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    Default Anyone else considering downsizing?

    Hey all.

    I'm the proud owner of a 54 vec which I really like. Its great on the Mway and has enough size to transport pretty much anything I need it to.

    However with the price of fuel the way it is, and the way it seems to be going, I'm really thinking about getting rid....

    Back last time when the fuel price went really high (about 120p for unleaded round my way) oil price hit nearly $150 a barrel.

    Now the oil price is about $98 a barrel, and we're paying more at the pump..

    I've not seen an explanation for this anywhere, but as far as I can see, the pump price goes up IMMEDIATELY when oil goes up, but pretty much stays the same when oil goes down, think about it, oil price fluctuates up and down all the time, but when did you last see the pump price go down?, and my worry is that if the oil price continues to climb and hits $150 again, what would the pump price be like?

    I'm getting 48.5mpg on a 1.9cdti (120bhp), which isn't bad I know, but there are smaller diesels out there capable of about 70+mpg....

    Anyone else concerned and having these dark thoughts?

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    Read a similar post about what it's worth second hand and your going to make a big loss.

    You may be better off just keeping it and have it serviced to make it more fuel efficient and change your driving style to suit the conditions, Flooring it will drink it drive it like a taxi driver does and you will reep the rewards.

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    As long as I can afford it I'm not worried, same as everyone else really. But then on short runs I only get 18mpg
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Or buy a cheap second runabout car which is what I chose to do.

    £420 bought me an 'R' reg Astra 1.4 LS in white, did 18,000 miles in it before trading it in for a Fiat 500 runabout. Fiat 500 costs me £35 per annum road tax, insurance group 4, does 50-60 mpg if driven carefully and costs £36 to fill up

    It helps keep the Vectra VXR running costs under control, so I can mod it more (and I like having two very different cars)

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    with the really small cars, i'd go petrol. there's a new fiat 500 2-cyl turbo coming out soon which claims 71mpg http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/fiat...-driven/251285 and £0 road tax (92g/km)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hideous View Post
    with the really small cars, i'd go petrol. there's a new fiat 500 2-cyl turbo coming out soon which claims 71mpg http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/fiat...-driven/251285 and £0 road tax (92g/km)
    And I've driven it !!... 850 cc Turbo 2 cylinder its really good ... faster than my 1.2 4 cylinder petrol and sounds great

    But costs around £12,500 to buy !!!! Whereas I only paid £8500 (scrappage) brand new for mine and I thought that was expensive for a small car
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    One car I honestly almost bought was the new Kia Rio Saloon (not the hatchback).

    £5000 on scrappage allowance... lot of car for £5000 new that was

    But they had just released the facelifted one and couldnt get it to me in time for the scrappage allowance deadline

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    Downsizing, a sign of the times .

    My 2002 GSi went in July 2010 to be replaced with a 52 plate Citroen C3 diesel for £2k

    But heh, it costs £15 a year tax, insurance £80 fully comp and does 55mpg round town. Performance wise, hit a hill and pray but sits all day on the motorway at 70mph and returns 65mpg.

    Yes, there are times when I miss the size of the Vec and performance of the GSi but for now, my little C3 does it all .

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    also impressive is the new skoda fabia greenline II 3-pot diesel. http://www.buyacar.co.uk/cars/skoda/..._ii_4637.jhtml
    83 mpg.
    I appreciate it's a lot of money to go out and buy a new car, but if you do the mileage it'd be a good long term investment. And 80+ mpg.... (say 70-75 real world then) just wow
    Alternative - LPG.

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    i've been thinkin about going to a smaller engine size, me havin a 2l dti i only do 4 miles a day so was lookin at corsa's

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