Which 90s banger to buy

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  1. richardgilbert

    richardgilbert Read Only Funster

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    Hi All

    I am very keen to spend no more than 3 grand on a 4 berth camper with full rear access and a centre aisle.

    So far I have narrowed it down to The Transit Autosleeper or the Trafic Autosleeper, both with pop up roofs. I want petrol power, so 2 I have found are the Trafic 1.7 for £2800 with 52,000 miles and a Transit 2.0 with 55,000 miles for £3500. Both H reg.

    Is there a difference in:

    a. propensity for rust
    b. mechanical robustness
    c. mpg
    d. interior space

    between these two models that I should note before making the decision?

    These 4 questions are ones I just can't work out by looking at pictures etc.

    Thanks all.

    Richard
     
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    Not long ago we had a Transit motocaravan in from a bodywork company, we had to strip out the rear end cupboards and washroom and floor so they could rebuild the floor that had completely rotted out spreading out from the spring hangers, so if considering a Tranny that would be the first place I would look, and look hard as it's not always easy to spot.
     
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    There are plenty of old Transits and Trafics about so they must last reasonably well. If you're bothered about mpg then you should get a diesel which give far better mpg.
     
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    Yes I guess. I suppose I should be more hoping for answers regarding the space and mpg in that case.

    Regarding mpg, I am a long term LPG advocate, having had 7 vehicles converted so far without trouble (my last 7 vehicles, actually). So petrol is my preferred engine type.
     
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    Renault engine s...t tranny chassis s...t , take your pick, but if you can find a tranny diesel with a decent underneath buy it:thumb: go for ever.
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    and a 20 year old tranny diesel will have so much diesel knock you'll need a thousand watt amp to drown it with music.

    Ford cannot and never have made a quiet diesel.
     
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    What's a bit of noise to pay for the reliability and economy and ease of service of a tranny, maybe biased , used to ford tractors and ldv vans with ford running gear and I understood all these fiat engines are based on tranny specs.:BigGrin:
     
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    That's OK, I am buying petrol whichever model.
     
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    Thanks, I was wondering if the Trafic 1.7 engine is rubbish to you because it is not powerful or not reliable or both?
     
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    I had a Renault Trafic 2 litre petrol ex minibus LWB Hitop, that I used for work for about 8 years ( it was a '92) which I sold 3 years ago. It ran perfectly all the time I had it.
    Faults were.
    Rad leaking. Replaced
    2 tyres worn. Replaced
    Speedo cable broke. Left it as it was, not an MOT item, apparently.
    Thats it. Great van, very comfortable but not very fast and about 20mpg.
    My Brother in Law had a Transit, about the same year and it was covered in rust so much that he had to scrap it after 3 years. Engine was incredibly noisy, but but it pulled like a train
    Allan
     
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    To be honest not had anything to do with Renault petrols but we had traffic diesels at work and they all seemed to give up at 70000, never known a tranny engine fail before the body, what reason do you want a petrol.
     
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    I have run LPG on my last 7 vehicles and am unlikely to change back now.
     
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    But the old banana engine was so reliable...BUSBY:BigGrin:
     
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    Loved the old petrol Trafics - bought my first one new in 1984 - made Transits feel like tractors - and low floor and more space




     
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    Did you have a petrol engined one?
     
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    Had more than one - all petrol:thumb:




     
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    And how was the 1.7? Powerful enough and did you get something like 30mpg out of it on motorways?
     
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    a mate of mine bought 2 new traffic petrols for his business and sold both within a couple of years because of unreliability. common faults the vans were off the road for were drive shafts and gearbox failures

    traffic front wheel drive - crap on grass, sand, mud, snow

    transit rear wheel drive - no problems

    both rust like nobodies business and need to be carefully checked. any panel van converted to a camper, its harder to do repairs involving the floor and chassis as they get covered with plywood and furniture

    traffic parts are harder to find than the sea of transit parts as less were built
     
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    Find one with a Chevy Big Block 8.1L V8. Bugger the running cost, it will do starship miles. :Rofl1:
     
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    I have a new Ford Fiesta diesel van, sounds like a petrol :thumb:
     
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