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    Default DAF 55 - any good?

    OK, so I know that the DAF 55 looks like a hot-ish Trabant, but it DOES have a Renault engine (note French content).

    Given that they sold over 100,000 of them do any of you, ah, "more experienced gentlemen" remember if they were meant to be any good in their day? I'm intriged by the combination of the venerable Sierra engine and belt driven Variomatic CVT.

    Bet I get a lot of responses to this one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuey
    OK, so I know that the DAF 55 looks like a hot-ish Trabant, but it DOES have a Renault engine (note French content).

    Given that they sold over 100,000 of them do any of you, ah, "more experienced gentlemen" remember if they were meant to be any good in their day? I'm intriged by the combination of the venerable Sierra engine and belt driven Variomatic CVT.

    Bet I get a lot of responses to this one...

    Cheers

    Stuey
    Stuey,

    They're good enough for one to have completed the first London-Sydney Marathon, if I remember correctly. I think I have a photo of it but would have to check.

    I've a workshop manual too, I think.

    There isn't one in Perth, is there?

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    No John - I don't have one to buy! I just like that era of cars, and building up the knowledge, and I know a lot of people here have good experience with some weird machinery, so I thought I'd troll the collective brains...

    Especially since it's the father of the now popular CVT.

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    i think i mentioned this before the crash

    i am pretty sure this is the same car that alby mangle took around the world and had very little trouble with it

    i think he broke a drive belt somewhere but i forget where but his movie of that first epic trip was a big hit in the cinemas

    i'm sure if you did a search on the man you would find a lot of info out about the little DAF
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW
    Stuey, They're good enough for one to have completed the first London-Sydney Marathon, if I remember correctly. I think I have a photo of it but would have to check.
    AHHHH! (Light bulb belatedly glows above head...) That'd be why they had a later 'Marathon' model!

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    Default Daf Volvo Renault

    Interesting about the Daf.
    I had a Renault 5 here a couple of years ago that failed the annual RWC because the pollution valve thingo did not work. I went to the local wrecker who simply pulled one off the nearest Volvo 340 and said that this was the same because it is the same engine and everything in these. Now a 340 and even 440 is similar in appearance to a Daf, in fact made in the same factory in Belgium, I think, I thought that Dafs had a renault engine. Volvo bought the factory in conjuction with Mitsubishi and the gumnut there to keep jobs there. Ownership has changed somewhat now.
    From what I have heard about the Dafs, they are not easy to keep going because of belt problems. More real info is on the net I guess. You can even see Volvo 340 and 440 pictures there somewhere.
    I suppose the reasoning about the london to Sydney marathon could be construed to mean that the car is good, but was the car that won any good? A Grunter. The Citroen was deliberately taken out by an "incorrectly parked" Mini, but who remembers that?
    The Renault I had was a bit of a let down, I have never received so many small cuts and abraisions from working on a car as on the reno 5. There are many sharp edges in the engine bay and funny things. The Renault 4 that I had years ago was somewhat better in that respect. The 5 was okay but no real hit.
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    Relying on a poor memory, wasn't there a Volvo 66 that was essentially a 1300cc (1289?) Daf 55 after Volvo bought Daf? The 340 or similar model certainly had a Renault engine.

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    I saw the two Daf 55's competing in the 1993 London to Sydnet Rally. Whilst all the othe competitors queued to fill up with leaded fuel at the pumps in Blinman, the Daf's were able to zip in and out again within minutes by filling up at the unnoccupied unleaded fuel pump.

    The Daf 66 Marathon was also fiiied with the 1289cc Renault motor before the Daf concern was sold to Volvo. There was also the Daf rallycross car with a Ford/Lotus Twin Cam motor sitting next to the driver in the passenger seat.

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    The Daf that Alby drove in World Safari was a 44. These had a 2 cylinder Daf engine in them.
    The 55s had a Renault engine, and they were bought out by Volvo who restyled the nose and called them the Volvo 66.
    The 340 was a Daf project almost ready for production when Volvo bought Daf, and it was released with the Renault engine and CVT. There was a demand for a manual transmission, and a more powerful motor, so they started fitting a transaxle based on a Volvo 244 gearbox.
    The next step was the 360GLT which had a 240 motor in it as well. They had almost perfect 50/50 balance because of the transaxle.
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