I bought this because it had an HDI turbo diesel and because it is enormous inside. It also has Isofix child seat mountings which I really needed for my two grandchildren. The 2 litre engine is capable of huge mileages and if oil is changed regularly it is a car you can keep for ever. It is well built and the high driving position is fantastic especially in torrential rain. Certainly it is not a status symbol but that can be a good thing because it will not be stolen and it kind of takes away the need to keep replacing the car for all sorts of daft reasons. This car does everything. It is possible to to tow a caravan with ease and still have tons of space in the back of the car for the kitchen sink. When shopping you can unload a trolley in heavy rain because the tailgate acts like a roof. Ok so it is a van with windows ---but it you wouldn't swop it for a van so therein lies the difference. I bought mine with 49000 miles from a main dealer and it now has 67000 on the clock -that was 18 months ago. Apart from serviceable items I have had no problems whatsoever apart from busting a front spring mainly my own stupid fault for thinking I was driving a 4x4 which it most certainly is not. It is a joy to drive once you get used to a good bit of roll going round corners. It is also true to say that you are not harassed by other drivers because they just think you are probably going as fast as you can.
I had my first Partner Escapade 5 years ago and had it for about 3 years covering about 80,000 miles in it. It was a perfect workhorse, and as I do alot of business mileage I found it comfortable and great for really any journey. It's been fantastic for holidays, we have 3 children and they love the sliding doors and high rear seating that gives them a good view. The only real problem has been with the front wheel fitted "mud flap" trims that have come away when driven through water or deep puddles. Economy is great, and get about 48 mpg on even hard running. I was so pleased, I ordered another and have run that for two years and another 60,000 trouble free miles. Surprisingly I have just been requested to order replacement car, and guess what, I have placed an order for a THIRD.I cannot find anything that beats it for usefulness, durability, comfort even on long runs and space. It is like a tardis inside, and so easy to drop the seats and in recent weeks I've had 3 bikes inside, we had to take the 3 piece suite to the tip, and all went in on one run, surpring my neighbor as he had offered to lug it in his volvo, but couldnt match the space of the Partner!.. I use it to collect bailes of hay and straw from the farm, it really is a fantastic and under rated car. Only downside is how it looks, although it is kind of quirky and great value all round.
Bought my 2.0 Diesel Escapade Combi at just under 3 years old from an independent dealer. Clutch needed sorting asap but no other major issues. Overall, I'm happy with it. I use it as a dog transporter for my business, it always starts first time, 2.0 engine is so fast and nippy and I rather like the 'off road' looks. Don't take it offroad though. First time I took it onto a soggy field I had to be towed off. Gripes: Using the key, you can only central lock from the driver side. The driver window seized up soon after purchase. The CD player jumps and the brakes squeaked. Cab is noisy. Engine cover clips keep coming off. On one occasion the engine cover came loose, worked the fuel filler cap right off and dipstick cap loose. Fuel everywhere. Not good. I would prefer it if it had more length and less height which seems excessive.
But still, I like it and will use it till it dies.
I was looking to purchase a second car for ease of access for a disabled person and space to carry a wheelchair.
Alighted on the Combi, Main Dealers offer - new 07 plate, Met paint,roofbars and passanger handle(for disabled person) @ £7.5k plus my p/ex, I could not fault value.
Shopped around but Citroen and Hyundai seemed indifferent to take my money.
Had the Combi since late June, no problems as yet, covered 1500 miles, keeps up with London traffic, smooth over road humps, cruises on the motorway, wheelchair fits flat without folding up the seats and access for disabled person is excellent.
Minus points - 1) For the Combi a little wind noise (turn up the cd player) 2) Main Dealer takes an age to fit parts, roofbars took a week to fit and the doorhandle took over 2 months to order and fit, to me being a second car its not too much of a concern, they just seems disorganised and laid back rather than incompetent.
However if you are looking for customer service and efficiency,for peace of mind up your budget and look elsewhere(ie the Toyota Dealer). 3) Everybody calls it a "van" or the "popemobile"
It's to early to comment on running costs.
Finally all I can say, the car fits my criteria, drives well (my disabled passanger pefers the ride to a Grand Scenic) and I would recommend it for what it is, a very capable workhorse on a budget.
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