Discussion in 'Base Chassis Section' started by Griffs, Jul 7, 2012.
Any information on a Hymer - merc 630 starline with the auto gear box.
I have one - what do you want to know?
re Starline 630
Hi Good morning,
We are seriously considering buying a Hymer & have been to see a 630 Starline 2003. Firstly how do you find the Auto gear box also engine wise, power, MPG.
The living space looks very suited to our requirements, how do you find it?
Also as we have had a couple of American Rv's in the past where payload was never a problem, how do you find the payload works out.
Do you know if possible to add an additional lap belt in lounge area.
Thanks for your info, it will help us weigh up all the options.
It depends on the exact specification. They were available with two chassis, two engine options and two forms of auto.
Chassis: 313/6 or 413/6
MAM for 31X is 3,800 kg giving up to 800 kg payload depending on extras fitted - in reality you should get around 500kg after allowing for all extras such as awning, solar panel, sat dish, second passenger, second leisure battery etc.
MAM for 41X is 4,600 kg giving more effective payload than most people can fill (well over a tonne).
Engine: either 2.2 litre 4-cylinder giving 130 bhp or 2.7 litre 5-cylinder giving 160 bhp (actually 156) this is indicated by the chassis specification, so a 313 or 413 has the 130 engine and the 316 or 416 has the 160 engine.
Gearbox: either 5-speed full auto with torque converter or the much commoner 6-speed Sprint-shift semi-auto.
I have a 316, 5-speed full auto. It returns 25 mpg driven carefully.
For us the layout is very good. We rarely use the pull-down bed but it's useful for occasional visitors - mainly our adult daughter. The bed over the garage creates a small bedroom which we like. The swing-wall shower room works really well. The garage is spacious but the floor width is partly limited by the end of the Sprinter chassis. It's not really a problem, but the B514 on a Fiat / Alko base has an identical layout without this limitation. Not available in 2003 though. It drives really well and has a lot of power - that 5-pot engine will take off from the lights with gusto if you want it to.
Hope that helps.