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    confused CDTI Sri owners. 120 or 150??

    Pro's and cons for you... Should be buying one very shortly, lloking at the 150's there seems to be the odd and sometimes expensive problems with these, but i imagine there a bit better to drive then the 120's...

    Your thoughts on which to go for? once bought i am gonna run it into the ground and have for a very long time. getting rid of the mondeo lx for it, but although a lot uglier, never had any probs and sailed through last 2 M.O.T's...

    Oh and if there is a difference its the pre facelift i'm after so it will be an older car...

    Cheers, lee

    lol

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    The biggest problem with the 150's is the swirl valves packing up. (Very expensive to fix) However, if it's been looked after and serviced regularly then you shouldn't have a problem.
    I think the biggest downside to the 120 is that it's not a 150, you may regret it or if you tune it you'll be looking at similar figures (probably bit more) to the 150 in terms of power etc...

    I'm glad a went with the 150 and haven't looked back since

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    Thanks... Anyone else any input?

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    yes same for me mate,

    test drove both when looking for my car,

    120 ran ok but not in same leauge as the 150

    you get the people who slate them, but thats because there are so many out there

    im glad i got the 150, it pulls like a dream, not missed a beat
    i have been converted from petrol to diesel

    as parsco says look after them, ie clean egr valve ect and they will last donkeys

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    150 ! Im looking to buy also, seems a great car, very powerfull and although some have a few, theres a lot more that dont !!

    Someone said, remind yourself that forums are a place people like to complain and solve problems. Think of the others that dont have too !! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark_647 View Post
    Someone said, remind yourself that forums are a place people like to complain and solve problems. Think of the others that dont have too !! lol

    well said

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    i would give the advise of beware of the swirl/inlet manifold problem and try to pick one up thats been modified but that maybe a problem in its self, vx will want £500-£800 to do the job, the egr's are faulty as mentioned above as well are the duel mass flywheel's, i have a 150 and going on history and general advise from posters on here i would be buy a 2.0l turbo petrol there much more reliable. would i buy another? IF it was dirt cheap and a give-away 08 plate onwards maybe.. but it would have to be very nice to tempt me again..

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    Quote Originally Posted by parsco View Post
    The biggest problem with the 150's is the swirl valves packing up. (Very expensive to fix) However, if it's been looked after and serviced regularly then you shouldn't have a problem.
    I think the biggest downside to the 120 is that it's not a 150, you may regret it or if you tune it you'll be looking at similar figures (probably bit more) to the 150 in terms of power etc...

    I'm glad a went with the 150 and haven't looked back since

    Are the Swirl and EGR Valves on the 120 not troublesome then? Doesn't that make it the obvious choice (over a 150)? The 120 still pulls very well, but doesn't have the £1,000 time bomb ticking? (or am I just trying to justify why I drive a 120!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimo72 View Post
    yes same for me mate,

    test drove both when looking for my car,

    120 ran ok but not in same leauge as the 150

    you get the people who slate them, but thats because there are so many out there

    im glad i got the 150, it pulls like a dream, not missed a beat
    i have been converted from petrol to diesel

    as parsco says look after them, ie clean egr valve ect and they will last donkeys
    Ha, i would prefer the 150 to be honest, my problem is as buying an older car i just hope they have treated it right etc, i dont mind getting my hands dirty so i'd clean the valve etc...

    Just dont fancy having it a few month and then anything going. but maybe i'll get lucky...

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    Quote Originally Posted by renodci View Post
    Are the Swirl and EGR Valves on the 120 not troublesome then? Doesn't that make it the obvious choice (over a 150)? The 120 still pulls very well, but doesn't have the £1,000 time bomb ticking? (or am I just trying to justify why I drive a 120!!)
    The 120 bhp has an EGR but not swirl valves and the EGR is a fraction of the cost to repair than swirl valve problem. It seems a hit or a miss with the 150 engine regards problems. I know plenty of people who have a full service history and still suffer these problems, yet others engines just keep going forever. I have a 150, touch wood no problems to date but I wont be surprised if it happens one day.

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