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Originally Posted by Horatio

I understand that most of the 1.9dCi problems are down to insufficiently frequent oil changes, and the wrong grade of oil being used (even by Renault dealers.) New 1.9dCi's are now sold with a 9K service interval, and I'd probably stick to that on both the 1.9 and 2.2, even if the handbook specifies otherwise.

I tend to agree, most if not all Renault dealers are fitting fully synthetic oil at the services now, before it was the cheaper semi synthetic stuff. 18k is a long time inbetween oil changes for any car, especially a diesel, no matter what make.
Also depending on driving conditions Renault recommend more frequent changes.
Having driven both the 1.9dci and 2.2dci I didn't think the extra cost of the 2.2 in terms of insurance/mpg etc was worth the extra. It isn't that much better than the 1.9. It would be a different story if I need to tow a caravan tho, the 2.2 would obviously be a better choice then.

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