Can I get a good diesel for £2000
At the minute I have a 2004 Astra that’s in brilliant condition, my dad owned it before me and it only has 50k on the clock.
The problem is I started working further away, motorway commute, and the 1.6 petrol isn’t that great mpg wise.
I wanted to try and pick up a diesel that will be more economical but don’t want a step backwards.
My budget is about 2-2.5k.
I had a dci Megane for work and it was awesome, amazing mpg and only £30 road tax. Could I get anything like that for my budget?
CheersPosted 3 years agoretro83Member
MoseyMTB – Member
The Astra eats petrol on the motorway. The road tax is also £100+ for 6 months.
Okay but what actually is the MPG and how long is the commute? The £200 needs to be factored in, of course but without knowing these figures it is a non-starter working out if it is worthwhile.
If you just want a diesel out of preference then I’ll shut up! 🙂Posted 3 years agomolgripsSubscriber
I’d go for a Passat/Mondeo size, because there are millions of them about and a lot of people don’t want them because they are ‘too big’ or ‘rep-mobiles’. MPG on the motorway won’t be much different if any to a Golf/Focus, and the cabin quality will be higher than the smaller size. A step up from your Astra too.
You shoudl easily be able to get a good engine for that. The PD engines in the VAG world from before about 2005 are legendarily reliable, there was a thread recently about them with stellar mileages quoted.Posted 3 years agoDelSubscriber
so it’ll probably work out 12k a year ( very ish ). at that mileage even comparing new petrol vs new diesel i’m not sure the sums will add up. given diesel is more expensive, the first few minutes of your journey will be the car warming up ( quicker in the petrol ), and the potential of big bills in a modern oil burner ( dmf, dpf, etc. ), frankly i’d stick with the known quantity.
edit – oh yeah, you’ll be in to big miles too. engine might be fine, everything else will be a bit soft.Posted 3 years agoBig DaveMember
Unless you are desperate to get rid of the Astra I would run it for a while and put some money aside to buy something posher/ nicer at a later date.
I used to run a 1.6 Astra in my last job and by driving sensibly could easily get 44mpg out of it on a motorway run. I thought that was fairly acceptable and travelled all round the country in it. The engines in Astras seem pretty bullet proof and should see you reach well over 100k miles.Posted 3 years ago
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