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    Petrol vs Diesel on short distances
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    • 1st Jan 11, 2:16 PM
    Petrol vs Diesel on short distances 1st Jan 11 at 2:16 PM

    I currently have a Ford Focus Zetec 1.8 Petrol, W reg, which I'm very happy with, but it's costing me a lot in fuel, so for that reason alone I'm looking at getting another car, and some help, hopefully.

    I live 2.2 miles from work. The first mile to work is country roads, which I can do 50mph, all uphill.
    The second mile is a 30mph town road. There are rarely cues or stoppages as it's on the edge oof town. I take 5 turns resulting in coming down to 2nd gear, I then try to put it gently to 4th gear and cruise until the next one.

    I work Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. I am planning to bike into work as many days as I can, which should save a lot of money, but on miserable weather days, and days where I need to get back home quicker I do intend to drive. I also want a car for visiting family and friends who live 1 hour away (mainly single carrage, A road driving), every 3-4 weeks.

    I rarely drive on the motorway.

    I'm thinking of getting a small engine diesel, like 1.5l or 1.6l. But, I have heard that short distances aren't great for diesel engines. I'm tempted by the Renault Clio 65, but I would prefer a slightly more manly car. I want a cheap running car ultimately, but I have to be honest and admit style is slightly important.

    My car is selling for approx 1500-2000, and I have up to 500 to spend on top of that.

    1. What fuel shall I opt for due to my commute, diesel or petrol?
    2. Any cars in particular you would recommend?

    Thank you
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