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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 Turbo 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.

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I did ( and do ) but only on long cruising journeys..

Me finks the diesel would return higher than 40mpg if it's been regularily serviced but take a looky see regards the turbo problems discussed elsewhere in the lgaun knowledge base engine subsection of the forum and han666 has a point about perceived reliability of the smaller 1.9 diesel power plant

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As said before, by Webcode - the main issue with unreliability is long service intervals and incorrect oil being used. If the oil is changed every 9,000 miles and fully synthetic oil used the 1.9dci stands a much better chance. I new of some of the horror stories before we bought our 1.9dci but still went ahead because no other car could compete for value for money,looks or toys.
There is good and bad for all cars, there are too many on the road for all Lagg II dcis to be useless.

As for economy we get 50mpg ave with everyday driving, country lanes, b roads,a roads and queues. On a decent run we get over 55mpg average.

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Originally Posted by KCS
Last question on Sat NAv. If it does not do full postcode search, can it still do full address search (ie if you enter house number, streetname and town?)
That's the way it normally works. First of all you enter the town, then the street, then (if the street is big enough) you have the option to enter the house number.

Where it all falls to bits is when it either doesn't recognise the town, or doesn't recognise the street you're going to as being in that town. I had a major problem findling places round here because it doesn't know the likes of 'Ellesmere Port' and 'Bromborough' - apparently I live in a town called 'South Wirral.'

The new system seems to have the same problem (in spite of them switching from Navtech to Navteq TeleAtlas) but at least it gives you the option of selecting 'all' towns and then entering the street name. That way it'll list every street in the country that matches, and you can just pick the one that looks right. Just don't try it wh that you're not looking for "Green Lane" because there are millions of them.

Can you also buy a seperate disc which covers europe (remember I am looking at a 02 or 52 year model)
For the whole of Europe, you'll need to buy several extra discs. It's a CD based system (the more modern ones use DVD) so there just isn't the space for the whole of Europe on a single disc. I believe the discs from the VDO Dayton on-line shop are compatible. Last time I looked, a single country would set you back around 100 quid, and the full European set was a shocking 800-ish.
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