September 30, 2011, 12:58 pm
[quote name='Sara Fiesta' timestamp='1317372087' post='146385']
I have been adviced to sell my 1.6TDci as the cost of the DPF change at 75k will be £1400, I'm looking at buying another Focus diesel, I'm thinking about getting the 1.8TDci around the 09 registration is there any horror stories I should now about this engine, I know it's not as ecomonical and the tax is £110 (£75 more)and mpg drops by 10 mpg?
I don't know who give you that advice Sara, but I'll take a guess, it's not your friendlily Ford Dealer salesman by any chance? OK quoting £1,400 is scary, and to be honest it's a rip off.
Look you can pick up an after market DPF for £232 delivered, have it replaced at an Independent garage it's an hour of a job, hour and a half tops [it's only part of the exhaust system after all] Paying pound notes for the fitting of it, it cannot cost you more than £300 all in [that's including the cost of the new DPF] Then take the car to a Ford Dealership for the Eloys additive top up and ECU reset, £150 at a guess. So all in all the DPF replacement and Eloys top up will have cost you £450.
Look if your motor is showing circa 75K on the clock come service time, and you are not having issues with the DPF, then I suggest you just have the Eloys fluid topped up and reset. Ford are only covering themselves by scheduling the DPF for replacement at the 75K service. It could in reality do another 25K before it needs replacing, as long as it has the Eloys fluid available to aid the burn off of the soot during the "Passive Regeneration" cycle.
OK, lets assume your still not convinced:
You trade your 1.6 in against a 1.8 straight away you have lost money, that is the amount between what you get for the 1.6 as a trade in and what you would pay for the 1.6 if you were buying it from a Dealer instead of trading it it. The difference in the values is their profit margin. And that profit margin comes from one source only......... YOUR PURSE.
Using the Wisebuyers valuation link in my sig, I priced a 1.8TDCI Zetect on a 09 plate with 30k on the clock Retail: £9,850.
Now lets imagine you could just give the dealer £9,850 for the 1.8. he gives you the keys, you don't add another owner to the log book. You just drive it to a dealer in the next town and ask to Trade the car in for something else ...He offers you £7,930 Part X.
So you see £1,920 has just disappeared out of you purse in dealer profit margin. It don't matter that you are not going to resell your car an hour later. The reality is as soon as you buy it, at some point in the future you will be selling it minus the dealer margin. I only give you a real time same day buy sell example so you can see what it is costing you in pound notes.
So there you have it, if you were daft enough to pay through the nose via a Ford Dealer [£1,400] to have a DPF replaced. It is still cheaper than trading you 1.6 in to buy a 1.8 of the same year..[£1,920]
If it was me Sara, I'd stick with the 1.6TDCi its cheaper to Tax and cheaper to run, and it is the devil you know, as against the Devil you don't. And if and when the DPF does need replacing I'd go the Independent garage route costing £300. That's assuming you shelled out £150 on an Eloys fluid top up at the 75K service time.
Anyway in the end it's up to you..............but think on, have you really got circa 2k burning a hole in a pocket, that your desperate to get shut of