Fiat Ducato questions: Motors and gearboxes
Hello Newbie here,
I have various motorhomes and campervans in the past including Fiat Ducato's. Currently I am looking at two options, an automatic motorhome around 2005 vintage, or buying an automatic delivery van (2005 to 2014) and converting it to a campervan. My questions are mainly around motors and gearboxes.
1. With a standard motorhome (automatic gearbox) about 6 metres in length, what is considered the best motor for power and economy, the 2.3 L or the 2.8 or 3.0 L?
2. With the long and high delivery vans L4/H3 (automatic gearbox) - the best size motor for a standard campervan fit out?
3. For the motorhome or campervan, how complicated is it to convert from a manual to automatic gearbox? Approximate cost? In other words, remove the manual gearbox and replace it with an automatic gearbox? (I am not interested in any auto clutch arrangement.)
I am looking at buying a left hand drive in Germany and importing it to Portugal. Another option, I have heard of a place that allows vehicles purchased in Germany to remain registered and insured in that country - but do not know who they are?
Thanks for your attention!