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Help - buy Pilote Pacific 690 or not?

Hi all.

Spent a great morning walking around some mind blowing (and out of price range) motorhomes, and to be honest we were really interested in a 2001 Pilote Pacific 690, it wasn't the one I went to see, nor was it as young as ones I went to see.

It has the Peugeot 2.8 engine with 50k miles, looks in good overall nick to be fair with a few niggles, but nothing too major.

So I would really appreciate any help or guidance you could give on these, as I really don't know anything about the Pilote range.

Would you not touch one with the wiffy end of a messy stick?

Thaks in advance folks.

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Sorry can't help with the van but the 2.8L of circa 2000 is a solid engine and pre electrophonic so simpler but not great HP.
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if you like it and it suits you consider it as said above its probably the 2.8 idtd engine which is a great engine with minimal electrics but that model had a weak gearbox and the parts are getting hard to find for the box ..if its a 2.8 jtd i had one for years and loved it only got rid because of the emissions
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If it is 2001 then it probably is a JTD. they actually stopped the non JTD in 1999 / 2000
The 690 is a very nice low profile, excellent build quality and nicely laid out, if it seems to be in good condition I'd say think seriously about buying it.

If possible have a look at the V5 and get at least the VIN No. from that we can tell what build specification was.

If non JTD the power output is noticeably less but not desperately so, most noticeable when pulling away and low down torque.

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Thankyou for your advice and assistance 👍.

I found a magazine report done for MMM live in 2001 for a very similar spec pacific and I've got to be honest the write up was really good.

I will keep u posted 😁
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2 things you should insist on - a damp inspection and a weighbridge certificate to see if there's enough payload to enjoy it.

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.... and when the last timing belt etc change was done. Not a big deal but put some £'s aside for it.
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I've just bought a similar vintage Hymer with the 2.8 jtd. Not actually seen it yet. One thing I really didn't consider was the emissions level. Although it's unlikely I'd want to drive it into a city it would be banned from (or charged heaps), it could be to get from Point A to Point C the most sensible route may be via Point B, which may be an emissions zone.

Sat Nav's don't seem to have this information in them yet like they do vehicle measurements or toll roads, so this will require a manual route change. (I've just sent an enquiry to TomTom asking about it).
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My Pilote Reference 2013 Ducato based has had very few problems on the habitation side.

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