Fiat is recalling some of its X250 Ducato vans and chassis cabs – the most popular base vehicle for motorhomes – due to a problem with the bolts that connect the vehicle’s engine to its transmission.
The issue first came to light just before Christmas, when the German ADAC, Europe’s largest automobile association, released the findings of tests it had conducted on Ducato-based motorhomes. The tests revealed that the bolts connecting the engine to the transmission could come loose, leading to problems shifting gears. According to German motorhome magazine Promobil, a fix – which only takes thirty minutes to complete – is being offered free of charge to German Ducato owners.
Fiat UK told us that it is also offering the fix, and has been getting in touch with affected customers since just before Christmas. Since this is not a safety recall, it will not be listed on the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) recall database. Fiat recommends that any owners of X250 Ducatos with 2.3-litre or 3.0-litre engines, within the chassis number range 1614651 – 1907289, contact their local dealer to determine if their vehicle is affected. You can also check online here.
The Ducato is the product of a partnership between Fiat and PSA Peugeot-Citroën, and is sold by all three marques, so ’vans based on the current-generation Peugeot Boxer and Citroën Relay may also require the fix.