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Berlingo vs Nissan
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As promised I am letting you know my opinion of driving my new van (Nissan nv200 110 tekna) after 15 years or so of berlingo ownership and prior to that the C15 vans , the only berlingo I have now is a 2002 1.9d its a bit of a slug to compare the nissan to I know but this is more of a driving feel and useability opinion.
Firstly I would like to add I have owned 2x 1.6hdi vans one 75 and one 90 hp, both of which were too problematic and unreliable to have faith in when trying to run a business , and yes they were maintained as specified and more so , my go-to backup vehicle was the 1.9d I still poses by the way.
To the point , driving the nissan is not as relaxing , not as satisfying when driving hard , does not seem as surefooted , back end is running on single leaf springs so back end will wander a bit on bumpy roads when cornering hard although carrying 300kg or so sorts this whereas the berlingo could be hustled along empty.
The nissan body panels and general build is very lightweight , only time will tell if they last .
Too much technology on nissan which is not needed , I like driving not being driven .
Rear parking camera is poo , sensors would be better.
Very buzzy 1.5 renault engine with 6 closely spaced gears keeps left arm busy if you adhere to gear change indicator boll##ks.
Small trolley jack sized wheels drop into the smallest of pot holes .
Good points , high seating position , twin side doors , quiet cab at 70 mph or so , fuel economy is good and should get better I am currently getting 52.9 mpg and the engine has now covered 1200mls so should yet loosen up a little.
5 year warranty or 100000 miles inc roadside assist .

I plan to add storage racking with drawers under a false floor to add a little low down weight next to try and bring handling close to berspringo standards . to be continued ,Paul.
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I just replaced my Nissan with another Berlingo. Had loads of problems with the EGR & DPF and the injectors went at 85,000. I actually miss the reversing camera though
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(22-01-2019, 01:52 PM)Pod70 Wrote:  I just replaced my Nissan with another Berlingo. Had loads of problems with the EGR & DPF and the injectors went at 85,000. I actually miss the reversing camera though

HI Pod70
I am sure at some point I WILL have problems with the nissan / renault as its the nature of the beast these days , smaller highly stressed engines designed to deliver good economy , regarding dpf/egr valve I am sure these will be removed at some point , most likely after 5 years or 100000 mls.
All my past berlingos and the one I still own had the same issues and ran without a dpf/cat/egr and also with crank cases vented to atmosphere .

MOT time can be worrying but if well maintained and engine in good order most testers will pass them ok.

ps Regarding injectors we always add millers eco-boost when filling with diesel and have never had injector problems , could be luck or could be the millers .
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(22-01-2019, 07:14 PM)Ikanpaul Wrote:  
(22-01-2019, 01:52 PM)Pod70 Wrote:  I just replaced my Nissan with another Berlingo. Had loads of problems with the EGR & DPF and the injectors went at 85,000. I actually miss the reversing camera though

HI Pod70
I am sure at some point I WILL have problems with the nissan / renault as its the nature of the beast these days , smaller highly stressed engines designed to deliver good economy , regarding dpf/egr valve I am sure these will be removed at some point , most likely after 5 years or 100000 mls.
All my past berlingos and the one I still own had the same issues and ran without a dpf/cat/egr and also with crank cases vented to atmosphere .

MOT time can be worrying but if well maintained and engine in good order most testers will pass them ok.

ps Regarding injectors we always add millers eco-boost when filling with diesel and have never had injector problems , could be luck or could be the millers .

Yes the Nissan wasn't a bad little van but you can tell that they aren't as solidly built as the Berlingo
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