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Old 21-04-2010   #1
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Smile Doblo family 1.3 multijet - first month of ownership

What's good.

absolute bargain - 2005, 7 seater multijet with 45k for 2 grand....yes it's a genuine car in excellent condition
economical - 51 mpg
hugely practical
parts seem to be cheapish.
comfortable to drive, comfortable to be driven in.

What's bad (ish)

Stereo - sound quality and panel vibration
sliding doors need a good swing to close.
Tailgate is huuuuuuge and means that you need to watch your parking
some loose internal panels
third row seat weighs a ton and is a pain to store when removed

What's been done

tow bar - 100
fitted blinds from ebay - 60

What's next?

oil service
two new tyres


What do you recommend?

????
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re: Doblo family 1.3 multijet - first month of ownership

swap the speakers, there rubbish, worse than the stereo, there are 2 in the doors 2 in the dash, and 2 at the back, though not sure about the back ones, yours being the 7 seater, also a decent head unit, regards, geoff.
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re: Doblo family 1.3 multijet - first month of ownership

Timing belt !!!
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re: Doblo family 1.3 multijet - first month of ownership

Really? what is the mileage interval or is it xxxxxxx k or 5 years
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re: Doblo family 1.3 multijet - first month of ownership

50k/5 year.....mine was split 1/3rd way across!
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re: Doblo family 1.3 multijet - first month of ownership

If this was the silver one on Autotrader about a month ago, listed at 2150 then its a 1300Multijet which has a camchain.

If it is that car it looked very nice and I nearly went to have a look.
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That's the one. 1.3 multijet.
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re: Doblo family 1.3 multijet - first month of ownership

if you intend to do high milage keep a check on the cam chain tensioner. they break with out any warning and a topend rebuild costs about 1100! mine went at 145000,(im a courier) and this was dealer maintained, a friends combo(same engine) went at 120000 again fully dealer maintained,and just heard from my brother who owns his own business(mot and sevice centre)that he has had a doble cargo brought in with the same at 78000 dont know the service history or age of this one though
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re: Doblo family 1.3 multijet - first month of ownership

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That's the one. 1.3 multijet.
ahhh I see, i'll add this to the thread title
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Re: Doblo family 1.3 multijet - first month of ownership

Before you do the oil service, I would chuck in a can of engine flush & give it a good run through.
I've always done this after buying 2nd hand - you never really know what's gone on in the past but I had an engine go in a mazda pickup, doing 70 down the A1 and bang - oilways were gummed up so chain tensioner didn't/couldn't as it wasn't getting any oil through to push it out against the chain.
OH had a sierra - that had definitely had regular service but the oilways in the head shells weren't getting oil so the whole top end warped through exessive heat.
Since then, first job is chuck in some engine flush & replace the oil, run it for a few K then do the same again.
I don't believe anything could have helped the mazda (most major oilways were solid) but the sierra could have been saved.
Engines will run forever as long as you take care of them.
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ahhh I see, i'll add this to the thread title
In an attempt to claim back the pedant's shield, could I point out that it did say multijet in the first post!
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Re: Doblo family 1.3 multijet - first month of ownership

could be 1.9 multijet though?
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Re: Doblo family 1.3 multijet - first month of ownership

i would use & abuse it to 100,000 then sell it for around a grand & start again, if you oil & filter it regular, you should not need to pay out on expensive engine parts, coz they are great when going ok, but that model is very expensive when it goes wrong, injector set is 600 etc. fuel pump 250 for a rebuild up to 500 new. but they do tend to be quite reliable & robust, i have 2 1.3 multijet Vans i do 1,000 to 2,000 miles a week.
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Re: Doblo family 1.3 multijet - first month of ownership

Just to give an update after almost 4 months of ownership, the car has (touch wood) performed almost faultlessly. Apart from giving me four stitches when I closed the tailgate on my own head.

We've just returned from three weeks in France where she gave sterling and faultless service covering over 1500 miles in the period, often very heavily loaded, over the time we average 47mpg despite having to chase a ferry on more than one occasion.

All I have had to invest in so far is a new battery, she's now going to get a full service and valet as a reward!
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Re: Doblo family 1.3 multijet - first month of ownership

Very good to hear you are enjoying the car. I love mine too.

Service, new tyres and an MOT coming up though, and I dare say some work will need to be done this time...
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