Hi I am new to this site. I thinking of buying 1989 Renault Trafic 1.7 camper van and want to know about their history are they reliable, are spare parts easy to get hold of etc……any help would be greatly appreciated
We own a 1992 Trafic Autosleeper rapport 1.7 petrol. The two short answers are NO, and NO. Saying that, the autosleeper models do have pretty robust interiors like cupboards and oven etc. If anything goes wrong, it is the mechanicals / electrics of the van part, and it is invariably a bit of a pain to find a replacement part. Best chance is to use the web based used part search, and be prepared to wait. Sometimes you can find close match parts from other vehilces.
The engines are pretty solid, but everything that bolts on to it is standard renault quality. It could last forever, or 2 days. If you aren't afraid to buy a Peter Russek manual and get your hands dirty, then you could keep it running for some time to come, but don't expect years of trouble free motoring. Little jobs will arise now and then.
As these models are available at some really good prices right now, they are a real bargain if you can maintain them yourself. Ours is nearly 20 years old and the fridge / propex heater / oven / zig all still work perfectly.
Hope that helps.
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