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 Post subject: Vans
PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:03 pm 
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I've been looking at some of the smaller panel vans such as Berlingo, Partner, Caddy etc and it seems that the majority now have smaller 1.3 and 1.4 diesel engines.

Does anyone have a vehicle with one of these engines?

Are they OK for a van loaded with tools and materials, or a bit underpowered?





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 Post subject: Re: Vans
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more modern engines are smaller cc but make the same if not more power by improved efficiency and optimised induction (better turbos) also 5 and 6 speed manual gearboxes are more common



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flash22 wrote:
more modern engines are smaller cc but make the same if not more power by improved efficiency and optimised induction (better turbos) also 5 and 6 speed manual gearboxes are more common
Cheers flash.

Last van I had was a Berlingo 2litre hdi. It was amazingly lively through the gears.

I've been working out of an estate car for a few years, but looking to get a van again, but going for something around 6 years old with low mileage.

There are some cracking vans out there for not a lot of money.

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Small vans like you are talking about are very similar to estate cars. Yes they will be loaded up but they benefit from not having the weight of back doors, seats, carpets etc so unloaded they are much lighter than an equivalent estate car. I have a very basic 1.6 focus estate that goes perfectly well with a few people in the back or a big load of tools/materials. I have no doubt that my engine inside a small van filled with tools would perform just as well if not better.



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I used to have a wee corsa van that was a 1.3tdi and it was great on mpg and it could shift as well.
I've a connect van just now,it's not bad on mpg(35-40) but is slooooooow.



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like many manufacturers they use French diesels , iirc the 1.3 Vauxhall engine is the fiat JTD the later ones are psa 2013 onwards

Do your research tho as 2010 onwards are euro 5 and diesels have diesel particulate filters (basically a second cat) if you do lots of short journeys you may have to force a regen but if it goes to far you can be into £800+ for a new DPF

A 30 min journey at 40 mph keeping the revs high, will put the car in regen (dpf has to come up to temp)


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