Are CI Motorhomes really that bad??

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  1. upopup

    upopup Read Only Funster

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    As i've posted before, we are still looking for our first m.h. and got quite interested in the 'CI Mizar Living'. ( link below)

    There have been three on ebay , two with dealers.

    At the Lincoln show we got talking to ' a local company salesman' about this option and he said " don't buy a CI as they always have damp somewhere in them".

    Now this has put us off this model but cant find anything better at the price, we know they are not top of the range as far as construction but the damp issue is a worry.

    All you CI owners, are they really that bad??

    Tony

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271264506740?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438
     
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    i have a ci as do quite a few funsters from what i know there used to be a issue with damp but that was resolved ours is great i think it was a issue before a certain year ours has done at least 15k this year alone we have doubled the milage since we bought it and never had a issue with it apart from the normal day to day things you would expect i assume this salesman didnt have a ci for sale then
     
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    Yes you're right, we did note he had none on show! :thumb:
     
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    Have a look at the Rollerteamownersclub website, they have info on CI as well and Rollerteams.
     
  5. Terry

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    CI are one of the largest co's making MHs so there must be an awful lot around --been going for yrs :Wink:A lot better than some makes
    terry
     
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    We have had 3 CIs and never had a problem with any of them. If we hadn't gone the A Class route I'm sure we would have bought another one.

    Sonja
     
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    I always thought that they were fairly well put together; certainly no worse than most and better than a lot
     
  8. Phill D

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    we had a 2008 ci carioca 746 from new for 3 years, great layout for a family, nice big lounge, looked nice.

    habitation door was noted as twisted and let in water / wind within a week of taking delivery and took 18 months to get sorted. that was between CI and Autotrail ( who are the uk agents ). interior roof delaminated in one place, replacement habitation door inner skin delaminated.

    would i buy another :Doh:

    we got a good price when we bought it £7k off as it was September and the 2009 vans were due in. and we did get a good price when i sold it because of the layout lost only £2k in 3 years :thumb: against all the odds i have to say as some dealers offered half of its original price.

    the CI range has been dropped and it is my belief that that is the case because of the poor reputation. habitation spares come from Italy and can take a lifetime.

    but, they are an entry level van and there are some good ones about. perhaps we were just very unlucky.
    if your happy with the layout , condition etc and you thoroughly check it out :thumb:
     
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    Had a CI
    had Damp
    Loved it :thumb:
    Solid dependable and reliable.


    Had an Adria
    Had damp
    Loved it
    Solid dependable and reliable


    Have a Bessacarr costing twice the price of the CI
    had damp
    Still love it,
    love it more every day
    far better refined than the CI and the Adria but
    not twice as good..


    So the choice is yours,

    I know owners of every make and model that have had some damp at some point. No substitute for regular servicing or getting a good damp meter a tool box and some knowledge in how to tackle the problems.:thumb:
     
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    We love ours. It was a better quality build internally than the other British vans we looked at in the same price range. We've had it for coming up 4 years now . Had no problems what so ever with it. Touch wood. We preferred our older model to the newer one. Infact we could have bought the newer version( as in your post ) for only a few grand more , but chose the 2006 for the build quality and fantastic layout , which unfortunately ci no longer do now.

    You hear good and bad about lots of motorhomes. Only last weekend in Masham someone was telling us that their brand new hymer was a pile of tinny cr@p :Eek!:
    They had spent a small ( price of a terraced house ) fortune on it. They said they wished they had not traded in their old hymer for it.
     
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    I saw one in a local caravan/motorhome body shop having a damp problem attended to half of the body from the back was stripped off, it was riddled with damp. It was in the workshop for some time as part of the procedure is to let it dry out naturally. I knew the owner and the bill was eye watering. He had bought it privately as seen. Another friend in the MCC bought one brand new 2 years ago and only kept it a year due to recurring damp in the over cab area which had been back to the dealer for rectification. He said, never again.
     
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    That's very true, if you've never had a motorhome that's had some form of it you can consider yourself extremely lucky. I once owned an AutoTrail that wasn't 24 hours old, the nearside over cab window hadn't been fitted correctly on the production line, it was a source of trouble throughout ownership until I part exchanged it.
     
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    Hi

    I have owned caravans and this is my second motorhome. they all have one thing in common, they all get problems with damp! My advice is to ensure a through habitation check before any purchase. Make sure you trust the person doing the checks. If you regularly check for damp then you have a better chance of catching it early before it causes any major problems.

    I have an 05 CI Mizar living which I bought in March. this year we have done around 4000 miles in it including France and Scotland and North Wales. I am very happy. I started a small blog on mine with the idea that it keeps a record of servicing etc so you are welcome to take a look. Its due an update!

    http://lemizthemotorhome.blogspot.co.uk/ (start reading from the bottom!)
     
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    just remember the ci will have lower range fittings than a higher range make but thats no problem update the things like lights etc mine had a battery compartment that was beneath the van so moved it to the end storage as for parts yes they do come from italy but when i needed a new leisure fuse panel i paid just another 6 quid for express delivery took just 5 days to arrive its really horses for courses and the luck of the draw like whats been said you can have a 100k van and still get damp and if you listen to most scare stories it would be dangerous to get out of bed in the mornings
     
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    I got a Carioca (02) with a 1.9tdi donkey, People say it's under powered, it's not if you know how to change gear, and more importantly, when! (and still 25mpg).

    They are a good "starter" M/H What nick nacks you add to make life more comfortable is up to you, apart from a couple of lights, the interior with it's fixed bed is ok with us :BigGrin:
     
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    Though that would depend on the exact model. We were unaware being newbies to motor homing about our fixtures and fittings , concentrating more on the layout.
    Though the mizar gtl living top class , was the top range model we found out , with wooden cabinets and cupboards etc not the flimsy plastic , or sticky back plastic covered ones we saw in most motorhomes. The Webasto and winterisation were a bunus .
    It was the luck of the draw.
    An old bloke at our storage place came in ours and was very impressed. Being used to seeing the basic ci models on the road. He compared a lot of the features to his elderly hymer.
    I think it's all down to luck. You either get a good one or a dud. Just cos it's new doesn't meen it won't be a dud, but at least you get the warranty. Personally I think an old build has a more robust quality. Plus all the niggles have been sorted out by the previous owner , hopefully .
    Our old Mizzi will suit us fine till we downsize. Unless she gets riddled with damp , and with all the rain today , I hope she's watertight :thumb:
     
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    c i Mizar

    We have a 2006 c I Mizar which we bought 12 months ago. We have had no problems with ours
     
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    yes it is the luck of the draw and like you say a new model can sometimes give more grief than a used 1 i remember when i was looking for our mh i had already joined here before i got 1 and the main advice i got is what you have said buy used then someone else has sorted any problems out for you
     
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