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2004 2.8 jtd what are they like?

Hi all
We are looking to down size from our Merc based Hymer to a smaller Hymer Exsis with a 2.8 jtd engine. We used to have an older 2.5td which was a great little runner. I have read all of the problems people seem to have with the newer Fiat's and am unsure if a 2004 falls into this catergory?
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jp, have just bought a 2.8td swift 630l, havnt had any probs, plenty of torque/power , good driver, i run a fleet of vehicles and there areplenty of these in it so i didnt have any fear.you will hear doubts about all engines, but truth be told, if you look after it, then u shouldnt have any bother

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Its the new shape you want to avoid, so stick with before 2007

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Hi JP
We run a Hobby based on a Fiat 2.8JTD engine. It works great
It is the 2006 model just before Fiat changed to the "multijet" engine in 2007

When Fiat changed the engine and modified the cab area I believe there
were some improvements... more refined and quieter engine.

However there were a huge number of complaints about water ingress to the engine compartment causing rust. Also there were complaints about "judder" in reverse gear.

The pre- 2007 2.8JTD seems to have been a fairly solid work horse
and it is used in a huge number of motorhomes.

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latest Fiats are prone to the reverse judder problem. Some worse than others and its still not resolved.
Previous Fiats were prone to needing regulat 5th gear replacements.


I would stick to Merc if you can. Or Transits, Or Renault. Even Iveco.

Sat here on the Newbury showground and looking at what the dealers are offering its quite evident that the number offering motorhomes on non Fiat bases has markedly increased.

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I have an 04 2.8JTD and have been impressed with it,reliable with plenty of pulling power,with a MGVW of 3500kg's it will cruise all day on the motorway,don't worry they are good engines

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We have a 2.8jtd on a Hymer Tramp and we are always running at full weight (3500kg) on a maxis chassis 16 inch wheels which can be uprated to around 4000kg quite easily.
Plenty of power and I nice balance.
We get 28mpg as an average.
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The 2.8jtd is well proven... Cant compare it to a Merc but certainly does the job.. A re-map is also possible to give a bit more power, definatly gave me some extra torque when climbing big hills etc...
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FIAT Ducato 2.8 JTD

- brilliant machine. Mine carries a Chausson Welcome 5 SU conversion.
First registered in France 2002, re registered UK 2003, now due to be registered in Italy anytime now.
52000 trouble free Kms back and forth Italy - UK, plus Sud Tirol passes,
Corsica, Sardinia, Sicilia, Pirinei, Southern Spain & Gibraltar.
Never needed a mechanic except for scheduled servicing.
Has a cruise control and re mapping. Need to hold it back to 110 Kmph on motorways. Does that long uphill on M20 Folkestone - London in 5th.
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We have a 2005 Auto-trail (3800KG) with this engine and I'm very impressed with the performance.

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