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Old 13-02-2013, 09:39   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2003 ducato 2.8 hymer

I am looking to buy a 2003 C class hymer 19' 6" long coachbuilt with overcab bed and 2.8 engine.

The seller claims 30mpg. Is this reasonable given the big engine?

Also, the engine/base vehicle will probably be a 2002 so what do you think of these engines generally. Are they a good bet. (Has 42000 with FSH)?

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Old 13-02-2013, 09:57   #2 (permalink)
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I am looking to buy a 2003 C class hymer 19' 6" long coachbuilt with overcab bed and 2.8 engine.

The seller claims 30mpg. Is this reasonable given the big engine?

Also, the engine/base vehicle will probably be a 2002 so what do you think of these engines generally. Are they a good bet. (Has 42000 with FSH)?

Thanks
My C class Geist is just over 24' and probably a little heavier. I have the 3.0 litre engine. If I'm really steady I achieve 27mpg, but more often 25-26mpg. Hope this helps.
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Old 13-02-2013, 10:03   #3 (permalink)
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Default Hi Joggerman

I too have a Hymer with the 2.8 JTD engine albeit an A class. This was my first venture into the Motor Home fraternity and I looked long and hard before my purchase, last August. Had made my my mind up on what model, liking the non caravan internal appearance of the Hymers . This Fiat engine is used by other manufactures so I believe it is a long tried and test engine. I have recently returned from a trip to the Alps( you might see my earlier posts ) in January, it wasn't a trip without problems. My lack of knowledge was the main prob and not that of the Hymer. My honest opinion it did lack a bit of power especially on some of the autoroutes and did find myself with my foot down hard to floor, not something I like doing. My fuel consumption varied quite a bit. Nice level roads , at about 60mph I reckon 28mpg but when made to work down to 22mpg. On my return I have looked into having a re map on the engine and before a go on another long trip, and I am certainly going for this. They claim another 27 BHP and a slight increase in economy. I certainly didn't make a mistake with the choice of vehicle......I love it and can't wait or my next venture in Europe. Hope you too enjoy the freedom.

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Old 13-02-2013, 10:04   #4 (permalink)
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I am looking to buy a 2003 C class hymer 19' 6" long coachbuilt with overcab bed and 2.8 engine.

The seller claims 30mpg. Is this reasonable given the big engine?

Also, the engine/base vehicle will probably be a 2002 so what do you think of these engines generally. Are they a good bet. (Has 42000 with FSH)?

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You do not say what engine it is (Probably a Peugeot or a Fiat) nor do you say what weight your vehicle is and what extras, (solar panels, air suspension, satellite dish) are fitted. All these add weight. It is unlikely you would achieve 30mpg I have a Fiat ducato 2.8 on a N+B and my best result is 25 mpg but my average is between 22 - 23 mpg with all these things fitted.

If your engine is a fiat or Peugeot they are reasonably bullet proof especially if they have been well maintained. Check the timing belt has been changed recently as the mileage is about right for a mh of this age but the timing belt needs to be changed every 5 - 6 years(see manual).

Look for the link on buying a mh on this site it will give you plenty of good advice.

Happy motorhoming.

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Old 13-02-2013, 12:49   #5 (permalink)
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Hi expect mid to low 20s
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Old 13-02-2013, 13:32   #6 (permalink)
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Our C class with he 2.8 in it will return 26 to 27 on a long run at a constant 52mph IN WARM WEATHER. ( and ours is 'chipped' for economy )

Soon as it gets cold or we are doing short runs, or a fast run, we average 22 to 23mpg
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Mine is 23 feet on a 2.8 and I don't normally get less than 22mpg but never more than 26mpg. Don't generally do more than 60mph with a mixture of motorway and back roads.
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We have a Starline 630 with the Merc 5 cyl 2.7 turbodiesel and speedshift gearbox (like in the best sprinters) This is a great engine, and we certainly get 30 mpg fully laden with motorscooter in the garage.
I hope its this engine because according to my Neighbour, a soon to retire, Merc diesel mechanic, this is Mercs best engine.
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