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    Default Buying Vec C Elegance. 2.0 DTi or 2.2 DTi?

    Posted this on vvoc but then found this place:

    Hi all,

    I used to have a Vec C 1.8 LS but for the last year or so I've had a SEAT Leon 1.8 T Cupra tuned to 225bhp/250 lbs ft of torque.

    I've decided to settle down on the car front and get another Vec C. I'm mainly after economy but still want a little bit of oomph now and again. The Leon tops out at about 150 mph and does 0-60 in about 6.5 seconds so I've had plenty of fun from it.

    I'm looking at 2 Vecs at the moment, both are in Elegance spec but one is a 2.0 DTi and the other is a 2.2 DTi. I was just after some opinions as to which would be the best buy. I've heard that the 2.2s are good at splitting turbo hoses and drinking oil but haven't heard many comments about the 2.0.

    Is the performance of the 2.0 adequate? Is the economy of the 2.2 ok? Do both engines have chain driven camshafts?

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    I test drove a 2.0 Dti & it was sooooo flat, Had to get the 2.2 ,loads better . Couldn't afford the Cdti 150 I tried but still not great or a patch on the mondeo Tdci 130Bhp, + I've heard a lot of bad things about that engine.

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    The 2.0 Dti is slow and sluggish, the 2.2 is much better.

    The CDTi 150 is an absolute stonker of an engine. Stick a tuning box on it and grin.
    It will eat Mondeo's all day long, and a few others to boot

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    I test drove a 2.0 Dti and a 2.2Dti, then bought a 2.2Dti Elite which I put 51,000 files on over a period of just over 2 years. I loved the car, fantastic engine IMO. As other as have already said above the 2.0dti felt sluggish and flat low down to me, the 2.2 I found to be a completely different beast, much better balanced to the weight of the car. As far as I know (but I could be wrong) the 2.0 isn't chain driven ... someone may well correct me on that?

    Dave

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    In all honesty reading your origional post, if you buy a 2.0 or 2.2DTi you will be dissapointed.

    You want power and economy! You need a 1.9CDTi 150.

    Pay the extra for the 1.9CDTi 150 and stick a box on it you won't be dissapointed.

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    It does have a chain the 2.0 dti

    You will as Robbie said be unhappy with it, I have one now, it does what I need it to do so it's fine for me, but it's no race car by a long shot and really poor at low revs in 1st and 2nd, on the upside it returns nearly 40 mpg as a taxi and is well known and easy to fix, 2.2 I cant help with, never driven one, 1.9 is a better puller and as economic, but be aware it's not a Vx engine, it's Fiat and we all knows what that means dont we?

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    I've got the 2.0dti and it pulls really well, good torque at low revs, and 54 mpg mixed driving

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caterman
    Stick a tuning box on it and grin.
    It will eat Mondeo's all day long, and a few others to boot
    I accept it is faster but no way is it as refined & all the ones I've driven have had a lot better in gear acceleration than the 150 Cdti's. But Note they are all standard. I believe a measure of how good a engine is is taken when it is standard or you could go on forever with turbo engines making them less reliable, making it a pointless argument, I.e a JCB diesel will leave any road car standing ( If you have seen the article you will know what I mean, "Land speed record attempt") As that is a breathed on standard block engine.

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    Nope. Disagree. Tried a Mondeo 130 before I plumped for the Vec 150. Is just opinions at the end of the day.

    Get some test drives under your belt Ross and make yer own mind up.

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    Thanks guys, I really appreciate your opinions. My budget won't stretch to a CDTi at the moment so I think I'm going to go for the 2.2 DTi.

    Many thanks.

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