my first diesel focus

Never having owned a diesel before I thought I would ask here which diesel focus I should go for and which to stay away from since I reckon at present
fuel prices I would save about 4.5k over the life of the vehicle under my ownership. I want a nearly new one..04 at the oldest. I put in the details on Chrchill insurance website to see what effect various engine sizes would have and was astounded at the range of models...hence me wanting guidance here.
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biggirlsblouse wrote:

My 100HP unit focus goes like stink, good compromise between performance and economy.
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Chris Game

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I bought a new Zetec TDCi 115 3 door (05 last of old model) in replacement for a 1.8 LX Petrol model.
It drives very effortlessly and returns 48 to 55 mpg.
The only draw back is in winter it takes about 8 miles to reach operating temperature, so on short journeys the heater is ineffective.
Hope this helps
Mike - UK

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All very useful...I was worried about sluggish performance but what Chris says puts that to bed...I live 7.5 miles away from work!..but I will have to freeze in winter...but I could do with more contributions please. Any model types to stay away from...or can you all only think of positives with diesels..other than engine temperature?
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I've got an 05 1.8 TDCi LX. Had it about month.
I can vouch for what's been said here. Put your foot to the floor and it shifts. There's a sweet spot around 1500-1800 rpm in ANY gear where there is zero turbo lag - instant and quick acceleration around that engine speed. Makes overtaking and joining motorways a sinch and a lot less harrowing (having moved up from a 1.3 Escort. Heh). Driving around town it's quite economical as long as you don't keep flooring it everywhere. :)
I'd go for an LX if you can. Radio remote, AC and heated windscreen. No alloys - but much cheaper insurance.
paul.
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Wow and in relatively warm England. Imagine how diesels are in the colder parts of Canada, where starting a cold diesel can be a problem. Often they are left running. >:) My suggestion is getting an electric engine block heater, a very common item in Canada.
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