- Citroen Berlingo/Fiat Doblo/alternatives?
the doblo is worse than dire – we had a demonstrator for the weekend and any distance over 25 miles instantly felt like 125 miles – the suspension/tyres make it seem like it bounces between nose & tail.
also it is noisier than than than a 1971 mini van.
the only thing the doblo is good for is it’s cavernous boot and the 1.9 litre deisel.
I got a Scudo instead – its so big I can fit my road bike in it width ways!
Pugeot and Citreon do version too (and the one with van doors is very cheap!Posted 8 years agodruidhMember
I was looking around at these van/car type things too and eventually settled on a Fiat Multipla. Works well for use as we’re a family of 3 which means the back seats can be taken out leaving a huge space in the back. They’re actually quite short, so parking is simple (helped by the huge windows). I can get a couple of bikes in the back with wheels on, but removing just one wheel means I can carry 3 bikes plus loads of camping gear etc. very easily.
The Doblo we test drove felt like a bag of bolts.
The older Partner/Berlingos were pretty nice. Some of the models had lots of cubby spaces, handling was pretty neutral. Some of the interior finishes were a bit suspect and showed wear easily (this may not matter to you). Nice engines in the TDs too.
Check out speed limits for van-derived vehicles too. There was a thread on here recently where folk were surprised that the limits were lower than for cars.Posted 8 years agoaPMember
Used to have a 51 Berlingo multispace 1.6 petrol. It was pretty good for bikes, worked best with front wheel out and one side of the split seats down. Left loads of room for other kit, and people too!Posted 8 years ago
Drove it down to the Pyrenees and back 5 times, was pretty easy to drive and could cover distances although side winds were tiring. It would even go round corners although a smooth driving style is required.
Go to a independent garage for servicing as Citroen main dealers are worse than useless (certainly my experience from going to 2 different ons – one was wholely owned by Citroen UK and I would never, ever buy another Citroen from them even though I’m quite tempted by the new shape Berlingo).
Been havinga few car problems lately and I think its time to sell/trade in.
I gather there are a few Berlingo owners on here, are they the best option for those big estate/small van type things? Need something my gf can happily park on my narrow street but would really like to have at least two bikes in the back, preferably with wheels on. Are the older ones still big enough to do this? I gather the new ones are a little bigger.
Would still like to have two rows of seats available for non-biking use.
Anyone got a Fiat Doblo, any good? I used to own a silly little cinquecento and while it worked it didn’t inspire me with confidence as to the quality of FIAT vehicles.
Any other good options about?
TaPosted 8 years ago
The topic ‘Citroen Berlingo/Fiat Doblo/alternatives?’ is closed to new replies.