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post #21 of 30 (permalink) Old 17-12-2013, 22:43
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Congratulations, Don!

My Charisma only got the 90L fuel tank. On mine it behaves as it should.
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Hi,

I have a Charisma on Iveco chassis 2012. I don't like the Agile gearbox and generally use it manually around town as its much smoother. I will be getting the engine remapped to increase economy from 16mpg and change gear sooner.

I have had the clutch overheat light come on when parking on the flat in a muddy area. It shouldn't do this, only reversed twice! I don't have much confidence for small steep hills. Time will tell. I think a clutch is 3000.

The Charisma is a great van - you cant have everything!
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I agree that the Charisma is a terrific vehicle, we upgraded from a Credo and have been pleased with the result. We've had ours just over a year and so far I have no complaints about the Agile box - in fact overall I have found it to perform flawlessly. I am about to book it in for its annual MOT and will ask the garage what sort of experience they have with these boxes.
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Been dreaming for a long time of retiring and starting motorhome life , the conchord charisma is the motorhome of choice for me the old style 10 year old for approx 50000 is what I would like but the one in auto trader at present is left hand drive

Has anyone out there got a conchord right hand drive with a fixed rear double bed ?
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Two year ago I started this thread about the Charisma and, in particular, I expressed concern about the
agile robotised gearbox. Since then I have seen a few others express similar fears and I thought I would just say how pleased I am with the performance of this box. I appreciate that some may have had negative experiences, but just wanted to say that my own experience has been wholly positive and I would certainly make the same choice again. And the Charisma continues to provide us with a fabulous traveling companion....,

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Just wondering how you coped with the additional height on sites. As per previous reports must admit have noticed on more than one European site, the branches do tend to be lower, understandable as it provides the shading often needed. Can you give an idea of mpg on cruise and then again city driving. Yes like you we have seen the Charisma and keep talking about it as a possible replacement for our Comanche.


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Iveco is adequate. I’d rather have Merc if possible, though. But, as you’re likely to spend more time living in it than travelling, the base should not be so important.
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Ian, our travels are in the UK only so cannot comment on height issues on the continent. But on our travels around the UK the height has never been an issue - other than the obvious need to take care from branches etc when negotiating country lanes. There have been a few occasions when accessing sites in the Lake district and Yorkshire dales when width and length have been as much a "hazard" as height. Overall, while the size of the Charisma can present some parking challenges at times, this is more than compensated for by the internal comfort. The best mpg we have achieved in motorway cruising at 55-60mph is 18mpg. To be honest I don't measure it these days but I guess the figure ranges from 15-18 overall.

I have not seen a Charisma on a Mercedes chassis (our previous Credo was on the Sprinter chassis) but we find the Iveco refinement on the move as pretty good. Ours is a 2009 vehicle; I guess newer vehicles may be better.

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When I was collecting my Flair in July I had a discussion with one of the techys at the German dealer about my choice of the new ZF auto box. He told me that the Agile box was a big problem for them prior to Iveco being taken over by was it General Motors or Chrysler, anyway the yanks forced improvements and if I remember right the problems went away 2011/2012 apparently. I was still, and am still, happy with the choice of ZF.

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Seems like there were real reliability issues with the earlier boxes - I just have to hope that my one holds up OK. So far so good. The Flair looks like a fabulous machine by the way...
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