We've had our old Mk1.5 1.8TDCi 115ps Ghia estate for 7 years and it's now done 120K. It was our first (and only) diesel so I can't compare with any others but I can say it's been one of the best, if not the best, car I've owned in over 40 years of driving. It's also one of very few that hasn't shown any rust at this age (12 years). Although it's starting to show its age mechanically - I think the DMF is on the way out - the lump has been totally bomb-proof (touch wood), still runs very sweetly and still has impressive acceleration, much better than my 5-year-old 1.8HE petrol Focus. It's quieter too.
It was pure luck that I bought it not knowing that it was one of the few diesels without a DPF. I'm now, at last, looking for a petrol to replace it as I don't want to get involved with all that DPF nonsense.
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