TRAVEL: Folk from Ireland...
ANDREW: Hi i seen your looking for a uk campervan my brother has one ere in ireland top notch 2015 uk peugeot boxer camper conversion immaculate condition.
KAYE: It looks lovely. But I have one in mind now, nearer to home. Thanks for letting me know anyway. Kx
What are thoughts on a Fiat Ducato? I've found a few on ebay, they look good, but it's the 'Fiat' badge that gives me cause for concern. I believe they have the same chasis/engine/van style as the Citreon, so does anyone have any ideas about these vans?
ANDREW: Fiat Citroen Peugeot all built in same factory. Just diff engines.
MARK: Fiat engine is better.
ELIZABETH: Our Dixie is a 22 year old Ducato and other than wiper linkages we've been able to find the parts we needed, not that we needed much yet for her,just an alternator and cv joints, shes a trooper!
JON: If/when I move to a larger camper it will be a Ducato.
KEVIN: I looked at Boxer, Relays and Ducato. Not sure which year you are looking at,but generally they are built under SEVEL contract agreement, so are effectively same vehicle bodily, except badges. Citroen and Peugeot have the 2.2 Ford Transit Puma engine which is cam chain driven, so needs no changing, the Fiat has the 2.3 Iveco engine, which is cam belt driven. I had a Land Rover Defender which also had the Transit Puma engine. I had a couple of problems and read of a lot of other problems ie oil pump failure. I went for the more robust Ducato. There are larger engines in the xlwb but don’t know what you are looking at. The only probs I have had is the grille Fiat badge fell off, that must be the only bit Fiat did!
PADDY: We have both a coachbuilt fiat Ducato and a van conversion Citroen relay. Both fantastic vans, though the fiat engine is more efficient fuel wise, and is smoother and quieter but as above needs the belt changing now and then. The ford engine is solid but old technology now and is a little noisy and rattley.
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