The Impossible Dreamer
Car: 2006 1.8 ES NHB
Join Date: 25th February 2014
Location: Manchester, UK
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I personally would have a petrol car unless you do over 20,000 miles a year.
I have had diesels and I do like the power delivery on some diesel cars, but the costs of keeping a diesel maintained can far out way the fuel savings.
For example I had a 2009 Golf 2.0 TDi, it was £1500 more to buy than the equivalent petrol version, and then after 6 months and 10,000 miles it needed a new DMF which would've cost circa £750 to fix. Then there is the DPF to consider should it need replacing which is £1300 and then you have a turbo bolted on to the engine too should that go wrong your looking a lot of money.
Plus servicing a diesel can be £75-100 more expensive due to the requirement of a fuel filter. So the savings really aren't very apparent. Especially in my case, where if I had of kept my Golf it'd have wiped my fuel savings for 2 years and that wasn't taking in to account the purchase price!
I from now on as a private car that I have to pay for will only own a petrol car.