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Hi all,

We currently have a Renault Scenic, 6yrs old this month, 32K and served us well.

It is my wifes car and she is hankering after a replacement. Something that will have loads of room for the kids, carrying stuff to her allotment, the skip and holidays. Basically, quite robust and no fancy interior to get dirty.

We test drove a 3yr old 1.3 multijet and she loved it.

A few questions..

Relaibility?
1.3 multijet economy (6K a year and mainly town use)?
Problems/issues to look out for?
Upgrades.... roof rails, stereo, boot liners, body work etc/ABS etc?

Finally, how safe are they? It only gets a 3star rating, did FIAT sell models with air bag upgrades?

Sorry for the questions, hope you can help
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Re: Newbie... contemplating Doblo Family Multijet

Doblo sounds perfect for what you need.

The only problem you will have is possible a clogged DPF, a filter in the exhaust which is quite expensive to fix. Not really a problem with the car as you are likely to get this problem with all modern diesels doing small local mileages.
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Re: Newbie... contemplating Doblo Family Multijet

Not as refined as the renault but more fun to drive and way way way cheaper to run. The 1.3 isn't that far behind the 1.9 if your not doing long distance runs and carry alot of gear.

1.3 engine is used in GP,b 500 and by Ford/vauxhall so its tried and tested.

I have always said the doblo is under rated (a good thing as it keeps prices down) and I went out in ours today to take dog to beach and by the time i got to the roundabout (2 streets away) I saw 3 other doblos
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In my opinion, avoid any car with a dpf if you do lots of town driving. I had one with a dpf and it was a pain as I too only did mainly town driving.

I have a 105 non dpf. It has more poke, and on my recent real mpg test (brim, use rebrim) did 45mpg over 445 miles. When it does go on a long run, we see 55mpg+.
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Re: Newbie... contemplating Doblo Family Multijet

i disagree, its stop/start driving that causes main problems, I have regenerated many DPF's by town driving.
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Re: Newbie... contemplating Doblo Family Multijet

Would agree with previous posts really, multijet is not suitable for short journeys and towns.
I use our 1.3 multijet for mainly short journeys and have just had to have the oil changed only 3000 miles after the first year service.
Other than that it is a great little car!
We are about to trade our 08 multijet in for a new petrol Doblo before we get any expensive repairs because of the DPF.
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Stop/start driving is no good for any vehicle, no matter what fuel.
All town driving isn't that good either - but only in terms of fuel economy - unless you adapt your style of driving.
I have read many posts where advice is given to take the motor for a burn on the motorway (or similar) - but surely the wind chill at that speed will lower the temp of the DPF and so not cause regeneration?
If you really must take it on the motorway to regen the DPF, try the M25 between Watford and Heathrow - you'll be sat there long enough for the whole thing to get nice and toasty.

johnabobs, what makes you think that a petrol version won't need an oil change after 3k of town driving?
Most modern cars' computers & sensors are set up in favour of the stealers so of course they will say it needs an oil change - who are we to say otherwise?

When I'm driving my bus, I often have as many as 10 stops within a 3 mile journey, other drivers will switch off the engine - then wonder why the battery doesn't last too long or it shows as wantinga regular service - they are serviced every 6 weeks wether they want it or not, I leave my engine running, overall it seems to use less fuel, doesn't go through as many batteries and it keeps my passengers warm/cool.
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Re: Newbie... contemplating Doblo Family Multijet

Cheers.

So, only concern raised so far is the DPF... is that the main issue with the vehicle? The Renault (1.5dci) has not suffered from DPF problems and the DPF doesnt concern me.

Any other common faults?
Anything to look out for when buying used?
We are looking at a used car, something with the recent face lift.
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Re: Newbie... contemplating Doblo Family Multijet

You will always get a few issues but in 7 years I have only changed one DPF (had fault since new so suspect faulty when made) otherwise the worse you will get is a forced regen (40-60) aslong as you oil change when required and you remind dealer to reset oil degredation counter!

Anyway not wanting to turn this into a DPF thread (plenty of those) other small issues can be sliding door contact switches, boost sensor....i'm struggling to think of anything!
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If the 1.3 multijet has a DPF, then does this put it into the 35 RFL bracket, or would it be 120 RFL?
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We have a 2005 family 1.3 multijet, co2 is 152g so it must not have a dpf.

As to the car, the engine is proven, the parts are relatively cheap, it's an easy economical drive and huge inside.

Like most seven seaters you can't carry people and luggage at the same time, and the third row of seats is a nice work-out when lifting in and out....try it one handed

We bought ours for similar reasons to you, 3 kids, a dog, mountain biking and surfing as a hobby, holidays in france via the ferry....it ticks all the logical boxes. In a sane world more people would drive one. And if I am honest brand snobbery almost made me spend more on something else, I am so glad I didn't.
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Re: Newbie... contemplating Doblo Family Multijet

Quote Originally Posted by duplo View Post
We bought ours for similar reasons to you, 3 kids, a dog, mountain biking and surfing as a hobby, holidays in france via the ferry....it ticks all the logical boxes. In a sane world more people would drive one. And if I am honest brand snobbery almost made me spend more on something else, I am so glad I didn't.
Duplo...a very honest a good post and think of all the money you saved and are saving on running costs
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Cheers all.

We are definetly set on a Doblo now, nothing else is "ticking boxes"!

Finding a 1.3 Multijet with AC, in budget (06) onwards is proving difficult. Apart from road tax, what's the economy difference between a 1.3Mj and 1.9JTD?
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my 1.9 JTD (must be turbo, forget the 1.9D non-turbo) retuens around 50 thats wife and me driving town and bypass but with some care 53-55 is easily possible. Bored one night I went out and drove 20 miles and got back home with 61.9 on display but this fell to its normally 50mpg next day when wife went shopping in the town etc

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When we bought SWMBOs 1.9 she was commuting out of London, she now commutes in. Fule economy is similar, and we have had no DPF problems!
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