X250 auto: Love it or Hate it

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  1. Judge Mental

    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    Have been offered a PX on a van I am interested in but it has the auto X250 box.

    I have never driven one so would be interested in opinions from both sides please
     
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    No brainer ! buy buy buy

    BTW that is more than a 1.5k£££'s upgrade at point of order these days
     
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    Wouldn't be without mine. The economy of a manual with the convenience of the automatic.
     
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    I've heard varying stories about low speed manoeuvring but certainly it is the one big option that we would have had if not buying a stock van. Worth having IMHO
     
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    I would have one like a shot.. Driven a couple and very nice too !
     
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    Thank you starting this thread, we will have to make the choice next year.
     
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    Yes, it is one thing you would be advised to read the manual for - otherwise you will never get moving without the wretched thing beeping at you. I didn't learn how to deliberately put it into neutral while waiting with the engine running and for starting until I had had it 6 months. You don't have to put it into neutral before starting, but it is recommended. Ditto, putting it into neutral while idling - if you don't it is like sitting with your foot on the clutch with the engine running in a manually.

    The slow speed manoeuvring issue is only a concern if you are on a slope I have found. The problem is you have no direct control over the clutch so if you are inching very slowly up a slope there is a danger the clutch will be slipping. The answer is to a bit more bold with the throttle so it actually drives up the slope in gear and clutch fully engaged. You get a smell of burnt clutch if you don't - but you can get that with a manual as well if you try.
     
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    Actually it is the same for ALL automatics.. right back to the old Borg Warner 20x range ( yes, even the ones like the Smartie that are actually a manual box electrically controlled )

    I had to virtually beat Woman over the head with a torque converter before she got the message !!
     
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    Surprised there aren't more answers to this. The Comfortmatic box isn't that uncommon
     
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    Folk with it are happy.
     
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    I'd have one like a shot
     
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    Fantastic box .
    I have heard many a negative comment over this box.
    Usually by people that have never driven with it but they heard it from a friend of a friend.

    Mel
     
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    I love ours - makes driving the MH so much easier.
     
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    Had mine 5 years now and I would not want the manual
     
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    I always thought autos really for city driving...a motorhome that spends most of its time on the open road cruising ..what's the point. But I'm open to having my mind changed:)
     
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    Wait until you hit a 10 mile tailback! no more left ankle ache
     
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    Got the answer for holdups.....swap with the wife and have a snooze :)


    Does it labour in the gears...does it feel like it's in the right gear most of the time, so to speak
     
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    The 3 litre has so much torque that it doesn't change much but not having to even think about it makes a more relaxing drive.

    If you drive in France much on D roads you'll not often go more than a couple of miles without a roundabout again and again and again
     
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    Thanks that's helpful but it will be the 150 bhp in a panel van camper. Would find it frustrating as I actually enjoy driving 6 speed box when run in, if it felt like it was not in the best gear for the job..suspect it would drive me nuts.
     
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