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Petrol Diesel Dilemma

Discussion in 'General chat / Off Topic / Social' started by Gaz_1988, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. Gaz_1988

    Gaz_1988 Member

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    Hey up folks,

    I know there have probably been loads of petrol v diesel threads so hope this doesn't bore you too much.

    I've had diesels now for 7 years, always done 20-30k miles a year with work until last year.

    I now do about 12k miles, 80% pottering around town and only a few big runs a year.

    So I could most definitely get away with petrol and don't really need a diesel.

    I just love the diesel torque.

    My 58 plate Vectra 1.9 cdti 150 is in the garage so I've borrowed my dads 04 plate Vectra 1.8 LS. Now I know it's old and tired but I really miss that low end torque. The 1.8 pulls okay if you get the revs up but it's just not effortless like my diesel is.

    I do however love how quiet the petrol engine is and how nice it sounds when the revs are up high. Compared to my tractor sounding diesel.

    So what would you folks reccomend when I come to look for a new car after Xmas? Go for the petrol turbo Astra hatchback?

    I don't really need an estate any more so a hatchback will do me just fine.
     
  2. Alex

    Alex I do the jokes. Staff / Moderator VxON Club Member VxON Approved Trader VxON Club Staff

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    A crappy NA petrol like the old Vauxhall unit with all of 123bhp is never going to be comparable to a turbo diesel with more power and that low down torque.

    Turbo petrol or petrol V6, or even just a more modern petrol engine, will see you right. You'd be surprised what they've acheived in the 12 years since that Vectra went on sale with an engine dating back to 1992...
     
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  3. Gaz_1988

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    Basically my dilemma is...

    Astra 2.0 cdti 160
    Astra 1.6 Turbo 180

    :)
     
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    Thanks for reply. Petrol turbo it's gonna be then I think.

    V6 sounds lovely but I like my mpg a bit too much. Lol
     
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  5. Alex

    Alex I do the jokes. Staff / Moderator VxON Club Member VxON Approved Trader VxON Club Staff

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    Out of those two Astras, definitely get the 1.6 Turbo 180bhp model.
     
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    Cheers fella. Appreciate your opinion. I think that's the route I will be going.

    I love the insignia but I just don't fancy 15mpg with the 2.8 T. Lol
     
  7. Boroboy

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    Providing you do at least one long run per week with a 2.0cdti, for around 30 minutes. The 2.0cdti has covered well under 100k at the time of purchase, you should be Ok.
    I cover around 10-12k a year, owned a 2.0cdti for around a year now. Had no engine or dpf issues so far. Although my motor has only covered 52k. I'm getting around 45mpg mixed driving. 50+ on a long run. Like the torque of a diesel though. Also the 2.0cdti manual s/s engine was £30 a year to tax. Although I have the auto version now.
    I've also owned an Astra J 1.4t (140). Was getting around 40mpg from that. Was quite nippy. The biggest drawback for me with either the 1.4 or 1.6t engines would be the m32 gearbox.
    With the 1.6t engine I'd expect to get low to mid 30's mpg.
    If your looking for reliability between engines, then I'd say the petrol versions were probably better if looked after.
    Spec wise the Astra J Elite is very comfy with the standard suspension set up. The Sri has slightly uprated suspension, still comfy, grips the road like glue. The SE has part leather seats, standard suspension.
     
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    I prefer a Petrol these days, the fuel is cheaper, where i live anyway, and dont have to be mess about with DPF filters that cost the earth if you have to have a new one, and in my opinion which is prob wrong, they dont emit as much pollution out the exhaust...well just my opinion..the old diesels were simple idea, then they went and stuck a ton of electrics on it....Fred. in Essex.
     
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  9. Alex

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    You'll get plenty more than 15mpg with the 2.8 v6 as both @djgritt and @stoneshed will attest.
     
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    Petrol turbo vote here.
     
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