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Is it worth changing the engine in my Audi to a diesel one?

Can I change my 2005 petrol 1.8T Audi engine to a diesel?

Filed under diesel - Asked by Dermot Gorman (Dublin) - Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:05

Is Mercedes-Benz using Renault engines?

Is the engine in the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class 220 CDI a Renault unit? I know the 180 CDI is.

Filed under diesel - Asked by Riccardo Macari (Dublin) - Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:37

Is the 1.8-litre diesel engine Mitsubishi's own?

Who manufactures the 1.8-litre diesel engine in Mitsubishi's Lancer and ASX?

Filed under diesel - Asked by Fiona Horsman (Portumna) - Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:47

What is a the 2.0-litre Peugeot HDi like to drive?

What is a the 2.0-litre Peugeot HDi like to drive?

Filed under diesel - Asked by Ben Doyle (Wexford) - Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:06

Are there big differences between Ford's 95- and 115hp engines?

What's the difference between Fords' 1.6 95hp engine and the 115hp engine?

Filed under diesel - Asked by David Mcdonough (Maynooth) - Sat, 02 Nov 2013 19:54

Petrol or diesel for an older Ford C-Max?

Hi, I am looking into getting a 2004 - 2007 Focus C-Max. I have always bought diesels in my past few cars due to great economy. I currently have a Citroen Picasso 2.0 HDi, but want to drop to a 1.6 to save on tax. My driving habits would be mainly urban, with the odd long run. No more than 15k miles a year, I would guess.

I am aware that there could be costly repairs down the road with an older but relatively modern deisel engine. I'm looking at 1.6 in either diesel or petrol. Reliability would be very important to me. What would you advise I go for?

Seems to be better choice with petrol options.

Thanks Kevin

Filed under diesel - Asked by Kevin Mcgowan (Cork) - Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:13

Does the BMW 2.0-litre diesel engine have a problem?

I read recently on a site that specialised in information on car engines, that the current 2.0-litre BMW diesel engine had a weakness in the timing chain area, and that getting this fixed was pricey. The site also said that BMW refuses to recognise that the problem exists. As I am considering purchasing a second hand 520d in the future, this piece of news is disquieting, as the engine seems to be good - powerful, frugal, and great when matched to the eight-speed auto. Have you heard of any problems with the timing chains of this engine?

Filed under diesel - Asked by Tony Mulhare (Dublin) - Wed, 04 Sep 2013 00:05

I need a diesel car for big mileages...

Hey guys, 

Iwant to change to a diesel estate car, but am not sure which type to get. I do drive a lot and need a car that is very fuel efficient with low mileage and low maintaining costs. Cars within my budget are either 2006 Ford Focus 1.8, Opel Astra 1.3/1.7 CDTi or Skoda Octavia 1.4 (with Volkswagen diesel engine) or Skoda Octavia 1.9. Which of these are the most fuel efficient/most efficient cars to maintain?

Thank you so much for your help and advice!

Best wishes, Cindy

Filed under diesel - Asked by Cindy Wagner (Waterford) - Sun, 04 Aug 2013 18:11

Which is the best diesel engine in the Chevrolet Cruze?

Which is the best diesel engine in the Chevrolet Cruze?

Filed under diesel - Asked by John Delaney (Mountmellick) - Fri, 05 Jul 2013 20:35

Should I swap my petrol Mazda6 for a diesel one?

My Mazda6 is 1.8 petrol model: 2005. 230,000km, very good condition serviced regularly, trouble free. It's a sedan. What is the approx current value of it? I drive 25,000km approx per annum. Would it be advisable to change to a 2.2 Mazda6 turbodiesel?


Filed under diesel - Asked by Diarmuid Mc Sweeney (Charleville CoCork) - Tue, 09 Jul 2013 16:55

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