Petrol vs. Diesel??? New car purchase - helpppppppppppp!

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Found 4th Apr 2011
Which on is better? I'm hearing so many mixed reviews about Diesel cars... I am planning to change from my 1.6 petrol 206cc to a Diesel car (probably Audi A3 or Astra Sporthatch CDTI). Many people are suggesting I buy another petrol, as with diesels although they are good economically, when they go wrong, THEY GO WRONG! I've never owned a Diesel before so cannot say? I do on average 40miles per day therefore I am needing something both economical and decent repair costs (the main worry for me on the Diesel cars are the dual mass fly wheel on the clutch that cost a fair amount to repair). Any advice would be appreciated.

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For only 40 miles a day i'd stick with petrol, unless its motorway all the way and you can cruise. For normal driving i'd say economically they're about the same. I have a 1.9 astra cdti and the inlet manifold went... very expensive!
Edited by: "Dantooine" 4th Apr 2011

Although diesel cars normally have higher MPG, you need to factor in how much more diesel is than petrol ATM...

Really hard decision which I had to make last year. In the end I went for petrol, and am happy. But my went for diesel and he is happy.

I'm not much help after all

I do on average 40miles per day therefore



thats 200 miles a working week plus weekends so a petrol is probably better given this.
The thing with diesels is that if your only doing small commutes and not much on the motorway then there isnt really much time for the diesel engine to warm up which is what gives you the best fuel economy.

as with diesels although they are good economically, when they go wrong, … as with diesels although they are good economically, when they go wrong, THEY GO WRONG!



Diesels are only fuel efficient in the right conditions. Its true with all cars, when stuff goes wrong then it does go wrong.


the main worry for me on the Diesel cars are the dual mass fly wheel on … the main worry for me on the Diesel cars are the dual mass fly wheel on the clutch that cost a fair amount to repair).



With a newish car the clutch should definetly not go until it reaches around 70,000 - 100,000 from my knowledge.
Id go with the petrol option as the 1.8 sportshatch has got a very good pull on it and a good top speed.
Dont know if this interests you atall but recently a friend has forked out around 300 quid for a spoiler on his 1.8 sportshatch.

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Dantooine

For only 40 miles a day i'd stick with petrol, unless its motorway all … For only 40 miles a day i'd stick with petrol, unless its motorway all the way and you can cruise. For normal driving i'd say economically they're about the same. I have a 1.9 astra cdti and the inlet manifold went... very expensive!


Wow, I could just imagine - out of curiousity I enquired to find out how much the clutch would cost to replace on an Astra Sporthatch CDTI (car my heart was set on!) and was told £850!!!! What???!!! I just replaced the clutch on my 206cc for £145 - BIG difference there

Pr3cious18

Wow, I could just imagine - out of curiousity I enquired to find out how … Wow, I could just imagine - out of curiousity I enquired to find out how much the clutch would cost to replace on an Astra Sporthatch CDTI (car my heart was set on!) and was told £850!!!! What???!!! I just replaced the clutch on my 206cc for £145 - BIG difference there



£850 is about what it cost me for the inlet manifold, might have been a bit less. But that was done at a local independent garage. Vauxhall wanted about £1200, so as the car was second hand and is bout 5 years old I told vauxhall where to go!..

That is very useful, I was looking to buy a diesel until read this page, it would take 4.5 years to pay back the difference!!

DannyM

Petrol Price calculator for petrol and diesels


RufusRabbit

That is very useful, I was looking to buy a diesel until read this page, … That is very useful, I was looking to buy a diesel until read this page, it would take 4.5 years to pay back the difference!!




But diesels hold their value better than a petrol!

Petrol is roughly about 3% cheaper than diesel but the fuel economy can be way higher which easily negates the price difference. The cost of the actual car is more important. I'd never have a petrol car again as modern diesels are reliable and no slouches these days either.

thearbiter65

Although diesel cars normally have higher MPG, you need to factor in how … Although diesel cars normally have higher MPG, you need to factor in how much more diesel is than petrol ATM...Really hard decision which I had to make last year. In the end I went for petrol, and am happy. But my went for diesel and he is happy.I'm not much help after all


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