Mercedes 2.9 1994 - opinions please.

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  1. joggerman

    joggerman Read Only Funster

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    I am currently considering a 1994 Hymer S550, approx 18 feet long, Merc 2.9 five cylinder non-turbo, and have read much about how older Mercs are better than the newer ones.

    Are there any views on the quality or otherwise of this engine (80k miles).
    longevity, reliability, faults to expect during use etc?

    Also, being a non-turbo, how will it perform (max weight 3300kg). Will it's lack of power drive me nuts? I have not had chance to drive it yet.

    Generally, what is the wisdom or otherwise of buying a van of this age?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    80k miles on a merc, no problem!

    S class well built, good quality but 18 year old van highly likely to be damp somewhere.

    Non turbo, bit gutless and has it power steering, if not you need muscles!

    Also needs to be cheap

    Good luck

    Peter
     
  3. joggerman

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    About £14k from Ikonic Kampers.
    Apparently has no damp?
    Do you know the bhp of this engine?

    Thanks
     
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    ref 1994 merc

    Hi
    myself and my partner own a 1993 hymer s700 .
    this vehicle has the same 2.9 5 cylinder engine
    as the s550 and my only gripe with the vehicle
    is the lack of power , it is adequate only just.
    should be ok in the smaller s550.
    The horsepower is approx 80 .
    yours Paul and Jane:thumb:
     
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    80 horsepower........Really
    How does that push a motorhome?
     
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    Is this a Merc Hymer that has the one piece fibre glass roof?

    Mine is a 660 (1987)

    Mine does NOT leak or have any damp issues.

    I bought it from Ikonic Kampers.

    However if you want to drive in the same way you do with more modern vehicles you will be highly frustrated.

    I travel at 80 - 90 kph on a good surface and know I will slow down up inclines/hills.

    If you want to go faster these vans are not for you (unless you are deaf or have a very loud stereo :Rofl1:)

    What's the rush?

    I feel it is all about enjoying the (different) experience... taking your time... smelling the roses... de-stressing and relaxing! :Wink:

    JJ :Cool:

    PS. Been with motorhome/camper vansfor over forty years... never had a damp problem (or habitation check) other that one leaking roof light on one of my self builds. I built it so I resealed it... took 15 minutes.
     
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    :Smile: I think it's sold on ebay :Smile:
     
  8. cbrookson

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    Should be fine! We have a 1992 S700. Power steering is really needed, but otherwise 60 mph is maximum for us. Bit slower uphill :Smile: but as has been said before well built and solid. Our local Mercedes truck dealer is always pleased to see us. MOT this year passed with no advisories .........

    Cheers

    PS The S700 is 4.6 ton Max so you are much lighter than ours ......
     
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    Some great comments by Folk who own and use these great veterans , take advice by folk who know, We own a wonderful veteran Mercedes,she's 30 years old and at 370000 km and still going strong,and returns 1litre to every 10km, in your money its around 28 mpg, its the 5 cylinder 3litre non turbo,all we have done is changed the rear axle to a coach diff, much better crusing speed and better hill climber, and to have the Mercedes running gear,you will not find any better, and its a Hymer another excellent German quality , the only thing i will say and its my opinion only that you would better off with Manual gearbox rather than auto, ho and our does not have power steering , i have no problem with this or my wife when driving, so yes if the moneys right we can certainly reccomend this model , reliable and a great living area, what else do you need for those great travels, good luck and any more advice just ask,cheers:thumb:
     
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    I see they are both sold on ebay, I'd have gone for one of the bigger versions based on the 410D which though a bit longer give you a huge load capacity (though you need six tyres, but they are cheap!) .......

    Cheers
     
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    A couple of further questions -

    Are these older vans well insulated?

    They seem to be mainly LHD.
    Is this a major issue, as I would be using it mainly for UK breaks and rarely abroad.

    Thanks
     
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    Hymers are well insulated - both new and older models: quite capable of winter use.
    LHD is no problem for me, in fact we set out to find one in preference to a RHD. You may need to fit an extra mirror on the right hand side to overcome blind spots, and / or stick a fresnel lens on the right hand window.
    In my opinion, the older Merc-based Hymer S-class are beautiful vans (but ours is a newer Star-line and we like that too).
     
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    The 2 that are on ebay are his previous stock. He has 2 550.s that don't appear to be listed on ebay yet!:Smile:
     
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    LHD is no problem, as said above you just need extra lenses and mirrors which are not too expensive - see our site for details. It's easy just to follow the curb rather than the lines in the middle of the road! And yes ... insulation is fine for winter use. Even when it is snowing :Smile:

    Cheers
     
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    You should have no problems with an old merc,they last longer than the newer ones.i have mot'd these old Mercs with over 500000 miles on them ,and still running strong.as to the speed thing,they are not fast or powerfull ,but they almost certainly will get you there without any problems,and it won't cost you £500 to get a light on the dash turned out. What you need to do if you can is think to yourself your Holliday starts as soon as you lock your front door at home and enjoy the journey and soak up some of the sights enrought .afterall it's a Holliday not a race.:thumb:
     
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    In my opinion this is one the best engines you can get in a smaller motorhome,until you make the leep into rv's then of course it's a cummins .both capable of over half a million miles without any problems if looked after. I have had both, they are superb.:thumb:
     
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    Merc Chassis ?

    How good are the old (S550) Merc chassis in terms of corrosion compared with say Fiat ?
    I'm thinking that a 20 year old van has had plenty of time to rust !
     
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    Hi, Joggerman, I,m having a towbar fitted at the moment and had a look under the back of the van, hardly any rust- just a little on some edges, so I would say they are very good compared to anything else on the road, and better than some!
    I am in Bolton, where are you in Lancs?
    Cheers, Dave:thumb:
    ps my van is a 2000 S520
     
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