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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-07-2011, 21:38
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The exceptions are the ones with high mileage it seems.Certainly a good workout of 50 miles plus per run would be better than starting it and letting it warm up. It will take a diesel lump around 50 miles to be warmed up properly.Fuel economy will improve once a vehicle has got some real miles on it. 50K plus.
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-07-2011, 21:45
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Sorry, donít mean to go on, but when negotiating the price with the dealer remember my last message.
Regardless of what he says, the dealer will not have an arm and two legs in this vehicle just because of the mileage.

There is probably more movement in the price than you may think!

Always, always, always be cheeky, offer the lowest price you dare and work your way to the middle. If you canít be cheeky, bring someone along who is.

All the best,

Danny.
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Hi.
Motorhomes, Boats, Cars, generators, etc etc, they all benefit from being used. Having a vehicle stood with the lubricants draining from the metal, brake callipers starting to stick, exhaust gasses condensing in the exhaust silencers and starting to corrode from the inside out are all problems low mileage vehicles will exhibit. I would rather a higher mileage vehicle that has been used on our motorways.
Buyer beware.
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Oh dear, this just fills me with concern . But I'll try not lose any sleep...

A year or so ago we bought a 56 reg Autosleeper Windsor (Transit base, auto gear shift) with just 2300 miles on the clock, warrented by the dealer who supplied the van new. By comparing with others for sale then, I think we paid the market price for the model with no premium for the low mileage. Bro in Law is a mechanic and MOT tester and he advised us what to insist that the dealer checked/replaced before we agreed to buy - quite an extensive list. Since then we've put another 6000 miles on it; the engine has loosened up noticeably and no doubt will continue to do so, and fuel consumption has improved. We've had no mechanical issues but can't say the same for the conversion, though nowt very serious. Last weekend I had the Hankook tyres off and checked professionally (contact in a national tyre co!) and the comment was "if they were mine I'd leave them on..."

The lesson, I guess, is that buying low mileage vehicles depends on the vehicle, the price, the buyer, and the information/help available. So far (touching wood here), I reckon we've done OK.

It does make me wonder though. The dealer told us he had a regular customer who replaced his motorhome every two years. The last one he traded in had just 836 miles on the clock!!
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I would prefer a well loved high milage van (and pay less?)

My new in '07 Iveco Laika did 60K miles in 3.5 years.

"Major" Faults ... 2

1) Indicator stalk failed turning off the headlights at 70mph on the m42
2) Driver's door electric window failed in the "door close" position (it drops its windows slightly, automatically when doors are open).

I'll not list the "fun" I am having with my new to me Chevy Roadtrek that had covered 12k miles in 8 years ... but (for me) its all part of motorcaravanning, I probably paid over the odds but I knew what I was taking on and relish the many challenges.

Rob

edit - to add we have already done 7K miles in the RT in 2 months and are loving it
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