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Hi I may be getting a Fiat Punto Grande 2008, and its a diesal. i do around 5000 miles a year tops. is it work me getting a diesal? or will the engine suffer by not doing alot of journeys,… Read More
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6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
Hi

I may be getting a Fiat Punto Grande 2008, and its a diesal.

i do around 5000 miles a year tops.
is it work me getting a diesal? or will the engine suffer by not doing alot of journeys, if that makes sense!

thanks
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6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
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banned 1 Like #1
No it's no worth it and depending on the engine you could do more damage

Edited By: dimebars on Mar 12, 2011 17:35
#2
Not really, just go easy on the accelerator and brakes and keep and eye on things like tyre pressures etc.
#3
Really depends on what else is available at a similar price ! If you are getting a good deal on this then go for it, the engine won't come to any harm simply because you aren't doing a lot of journeys. However if there are comparative petrol engined cars available cheaper, then no it's not worth spending the extra for a diesel on that mileage.
1 Like #4
do some maths if you really want to save, like calculate petrol/diesel costs for 5k miles and the cost of a petrol/diesel car model, road tax etc and see how much you really spending and differentiate the costs to see profit, imo go for petrol
#5
As MR1123 says, do some maths if you want to be certain. Don't forget that your biggest killer will be that diesel's normally cost more to service and if you are doing that every year then that will add in a big way. Also, don't expect decent mpg from a diesel until it's all warmed up, so short trips won't give you anything like what a motorway run would.
#6
We have a 1.9 diesel (130bhp) Grande Punto and on short trips on cold mornings it only gets 25mpg, but sitting on the motorway at 70mph it gives over 50mpg. The 1.3 multijet is underpowered. The new 1.6 is a good compromise between the two.
#7
agree with above,go for a newish economical petrol car,maybe something like a oldish prius that will save on tax costs or maybe a toyota aygo,about 2007,£40 tax and cheap to run,i dont think fiats are the best tbh
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sorry, i completely disagree with the above. I only do 8000 miles, and would never buy a petrol again.

currently looking to buy several diesels, all do 62mpg and £30 a year road tax, and are no more to service than a petrol. Petrol prices will continue to go up and ill be fine in that knowing my car lasts twice as long as most other cars for fuel. I drive for a living btw.
#9
At 5k miles a year, get a Kia Picanto. Cheap as chips.

Tax band C and 57mpg!

Edited By: Foxy102 on Mar 12, 2011 18:01
#10
Foxy102
At 5k miles a year, get a Kia Picanto. Cheap as chips.

Tax band C and 57mpg!


been looking at the rio as one option, a bit bigger and still band c, 60mpg £9k otr
#11
Or a Citroen C1...

£5995 Brand New and 62 mpg combined cycle !!!
banned#12
Is it the 1.9 diesel as that won't be as economicle as the petrol engines as they are quite small CC on tthat model I think there is a 1.4 petrol version....1.9 will be quite nippy and have loads of torque, so if your a dad racer then the diesel... but if it's econamy and running costs...then the petrol, based on the differance in engine size.

Edited By: slamdunkin on Mar 12, 2011 18:20
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splatsplatsplat
sorry, i completely disagree with the above. I only do 8000 miles, and would never buy a petrol again.

currently looking to buy several diesels, all do 62mpg and £30 a year road tax, and are no more to service than a petrol. Petrol prices will continue to go up and ill be fine in that knowing my car lasts twice as long as most other cars for fuel. I drive for a living btw.


Same, just changed to a new diesel clio,1,5 dci.Only do about 8000 miles a year, got a great deal on the car, servicing same price as my old megane,£20 tax next year and up to 71 mpg :)

Edited By: Bully on Mar 12, 2011 18:22
#14
No fiat is worth having, Unreliable pieces of junk made of cheese.
#15
splatsplatsplat
sorry, i completely disagree with the above. I only do 8000 miles, and would never buy a petrol again.

currently looking to buy several diesels, all do 62mpg and £30 a year road tax, and are no more to service than a petrol. Petrol prices will continue to go up and ill be fine in that knowing my car lasts twice as long as most other cars for fuel. I drive for a living btw.


curious you say you drive for a living and only do 8k?

Is it paper round in a car :p
#16
self employed, 20 stops every day .. short runs
#17
Can be eaten at least
shauneco
No fiat is worth having, Unreliable pieces of junk made of cheese.
#18
A lot of the smaller newer engines have 40+ MPG round town which is similar to the diesels, however I find the diesel car easier to drive and there is more pull throughout the rev range. However a 1.5 diesel in a smaller car will give you 50/60+ MPG, and the tax is usually dirt cheap.

+ This is only from experience and may be wrong nowadays, but a diesel fiat engine will probably be a big pile of SH.....

Edited By: aircanman on Mar 12, 2011 21:14
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sorry, i completely disagree with the above. I only do 8000 miles, and would never buy a petrol again.

currently looking to buy several diesels, all do 62mpg and £30 a year road tax, and are no more to service than a petrol. Petrol prices will continue to go up and ill be fine in that knowing my car lasts twice as long as most other cars for fuel. I drive for a living btw.


Driving for a living with 8K ? interesting. Diesel engines need time to warm up to enable it to get a decent mpg, so this would be good for alot of motorway driving.

OP imho if your only going to be covering 5000 miles a year then a petrol would be okay for it seen as im assuming most journeys will be small runs, not 300 mile trips.
And a fiat is probably not the best way to go with a first diesel.

Try google Fiat Grande Punto Diesel Problems, or just look for reviews
I had a quick look there if you want a wee read ?

http://www.roadtestreports.co.uk/road-test-reports/Fiat/Grande_Punto/
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splatsplatsplat
sorry, i completely disagree with the above. I only do 8000 miles, and would never buy a petrol again.

currently looking to buy several diesels, all do 62mpg and £30 a year road tax, and are no more to service than a petrol. Petrol prices will continue to go up and ill be fine in that knowing my car lasts twice as long as most other cars for fuel. I drive for a living btw.


Wait until it goes wrong, then you will see a difference in the running costs.

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