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#1 2019-02-20 00:03:23

Alvin
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Registered: 2019-02-19
Posts: 6

Newbie

Hi all,

Hoping to get into a van soon, haven’t bought one yet but searching hard.

Whats a reasonable price to be paying? The prices seem to be all over the place.

Plan will be to convert it to a day/campervan ready for a euro trip in the summer.

Please excuse me if I ask the obvious.

Ian

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#2 2019-02-20 01:04:26

kenbw2
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From: Bradford/Preston/Anywhere
Registered: 2017-11-26
Posts: 249

Re: Newbie

First question is gonna be which engine do you want - that's gonna affect what you pay:

- 1.9D - up to 2006 - simple engine, slow as hell. You learn to love it like you would a special needs kid
- 1.9TD - up to 2000 - simple engine, decent power. Hen's teeth now though
- 1.6 HDi - up to 2006? - slightly more modern computery engine, a bit lacking in power, and I gather it's a bit more prone to problems
- 2.0 HDi - up to 2006 - slightly more modern computery engine, good power an MPG, a bit more reliable than the 1.6

When I was last looking at 1.9Ds they were around £800. I got mine for £550 about 2 years ago

Last edited by kenbw2 (2019-02-20 01:05:50)


2000 Citroen Dispatch 1.9TD XUD9 Upcoming Camper
1999 Citroen Dispatch 1.9D DW8 Camper Conversion + full time home
1996 Peugeot 806 1.9TD XUD9 Spare vehicle
1998 Citroen Synergie 1.9TD XUD9 Snapped timing belt

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#3 2019-02-20 07:52:53

Alvin
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Registered: 2019-02-19
Posts: 6

Re: Newbie

2.0 Hdi. Used to have a 306 with one, had it remapped and it got me 65mph on a weekend away to north wales. Then I got silly and decided 180 bhp was a good idea, hybrid turbo and a visit to hdituning and it ended dynoing at 179bhp with 300ft lbs.

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#4 2019-02-20 19:53:16

Alvin
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Registered: 2019-02-19
Posts: 6

Re: Newbie

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We got one! 2.0 HDi! And in a good colour. Hopefully its as honest as it seems. Made it home without a hint of a problem.

He has however had a name change, he is no longer Ernie (our previously decided name), the other half has decided he is very much an Alvin. Who do I need to talk to nicely to change that on here?

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#5 2019-02-20 21:02:15

OAT
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From: Borders/Dales
Registered: 2017-01-03
Posts: 234

Re: Newbie

Looks nice.

(The van's not bad either.  wink)

Hope you will share the progress of your conversion with us.  Quite a few campers on here.  They do make ideal campers if you don't need loads of space. 

Good mpg, get under height barriers, same as a car for the ferries, drive like a car, fit in a garage or multistory, ...etc...etc...

Cosy for two, roomy for one.  I could live in mine.

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#6 2019-02-20 22:02:40

Ricko
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From: SW Lancs
Registered: 2017-01-18
Posts: 160

Re: Newbie

Looks good, I like the 2.0Hdi it's got a bit of poke, mine cruises happily at 70mph and will return 45mpg on a Scottish trip.
What's the interior like??


2004 Citroen Dispatch 2.0 Hdi

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#7 2019-02-20 22:36:43

kenbw2
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From: Bradford/Preston/Anywhere
Registered: 2017-11-26
Posts: 249

Re: Newbie

Looks in good nick, that paint looks fairly well looked after if nothing else.

How much did you get it for?

OAT wrote:

I could live in mine.

Can confirm it's possible wink


2000 Citroen Dispatch 1.9TD XUD9 Upcoming Camper
1999 Citroen Dispatch 1.9D DW8 Camper Conversion + full time home
1996 Peugeot 806 1.9TD XUD9 Spare vehicle
1998 Citroen Synergie 1.9TD XUD9 Snapped timing belt

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#8 2019-02-20 23:39:24

Alvin
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Registered: 2019-02-19
Posts: 6

Re: Newbie

Tried doing a truck camper, we did a couple of weekends in Wales and Scotland but it was just that bit too impractical, not being a shared driving and storage space. Also having to move our gear out the back to make the bed. So for us this is positively roomy.

A friend just bought a window van expert ready for our euro trip in the summer and  made me jealous. I just had to have one too, all the perks of space and mpg vs my truck.

Interior just has a couple of ply lined panels and some bare. Plans to insulate, clad and carpet it, the usual swivel seats, small kitchen type unit and a bed. Will be luxury I hope.

Price was just over £1500, a fair price I think. Seemed to be the most honest advert around. MOT history is the best Ive seen.

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#9 2019-02-21 22:52:45

Tiree
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From: Castle Douglas
Registered: 2013-09-20
Posts: 191

Re: Newbie

Alvin wrote:

He has however had a name change, he is no longer Ernie (our previously decided name), the other half has decided he is very much an Alvin. Who do I need to talk to nicely to change that on here?

Alvin it is!

Welcome Ian - the van looks good! Always jealous of the blues!

Keep us posted on progress  smile


2006 Citroen Dispatch 2.0HDi bought in July 2013 - Partial camper conversion ........

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#10 2019-02-21 23:39:30

Alvin
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Registered: 2019-02-19
Posts: 6

Re: Newbie

Thank you! First day of commuting in him today, he flies through the lanes.

First couple of little bits today, made the monsterous key a little smaller as the remote doesn’t work anyway.

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Also, I won this. Bargain, lets see if I can make it work. Just got to make the 60 mile drive to pick it up now...

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For a fiver its got to be some use.

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#11 2019-02-22 12:02:24

Casper
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From: East Lothian
Registered: 2015-12-20
Posts: 1,210

Re: Newbie

I always thought there was a chip in that fat cumbersome key to get it started with the immobiliser. Anyway, you want windows you can pick up pop rivet ones that slide open from 20 quid. LDV convoys, land rover used them. I had the 19D and took that to Europe. Top box and awning for more living space makes all the difference.

http://mytintent.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html

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