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    Hi,
    I am after a diesel Sri but am now thinking maybe a petrol Sri?
    Thoughts please on reliability and costs.
    Mpg looks quite good on petrol seeing as it's also cheaper

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    I've owned both:

    2004 2.2i direct SRI
    2008 1.9 CDTI SRI 150

    2.2i - mpg = 36 average
    1.9CDTI - mpg = 58 average

    I've spent nothing on the diesel but the petrol cost me nearly £3000 in faults and repairs over an 18 month period.

    The diesel is faster, punchier and nicer to drive with the turbo, the petrol is beautifully smooth and seems a little better weighted over the front end and more precise.

    Diesel, without doubt!!

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    Interesting, what about the 1.8vvt?

    Nick

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    average mpg for that is around 38 / 89, but not sure what reliability is like. Will certainly be cheaper to buy as the diesels are more sought after. Do you do many miles a week?... Can't see the 1.8 being pokey enough really but am sure I'll be snapped at by an owner soon enough!!

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    Vehicle : 57 zafira 1.9 cdti design

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    iv always owned diesels for the economy.

    petrols ok and even better if its lpg converted but id probably still go for a diesel..

    the lads with the 150 cdti's on here get great performance and economy and its true the cdti has a good few problems, so try and find one thats had the dmf and swirl jobs done and you should be ok!

    hth

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    Mine hasn't had them done and seems great, none of these issues. Could this be down to the fact that the majority of trips (90%) are an hour long or more and she is running at temp all the time?

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    All depends on how may miles you plan on doing a year.

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    if you go for a 1.9 150, then negotiate a warranty if you aren't handy with the spanners

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    I ran some numbers over my car recently. My car has now covered 170,000 miles - I have done 157,000 of those miles.

    I ran a full spreadsheet covering everything from fuel to tyres, servicing, insurance, tax MOT etc etc.

    The only really important factor in determining whether diesel would have been a better choice financially is the initial purchase price. As the nearest diesel model was about 3.5K more expensive than the deal I got for the 1.8 petrol, the overall life cycle cost is within a few hundred quid, even over that sort of mileage. This doesn't include cost of borrowing the extra money needed for diesel or the loss of being able to invest this money either if I chose the petrol but had enough for the diesel in the bank.

    The increased cost of diesel fuel over petrol and the ever better fuel economy from petrols is closing the cost gap between the 2 power units. The increasing cost of diesel engines and exhaust aftertreatment is further closing the real cost by increasing the initial purchase price still further.

    So I suspect that people who buy diesel for reduced running costs, then only do 10K a year are slightly misguided about the real financial cost and benefits of diesel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chewy71 View Post
    average mpg for that is around 38 / 89, but not sure what reliability is like. Will certainly be cheaper to buy as the diesels are more sought after. Do you do many miles a week?... Can't see the 1.8 being pokey enough really but am sure I'll be snapped at by an owner soon enough!!
    i do about 600/700 miles a week

    Nick

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