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Hi - Steve from South Wales here ... over the coming weeks / month (or two!) I'll be picking your brains to know what to look out for when purchasing a Berlingo, or it's junior brother the Nemo (or Partner / Bipper & Fiorino / Qubo- all the same collaborated body shapes I understand). I'll be looking for a Multispace variant (probably) with a view to incorporating a movable 'camper' arrangement so as not to make permanent alterations to the vehicle.
To put you in the picture, the vehicle will be for my son as a graduation present - his choice of vehicle as he's in the outdoor field having almost completed a degree in outdoor education. 
Are there any common things to look out for - particular areas of rust, specific components that wear out sooner than they should, recommended timing belt replacement ... you know the sort of stuff? Budget is up to around £3K so hoping to source a fairly reasonable example, and not looking for a permanent conversion ... and please, with the greatest respect, no offers of your own vehicles unless I specifically ask - thanks. So, that one down side apart, please feel free to impart your knowledge.
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Hi & welcome Steve.There are lots of threads about different Berlingo "characteristics".They're generally very reliable but S/H is important.
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Aside from the variants, I'll let everyone else chip in there. Coming from a Bipper to a Berlingo, if he's planning on using it for outdoor stuff which may include sleeping in the field (excuse the pun) then the Berlingo is the only real option.


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Hi Stevie and welcome to the forum.
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(24-04-2017, 06:46 PM)ron Wrote:  Hi & welcome Steve.There are lots of threads about different Berlingo "characteristics".They're generally very reliable but S/H is important.

Thanks Ron - S/H? (Second hand!?)  Confused
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(24-04-2017, 06:47 PM)Tree Wrote:  Aside from the variants, I'll let everyone else chip in there. Coming from a Bipper to a Berlingo, if he's planning on using it for outdoor stuff which may include sleeping in the field (excuse the pun) then the Berlingo is the only real option.


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Hi Tree - Thanks, and yes he's looking to use it in the field. He's not passed his test yet so the vehicle won't be bought until he has his full licence, but being a freelance outdoor instructor working around the country, for him it seems the best / most versatile option. Berlingo is preferable for the camping attachment, but I also believe the Peugeot Partner and Renault Kangoo are similar vehicles in body design.
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(24-04-2017, 07:47 PM)StevieC59 Wrote:  
(24-04-2017, 06:46 PM)ron Wrote:  Hi & welcome Steve.There are lots of threads about different Berlingo "characteristics".They're generally very reliable but S/H is important.

Thanks Ron - S/H? (Second hand!?)  Confused

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Welcome...the Partner Tepee is the same vehicle. I've recently got one...great machine but trying to find the engine variant was hard. I was after a Berlingo but didn't have any of the age, price or engine power above Newcastle...in fact I only found 1 Partner Tepee Outdoor that matched the 3 main criteria.
I carry bodies and bikes and won't be long until we are away camping with it.
What camping attachment are you referring to? Or is it just as it will be a good size for 1 person camping in?
Kangoo isn't as big, but is bigger than Blipper...
Great choice of vehicle, hope he passes soon!
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(24-04-2017, 08:06 PM)ron Wrote:  
(24-04-2017, 07:47 PM)StevieC59 Wrote:  
(24-04-2017, 06:46 PM)ron Wrote:  Hi & welcome Steve.There are lots of threads about different Berlingo "characteristics".They're generally very reliable but S/H is important.

Thanks Ron - S/H? (Second hand!?)  Confused

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(24-04-2017, 08:09 PM)BigiusDickius Wrote:  Welcome...the Partner Tepee is the same vehicle. I've recently got one...great machine but trying to find the engine variant was hard. I was after a Berlingo but didn't have any of the age, price or engine power above Newcastle...in fact I only found 1 Partner Tepee Outdoor that matched the 3 main criteria.
I carry bodies and bikes and won't be long until we are away camping with it.
What camping attachment are you referring to? Or is it just as it will be a good size for 1 person camping in?
Kangoo isn't as big, but is bigger than Blipper...
Great choice of vehicle, hope he passes soon!

Thanks B'D ... engine power won't be the prime priority due to insurance costs and I think he's using his head regarding the matter  Smile RE: camping attachment (http://www.spacecampervans.com/) this link will give you an idea of the plan ... doesn't alter the vehicle so insurance won't be affected, and won't require any engineers certificate to prove it's fit for purpose. And, when not required it just comes out and gets stored (probably in MY workshop!).  Big Grin As for passing his test, theory is June 3rd and thanks for your well wishes  Wink
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