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    Default One AMAZING Citroen Berlingo Van

    An ‘Amazing But True’ Story
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    Mr. Dennis Trewanick, a friend since the 1960’s, a former Motor Mechanic and Speedcar Driver at Claremont Speedway, bought a NEW Citroen Berlingo Van (registered number 1BKI998) in 2005 to use as a delivery vehicle.

    Today, 6th April 2011,Dennis called in to my office to show me his van which is now 6 years old and travelled 668,000 kilometres!

    During the past 6 years of ownership Dennis has averaged over 100,000 km per year, his runs including long country trips from Perth to Esperance and Kalgoorlie, as well as local deliveries.

    His Citroen Berlingo van has its original 1.4 litre petrol engine and now uses 1 litre of oil every 2,500km and averages over 50MPG on country runs!

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    Dennis has fitted a 'second-hand' transmission, as the original began to make noises and he didn't want to risk being stranded halfway between Perth and Esperance.

    This demonstrates the strength and longevity of Citroen vehicles, which is a common thread amongst the ‘Cars of France’, and which is the reason that I have dedicated my working life to the ‘Cars of France’ since 1959.
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    Reading this post in the context of so many other posts in the Citroen Section, I would be inclined to say this is a "flash in the pan". The Berlingo with its Peugeot suspension and engine and more utilitarian design, doesn't suffer from:
    • Hydraulic suspension problems
    • Climate control problems
    • Complex engine, suspension computer management systems
    • Sealed for life automatic gearboxes
    If it doesn't have electric windows, thats an added bonus, but at worst it only has two to go wrong.

    I agree that the owner has had a remarkable run from his Berlingo, but I wouldn't judge all Citroens from this one vehicle and model, which is not representative of the larger, more diverse and more disaster prone extended Citroen family.

    I like Citroen. What other brand of car can one confidently make the statement "I am going for a drive today" and simultaneously harbour the thought "maybe?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBN View Post
    Reading this post in the context of so many other posts in the Citroen Section, I would be inclined to say this is a "flash in the pan". The Berlingo with its Peugeot suspension and engine and more utilitarian design, doesn't suffer from:
    • Hydraulic suspension problems
    • Climate control problems
    • Complex engine, suspension computer management systems
    • Sealed for life automatic gearboxes
    If it doesn't have electric windows, thats an added bonus, but at worst it only has two to go wrong.

    I agree that the owner has had a remarkable run from his Berlingo, but I wouldn't judge all Citroens from this one vehicle and model, which is not representative of the larger, more diverse and more disaster prone extended Citroen family.

    I like Citroen. What other brand of car can one confidently make the statement "I am going for a drive today" and simultaneously harbour the thought "maybe?"

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    A move valid response would be "so how many gearboxes has it had"

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    And of course ownership of any French car requires that you are held down in injected with a shot of cynisism....

    Rod thanks for a good story about Citroen in Aus. I like to remind the nay-sayers that Citroen was THE first brand of car to drive around Australia - and that the car still exists and is in the National Museum.

    Perhaps some pics and an expanded story of the vehicle could be compiled to circulate to CCC magazines both here and O/S?
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    Pics of the odometer or it didn't happen!

    Still, close to 700k is one amazing feat! And I think my car is a high miler @ 200k - Burns no oil though, but the suspension is knackered!
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    i had a 2001 berlingo 1.4 and did 260kms of hard town driving and flogging no problems until head gasket blew and gearbox was a little noisy so when traded it in as a company it was worth much but we had a fantastic run out of it

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    there was an '02 picasso for sale on trademe.co.nz a week or two ago that'd gone past 800'000km.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cameron_adsett View Post
    there was an '02 picasso for sale on trademe.co.nz a week or two ago that'd gone past 800'000km.
    I would expect that is a HUGE amount of distance for any vehicle in NZ.
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    I would expect that is a HUGE amount of distance for any vehicle in NZ.
    If the speedo is a GPS type and the car was in Christchurch then it would be plausible.

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    yeah, for a ligth vehicle it's pretty amazing. used to hear/see hiace vans that'd clocked over a million on courier runs etc. most trucks only get kept in linehaul over here for a million.
    the ad said it was an airport shuttle between auckland and tauranga. a trip of only 198k. over 9 years that's only 250sh k per day (every day, though).

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