Autotrail Startraveller Advice please.

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  1. grin factor

    grin factor Read Only Funster

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    Had a look at an 05 plate startraveller today priced at £23. Looks nice & clean, but noticed speedo in kph. Dealer could give no explanation for this. I had a test drive abd for a 2.8 it felt a tad underpowered. The dealer took it out with me, and revved it quite hard to get the speed up. Maybe its me but I thought a 2.8 TD would not need to be revved so hard? I've driven many diesel cars and the torque is normally low down.
    So, 2 things I would like help on, the speedo & engine please.
    Oh, is this a reasonable price? had 30k kilometers on.
    Thanks
     
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    At £23 i'd take a chance.
    Changed my speedo with a stick on to MPH, quite easy.
     
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    Sorry £23,000. oops
     
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    Sound a good buy get the ecu remapped it make a real difference:Wink:
     
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    WOW! I'm well impressed by all the help & advice here.
     
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    There you go !!!! A few replies !:thumb:
     
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    Have you seen the V5 (log book) yet as it may give more clues to the history.

    The 2.8 TD normally has a fair bit of grunt, and hard revving sounds a bit overkill. Are any of the brakes stuck for example, which may account for the slugishness.

    Are you sure it is an Autotrail, as I do not recall that model in the range.
     
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    I think the Autotrail you've been looking at is in fact an Autocruise. :thumb:
     
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    As for Kph, just add the little stickers for mph as a heap solution.

    Normally the 2.8 is a decent motor, though the non turbo ones may feel a bit sluggish, but they will just keep pulling if serviced ok..

    Post a link to the van if you have one, you will get lot's of opinions then.....:Laughing:


    :BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
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    Sorry, just checked the photo on phone, it is an autocruise.:Blush:
    I'm inclined to walk away from this van, it looks nice, size is perfect, but salesman couldn't explain why speedo in kph either/
    Thank you.
     
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    it would be unusual to have a KPH speedo on an autocruise as this is a UK van. I wouldn't give up on it though, just try and have a look at it's history and find out why its in KPH.

    You need to find out if it was Exported and then re-imported
    Speedo changed? if so why?

    As for the power, I had a 4.5t van on the 2.8, at 2005 it should be the JTD and that is a stonking engine and pulls all day like a train.

    I had mine re-mapped as it was used to tow sometimes after the remap it was awesome, so much so in fact that Jerry Clarkeson himself would of commissioned it for some top gear racing. :Wink:

    However, if you have never driven a Motor Home before, it could be just that your expectations are too high? It won't perform like a car, the journeys are long enjoyable and fruitful in a MH but most of all they are part of the "getting away" experience. :thumb:
     
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