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MarsbarIconCars - petrol or diesel27-01-2010 @ 18:43 
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Have managed to land myself a new job (yay for me) that is gonna mean a 40 mile(each way) commute. I'm going to buy a new (for me) car but don't know if I should go for petrol or diesel as I'm being given loads of conflicting advice (I know f**k all about cars).

Am looking at something like a focus or mondeo but any advice on which fuel type I should go for would be much appreciated.
dan302Icon...27-01-2010 @ 19:04 
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personally id go for a diesel for that kind of mileage
lil_leeIcon...27-01-2010 @ 19:07 
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skoda fabia vrs.... little diesel hothatch
NamonsterIcon...27-01-2010 @ 19:07 
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Buy a car without an engine and pull it to work.
richards9876Icon...27-01-2010 @ 19:07 
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Yeah its got to be a diesel if your doing the mileage.

Ive got a petrol and diesel car and wouldnt even consider to do any real mileage or longer journeys in the petrol.
bigbadbishIcon...27-01-2010 @ 19:14 
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Post Edited: 27.01.2010 @ 19:14 PM by bigbadbish
If you get a diesel don't get one of the smaller capacity ones cos you'll have to rag it to get the bas***d to move and end up using just as much fuel as if you had a petrol. I know the 1.8 diesel on the ford focus is good.
PorkPieIcon...27-01-2010 @ 19:25 
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I own a 6 year old Volkswagon Passat estate. I bought it new for 17,000 and have hammered it mercilessly. Its now done 185,000 miles and is worth about 3.45 were I to trade it in.

It has never let me down and returns a really good 45mpg on a run.In short its awesome.

God forbid the day it packs in, but when it does, I'll be buying another one.
ThingIcon...27-01-2010 @ 19:55 
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Diesel is the way forward for a 80mile round trip. My ford fiesta tdci zetec s gives me around 54 -56 mpg at 60 mph
but motorway speeds you'd get 48 - 50

By the way I'm selling it soon if your interested.
just_tIcon...27-01-2010 @ 20:07 
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fiesta? fabia?

arent they small cars for girls?
goodwinmIcon...27-01-2010 @ 20:17 
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Where would you be travelling to and from? I would probably get a train pass or at least work out the cost of it per month. Might make you better off.

Don't know much about cars though, sorry.
paul_richardsIcon...27-01-2010 @ 20:18 
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The good thing with a diesel (must be a turbo diesel) is they remap very well. I got a golf and its 175bhp (130bhp out the factory) in it remapped state. Still get 50mpg+ doing 80mph, can get 60mpg driving it very carefully. A remap is basically rewritting the engine management settings to get more power when you want it. Mine cost me a couple of hundred quid and the guy just plugged a laptop into the car. Before anyone says "it will nacker the engine", it wont, mines been done 3yrs and done 70K on the remap.

However a diesel car will cost more to buy and diesel fuel is more expensive. Petrols are getting quite economical these days. So probably not that much in it. However I'd get a diesel based on the fact that you can get good performance from them without effecting economy.

I'd go for a German car, VW/Audi/BMW etc
RickIcon...27-01-2010 @ 20:29 
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All the usual metrics suggest that the cutoff point at which a diesel becomes "worth it" financially is somewhere between 15K and 25K miles per year - you're possibly looking at less than that, depending on how many non-work miles you do. Diesel's now only very slightly more expensive than petrol (and cheaper than the stuff I use), which shifts those figures slightly but not a lot.

I would suggest that (short of buying a total gas-guzzler) how the car and the time you spend in it will affect your state of mind are at least as important as a few quid difference in fuel. Buy a car you can happily live with spending an hour a day in.
PompyIcon...27-01-2010 @ 20:37 
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Small engined petrol cars are pretty cheap to run, I have an 06 1.2 clio that does usually near to 500 miles a week for 49mpg.
MarsbarIcon...27-01-2010 @ 21:13 
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cheers for the different points of view ... quite like Ricks suggestion. In terms of mileage I'll only be really doing the work miles and a bit of running around at the weekend. Had a look at the MPG for mondeos/focus and there isn't a load of difference between petrols and diesels so petrol looks to have the edge.
Porkpie .. is your passat petrol or diesel?
MarsbarIcon...27-01-2010 @ 22:40 
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