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Bürstner Elegance i 685: Motorhome test, used

More space does not automatically cost more money in old age. 33,995 euros are called for this Bürstner Elegance i 685, which was registered for the first time in 2005. For this there is a dynamically styled fully integrated with a comfortable floor plan and high-quality equipment from first hand. After 16 years and a moderate 84,392 kilometers, we are feeling the youngtimer mobile very closely.

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Base price (2005, 2.8 JTD)

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94 kW (128 PS) at 3600 rpm

100 km / h (greater than 3.5 t)

Five-speed manual / front wheel

That’s him: A rolling comfort hostel for two people. The fully integrated vehicle, which rolled off the production line in 2005, was once aimed at experienced motorhome enthusiasts with a heavy wallet. The total length of the motorhome can be read off to the nearest centimeter from the model name i 685. For the top Elegance series, the principle of blooming instead of messing once applied: the interior with its curved surfaces conveys noblesse, the equipment can compete with some small holiday apartments. Behind the rotating front seats one closes lush seating area with a two-seater bench (including two three-point seat belts), a table and an additional longitudinal bench on the passenger side. Equipped in this way, this Bürstner is suitable for social gatherings with up to six people. Behind it is the spacious kitchen area with an L-shaped worktop along with a gas hob and stainless steel sink, a fully-fledged fridge-freezer and a practical built-in oven. At the very rear in the rear there is a French double bed on the passenger side and an XL wet room with corner washbasin, Thetford toilet and fully-fledged built-in shower on the driver’s side.

Bürstner Elegance i 685

Typically for fully integrated people, the feeling of space is very pleasant.

You can travel all year round with the Bürstner

He has: One Almost all-round carefree equipment. The floor plan focuses on a high level of comfort instead of maximum variability. Numerous cupboards and storage compartments comfort the fact that there is no stern garage on board. The brightly veneered furniture fronts give a mixed picture. On the one hand, they are not always accurate to the millimeter, on the other hand, doors and flaps still close cleanly. Solid hinges and additional seals reduce unwanted rattling noises when driving. One ensures that you can travel all year round effective insulation of the structure in sandwich construction.

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The vehicle floor is also double, the large one Insulated and heatable waste water tank. A ensures that the temperatures on board are always pleasant Truma C6002 heater with hot air fan and 12.5 liter boiler. Except for slight traces of moisture just behind the A-pillar, the interior appears dry and smells inconspicuous. Quite unusual for a used vehicle in this league: the previous owner did without the otherwise obligatory bike rack and awning. If necessary, you would have to invest an additional four-digit amount here.

Bürstner Elegance i 685

This Bürstner cuts a fine figure visually and technically.

Some concessions have to be made

This is how he drives: Absolutely okay. The Fiat Ducato power car with 2.8 liter common rail turbo diesel has enough power reserves to confidently move the fully loaded Bürstner, which is based on the AL-KO low frame and weighs at least four tons. Bus speed is unproblematic for man and machine, the background noise of the diesel engine remains bearable. Our photo vehicle doesn’t look worn out after a decade and a half. The light upholstery is not worn out, The clutch and transmission work flawlessly. However, there is an increased running noise on the front axle a tired wheel bearing there.

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Bürstner Elegance i 685 in the mobile home test

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Compared to modern designs, you also have to realistically plan for some concessions: Driver airbag, power steering, ABS and air conditioning are on board. You will look in vain for a passenger airbag, ESP or even an infotainment system. The smartphone or the good old card must be used for navigation and as an infotainment replacement: the Blaupunkt radio in the cockpit decorated with burl wood decor plays a maximum of CDs. In cities or on campsites at the latest, the now mandatory reversing camera will be sorely missed: without a guide, maneuvering tasks quickly become a holiday stress test.

Maintenance costs Bürstner Elegance i 685 (94 kW / 128 PS)

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11.0 liters of diesel / 100 km

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4 summer tires 215/70 R 15 C

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