130 bhp euro 5

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  1. wp1234

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    Just thinking about buying a new euro 5 130bhp Autotrail Dakota but having been used to driving a 3 .0 lt Cheyenne am wondering if I'm making a mistake going for the smaller engine ?
    Surely the 130 bhp must be man enough for the job otherwise Autotrail wouldn't fit them would they ?
     
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    my advice would be to have a test drive in a 130 with a few thousand miles on the clock probably have to be euro 4 though

    we bought our autotrail cherokee new in march to replace transit 140 bhp quite disapointed with performance intially but it has improved with a few thousand miles on the clock and is now ok but would not attempt to tow a toad with it.

    the auto trail bit is really good though apart from the dreaded radio just wish they made them on a ford or mercedes chassis not a lover of front wheel drive
     
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    To put it in to context, my 1100cc motorcycle produces 133 BHP at the rear wheel ( about 160 at the crank )

    Of course 130BHP will pull the van ok(ish) but it will never be exactly exciting to say the least !!
     
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    There is a big difference in pulling power the 3.0litre is a lot more powerful on the road to drive you will notice the difference a lot
     
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    You yung uns are spoilt.....Used to pull 32 tons with a 180 BHP Gardner.

    Ya have never ad it so good.
     
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    We have a Bentley Oulton with a 150 Euro 5, Michael thinks it is very good!. We have done just over 3,000 miles since August and it compares very well indeed with other Autocruise motorhomes we have had in the past.

    We had no problem going up the hills in France and would recommend the Renault base unit to anyone!

    Ginny and Mike
     
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    130bhp should be ample for pulling a MH. Don't forget that most MHs are based on Vans. A fully loaded van would drive just fine, otherwise they just wouldn't sell. Unless you're looking to beat chavvy teenagers at the lights, then it'll be fine.

    As for comparing to a motorbike engine, that's just daft. :Rofl1:

    Another thing to look out for is the Torque as this is the more important feature of diesel engine.
     
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    Yes of course its daft.. As daft as missing out the fact that gearing something low enough will allow almost any engine to pull any weight .. but of course economy suffers... So the real question is... Does going down to a 130 BH ( at crank so about 112 at rear wheel ) constitute false economy as you have to use the engine far more to get the same amount of work done

    As Mr Rogers points out the torque figures are far more important than BHP ones..

    Oh and comparing a MH to a van is right on par with my silliness given the windage differences involved :Rofl1:
     
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    I'll give you that one........almost!:Wink:
     
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    i have a 2009 euro 4 130 overcab which i found was not relaxing to drive because of constant gear changing. a remap was a good cure and i am happy with power /trq . i recently had opurtunity to drive euro 5 130 and euro 5 180[on a auto] in standard lwb vans
    the 130 felt very flat even in the van. i think the 150bhp upgrade offered should be a mimimum personly will be going the 180 option.

    are you aware the 130 does not have the varable turbo.that is fitted to the 150 and 180,and allso the 180 is chain driven unlike the other 2 that have belt [a long term saveing]
    hope this helps
     
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    Come on Dave...that was when fuel was 1/- a gallon, had to build a bonfire under your fuel tank in winter, crash box was all the rage, the HGV speed limit was 30mph and it'd take a week to stop 32 tons :Laughing:
     
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    I had the 30ltr mohican i was very pleased with the fiat x250 pity the autotrail wasent so good 8 months was long enough with the a/trail.:Sad:
     
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    An they call em the good old days :Doh:
     
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