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Re: some advice please

My 2 litre 16 valve manual is giving 30mpg on mixed driving,it doesn't get driven hard at all though.

If you go for a 16 valve petrol (they are around half the price of a comparative diesel) check for any nasty noises on idle once the car has warmed up,de-phaser pulleys can give problems and if you can't change it yourself you'll end up with a very nice garage bill.

The 2.2dTi is a bugger for head gaskets and the lack of room under the bonnet with this engine in it can make maintenance.....err.....'interesting'.

If you find a cheap phase 2 car with a 2.2dCi engine then they have a couple of very common (and expensive) faults,I'm sure you'll be able to find them if you have a search around on the forum.

The V6 petrol gives pretty horrific economy but the engine is an absolute's just a shame the auto box (V6's are autos only) that they use on it is pretty troublesome.

Just my thoughts,hopefully someone else will offer their opinions too soon.

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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