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    Diesel car recommendations

    There seems to be quite a few people on here that know about cars so this is worth a go:

    I currently drive an M reg Escort LX 1.6, which although mechanically fine, is likely to fail its next MOT due to the amount of corrosion on the bodywork. So it is probably time to scrap ir or at least get rid to someone who wants the work.

    As I have started doing quite a bit more driving (roughly 180 miles a week) I would like something pretty economical, moreso than the Escort, which from my crude workings out seems to get me 45-50MPG already.

    Was thinking of a mid to late 90's Peugeot 306D 1.9, since they seem economical, reliable, cheap (£1000 is my absolute limit) and cooler than my current car (though not a lot isnt tbf)

    Decent choice, or is there anything else worth looking at for that price? (It doesnt have to be diesel, but economy is key for me)

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    Previous owner of a 1.9l Pug 306 Turbo Diesel.....at times I wonder why I ever got rid of it.

    Well worth a purchase, cheap to insure and a little poke from the Turbo unit (providing it isn't whistling when you buy it!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidewinder View Post
    Decent choice, or is there anything else worth looking at for that price? (It doesnt have to be diesel, but economy is key for me)
    The Citroen Xsara is, under the skin, the same car. It's also often cheaper.

    EDIT: Mondeos and early Focuses might be worth a look. However the diesel engines are meant to be pretty naff, until they introduced the TDCi engines.
    Last edited by K.C.Leblanc; 11th October 2010 at 03:57 PM.

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    I know you may not want a large car but you can get some good Citroen Picasso Diesels for around £1000, the engines in them go for ever so if you buy a high mileage one - it is fine, but look for FSH and look for one that hasn't been ill treat.

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    nothing wrong with the early ford tdi engines mine eventually died but then that was down to other faults rarther than the engine which had done just over 200k
    focus

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    MrwITch had a trusty Pug 306 turbo diesel for many years and loved it - he now drives a 206 HDI Sport and loves that too.Very economical - he drives 150 miles a day - and comfy to drive, with good acceleration

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    Another recommendation for 306 Turbo Diesel, I've owned 2 and found they are nice to drive, economical, cheap to fix and go quite well. Can't ask for more really.

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    Seems everyone likes them
    I have taken a look at Citroens, but they just dont do it for me for some reason

    Will probably look to purchase one then! Cheers everyone

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    I really like Citroens, I had two Xantias and am seriously thinking of going to a C5 for the comfort. I know that they have a poor reputation for reliability/electrics, but I might be tempted to risk it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    I really like Citroens, I had two Xantias and am seriously thinking of going to a C5 for the comfort. I know that they have a poor reputation for reliability/electrics, but I might be tempted to risk it!
    All French cars do, but when they do work they are great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    I really like Citroens, I had two Xantias and am seriously thinking of going to a C5 for the comfort. I know that they have a poor reputation for reliability/electrics, but I might be tempted to risk it!
    I worked for 6 years in a CitroŽn dealer. My only advice on the C5 is if you buy one, either make it an ex demo so its in manufacturer warranty or if its over 3 years old make sure its got a full service history and a good 12 month warranty! The previous model could be a pig of car when it wanted to be. The C5 from 2008 on is a good car without the faults!
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    To be different, VW TDIs are good engines as well and if serviced and looked after should go on and on Loved all the VW Diesels I've had

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    I'd never go near another pug .... EVER !!!

    Honda or Nissan for me so far, maybe vauxhall but not sure

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    A pug is sound if it's been looked after. I'm not sure about the older models but the newer ones are a massive donkey to do the timing belt on (don't even know if the 306 is a chain or belt), and i've had to do all sorts to my ex's pug 106 and a friends 306 sedan.
    All doable mind, just a massive pain.
    If it's right when you get it you'll be sound. It whether its been treated right, which i supose is true of any car, but bear in mind the french ones are generally more of a pain to fix.

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    Another recommendation for 306. With a little of freshening up of any tired suspension parts, they also handle like a go-kart (same for the Xsara really). The XUD9 TE is a very tough engine with pleny of power too.

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