advise on imports please

Discussion in 'The Beginner' started by tetleys, Dec 24, 2007.

  1. tetleys

    tetleys Deleted User

    hi all,
    hope you all have a merry christmas and a happy new year!

    i would like some advise on imported motorhomes please..............ie, iam considering looking at a 1993 fendt on a fiat ducato, and lhd.........could you please tell me if parts for the base vehicle are available here in the uk?,ie, what if i needed parts for the engine/gearbox? or body pannels etc? would i be able to get them easly being as it is an old vehicle, and not a uk spec?also are parts expensive? also could you please tell me if insurance is more because its is an import and a lhd?
    also are the older type fiat ducatos reliable? (as iam concerned about fiat engineering/ build quality)?i have reasons to be cautious because i have a 03 reg car which has given me no end of problems, were the older type fiats,ie, before everything was computerised more reliable?or has the reputation always remained the same?
    please help, as i really do not have a clue about them, i like the look of them but i do not want to buy myself a big unreliable head ache!!!!
    i have a choice of buying a mercedes auto trail 1990 79 k miles , non turbo and non p, steering or this imported lhd 1993 fendt on fiat ducato with 51 k miles, turbo and p, steering, and nicer looking and better condition. and i have no idea which one to choose! my instinct is telling me the mercedes because of the build quality and reliablity? am i right?
    please help.
    thanks.
     
  2. johnsandywhite

    johnsandywhite Read Only Funster

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    :Smile: Hi tetleys. You shouldn't have any problem sourcing parts for either of the Motorhomes you are thinking of. The Fiat is reliable. I have a 1992 1.9 Fiat Dethleffs. Just done 2 trips to Spain and back. Plus some use as a car. Never missed a beat and it has over 133,000 kms on the clock. :Wink:
     
  3. Gonewiththewind

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    I have a Pilote on a Peugeot Boxer and is the same as the fiat ducato, built in the same factory, using same parts. Hence I would have thought that parts are easely available.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL:BigGrin:
     
  4. tetleys

    tetleys Deleted User

    thanks for your reply...............what about insurance? does it cost more to insure a left hand drive imported vehicle? and would parts be the same as a britsh spec vehicle?
    thanks.
     
  5. johnsandywhite

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    :Smile: Hi again tetleys. I have not found the insurance to be any more expensive on a left hand drive as opposed to a right hand drive. Most of the mechanical parts will be the same and the cooker, toilet etc are most definitely the same. :Wink:
     
  6. tetleys

    tetleys Deleted User

    thank you very much for your replies and advise, best wishes for the new year!
     
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