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    28 68.29%
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    I posted a while ago that I was looking at a new job within the company but it would involve working at one of our more remote sites (98 miles round trip).It looks as though it is going to work out but I have been mithering about whether to change the car and get a diesel.

    One important fact is that I should get travelling expenses for a few years.

    The basic equation (with the GSi), just based on fuel is:

    Actual: about £13 per day (30ish m.p.g)
    Allowance: around £18 per day.

    The present car is in good nick (just over 48k) and I have recently spent money renewing the breaks, shocks and Timing belt.

    The m.p.g on a diesel is obviously going to be much better (most of the trip could be at 60 m.p.h).

    If I go for a newer diesel I will be going back up to the steep part of the depreciation curve, the GSi is starting to level out a bit.

    I'm also a bit concerned about losing the performance and toys I am now used to. My heart defo say stick with the GSi but I don't know if I am being nuts.

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    98 miles per day = 490 miles in a working week

    Therefore, 52 weeks in the year (not counting holidays) = 25480 miles per year.

    Do you want to put that amount of mileage on your GSi?

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    That my problem AJA, I'm not sure. I could not spend a lot of miles and time in a car I did not enjoy

    All the cars I ever had have ended up with high miles (last two - Calibra 150k, Vec B SRi 140k) as I keep them for a long time or high miles whichever comes first. The nature of the job means that with every car I've had I have had periods long travels which rack up the miles.

    This is the first time I have had something like the GSi and I don't know whether it is mad to put high miles on her.

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    I suppose it depends how long you were intending to keep the car. If you were only going to keep it for three years and then get another car then racking up the miles will depreciate the car by a lot. But if you were going to keep the car for a long time, then the mileage won't be an issue to you, as you know where it's been and how it's been driven.

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    keep the gsi, if u are already unsure about a diesel, why ruin the working day, which is bad enough, by not enjoying the drive to get there and back. if your day has been $hite then you can enjoy the drive home to unwind

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    the GSi is surely a good tourer, effortless on the long run I would imagine. Tax isnt the issue and if you save the difference between the fuel and expenses that may well pay for extra service and tryres it'll need. Also, you can claim back from the tax office the difference between 40p/mile and 18p per mile so a rough calc for the year =

    say 25k @ 0.40 = £10000

    and 25k @ 0.18 = £4500

    so at 22% tax rate = £10000 - £4500 = £5500 = £1210

    and at 40% tax rate = £2200

    these figures are rough but you can see that you'll get back the depreciation (or go a decent way towards) caused by using it for work.

    So keep the GSi, you can always change your mind later, but I'm sure cash wise you wont lose out.

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    Thanks Ian, I forgot about that - I had to claim back the difference many moons ago when we were only allowed to claim a lower milage rate.

    I will need to remind myself how this will impact on tax (whether it is classed as a benefit) - it is paid via salary so taxed as normal.

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    Keep the GSI i do around 85 mile round trip at the moment in my 3.2 Elite and the comfort and cruisability far outways the cost of fuel ....(which is also very respectable at about 30ish MPG )

    Back in a V6 !!!!!!!!!!!! And lovin it !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drinky View Post
    Keep the GSI i do around 85 mile round trip at the moment in my 3.2 Elite and the comfort and cruisability far outways the cost of fuel ....(which is also very respectable at about 30ish MPG )
    Hi Drinky, that would be my preference too - I hoped I was not being stooopid

    The cost of fuel is not a big issue, my main concern is running cost and reliability with higher miles (sounds like you are agood advert for keeping her)

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    Keep the GSI, i used to worry about the miles but who cares. You never know when your time is up


    P.S dont mean to sound depressing by the way

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