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Post by SJR on Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:08 am

Hello,
Last Saturday we collected our first motorhome a 1998 Peugeot Boxer Symphony, Quite a change for me as I like performance cars and track days ( I think I will have to get use to life in the slow lane) hugegrins.

It seems to be in pretty good order, the tyres have lots of tread but are quite old, so will need replacing, the cam belt was last changed five years ago so that will also need replacement and a couple of wheel bearings have slight play (These are not straight forward to replace, typical French vehicle) hugegrins

The blown air heating was also not working, but being as it was new in 2005 I thought it would have some life still left in it, and I would be able to fix it. I called Propex and the tech guy said to blow some compressed air in the inlet pipe and it might work, well I couldn't believe it when it did. smile!

On the exterior the paint work was quite flat (the previous owner had washed it a lot but had never polished/waxed it) So yesterday I started to put it right.

First I:

1. Rinsed the van with a pressure washer.

2. Snow foamed (Pre washed)

3. Rinsed

4. Shampooed.

5. Rinsed.

6. Removed contaminents from the paint with a Clay bar.

7. T-Cut.

8. Polish.

9. Wax.

10. Treated the black trim.

11. Cleaned glass.

It is now looking a lot better, I now have to clean the interior and will post up some pics as soon as I can.

From what I have seen of the forum it seems to be very friendly and with some great info.

regards,
SJR
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Post by Paulmold on Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:28 am

Welcome to the forum from a fellow Symphony owner. Did it fail MOT on the wheel bearings or just advisory as mine had advisory on 2 MOT's and the play disappeared on the 3rd. Theres a thread on here somewhere which shows lots of us have this advisory play in bearings so I wouldn't rush out to replace them.
Found the thread , here....

http://www.autosleeper-ownersforum.com/t2075-mot-today?highlight=wheel+bearing+advisory
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Post by Guest on Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:35 am

Hi SJR,
Welcome from a fellow 1998 Symphony owner. Yes not the quickest thing on 4 wheels but what the heck, thats not what its made for.
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Good to get your tip on the air heater, mine dont work either, I must try your 'fix'. Did wheel bearings come up on MOT? See posts elsewhere on this, it seems to be a bit of a fallacy, according to where it was done.
Anyway good luck with your new toy, happy MH-ing!
Mike and Chris D
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Post by roli on Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:49 am

asof_welcome2

You have been busy already cleaning it, bet you just want to start using it now campers .

One point your Pug is not French they area buiilt in Italy at Seville along with the Fiat Ducato, Citroen Relay/Jumper & etc. It would be a wise move to change the tyres at 5 years.

You may find that some of the common components are cheaper to buy from the Fiat dealer rather than the Pugeot dealer

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Post by CC on Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:13 am

Welcome to ASOF SJR gimmefive

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Post by burlingtonboaby on Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:17 pm

Hi
Welcome to the forum from sunny, but cooler Bridlington. sun
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Post by whisky on Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:13 pm

Hi SJR.

Welcome to the forum from Nottinghamshire. You have been busy would you like to do mine?


Cheers. Whisky.

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Post by modelman on Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:49 am



hi & welcome from S/Yorks drinksallround

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Post by Robbie on Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:47 pm

Welcome SJR you been busy with the MH allthumbz

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Post by SJR on Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:46 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome,

The wheel bearing play came up on the inspection. There is no advisory sheet just an MOT certificate, so I am not sure if it was picked up at the MOT or not.

Roli, I don't have much experience with Italian vehicles, but that wheel bearing has a French feel.
Do you know if the Boxer is a French or Italian design? I do know you wouldn't get that wheel bearing design on a Ford!

I have been out and about in the van today and it drives pretty well, and the MPG doesn't seem that bad.

Cheers,

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Post by roli on Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:31 pm

Yes the Boxers and the X250s are all built in the same factory as the Fiat Ducatto I am unsure of the spelling but the factory that builds them ( a consortium Fiat and PSA ) is Seville /Sevil ??

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