Berlingos, which to avoid?
Looking to replace my Nissan with something “van like” but with option to carry OAP parents in if needed, so car type thenPosted 3 years ago
But I’ve heard there are a few engine versions to avoid, it’ll be 2 years old at most, probably diesel but I need educating on that front too
p.s. do the rear seats come out of a berlingo easily rather than just fold them?scudMember
I’m not sure what the variants are for the car version, but i have the 1.9 non turbo van and it is gutless to drive and mpg isn’t that good compared to similar.
Have you looked at the Vauxhall Combo vans with the rear seats, fully removable, more van like and they are a few inches longer so bike fits in completely, in the Berlingo the front wheels have to slot in between front seats to fit in without taking a wheel off.Posted 3 years agoThe PinksterSubscriber
Have you considered a Fiat Doblo? Bucket loads of room inside and fun to drive with very good economy on the 1.9 multijet TDi.
I really miss mine but it was having random engine problems that no-one had ever seen before and couldn’t find an answer to (including Fiat, independent diesel engine specialists, other garages). There seem to be plenty on the road with no issues though and I’m still tempted by another.Posted 3 years ago
On mine, a last year’s, the back seats split 2:1 and either or both sides will come out. The bike goes in easily with the smaller side out, upright and wheels in. The bigger side is a bit awkward for one person to deal with, heavy and difficult to manoevre both ends into / out of the fixings.
1.6 petrol so can’t help with engines. It isn’t much bothered by side winds but the boxy shape feels head winds. Check prices on drive the deal . comPosted 3 years ago
Tip from the factory technical department, if possible before you buy a DV6 remove the vac pump,(x2 bolts)Posted 3 years ago
There is a gauze in the vac pump if it’s blocked solid with carbon and 5h1t its a good sign the servicing hasn’t been done correctly in the past and it’s turbo gauze is probably in the same condition.
As I’ve said from previous threads I’ve repaired/rebuilt horrific engine BUT if your buying at retail you don’t want to buy hassle.
but with option to carry OAP parents
Giving a lift to friends – both about retirement age like me – Sal got into the back and muttered about it being two steps up, for she is a shortarse. I was holding the door for her, so I said ‘I’ll see if Stannah do something to help’. She thumped me.
The point of this ramble is – it might be a bit of a climb for the oldies.Posted 3 years ago
2.0hdi is fantastic ( it’s what I’ve got ) but it’s old and not been available for years ( 2006 if memory serves me ) and compared to the DV6 it’s half the weight and the same power ( both 110 bhp if that’s the spec you have.Posted 3 years ago
And the fuel system is much more advanced so the road tax is £30 per year in most bhp specs
The 16v petrol is good not great fuel Ecco on long trips but fine round town the 8v is old and terrible on fuel but cheap to buy and lasts for ever.dbSubscriber
I had a 2009 1.6 hdi (90bhp) and thrashed it for 97k – don’t buy that one.
However it was fantastic. Just had routine servicing and one sticking central locking switch on the drivers door. Towed a trailer with boat fine, 3 teen kids in the back and camping stuff in the boot.Posted 3 years ago
Only issue was fully loaded with trailer the bikes had to go on the roof and its a long way up!
Sliding doors help with access in and out the back.
Really miss the space now I have swapped cars!IAMember
All of the new shape ones are 1.6
The other engine sizes mentioned above are the old shape which is quite different, smaller, less good for bikes, and not as nice to drive.
The higher spec new ones come with a 1:1:1 split in the back,personally I have no bother getting the 2 seat out mine. As above it is heavy, but there’s a knack. 3 bikes and 3 folk wheels on easy.
I’d avoid the 75hp hdi, and the petrols. I have he 90hdi which has been good, the 115 might be better, but also has more engine bits to service (forget what exactly it has extra).Posted 3 years agoazrael71Member
I get a new car every 3 years and I am now on my 3rd berlingo.Posted 3 years ago
Absolutely love em.
Previous 2 were the 1.6 petrol vt’s come with wipe clean PVC interiors, easily get 4 bikes and 4 occupants and kit in.
Not sure about the comments on getting the seats out, never had a problem.
Latest one is the ecodrive diesel. Only downside, is that they put carpet in the boot 🙁back2basicsMember
mines an ’09 1.6hdi (pug partner) but i only get 48mpg average – and 5 gears means its not great on m/ways but seems to do better round town.
road noise is the other issue, its a but hmmy at 70+
i wouldnt change it though, so versatile, easy to drive and we have the 60/40 split
if you take front wheels off, and the rear seats out the bikes can go long ways across the van!
also they have mounting points
only issue i have had is finding a roof rack, as mine doesnt have rails just holes !Posted 3 years ago
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