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  1. And rallying even better! Chevette's and Impreza's my weapon of choice until costs got absolutely stupid. Still managed a couple of decades though.
  2. Some modern cars eat through the rear brake pads but that's mainly due to stability and traction systems.
  3. Agree, ESP/DSC will sort out the tendency for swapping ends and modern tyres loose a lot less performance when worn compared to tyres from a decade or more ago.
  4. As Seat are the Young and Sporting brand of VAG they tend to set the suspension up stiffer as well. Try the same size wheels on a Skoda Kodiaq and I'd bet there's a fair bit of difference.
  5. I'm different. I would prefer petrol, the modern powerful petrol's I've had are better driving solo and better towcars. I'm forced into diesel due to my annual mileage and the fact the extra cost of running a petrol of the required power over 20k miles a year is not realistic for me. So is diesel better for me? It's the one I can afford so is that a yes because it offers better economy? Is the question which is the better tow car or which is cheaper to run or is it which is the best towcar I can afford to run? There's no easy answer, peoples di
  6. Yes I also think Australia gets it and a few other markets. Still pretty average as most other brands will match that from 2.0 litres.
  7. The normally aspirated petrols in the 6 are poor, you'd have to look for a good turbo unit or hybrid. Many 1.4's from other manufactures have the power and significantly more low down torque than Mazda's NA 2.5litre petrol.
  8. But that is also comparing a 2.0 diesel against a lower powered 1.5 petrol. Smaller engine with less power isn't as good, would you expect any different? Would the outcome be the same if you compared the 2.0 diesel with a higher powered 2.0 Petrol. And that's the problem direct comparison is not always that direct. I've towed with a 2.0TDCi Mondeo and a 2.0Ecoboost Mondeo. The petrol was in a different league and that's the same size engine. But that was 140PS vs 240PS. What would you expect there? So Direct Comparisons are difficult and model
  9. There will always be variations in areas and dealers but look at any of the trade book prices. Or my local dealer has two Titanium's 3 years old TDCi 120 is £9950, Ecoboost 125PS £11750 When I bought our 3 year old TDCi Octavia in 2018 it was around £1500 cheaper than the TSi's in similar spec. Even our latest purchase a 2.0TDi 150PS 4x4 Yeti was £750 less than the 1.4TSi 150PS 4x4 Rainworth Skoda had in. Same year and the diesel was less mileage, higher spec and DSG,
  10. Yes, hence my statement. But new cars sales plummeted from the smallest first. Supermini's etc then started dropping on larger models. Look at the prices now on 3 to 5 year old TDCi Fiesta's against Ecoboost Fiesta and the diesels are far lower. Worry is this trend will continue as more petrol and hybrids reach the used market in a few years. We will see. But you can protect yourself with a 0% PCP as you always get a GFV. Guaranteed Future Value.
  11. I have diesel but there are some very good petrols about especially if when you are comparing Petrol vs Diesel you compare Turbo vs Turbo and similar engine size. Downside of petrol will be more fuel. Downside of diesel will be the worry over future values in 3 to 5 years time. The economy issue is purely down to annual mileage, doing a few thousand a year is very different to 20k a year which is the only reason I have diesel. You can offset the diesel future value worry somewhat if you lease or PCP (Some good 0% offers on Skoda SUV's at the moment) Diesel sal
  12. I've had the foam on several cars now. I do 20k miles a year. I've tried to use it four times now and it's never been successful. Our two main cars both have the spare wheel option, on one car it makes no difference other than to fill the spare wheel well but on the other it eats into a lot of boot space.
  13. Well we had dieselgate where VAG were cheating Euro 5 lab tests. Then it was also found that legal Euro5 engines emitted many times the NOx when actually on the road, many vehicles 12 times the limit. And then Euro 6 diesels were found to be emitting many more times the lab limit on the road and forced a switch to more realistic WLTP testing . Manufacturers then insisted they couldn't meet WLTP so needed a phased time period so they had several years to meet the targets most thought they were anyway. All this bad press, taxation changes and increasing ULEZ chargers across the world
  14. Some good information but their information and reasoning around Euro 6 is not entirely correct. NOx reduction was required for local air pollution levels and the danger it poses to local health. This was and has been the main driver for NOx reduction and is why vehicles cheating NOx tests has been the nail in the coffin for diesels. It's not been about the effect on global warming but NOx levels in Urban and City environments.
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