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Potential Talisman Purchase

Post by kr1s on Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:42 am

Hello everyone

I'm new to this forum and kind of new to motorhomes, although I did own a nice 2002 Duetto for a couple of years a while back and loved it except for having to play Tetris every time I wanted to make the bed!

I'm now considering a return to motorhomes but on quite a tight budget, and having done some reading here:


practicalmotorhome.com/advice/32255-motorhome-construction-guide


practicalmotorhome.com/advice/31832-how-to-check-used-motorhomes-for-sale


practicalmotorhome.com/advice/30489-common-problems-on-the-mk1-fiat-ducato-talbot-express




and here:


autosleeper-ownersforum.com/t10177p25-buying-my-first-autosleeper


I am considering a Talisman.


I've seen the one in the link below and was just wondering whether anyone has any advice or comment or even knows this particular van?


ebay.co.uk/itm/132234220768




(Sorry the forum won't let me post proper links because I'm new so I've had to chop the 3 "w"s off the fronts)


Many thanks in advance for any guidance.


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Re: Potential Talisman Purchase

Post by burlingtonboaby on Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:26 pm

Hi Chris
Welcome to the forum.
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Re: Potential Talisman Purchase

Post by -mojo- on Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:31 pm

As you've no doubt seen, the Talbot Express based conversions are at the "value" end of the market, but you need to be very very careful. The bodies can be prone to rust, and that one seems to have suspiciously shiny new paint on the wings and not a very good bonnet fit. In the past it was not uncommon to find them with crude fill-and-repaint work on the wings and A pillars - because they can be bought very, very cheap in a rusty state.

The seller seems (from the fact that he is selling two, plus some body parts from another Express) to specialise in older vans, so if you go and look, inspect the traditional rust spots with great care.

The other issue with these can be the availability (or otherwise) of parts. The French manufacturers seem poor at maintaining parts for older vehicles, unlike, for example, VW or Ford (the latter partly because of the number of aftermarket parts makers).
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Re: Potential Talisman Purchase

Post by roli on Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:51 pm

Welcome to the forumĀ 

You won't go far wrong if you follow monos ' advice and also take your time looking round until one feels right

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Re: Potential Talisman Purchase

Post by kr1s on Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:43 pm

Thanks very much for tips - I will definitely have them in very much in mind when viewing. The comment about the bonnet was interesting as it hadn't escaped my notice but every one I've seen pictures of looks like this - I was beginning to think it was normal!
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