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    This year I have had lots of 'van problems.

    Since August there has been an intermittent misfire and three garages have looked but found no fault codes and no visible problems. The advice has been consistent - wait till there is something to diagnose.

    Tonight, after a day of misfires that have been more frequent the engine management light has come on.

    Hopefully there is now something to go on.

    I will call out ADAC tomorrow but I'm likely to need a garage.

    Has anyone used a garage in the Perpignan area?

    Recommendations would be a huge help ...

    Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by POI Admin View Post
    This year I have had lots of 'van problems.

    Since August there has been an intermittent misfire and three garages have looked but found no fault codes and no visible problems. The advice has been consistent - wait till there is something to diagnose.

    Tonight, after a day of misfires that have been more frequent the engine management light has come on.

    Hopefully there is now something to go on.

    I will call out ADAC tomorrow but I'm likely to need a garage.

    Has anyone used a garage in the Perpignan area?

    Recommendations would be a huge help ...

    Thank you
    Hi Chris,

    Sorry to learn that you are having more problems. My only experience with garages in France was with Ford dealers down the west side of the country in 2015. It looks as though your nearest Fiat commercial vehicle dealership is: Groupe Tressol-Chabrier - distributeur agree Fiat Professional
    Chemin de la Fauceille, 66100 PERPIGNAN Tel (Service Dept): +33 4 89 51 98 53

    You can do your own search at Distributeurs ׀ Trouvez un distributeur ׀ Fiat Professional should you wish to find a dealership anywhere else.

    Tom
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    Chris, you might find it cheaper just over the border into Spain.
    Maybe at La Jonquera
    This is where all the trucks needed to clear customs, so there should be some commercial garages here
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    I'm not sure who ADAC will send. It may well be a local garage and if so that will be an option.

    The last garage to look were diesel engine specialists and the possible causes are an intermittent injector, wiring loom fault or the ECU. But without a hard fault it's impossible to diagnose.

    Maybe that is what I have now.
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    Good luck, hope it gets sorted quickly now!
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    So do I ...
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    Unfortunately ADAC have let me down ...

    Their partner is unable to send anybody to diagnose at the roadside due to the distance from their nearest base and staff shortages due to Christmas!

    Recovery isn't an affordable option either with ADAC funding a maximum of 300 euros and the quote is 1,000 euros!

    They have been helpful on the phone and have called me back several times.

    I have gained some knowledge however.

    According to ADAC France is unlike the UK and Germany with very limited roadside patrols these being focused on the high population density areas. In other areas vehicles are invariably recovered but at potentially great expense.

    Oddly ADAC would pay all the costs of repatriation for my motorhome if after recovery it was not feasible to repair locally.

    I may have located the problem subsequently.

    I have now observed that the diesel filter has been weeping slightly. At the last service in May my garage struggled to stop the filter housing from leaking after changing the filter. The Ducato X250 is notorious in this regard.

    The diesel may have caused a problem with the connections at the base of the housing (for water detection).

    I removed the filter housing and cleaned everything paying particular attention to the electrical connections top and bottom and reinstalled. The engine management light has now been extinguished.

    I am going to try and source a complete new housing and filter locally, but not from Fiat, and see if this solves my problem.
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    I have ordered a complete assembly from Amazon France for 78 euros with delivery to a locker on 2nd or 3rd January ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by POI Admin View Post
    I have ordered a complete assembly from Amazon France for 78 euros with delivery to a locker ...
    Lets hope thats sorted then "Electrics" ? Whats a locker similar to a PO box ?

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    last year in southern France my transmission failed. i was finally recovered and taken to a local garage who ordered the necessary parts. They didn't arrive and didnt arrive and didn't arrive. Finally after 9 days i got this french garage to give me a photocopy of a 3D part with part number that was required, and then i took it to a local computer shop who emailed my local somerset garage who ordered these parts for me and had it couriered to the campsite i was at. Courier cost was 45 - well worth it. This took 36 hours from my email to somerset to the the parts arriving in France. By the time the English parts arrived the french parts also arrived the same day - so i had the french parts fitted and on my return to Uk, the somerset garage took back the parts and got the money back.

    Apart from the 10 days hanging about (which was the fault of the APPALING recovery service i had paid for via AIB - and who then wrongly told me that it would cost $3950euros to take me to Cherbourg!!!!!!)

    I realised that i had to think laterally if i was to get home and so i came up with unusual solutions.

    i had earlier been taken to a Mitsubishi main dealer who had categorically told me after TWO test drives that there was nothing wrong with the tranmission and my van was perfectly fine....... but then it was 4.00pm on a friday - they didn't want the job.

    i'm not telling you this to depress you, but to explain that lateral problem solving may be necessary..

    Have you checked your insurance and your recovery ADAC paperwork ? The recovery call centre staff i spoke to handled recovery calls on behalf of many policies and some staff were useful and gave me totally wrong information about what cover i had. If necessary you could also talk to the English branch of the ADAC HQ. Make an official complaint if necessary. You need someone on your side.... fighting for you - someone who knows the full details of your product who speaks English and French.

    I have discovered that some recovery programmes are just that.... and they dont actually do roadside repairs - they just recover you (but only where there is good access) and take you to a garage for repairs. The best thing you can do is what you have done - ask for personal recommendations for a garage so you can be taken to a good garage.

    Christmas complicates things... i know... and dont forget most businesses close noon-2.00pm every day.....

    best wishes
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