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    Default Renault Trafic...are they any good?

    I'm in the market for a van and thought about a 2005 diesel traffic high roof...are they reliable...any thoughts on these or should I look for something else....just needing a spacious van

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    I’m curious to know too.. seriously considering one myself for a round-Australia camper. Even in SWB form looks roomy enough to sleep in. Really like the look of the current shape, not so much the older models. The Formula Edition would be the pick of the bunch I reckon. All the reviews seem favourable - by all accounts they’re lively, durable, economical, quiet and comfy.

    Quite a lengthy model run too overseas (>10 years?). One would assume plenty of manufacturer support... And not end up as an orphan here?

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    I WAS LOOKING AT A HIGH ROOF A WHILE AGO IT WAS A TRADE IN AT A LOCAL VAN SALES PLACE ,A NON RUNNER ,,CAM BELT ISSUE ,I FINALLY LOCATED A MOTOR FOR $3000, GUY WANTED TOO MUCH FOR THE VAN ,THE MATH DIDNT WORK FOR ME ,,I REALLY LIKED THAT VAN ,WAS GOING TO BE A WORK/CAMPER VAN ,A HIGH ROOF ,THE MOTOR WAS AN F9Q DIESEL,I HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE WITH THIS MOTOR IN A SUZUKI GRAND VITARA MY SON HAD ,CAM BELT REPLACEMENT IS CRITICAL ,ALONG WITH PUMP AND IDLER PULLEYS ,HARMONIC BALANCERS ARE $900 FROM SUZUKI ,I DONT KNOW HOW MUCH FROM RENAULT ,WE HAD A LOT OF TROUBLE WITH THE PARTICULATE FILTER ON THE SUZUKI AS IT WAS USED MAINLY ON THE BEACH AT MORTON ,NO HIGHWAY Ks TO BLOW THE COBS OUT ,ALSO THE CORRECT OIL USED AT OIL CHANGES ,AND IM TOLD THAT IF THE INCORRECT COOLANT IS NOT USED THE PLASTIC PARTS IN THE COOLING SYSTEM GO BRITTLE AND HAVE TO BE REPLACED ,THIS IS SUZUKI ,SO IN SHORT ,SERVICE HISTORY IS REAL IMPORTANT ,BELT, OIL AND COOLANT ,,GREAT MOTOR IF MAINTAINED PROPERLY ,DO A GOOGLE SEARCH THIS MOTOR WAS USED BY VOLVO ALSO PUGS PS IM THINKING THEY WOULD HAVE DUAL MASS CLUTCH ,SO EXPENSIVE TO HAVE REPLACED OR MODIFIED ,IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT AN HIGH KS EXAMPLE

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    You must be out of breath after all that shouting.

    And a few line breaks would make people much more inclined to read your contribution.
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    Liberate the poor 'caps lock' key please!

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    What a capitol idea.
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    Aussie Post use them after ditching Mercedes. You could always loiter around a post office and ask the driver what he thinks of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pug206gti View Post
    G'day,
    Aussie Post use them after ditching Mercedes. You could always loiter around a post office and ask the driver what he thinks of them.
    Unless you get run over by an AP person driving one first.

    Some of Aus Post drivers around our way drive like they are demonically possessed.

    And the vehicles seem to survive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    Unless you get run over by an AP person driving one first.

    Some of Aus Post drivers around our way drive like they are demonically possessed.

    And the vehicles seem to survive.
    It's the Renault F1 heritage the drivers enjoy..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    It's the Renault F1 heritage the drivers enjoy..........
    And that other road users abhor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    And that other road users abhor.
    No. It's "Car Advice" that abhors Renaults...............
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    Quote Originally Posted by pugwash View Post
    I WAS LOOKING AT A HIGH ROOF A WHILE AGO IT WAS A TRADE IN AT A LOCAL VAN SALES PLACE ,A NON RUNNER ,,CAM BELT ISSUE ,I FINALLY LOCATED A MOTOR FOR $3000, GUY WANTED TOO MUCH FOR THE VAN ,THE MATH DIDNT WORK FOR ME ,,I REALLY LIKED THAT VAN ,WAS GOING TO BE A WORK/CAMPER VAN ,A HIGH ROOF ,THE MOTOR WAS AN F9Q DIESEL,I HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE WITH THIS MOTOR IN A SUZUKI GRAND VITARA MY SON HAD ,CAM BELT REPLACEMENT IS CRITICAL ,ALONG WITH PUMP AND IDLER PULLEYS ,HARMONIC BALANCERS ARE $900 FROM SUZUKI ,I DONT KNOW HOW MUCH FROM RENAULT ,WE HAD A LOT OF TROUBLE WITH THE PARTICULATE FILTER ON THE SUZUKI AS IT WAS USED MAINLY ON THE BEACH AT MORTON ,NO HIGHWAY Ks TO BLOW THE COBS OUT ,ALSO THE CORRECT OIL USED AT OIL CHANGES ,AND IM TOLD THAT IF THE INCORRECT COOLANT IS NOT USED THE PLASTIC PARTS IN THE COOLING SYSTEM GO BRITTLE AND HAVE TO BE REPLACED ,THIS IS SUZUKI ,SO IN SHORT ,SERVICE HISTORY IS REAL IMPORTANT ,BELT, OIL AND COOLANT ,,GREAT MOTOR IF MAINTAINED PROPERLY ,DO A GOOGLE SEARCH THIS MOTOR WAS USED BY VOLVO ALSO PUGS PS IM THINKING THEY WOULD HAVE DUAL MASS CLUTCH ,SO EXPENSIVE TO HAVE REPLACED OR MODIFIED ,IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT AN HIGH KS EXAMPLE
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    Hi
    Being 'into vans' a bit and always having one for camping I always take the opportunity to ask carriers and couriers that I meet casually about their vans and how they find them. Posty and ambulance drivers too about how they drive etc.

    The Renault vans seem to meet with good approval. The general impression is they are miles in front of the previous, unloved by everyone, Ford Transit. Reliability seems OK too, never heard of a failure.

    I currently have an early Merc Sprinter and I know the shortcomings of the later ones
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    Some good info Jaahn, cheers.

    I see a few getting around in Brisneyland, gotta say the Trafics look sensational. iLoads and Transits make up a fair share of what I’ve seen too. Hiaces seem to be used mostly by RSL and Footy Clubs as shuttles to the pokies. Wouldn’t want to be in a head on collision in one of those though - ain’t much margin between the front grill and your legs Surprised that design hasn’t been banned outright.

    Certainly for tradies I’m surprised Vans aren’t a more common alternative to the Ute, MAAATE.... I scratch my head when tradies rock up in their Hiluxes PLUS a trailer to carry their gear. Why not just chuck it all in a van...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by graham66 View Post
    Some good info Jaahn, cheers.

    ...

    Certainly for tradies I’m surprised Vans aren’t a more common alternative to the Ute, MAAATE.... I scratch my head when tradies rock up in their Hiluxes PLUS a trailer to carry their gear. Why not just chuck it all in a van...?
    You can't go pig hunting in a van...

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    Explain?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Armidillo View Post
    You can't go pig hunting in a van...
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    Or more accurately you cannot TALK ABOUT going pig hunting in the pub after work when driving a van
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    And you can't sleep on a tray in a van..

    Wait.

    Im falling in love with vans again.

    I used to have to drive a traffic for a week each year for a festival. For the record, will fit; 32" + 29" timpani case, along with a 4 octave xylophone, a drum kit (complete with stands) a 40inch gong, 5 X bass stolls (think bar stools but bigger) and a few pallets of music.

    All without to.much strapping. Actually I don't think I strapped anything down.

    I used to swap between the iloads and the traffic's.

    The iloads where nicer...


    But speaking of falling in love with vans. I see vans weekly deecked out to fit a couple of motorcycles. And not even big ones, regular iloads and traffic's. Brilliant.

    Get an iload.

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    I have two mates with Traffic's and they have both had great runs out of them, both well over 250000 klms with no major issues.One has just traded his for a new 1.6 Twin Turbo and it is an amazing performer way in front of the older ones..One was a 2ltr and the other the 1.9 and both drove very well and were extremely comfortable.
    I have another friend with an I Load and he loves it after trading the petrol version which was a poor performer for the diesel.I don't find it as comfortable or refined to drive but it is way in front of a Hi Ace which are reliable but uncomfortable and always with the doubt of front end collision protection.
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    Better warranty? Nah mate it was a rental.

    I thought it;

    -Was quieter in the cabin
    -Had better places to tie things in the back
    -Radio / Bluetooth controls were better
    -Did way better skids then the Reno, felt way faster.

    And that last point is important when you are late with a load full of children's orchestral music parts!
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    Diesel iLoads rock. Try 450Nm of torque for size. My guys have driven our work one to Broken Hill and back, stuffed to the gills, with no complaints. They go as hard as a Commodore.
    There were some issues with the 2.0 dCi engines in some Trafics. The problem wasn't the engine, rather the van itself. Water was dripping from the plenum chamber onto the injector electrics, causing failure.
    The problem was resolved and only a few model years were affected.
    The semi auto transmissions can be problematic too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 68 404 View Post
    They go as hard as a Commodore.
    Not my yardstick for performance vans or anything else, really..........
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    Have you driven a commodore lately? I was surprised.

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    I'm surprised they don't make vans out of them.....

    The last real Holdens are a very nice car. Under appreciated by the bulk of Australia's politicians and also by her citizens...........


    And don't look at me, I only buy new Renaults.....
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    Hehehehe

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