Comfortmatic gearbox

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  1. Squeezy

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    I'm about to order a new motorhome and can't decide whether to go for an automatic. Can anyone who has the Comfortmatic gearbox give me their views on it, please?
     
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    Ditto, what engine are you going for?
     
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    We have the 3L engine with Comformatic and cruise control, much better and a lot less stressful driving than our old 6 speed, 2.3L manual on a Fiat base. :)
     
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    No need to dither, get it and you won't regret it. There might be a bit of a learning curve but you will very quickly get used to it and be embarrassed you asked such a silly question! :):):)

    Edit: There is one case where it wouldn't be a good idea - this is if you want to park it on a steep drive. You can reverse it up steep hills but you need confidence as you have to do quickly and not let the clutch slip.
     
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    It's a no-brainer! The Comformatic is well worth it in my opinion. If I change MH then it will be a mandatory requirement.
    Bill
    P.S. I have it with the 150 engine on my 3850Kg A-T Apache
     
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    Blimey.....have you not driven one to see if you like it?
     
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    Yes, I have had a test drive, of course. I'm not that daft. However, I'm interested in the views of people who have experienced it over a period of time. In answer to a previous question, the engine it comes with is the 130 (I don't think there's any choice), on a Bessacarr Hi-Style 454.
     
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    Hi, will never buy another manual box for all the reasons above and much easier for swimbo as well.
     
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    I don't think the engine size matters as unlike a traditional automatic there is no power loss. It might change gear a little more often, but that would be all. My 3 litre can chug up hills at 1500 rpm and a smaller engine might need to change down, but this is no effort - it does it itself. :)

    There are times, such as in hilly country, when you might want to knock it into manual but you don't have to. Also, there are occasions when manually changing up or down one gear is an advantage, for example when going down hill with no throttle and it holds a lower gear than you think it should.
     
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    Thanks to everyone for their replies. You're right, Andy, I should have searched previous threads before posting.:unsure:
     
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    I have only done a few hundred miles so far..New Tribute -[upgraded free to a 150] engine
    Great to drive & does it all itself Unless YOU interupt the normal process in Auto mode. After driving Auto gearbox's for 50 yrs now they are nothing like what was around even just a few years ago....Thank goodness !
    Bought untried & unseen from a Auto-Trail dealership nearly 300 miles away....Delivered to our home
    However we did plenty of Research ., as you should with many many reviews obtained & taken on board etc.. So far so good (y)
    Also., If you are suffering from any age related problems that might get worse over time ? THEN do go for an AUTOMATED gearbox & possibly Future proof yourself a little - Njoy:)
     
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    3.0 litre with comformatic works great would not have manual again,does about same mpg for info.
     
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    We have the comformatic with 3ltr engine, and love it. Cruises lovely on the motorway, and loads of torque when attacking the inclines in the Highlands.
     
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    My drives not steep but it's certainly not flat, have to practice reversing downhill before crashing it into my house. lol.
    Mickey.
     
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    Wonder if Squeezy did get a comfortmatic gearbox on his van last year? Perhaps he could let us know, and tell us what he thinks of it now...;)
     
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    Given the OP is over a year old I suspect we may be a bit late to offer advice. However for what it is worth we have a 3 litre A class with comformatic gearbox and are very pleased with it. Much more relaxing to drive than the previous manual one we had.
     
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    You won't have any problem with that. It's going uphill very slowly (forwards or backwards) that can be a bit difficult. On an uphill slope the clutch won't engage until you have quite a few revs on & if you let it take up drive fully, you will then be going faster than you want to. So you have to control it with the brake & you end up with more clutch slip than you would if you were doing it with a manual clutch.

    It may be a deliberate policy by Fiat to protect the dual-mass flywheel. Taking up drive with high torque at very low revs is apparently the biggest killer of a DMF.

    But don't let it put you off. The overall advantages outweigh any minor niggles. You do have to make slight adjustments to your driving style to work with it rather than against it, but that applies to driving any different vehicle. I would certainly have another, as would the vast majority of those who have driven more than a few miles with one.
     
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    Thecaller.Thanks for your reply. I drive a hgv horsebox with semi auto so it won't be completely new to me. I didn't get to test drive this one because it's brand new, but I have had a test drive on the same model with manual gears.
     
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    In the end I opted for a manual - for no other reason than 'better the Devil you know'. I haven't regretted it - I think the Ducato gearbox is fine - though it was a close call to be honest. So, sorry but I can't offer any opinion, other than the fact that I liked it on the test drive and was very close to opting for one. And I apologise for not having rounded the thread off!
     
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