Vauxhall Combo Life: Practical Motoring

Discussion in 'Car Chat' started by Graham, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. Graham RMS Photographer

    Graham
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    See the blog feature on this - When is a van, not really a van? When it's a Vauxhall Combo Life, that's when. Welcome to one of the most practical vehicles that money can buy today.

    Looking at the history books, the PSA group, who now own Vauxhall, have always created an MPV from their small van range, such as the... Read the Full Article Here

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  2. Bryan RMS Regular

    Bryan
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    Don't really get this whole badge engineering thing... it's really a Peugeot Partner/Citroen Berlingo/Fiat Doblo. No one seems to really want to make their own van now (except for PSA...)
     
  3. Graham RMS Photographer

    Graham
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    PSA own Vauxhall, so you're right, it is a Peugeot
     
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  4. stevieturbo RMS Regular

    stevieturbo
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    Citroen dispatch etc.

    I've actually had a new Dispatch van ( early 2018 registered ) for a couple of weeks and as much as I always hate anything French. It's actually not bad. The Partner/Berlingo I had before was utter *****.

    Dispatch far more roomy up front, ok storage space although far from ideal. Could do with a central drinks holder too. But it's reasonably decent to drive for a van.
    Not terrible looking from the outside either, twin rear doors always handy too.
     
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  5. stevieturbo RMS Regular

    stevieturbo
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    Doubt there is any Doblo in it now after PSA bought Vaux over ?
     
  6. Bryan RMS Regular

    Bryan
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    Maybe not Doblo but look at the Mercedes Citan... glorified Berlingo.
     
  7. stevieturbo RMS Regular

    stevieturbo
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    Citan is a Kangoo, maybe different engines just. They might share some aspects with the Berlingo etc, but are visibly fairly different.

    Berlingo/Partner definitely the same, and now Vauxhall's Combo same as Citroen Dispatch and whatever is the Peugeot equivalent.

    I havent seen anything yet that is the same as the new Doblo
     
  8. Graham RMS Photographer

    Graham
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    I was in the workshop one day when a fresh Merc A Class derv was getting serviced... the oil filter had black tape around it and once removed, revealed renault livery lol
     
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  9. Bryan RMS Regular

    Bryan
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    You're right..

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    It's the older model Combo I'm getting confused with...
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    Still... it proves my point. They're all the same.
     
  10. stevieturbo RMS Regular

    stevieturbo
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    They're the same within those shared platforms yes. And old Combo and Doblo were the same, albeit with a slightly different engine range.

    But Kangoo/Citan are not same as Berlingo/Partner etc

    Berlingo/Partner are the worst van I've driven in a long time. Just no room for the driver whatsoever, very poor driving position etc.

    Even with all the shared platforms etc...it baffles me as to how they all build such crap vans that offer so little for the driver who actually spends all day in the van and works in their van etc.

    That said, I've driven some new Transit customs lately which are well specced up, and they're pretty good inside. But obviously on the bigger side compared to the above.
     
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  11. Blackie RMS Regular

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    Great write up and one I find very helpful. We are most likely going to be in the market soon for an MPV and with my affinity for Vauxhall’s there’s a good chance this could be it.

    And yes, I do realise it’s not a Vauxhall really........
     
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  12. Bryan RMS Regular

    Bryan
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    Ford make some nice vans. If I was in the market for a van it would have to be the Transit Custom. Apparently it is the best selling vehicle in the whole of the UK including the car market. Ford & Volkswagen must be the only two manufacturers who actually build their own small vans.

    The car in front is a Toyota...
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    Oops no it's not it's a Peugeot/Citroen imposter...

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  13. Blackie RMS Regular

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    Realistically they’re aren’t too many brands these days who haven’t dabbled in some sort of cross platform vehicle within their range.
     
  14. stevieturbo RMS Regular

    stevieturbo
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    Cant comment on a small Ford Connect or whatever, I was referring to a normal Transit custom. But they're definitely better than any others I've driven.
    But even the small Ford vans are great looking vans compared to a lot of the others.

    Seen one of the Toyotas the other day and noticed it was same as what I was driving. Bound to be a huge step down in reliability/reputation etc for Toyota to latch onto French crap.
     
  15. impact RMS Regular

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    We supply the cylinder heads for transit and sales are way up and beyond what was expected.
    Volkswagen are due to share Fords pickup platforms in near future.
     
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  16. plexo RMS Regular

    plexo
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    ai autosport had a 2016 connect and it was Citroen engines and also had to get doors replaced under warranty because of rust which is why he sold it
     
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  17. stevieturbo RMS Regular

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    Yea, they seem to all use that same engine. Must be cheap or something and it lasts the warranty period in most cases
     

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