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#1 Mustaine8661

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:39 PM

Good evening ladies and gents!

Hope you're all well and had a good Christmas?

I've had a 58 Petrol 1.4 Titanium for 6 months, which I bought as I thought I'd only be doing shorter drives over the weekend.

Life being what it is, means I'm now driving 250 miles a week to work on the motorway and looking to switch to a diesel.

My dealer has offered to do a swap for a the Titanium & £700 for a 10 plate Fiesta 1.6 tdci Zetec (with 16” upgraded alloy wheels, power folding mirrors, rear parking sensors, b-tooth + USB & privacy glass)

My question is, are diesels really that more economical than petrols? I get 40 mpg (so the trip says!) at present, and with diesel costing around 8p a more a litre, is it worth it?

Also, whats the Zetec like?

Many thanks for your opinions =)

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#2 sambooka

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:48 PM

Well I have a 1.6tdci zetec s and a lead foot and mines doing 49-52 mpg

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:11 PM

Well I have a 1.6tdci zetec s and a lead foot and mines doing 49-52 mpg


Does it still shift?

The petrol feels very sporty up to 60ish, but I've been told diesels are sluggish unless you thrash them!?

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:02 PM

No I used to have a 1.8 focus petrol and it feels not much slower than that can hardly tell the difference. The short gear changes slow it down a bit but that's about it what it lacks in bhp it makes up for with torque

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:08 PM

the 1.6tdci is very economical if you drive carefully... Even in my focus it does 45-50mpg and thats thrashing it!

If i'm gentle i can see 60mpg.

Diesel is a lot more expensive however, but if your doing the motorway miles then you should see savings.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:53 PM

I could get 65mpg when I had mine. Lifetime average was 58mpg over 47,000 miles.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:22 PM

I'm anywhere from 47 - 68 on average, town and motorway driving. I've had a few times higher but that's generally.

Done 3 track days with it (because I'm that cool I take a diesel Fiesta on track days) and it got a 36mpg average, so if you're gonna drive it hard you'll stil save :P

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 02:40 PM

There is NOTHING wrong with taking a TDCi on track....... ;)

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:40 PM

My question is, are diesels really that more economical than petrols? I get 40 mpg (so the trip says!) at present, and with diesel costing around 8p a more a litre, is it worth it?

My 1.6 Econetic currently says 63.4 MPG but I'm a member of the 55mph club....

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:41 PM

I could get 65mpg when I had mine. Lifetime average was 58mpg over 47,000 miles.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:11 PM

Thank you all for the info!

Even with the extra cost up front and that 5p a litre, I can still save £1,500 over 2 years (provided I drive like a saint!)

Do you really notice the extra torque when pulling away?

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:59 AM

Yes, you'll really notice the extra torque on take off, only when the turbo kicks in though at around 1600rpm, I'd have the diesel over its petrol counterpart any day, but then I just love the oily stuff lol.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:19 AM

Do you really notice the extra torque when pulling away?

Moved from a 1.6 Petrol Fiat to the 1.6 Diesel Fiesta. I can't say I really noticed much of a difference overall, but then neither was a sports model and I can't say I really notice when the turbo actually comes in.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:11 PM

Coolio!

Going to pick it up on Saturday provided it drives ok.

The colour is marked as "Squeeze" which I think is the snot green colour. Hope looks better in person!

Will let you all know how I get on!

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:18 AM

We went from a 1.4 TDCi Titanium to a 1.6 TDCi and we really did notice the extra torque away from roundabouts, we stormed around France at 130kmh in both cars, never took much notice of fuel consumption though but was generally happy with the distance it could carry us :)

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