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Subject Topic: Talbot Express to France Post Reply Post New Topic
25/1/2007 at 6:01pm
 Location: cheshire
 Outfit: Auto-Trail Arapaho
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  We have been wanting to go to France for a while now but have always wondered if our 13 year old Talbot Express would make it or not?

 

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25/1/2007 at 6:28pm
 Location: North Wales
 Outfit: Gelert Solo Karrimor
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Hi, my mate has a 1991 (J reg) Talbot Express hitop bought it this summer, we gave it a good going over during the last few months and he's currently in Spain 2 weeks in on a months break. he,s really enjoing it. One problem bungee broke and he lost his exhaust tailpipe on the M 25  but he managed to drive to a repairer (noisily) the rest of the journey down there was no problem took 2 days.

 

Good Luck  Tony



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25/1/2007 at 6:30pm
 Location: Mouliherne near Saumur FRANCE.
 Outfit: Small but perfectly formed campsite!
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Not quite sure whether it's a question or a statement? Only you can decide whether your vehicle will get you here or not?

If you have a decent European-wide breakdown insurance cover, then there's nothing to lose, and everything to gain.



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25/1/2007 at 6:41pm
 Location: North Essex
 Outfit: Caravelair Alba 400
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Obviously get continental breakdown/recovery insurance so you get your van transported home in worst case--I think Talbot is the same as either Citroen or Fiat so minor mechanical repairs should be no problem in France--main thing is to go all over van checking hoses & electrics-have yer belts been changed?--maybe put new brushes in alternator etc--

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25/1/2007 at 7:27pm
 Location: cheshire
 Outfit: Auto-Trail Arapaho
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Quote: Originally posted by Floydfan on 25/1/2007

Not quite sure whether it's a question or a statement?

 

 Hi, it is a question. Are the parts easier to get in France, nothing has gone wrong in a year and a half of ownership (touch wood) and yes we have got breakdown cover in Europe.  

 



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26/1/2007 at 12:04am
 Location: Rawreth Essex
 Outfit: Talbot auto-sleeper
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Our K reg Talbot thinks nothing doing round 5000 plus mile trips twice or three times a year.
Last trip in September was complete West coast of France then along the Pyranees through Andorra across to Perpignan,
Down to Alicante and around the Spanish coast to Malaga and then home via Madrid to San Sebastian and back along West coast of France and home.
We do this with no problems at all so far.
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26/1/2007 at 11:27am
 Location: Manchester
 Outfit: 1994 compass image
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 Hi. we have been to france in our old talbot express van 2 years ago, if you can trust the van to take you around this country then its no differant over in france, as you have ins/cover go for it.  our first trip into france was to san malo on the ferry then down to the loire at Nante for 3 days then back up the coast stopping for a few days at differant resorts on the way. and back from san malo, after 2 weeks. a good starter trip..ellroy.


26/1/2007 at 11:42am
 Location: Sunny Luton & Wigtownshire
 Outfit: Talbot Excalibur or Tent or VW T2
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I think any journey is a question of maintenance and luck as their is no inherent reason why vehicles of any age should not be capable of such a trip.

I used my old Talbot for over 10,000 miles last year including one trip of 4,000mile in a month with no problems and yet I have seen several new motorhomes stranded by mechanical failure.

Just because a vehicle is getting on a bit doesn't make them any more unreliable if they are well maintained and I speak as someone that drove a 1925 Bulnose Morris to Iceland on a camping trip some years ago.



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26/1/2007 at 5:37pm
 Location: cheshire
 Outfit: Auto-Trail Arapaho
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 We have covered over 1,000 miles in 4 days in Scotland this winter so if it can do that with no problems then it should do France. I think it has been on the continent with previous owners.

 



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08/2/2007 at 10:25pm
 Location: Maldon Essex
 Outfit: Autohomes 'Bedouin'
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Our old 'D' reg. Talbot Express did two good trips to France - each trip exceeded 3.5k.  My wife was worried until she realised our engine was a Peugot and spares were readily available everywhere!  Take the above advice from others seriously - especially the re-patriation insurance and servicing and you'll LOVE IT! Have fun and enjoy the driving, the quality of the roads, the food and the wine!  Good luck! 

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08/2/2007 at 10:37pm
 Location: Mouliherne near Saumur FRANCE.
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There ya go! Just do it!

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08/2/2007 at 10:54pm
 Location: Sunny Cheshire
 Outfit: Bessacarr E765p
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go for it,


09/2/2007 at 5:29pm
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  We will start planning! Thankyou we have had it just over a year and covered 10,000 miles with no engine problems (touch wood!)

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