KCS, honestly, I am counting myself lucky that I found a nice petrol 1.8i Sport Tourer before a diesel showed up. I'm sure there are plenty of good stories around for the
diesel, but I personally I would not be able to ignore some of the problems people have had.
I did read the autocar review (2001) before i bought my car and it mentioned the diesel was not as frugel as other similar diesels, which was really the only reason why i would have wanted a diesel over petrol anyway. I think L20 mentioned somewhere he was getting 40+ mpg, which is a little better than I can get, but it shows you what can be achieved.