FIAT or Ford?

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  1. MJG1959

    MJG1959 Read Only Funster

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    If your motorhome manufacturer offered you the choice (for the same MH in all other respects) a choice between the FIAT as a base vehicle or the Ford, which would you choose and ideally why also?

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    Fiat....... (Italian flair) (y)

    Ford .....( reliably dull) :ROFLMAO:

    (Mines a Fiat :))
     
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    Renault;)
     
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    I should have added actually we have a FIAT car (500L so I am sort of drawn to the Italian (well it's made in Serbia) because we have been very happy with it, even the reliability.
     
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    I always wanted a ford transit base m/h, but after driving our recently bought 2009 tranny for work( the old 52 plate got nicked by the gippos) I'm glad i got the fiat,,much nicer to drive.

    The 52 plate tranny was nicer to drive than the newer one.
    The 6th gear feels like 4th on the old one
     
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    an old ford. I have a old Talbot express 1990 still going strong.
     
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    Fiat for me purely based on the 3.0 litre comfortmatic option. Also the van being Rapido is not offered on a Ford. Given that I'm now fairly familiar with all its faults it would be a waste to change to a Ford and start over :LOL:
     
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    Fiat by a country mile..Ford agricultural in comparison
     
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    We had ford on our first, although it wad an older model. had fiat on the last 2.
    Fiat wins for us and the 2.8jtd engine has been brilliant in my opinion.
     
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    Fiat, they are just so nice to drive & Comformatic box is great, my mate who is a lifelong Merc fan latest van is a on Fiat now says he would only have a Motorhome on Fiat.
     
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    Intersting comments about the FIATs cheers.

    Am I correct in thinking the Comformatic box is a robotised 'manual', a bit like the Dualogic box on the FIAT cars??
     
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    Yes it is robotised.

    here is a user manual download for more clarity http://www.mediafire.com/view/r4e186d7pa6ssm6/Comfortmatic.pdf
     
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    OK thanks for that. I know from the FIAT forum that people generally seem happy with that set up on their cars, but the different auto box they used on the 500L in the US was a bit of a lemon apparently. It is more akin to a 'normal' autobox but has had issues over there which tarnished FIATS reputation in the US.
     
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    just a personal choice really but for me its a Fiat(y)
    Brian & Jo
     
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    Always an arguable choice of any chassis but, for me, it is Fiat. Also find the Fiat engine is superior to the Peugeot model available. Much quiter and smoother.
     
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    If it's the new Transit, then it's Ford all the way. Brilliant to drive, great gearbox, no cambelt to replace, super comfy cab, very car-like with small steering wheel and what has surprised me most, the visibility is just so much better than the Sevel with a bigger front screen and larger side windows.
     
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    I believe it is the latest Transit offered by the maker I am considering (Chausson).
     
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    having owned several of each, my preference is the FIAT but must be the ultra reliable 3.0l IVECO engine option. super smooth, powerful and as said reliable. also chain driven and good mpg
     
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    Fiat every time for us, 2.8JTD pulls like a train, cruising at 60 (ish) bang on 2,000rpm and gives 28mpg in a six berth Apache 700SE. Tows a 107 car on an A frame like if it's not there - nice machines.

    Regards,

    Trikeman. :wink:
     
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    One thing to consider is - where are you going to do most of your travelling. If on European mainland then there are many more Fiat dealers than Ford, especially in France, Spain and Italy.

    If within UK , there will possibly be more Ford dealers.

    You may need assistance at some time.
     
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