The worse thing is that it always seems to be some outrageously expensive modern diesel specific component that goes.
Like our Touran as well...
Boring, but I have been thinking about the new Avensis model for avoiding all this.
In TR trim, the 1.8i Valvematic Multidrive S comes in at £21,565 compared to £21,525 for the 2.0 D-4D.
It’s thirstier, it emits more CO2, it’s not as tax efficient, but compared to the purgatory of the 2.0 D-4D it’s a real joy to drive. The lighter weight over its front wheels helps the steering to come alive. The sweet shifting 6-ratio CVT responds pleasantly to the paddles. You feel in total control.
And, whether you buy it now or at 3 years old, the 1.8 Valvematic MTS is the sort of car it makes sense to own.
It doesn’t have a diesel particulate filter or a dual mass flywheel or an EGR or a timing belt or a turbo. Any or all of which can lead to tears between the 3rd and 6th years of car’s life.
It pumps out a healthy 145PS and 180Nm torque. Enough to get it from 0-60 in 10.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 124mph. While emitting 153g/km CO2 and 42.8mpg.