Yes I agree it is out of date, and I did point that out in the original
post, but it was certainly an eye opener, and the 40,000 mile figure at the
time was correct, the main factor back then was the petrol had 20,000 mile
service intervals and the diesel was 8,000 mile, that alone wiped out a huge
amount of savings.
I have both a petrol and a diesel vehicle, they are both 150 hp and both
automatic, the in-gear acceleration of the diesel is far superior to the
petrol, the petrol is far superior in every other respect. In comfort, noise
and general running.
My diesel is a Mercedes my Petrol is a small Jaguar, both new, the jaguar
hasn't missed a beat in just under a year, the Mercedes has been in for
numerous problems some of which cannot actually be solved as they've never
come across them before, oh and at 9 months old the entire front suspension
required replacing (all under warranty of course) because it had collapsed
due to component failure. But that's a different thread.
My next vehicle will probably be a diesel because of the running costs and
the tax advantages as a I run business. It's likely to be an Audi, I like
the look of the 3.0 TDi A4 Avant, I can then get reasonable performance with
an automatic, I just don't want to drive a manual now, I see no point living
on the outskirts of London.
I still don't think the difference between petrol and diesel is as big as
some people suggest, but it's certainly opening up. 5 years ago I wouldn't
consider a diesel, now I'd have no problem buying one, the refinement has
increased that much.
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