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    Quote Originally Posted by Dog_Book View Post
    Read up over time, they are all good and all have issues which are mostly random although the cdti seems more set up to fail until you correct the issues.
    2.0t 2.8t or a 150 1.9
    Had all three and still would choose a mapped 1.9 every time .

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    Quote Originally Posted by NielsJ View Post
    Perhaps a little boring, but what about just a newer 1,8?
    It's (supposedly) the least complicated, and on paper has the best mpg.
    I have a faceliftet 2006 1,8. Over a year I'm averaging 11 km/l, but I have a lot of short trips where the engine is only up to temperature half way through the trip. On longer trips it's about 13,5 km/l.
    I haven't had any major issues with it. Broken spring and damper, front wheel bearing and ball joint. The traffic light stink and a failed a/c compressor. Seems like every-car-problems.
    I would have liked the 2.0T, but that'll be another time.

    Call me dim (everyone else does) but what is "traffic light stink?"

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    the smell of the catalytic converter... when the engine isn't warm enough the injection of fuel is higher, this doesn't burn completely and ends up in the cat... that isn't working at the right heat so you smell the distinct odor of a cat not doing it's job at 100% (slightly resembles rotten egg)

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    Use 10/40 oil and see if that improves oil consumption.

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    Quote Originally Posted by northpole View Post
    the smell of the catalytic converter... when the engine isn't warm enough the injection of fuel is higher, this doesn't burn completely and ends up in the cat... that isn't working at the right heat so you smell the distinct odor of a cat not doing it's job at 100% (slightly resembles rotten egg)
    Not exactly...
    The trafic light stink IIRC is the leaking oil cooler. It drips on to the cat, thus creating fumes of burnt oil or cooling fluid. When stopped at a trafic light, the fumes get sucked into the cabin.

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    Well that is another thing that can cause a stink I agree...

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    Farting in the cabin can also cause a stink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post
    Farting in the cabin can also cause a stink.
    That stink is usually coming from the passenger seat. It's worst in the winter if seat heat is past step 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by northpole View Post
    the smell of the catalytic converter... when the engine isn't warm enough the injection of fuel is higher, this doesn't burn completely and ends up in the cat... that isn't working at the right heat so you smell the distinct odor of a cat not doing it's job at 100% (slightly resembles rotten egg)
    Hmm interesting. I have several times recently been assaulted by the most appalling stench, like something has died, but it's usually been on the motorway. And the engine is sounding a bit rough from the front, round the cat area.

    The basic 1.8 won't have an oil cooler will it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darklord View Post

    The basic 1.8 won't have an oil cooler will it?

    The Z18XER does.

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