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post #7 of (permalink) Old 10th December 2008
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At 3000 miles a year, diesel makes no sense unless you want the characteristics of a diesel over a petrol engined car. What you gain in MPG will easily be swallowed by the higher purchase price and higher cost of fuel per litre. As a general rule of thumb, diesels only make sense above 18-20k miles per year if it's based on pure economics.

I bought my first diesel to save money on fuel, but now I would have one from choice, even if my mileage didn't justify it, as I prefer the way they drive- I have a lead foot anyway and can never get close to the advertised consumption in a petrol car.
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