Fiat, yes or no?

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Having never owned or driven a Fiat I don't know for myself but I have been reading some horror stories about juddering in reverse and losing 5th gear.

I have driven VW, Transit, Boxer, Citroen, Trafic and not had any such worries, is it worth me being put off buying one as there are some great Moho's out there built on their chassis?

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The Boxer is the same vehicle as the Fiat Ducato so if you were happy with that no reason why you wouldn't be happy with the Fiat
 
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Well Nick it spent a lot of time on a wrecker but not for juddering in reverse or losing any gears, it was brand new 56 plate and caused us no end of trouble so maybe I will stay away now I know. Thank you.
 
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had 2 motorhomes in the past 6 years ( inclusive of the current one)both X250 Fiat 2.3 ltr 130.

great drive, good economy, dependant on your right foot, good torque. have had no issues with juddering or loosing gears.
 
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Our current one is on a Fiat and it's fine. No problems at all, plenty of power, decent mpg, no sign of any juddering or anything like that.
 
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Some years back my business partner came in one day nod proudly announced he had done a killer deal to reduce our transport costs by by leasing a number of Fiat Ducato vans. That was the good news, the bad was that we were committed for four years. The vehicles were a nightmare continuously breaking down and and causing no end of problems. The final straw was they failed their first mot on rust perforation!.

ok this was probably 25 years ago but I have never had a Fiat vehicle since. They must be much better today or they would have gone bust.
 
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Some years back my business partner came in one day nod proudly announced he had done a killer deal to reduce our transport costs by by leasing a number of Fiat Ducato vans. That was the good news, the bad was that we were committed for four years. The vehicles were a nightmare continuously breaking down and and causing no end of problems. The final straw was they failed their first mot on rust perforation!.

ok this was probably 25 years ago but I have never had a Fiat vehicle since. They must be much better today or they would have gone bust.

you could have said the same about Skoda cars;). life and engineering moves on i'm pleased to say(y)
 

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Many Ducato's like mine run with Iveco engines maybe that's why it is so good? No issues or complaints here.
BTW mine is 3 litre 160 with robotic gear change. No judder and no problem with driving on wet grass
 

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No real problems for us except a leaking fuel filter which I think they have sorted out on newer models.
 
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I really don't know guys but there are lots of threads about them.
 

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No real problems for us except a leaking fuel filter which I think they have sorted out on newer models.
The guy that bought my Old Auto-Sleeper noted that the fuel filter had leaked..... It let us down twice due to the terrible design and ineptness of Fiat "Professional" service. Finally fixed by buying a cage for tightening the fuel filter off eBay. The only other problem we had was an air conditioning failure where the down pipe had rubbed against the radiator housing. Fixed under warranty. Loved the 3 litre engine - oodles of power and torque.

New van has the 150 2.3 which is a nice engine as well.
 
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as i see it if you dont want a FIAT then thats both the Peugeot and Citroen out also; that cuts out one shed load of available motorhomes and in the main leaves you Merc and Ford Transit and a reduced selection.

just test drive it fully including up an incline in reverse. or get it professionally inspected by the AA or RAC.
 
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the latest fuel filters are replacement complete units so cant leak in the same way as the older ones. and can be retro fitted.
 

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The guy that bought my Old Auto-Sleeper noted that the fuel filter had leaked..... It let us down twice due to the terrible design and ineptness of Fiat "Professional" service. Finally fixed by buying a cage for tightening the fuel filter off eBay. The only other problem we had was an air conditioning failure where the down pipe had rubbed against the radiator housing. Fixed under warranty. Loved the 3 litre engine - oodles of power and torque.

New van has the 150 2.3 which is a nice engine as well.
I know it was a problem, but I am too clueless to know what the problem was ...

We have the 130 2.3 which is a bit underpowered uphill



especially when my wife is driving.
 
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The Boxer is the same vehicle as the Fiat Ducato so if you were happy with that no reason why you wouldn't be happy with the Fiat
Not the same, certainly different engine and properly other components as well . Had Fiats and would not have another.

Mike
 
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I have just been quoted £536.00 for the requisite bits to replace my 5th gear and synchro.
This quote was from Fiat for supply only!

Has anyone any other suggestions of where to obtain these parts.

Should I start a separate thread of answers to Fiat!!!
cydersyd, Oct 29, 2010 Report

Perhaps its only on the older end units?
 

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I know it was a problem, but I am too clueless to know what the problem was ...

We have the 130 2.3 which is a bit underpowered uphill



especially when my wife is driving.
Said the recently deceased Chris..........;)
 
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