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  1. CHF

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    My Transit has done 155,000 so mileage not a problem.

    But you make have trouble selling it on as folk do panic about high miles.
     
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    70000 miles is not even fully run in. Now all you have to worry about is it watertight :whistle:.
     
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    No mention of service history which is much more important than mileage.
    4 berth but only 2 belted seats.

    If they can come up with some decent service history and there are only 2 of you, it could be a good buy.

    The mileage might be a useful price negotiation feature.
     
  5. CHF

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    Yes only two of us (plus cat and dog) hence the need for U lounge and only require 2 belts.

    As for watertight, how do I approach this? Ive seen the damp meters but also read if you dont know where to look then there a waste of time! Is it viable to have it checked out after purchase and return if a problem?

    The milegae is a concern as are going into this with the view that if it doesnt suit we can cash it back in a hopefully only lose a few k so would still want to get a decent resale in 12 months if requried.
     
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    Are you specifically referring to the fact its a Swift or just in general? I have read about swifts leaking.
     
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    Called about service history but it sold on friday! - thanks anyway.
     
  8. GeriatricWanderer

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    Now back in Sarfend for a couple of months.
    Nothing to stop you asking Baldwin's if they would give you some form of damp guarantee, maybe 12 months?
    Worth a pop.

    Don't forget, if you bought it at around that price and then decided to sell it privatel after 12 months you may well take quite a knock, so do whatever you can to get that price down.
    Do you know how long they've had it in stock?
     
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    That is the same engine as we have in our 2000 W reg Autotrail, regularly serviced & it goes like a train.
    70k is nothing for a big diesel like that, ours is in the 80k range now, I'd drive to Portugal in it tomorrow if I could, like I did last year, no worries.
    I've been told to expect it to go at least twice around the clock before any concerns .
    Better a van that's been a regular runner than an older van that's been stood for most of its life.
    As long as it gets clean oil & filters, cam belts as specified etc.
    Can't comment on the swift part but it looks good. As has been said just confirm its a dry one(y)
    Forgot to mention that there has been 5th gear issues with Fiats of this era, just something to watch out for, ask the seller like I did. He showed me receipts for a repair & advice re how best to treat 5th.
    Plenty of threads on here about it if you want to do some research.
     
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    In general. Though Swift have had some real disasters in the water ingress department.

    Get someone who can really use a damp meter to over and under it. The cost of repairs could be horrendous if you have bad water ingress.
     
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    As Brian stated, Swifts had a horrendous reputation for water ingress and if contemplating buying one of there models especially as a first time buyer get an independent damp survey done before parting with any money.
     
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    Thanks. How do you go about finding a damp inspector? I'm now looking at a Elddis.

    It's only done 25k in 11 years though which seems very low to me. I assume this also can cause problems.
     
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    Same question to you as to Snowbird then. I'm in Manchester area.
     
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    To be perfectly honest I have never used a mobile caravan engineer for damp checks as am capable of doing my own, but I would imagine any competent caravan engineer would do one for you.
     
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    One I have used is JMR Caravan Care.
    He is based in Urmston just near me, His name is Jonathan, 07810 677 410.
    If you google you can find quite a few caravan/motorhome engineers in and around Manchester.

    Also look up BCS Manchester, we bought our last MH from there, based in Littleborough, all the vehicles were nicely presented and undercover, have a look at their website.
     
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    Nothing suitable at BCS unfortunately.
     
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    I think the U shaped lounge is much more flexible, comfortable seating for a glass or two of wine in the evening and then a quick conversion to the night time sleeping arrangement. We have a bed making up routine, that gets it over with in a couple of minutes, organised by my wife of course. Took me a couple of rewrites to make that sentence seem less suggestive lol. We currently have the swift escape 622 with a U shaped lounge. it does for us. Our first van was an Elddis Sunseeker 25, we knew nothing at all about the dangers of damp and later had to pay £800 to have it sorted. I now check with my damp meter a couple of times a year.
     
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    Lovely van... cant beat end lounge... only point for me is no rear seat belts for taking anyone with you... why make a 4 berth when you can only take two? Still it looks in great condition. Good luck (y)
     
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    my self I would rather a base vehicle be used on a regular basis then one that has been stored on damp grass for many months so a higher mileage would not bother me, most of these diesels are meant for delivery drivers doing hundreds of thousands of miles.... As long as they are serviced regular, 10-15k a year would not bother ma at all.
    Just make sure you are buying a legit vehicle is most important.
    Happy hunting..
     
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    A shame nothing for you at BCS,we got ours there and were very impressed with aftersales.very helpful bunch.
     
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