out with SY32. That'll teach me.