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Diesel or Petrol

Post by longitude » 22 Jan 2018, 09:20

I'm weighing up the pro's and con's of buying a used X1. Diesel engines are pretty much being demolished at the moment but on the plus side there's a lot more choice on the 2nd hand market than petrol versions and the petrol versions seem to be at premium prices as a result. I'm pretty much sold on a diesel version but I have a slight worry about the PDF filter not burning off it's contents if I don't do any long runs. The longest regular run I do each week is twenty minutes in each direction, top speed 60mph. Other wise it's rural runs and trips to the shops. I do a longer trip once a month. Anyone think that sort of ownership is going to give me problems with the PDF? Thanks in advance for any helpful answers.

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Re: Diesel or Petrol

Post by M60NJP » 22 Jan 2018, 11:03

A 20 min run weekly at 60 mph should be fine for DPF regen.

Depreciation is something to think about - as you rightly say, petrol is having something of a renaissance so although more expensive than diesel equivalents currently......they may be worth more in years to come............BUT, if hybrid/Hydrogen Fuel cell etc catches on, both will lose value!!

If you like the way diesels drive, make the most of the fuel savings and get the highest spec you can - if that's diesel and you like how it drives, get it!

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Re: Diesel or Petrol

Post by Discostew38 » 22 Jan 2018, 12:36

I've not even read the question fully but I'd say


I don't think il ever have another modern diesel car again to many factors to take in to consideration
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Re: Diesel or Petrol

Post by cockneyrebel » 22 Jan 2018, 12:54

For the short trips you make, I'd definitely side with Petrol.

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Post by Metroreg » 22 Jan 2018, 19:36

Petrol for me now, been with diesels over the last couple of years, they where e36 318tds and 325tds great cars but had problems with both cars with fuel eg water in the fuel.

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Re: Diesel or Petrol

Post by lizzie » 23 Jan 2018, 08:33

I have both and in the past most of my bimmers have been diesel. As above 20min run at 60mph once a week should clear the dpf. I would still buy diesel if it’s got the spec I wanted and the car I wanted. If you like it and it’s what you want buy it

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Re: Diesel or Petrol

Post by Singvogel » 23 Jan 2018, 08:43

I've a 330d F30 and for my purposes nothing else can touch it.

That's long journeys (6K miles round trip) across mainland Europe 2 or 3 times a year.

The ZF 8-speed auto box is a perfect match with it.

I'll never buy another petrol-engined car again.

And as for anything electric or even hybrid - well that's almost a joke for my type of use.

For the Op's situation with short journeys but a weekly run at higher speeds for 20 minutes or so I'd have no worries.
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Re: Diesel or Petrol

Post by Lewy » 24 Jan 2018, 17:29

Even if the occasional 20min run would clear the DPF, the type of motoring you're doing really isn't geared up for a diesel. It's probably a bit pointless and you won't get the mpg you think on such short journeys, on top of that you'll have the arse dropping out the diesel market over the coming years plus cost of repairing diesels etc. The only saving grace is that SUV diesels should hold their value longer than 'normal' cars, but then the X1 isn't quite a full SUV imo.

Petrol all day long for me.

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