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
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.
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
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?
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
I'd go for an LX if you can. Radio remote, AC and heated windscreen.
No alloys - but much cheaper insurance.
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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