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Diesel vs Petrol

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  • albacore1854
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    Why bother with petrol !!

    Audi A4 170PS, will return 50mpg on a run, and I've had 140 on the clock.

    0-60 is ok, and she'll still lift the bonnet if you put your foot down at a ton
    Most people overlook opportunity as it comes dressed in overalls, and looks like hard work.
  • Murielson
    Murielson Posts: 269 Forumite
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    Very interesting thread and my first addition is a question - if it is covered elsewhere please steer me to it and Mods maybe move this post as required:

    I do a 75 mile each way commute Mon to Fri A303, M3, M25. Am now looking at changing my 1.8 Mondeo petrol workhorse that has given sterling service for the last 10 years to the most economical replacement.

    What would you replace it with and why? Petrol, diesel, LPG etc.
  • albacore1854
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    3 year old 1.9 tdi passat.Its had its depreciation,and is a good solid workhorse
    Most people overlook opportunity as it comes dressed in overalls, and looks like hard work.
  • onehitwonder
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    I am looking to buy a used car for about £6,000. I have been looking at the Picasso 2.0 diesel, about 3 years old.
    I only do about 7000 miles a year and 80% of that is driving around town.

    Do you think I do too little, urban driving to justify buying a diesel?

    Thanks.
    Debts: Virgin Card [STRIKE]£5,600[/STRIKE] £5,636, First Direct [STRIKE]£7,700[/STRIKE] £7,000, Halifax [STRIKE]£3,200[/STRIKE] £3,810, Halifax Clarity [STRIKE]£755[/STRIKE] £711, Tesco [STRIKE]£4,005[/STRIKE] £4,450, MNBA [STRIKE]£6,700[/STRIKE] £6,580, Loan [STRIKE]£15,834[/STRIKE] £15,218 Total: [STRIKE](45K at highest) £43,794k[/STRIKE] £43,405
  • Need_More_Money_2
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    I am looking to buy a used car for about £6,000. I have been looking at the Picasso 2.0 diesel, about 3 years old.
    I only do about 7000 miles a year and 80% of that is driving around town.

    Do you think I do too little, urban driving to justify buying a diesel?

    Thanks.

    Depends how much extra you are paying for the diesel car compared to a petrol car
  • onehitwonder
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    As far as I can see the 2.00 diesel is about the same price as the 1.6 petrol. So not a lot more.
    Although I Admit I know nothing about cars so not sure what the main difference between the 1.6 and 2.00 is. :)
    Debts: Virgin Card [STRIKE]£5,600[/STRIKE] £5,636, First Direct [STRIKE]£7,700[/STRIKE] £7,000, Halifax [STRIKE]£3,200[/STRIKE] £3,810, Halifax Clarity [STRIKE]£755[/STRIKE] £711, Tesco [STRIKE]£4,005[/STRIKE] £4,450, MNBA [STRIKE]£6,700[/STRIKE] £6,580, Loan [STRIKE]£15,834[/STRIKE] £15,218 Total: [STRIKE](45K at highest) £43,794k[/STRIKE] £43,405
  • Need_More_Money_2
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    As far as I can see the 2.00 diesel is about the same price as the 1.6 petrol. So not a lot more.
    Although I Admit I know nothing about cars so not sure what the main difference between the 1.6 and 2.00 is. :)

    I'm assuming you are referring to engine size so the diesel is 2 litre and the petrol 1.6l. So you have a bigger more powerful engine in the diesel. DOes it have turbo.
    You will save money in terms on mpg in the diesel. The quesion about how many miles you do is usually related to whether you save enough to justify paying more for the diesel in the first place
  • rogerbanana
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    something i have been doing for over twelve months now in my vw touran auto, is diluting the diesel with tesco cooking oil (£1-85 for three litres) and it works a treat.
    make the mix no more than 50-50 and save some dosh! if you really want to be honest, get a customs and excise form and declare your useing oil as a road fuel and pay 21p tax on each litre . mind you, you have to say how much you have used that month.....
  • rogerbanana
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    as a matter of interest, my vw 2litre auto touran has a dial which shows the mpg . this is plus or minus 7% according to vw, and with my foot off the pedal it shows 75mpg at 30 mph. i know this isnt realistic motoring, but the overall consumption is impressive.
  • apk1
    apk1 Posts: 162 Forumite
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    another factor to consider which i don't think has been mentioned, if you take the car abroad diesel is a lot cheaper -70p v 90p for unleaded, I do 5-6000 miles pa in france and so its much better for me.
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