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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-10-2011, 00:17
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it is a good question and many good points spoken about both.As to the mpg, well I normally get around 23mpg from my 3.0 fiat, low profile, which is FWD, no cam belt.very comfitable to sit in and to drive, quiet as well,however the auto box is not a proper autobox as such.
can actually hear the wife speak as well as the sat nav.
the merc is RWD, which I consider gives a better and more stable ride,more suitable for a big or heavy van, not sure of the mpg or the comfort of the seats on the new ones.
Therefore in your position I would go and test drive both on similar sizes of motorhome to be able to make a qualified choice.

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( BUT....I'd think long and hard about the V6 3 litre; it's fairly thirsty by all accounts. )

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Thanks for all the feedback, some people say the Merc wallow and weave a bit in the wind BUT can not see many complaints on here. Iveco should be in the frame as well but I can not get comfortable with the driving position, might have a look at Concorde Credo Passion if they have one at the NEC.

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Our Merc is now a 9 yr old Sprinter based 316CDI to date it has never failed, goes like the proverbial of the shovel when required and we have never got stuck.
I have no experience of the latest Fiat,Pug or Citroen (Sevel Build) so cannot pass comment.
But or last van was Pug based and followed a VW.
Just upon lifting the bonnet the difference in build quality was apparent. Sure enough we had silly things fail on the base vehicle, instrument cluster, fuel sender, wheel bearings and the ability to get stuck on almost any surface.

So IMHO I would go for the Merc.

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Have run mercs for years, old fwd vitos were dogs, especilally if you had a poor dealer or mechanic. But the sprinters overall are superb. I run two. Both are great, v6 motorhome at 5t returns the same mpg as my 3t 4 cylinder auto.

Have had issues with solenoid type ignition keys on new model and would not go near Another sprintshift or any other robotised gearbox.


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