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   Old Thread  #41 21 Feb 2021 at 7.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I opened this thread up. Ended up getting an 04 Berlingo with a years MOT, new clutch, cam belt, FSH, 4 new tyres, exhaust, pads and shoes, paid £1400. Prices seem to be a little high for vans at the moment but I would recommend the Berlingo, not fast but seems good.
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   Old Thread  #40 20 Feb 2021 at 4.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Really appreciate your time and very efficient replies, think Ill save a bit more for a newer model, or even a Berlingo thanks guys, all the best, keep safe, Trev.
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   Old Thread  #39 20 Feb 2021 at 2.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thatís is a lot of money for what it is but motors like that go on for ever. If it does break youíll need a tool box not a laptop. Parts are very cheap compared to todayís cars with a sensor for everything and finding intermittent faults can be a bitch
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   Old Thread  #38 20 Feb 2021 at 2.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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"Is it too much ?"
Whilst the engine has 70K on it...which is next to nothing for that era 1.9 Di the car is still 20 years old.
Every rubber bush/joint, brake component, clutch, electrical circuit, etc are well past their designed lifespan.
Repairing old cars in garages is far more expensive than newer variants on labour costs alone...not a problem if you can do your own repairs/maintenance.
Next...how many wheelchair users would even consider buying a 20yr old car ?
Then there is the conversion...it's a liability not an asset...
I very much doubt it would be anything remotely like cost effective to transfer it to another more modern vehicle.
Removing it leaves the original vehicle requiring more expenditure on replacement parts.
Depending if the original floor has the ramp mechanism fitted above or below it will determine ground clearance...which is not good to start with.

This is why old converted vehicles are nearly worthless IMO.
Who else but someone that requires a ramp for a barrow or a competition motorcycle and has his own tools and knows how to use them is going to buy them ?
How long has it been for sale ?
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   Old Thread  #37 20 Feb 2021 at 12.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi, Im looking at buying a 2001 renault kangoo 5 door car proffesionaly converted for a wheelchair with ramp, 70.000miles manual 1.9 diesel. £1995, is it too much?, also the small lake I baliff has a very bumpy, deep potholed track leading to it, would it be to low?
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   Old Thread  #36 2 Dec 2020 at 9.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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as Martin said On newer models you can get additional springs so sounds like even if you did buy one thats a bit low you could sort it sounds good
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   Old Thread  #35 2 Dec 2020 at 6.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Oh ok, so it varies. Many thanks. Matter of finding the right one.
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   Old Thread  #34 2 Dec 2020 at 6.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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. . .that's what I thought! Certainly higher clearance than my beamer at any rate . . .def considering a wheelchair car/van for the new year / spring . . .
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   Old Thread  #33 2 Dec 2020 at 11.11am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I have a wheelchair conversion Peugeot expert. the slope of the ramp is lowered into the floor. but the actual van is not lowered.

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   Old Thread  #32 2 Dec 2020 at 8.52am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I bought a Fiat Doblo to carry my fishing gear after initially contemplating using one to transport a road racing motorcycle to meetings.
Cheap as chips to insure and run being an MPV, mpg is circa 45 plus ,top speed somewhat limited due to the brick like structure though. Visibility is much better than a van. 1.9 JTD turbo engines are good for 250K miles plus. Must admit the heater is pants though compared to 4x4s I ran previously. The rear access is a 2/3 split door as well as two large sliding rear doors
Cost was £550 five years ago and I've spent nowt on it except for four tyres, a £30 silencer and oil /filters in 50,000 miles.

First job was unbolt and dump the rear seats.
It can easily carry a Preston 4 wheel shuttle fully loaded with box and rods with handles affixed plus another full sized box and tackle alongside. Basically two match anglers full set ups...and you know how much they carry.
The carp barrow also fits easily ,fully loaded with handles fitted.
The back bumper is just a good size and height that either barrow is easily pivoted on it's rear wheels ,pushed forward so the front wheels sit on top of the bumper, then lifted and pushed straight in. 6ft rod bags fit diagonally if a passenger is carried.
The defunct rear seat locking points make excellent tie down points.
Every thing in the back gets covered with an old NHS bedspread bought for £1 from a charity shop to shield from nosey barstools. It doubles up to put under muddy gear when homeward bound.

I'll be devastated once the supply of old Doblos run out...I really should buy a couple now just to put in the garage.
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   Old Thread  #31 1 Dec 2020 at 9.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I should think so
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   Old Thread  #30 1 Dec 2020 at 8.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Could you only get 1 tray of beer in there pmsl !

That was in France, I live in Spain, one more case behind that one, btw the two white boxes have 12 bottles of wine, 6 x white, 6 x Red.


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was that a day sesh, im like you i only take what i need for a few hours

A week in France for two, as you say, only take the essentials.

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   Old Thread  #29 1 Dec 2020 at 7.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Same with my old Mondeo estate. Could just chuck the explorer barrow in the back and unscrew the handles, job done! The only reason I got rid was it was atrocious on fuel (2.0L) and the exhaust started blowing
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   Old Thread  #28 1 Dec 2020 at 5.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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. . .would a wheelchair conversion vehicle be lower than a BMW MSport estate . .? They look positively elevated to me but I'll stand corrected - is there a variant that retains more overall clearance?
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   Old Thread  #27 1 Dec 2020 at 5.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I got a Peugeot 406 estate diesel
got a fox barrow and can wheel it straight in the back with the under bag filled and just a bedchair on top and plenty of room for anything thing else down the side I did think about a van but love the comfort too much oh and the 50mpg
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