Relay, Boxer or Ducato

Myles Ward

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Hi Everyone... My wife and I are looking to buy a pre-reg of one of the above vans. Is there anything which one of the above outshines the other. I'm not mechanically minded so I really haven't got a clue about which engine to go for etc. Really looking for help from you guys. I look forward to hearing from you.
 

mikebeaches

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They are very similar, and I believe all built in the same factory.

But one significant difference is that the Fiat Ducato is the only one you can get with an automatic gearbox. More accurately, a semi-automatic - the comfortmatic gearbox is a manual, but with an automatic clutch (so no clutch pedal).

Our Ducato van has got a comfortmatic gearbox, which is very agreeable. (y)

Oh and :welcome3: !!
 
Sep 14, 2018
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... Is there anything which one of the above outshines the other
In a word, no ... the differences are basically badge engineering except that the Boxer/Relay have a different (Peugeot) engine to the Ducato (Iveco) and are not available with the auto box.
It's worth looking for one with the Technico (Fiat), Professional (Peugeot) or Enterprise (Citroen) extras pack included as this gives you air con, cruise control, reverse warning beepers, an alarm and a stereo upgrade - and even better if you can find one that has a single passenger seat and no bulkhead: they do exist, usually as cancelled orders from someone who was going to convert them into a motor caravan!
 
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All built in the Sevel factory in Italy, with the model reference of x290. Fiat's have a different engine, as stated. Also, a different method of achieving euro 6 emissions, although both methods are fine.

Apart from the engines and a few bits of exterior trim, they are identical. All are great vans, and ideal for converting.

Whilst looking at pre-registered, consider a dealer purchase. I got 49% discount on ours, and was able to specify exactly what we wanted. Lead times are quite long at the mo' though.

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GPW

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Citroen / Peugeot has a ford engine (timing chain), you can spec the 160bhp one. That's why there is no autobox option - the Fiat autobox works with the Fiat engine only. The Fiat has a timing belt (check mileage due if you buy secondhand).

Citroen / Peugeot are adblue with 90 litre fuel tank,
Fiat is EGR valve with 90 or 120 litre tank.

Go for a 16" wheel version. Make sure you spec cruise and AC.
Go ideally for something above 130bhp.

See if you can get test drives and see what prices are like - it may be a question of deciding on the deals you can get rather than the difference in branding.

When you get it join up here and post up the photos of your conversion!! :)
 
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Citroen / Peugeot has a ford engine (timing chain)
No more - the euro 6 ones have a Peugeot 2L engine (cam belt) for all powers from 110 - 160 bhp. All are more torquey than the older 2.2L Ford engines of similar power, and there is little difference in torque between the 130 and the 160 (just more revs in the latter).

If buying new there are some options which are only available from certain marques: Citroen don't offer bonded glass in the side door, Peugeot do; Peugeot give the option of no bulkhead, Citroen only offer full bulkhead or ladder bulkhead; Citroen offer swivelling captain seats, I don't think Peugeot do (not sure about Fiat); Citroen include a dealer fitted tracker, Peugeot don't (AFAIK) - etc. etc.

Underneath, they're the same van though.
 

GPW

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Interesting, I have a Peugeot car with their famous 1.9tdi in and it goes like a champ (and goes on forever) so that's good: especially the more torque bit!
 
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The bottom line is they are mechanically matched. If you are buying from a pre-reg list, just pick one that meets your spec and ignore the badge.
 

2SLEDGE

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DONT GET THE FIAT WITH THE SEMI AUTO BOX WE HAVE 12 AT WORK AS MINI BUS FOR CLIENTS AND HAVE BEEN A NIGHTMARE FROM DAY ONE WITH THE CLUTCH CONTROL MODUELS
 
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Like many others on here we have Fiat with Comfortmatic and 150 bhp engine. 30,000 seamless miles at approx 30 mpg. Used properly the Comfortmatic box is good, I suspect multiple drivers can be an issue.
 
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Just to add to this, you can't order a L3 or L4 H2 in anything other than white ATM due to supply (lack of) and demand and a new plant being built.
They say you have a year wait at least for a coloured van.
Didn't know the citroen doesnt come with auto? IO have a 67 dispatch and its 180hp model with auto box? Great gearbox BTW, would probably not spec on the van conversion tho just 1 less reliability concern to worry about in the future I suppose...
 
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