I'm thinking of purchasing a (very cheap) 1990 Ducato 2.5td based Autoking Elddis 630ck motorhome (60k miles) as I really like the styling and the way that the space is utilized and I need some advice as I know nothing about them. Are they a good engine/ gearbox ? I have heard about problems with judder and the clutch/ gearbox wanting to explode when reversing up a steep incline on Ducato's, does this also apply to the 1990 versions ? I have also heard that the electrics are a nightmare and that they eat wheel bearings ? Are there some other inherant problem with the rear brakes ? Are there any specific questions to ask or things to check for ? How about metal fatigue areas ? What about MPG ? Weight ? Measurements (internal height and external) length and breadth ? Would comparing a 1990 2.5td to a new(ish) one be similar to comparing a pre 00'Iveco daily to a new one (i.e. the old ones were more reliable, better built and easier to fix) ?
I understand that my questions may seem quite basic but i've been unable to dig up any information on the net on these vehicles. I have an advanced knowledge of mechanics/ electrics etc as I have been a marine engineer for many years and I do not want to get stuck with a lemon. Any advice/ links to reviews/ articles/ spec sheets would be greatly appreciated.
Alternatively, if anyone has any 6 berth, luton type motorhomes/ campers in good condition that are lying around collecting dust give me a shout. I'm in the market for a bargain, nothing too pricey, nothing too shabby. If the price is right, the vehicle is reliable, clean, large, dry and you want it shifted quickly, call me, unfinished projects welcome. I'm a cash buyer and need a motorhome to live in asap as the bank are after the house, i've been looking for a few months now, at home and abroad and have weighed my options wisely, so, respectfully, no dreamers !