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Should I buy a petrol automobile for short trips?


If the vast bulk of my driving is in short trips, is it better to buy petrol over diesel, or does it really matter? Unlike the mass market models, for upmarket models, like Mercedes, there isn't any significant initial price difference between petrol and diesel models. Possibly, also with diesel becoming slightly less popular, the level of depreciation might not be that significant. I would welcome any thoughts you might have.

Thank you, Philip

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Sat, 03 Sep 2016 13:03

Petrol or diesel for a nearly new Nissan Pulsar?

I wish to trade in my 2010 Kia Rio, looking at a 151 Nissan Pulsar diesel priced at €15,000 with trade in, or 152 petrol at €12,800 with my trade in. Not sure is best to go petrol or diesel. Any other suggestion I should be looking at?

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Laurie Healy (Dublin) - Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:20

Should I buy a new diesel or petrol Golf?

Looking out for a new automobile, in particular the Volkswagen Golf. I travel Cork to Dublin on a weekly basis - would you recommend the Golf Highline 150hp TSI DSG petrol or 150hp TDI DSG?

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Aidan Mackey (Blarney) - Wed, 09 Mar 2016 16:50

I'm struggling with buying a petrol automobile...


Trying to buy a replacement for my 1999 Avensis and the sautomobilecity of petrols and abundance of diesels on the market baffles me. I don't think it wise to buy diesel for my standard drive of eight miles to work and home and same six days a week with road trip round 300 miles just six times a year.

This is supposedly "economical" and "green driving" even though in London it costs more for a permit going into city with diesel automobile and trends in London have historically impacted directly on us in three to five years. I would love to know of a diesel automobile 2008-2011 (for cheap tax) with no necessary DPF that I have to worry about, or will I stick to petrol believing that in five years time petrol is a more saleable/popular engine than diesel is? Then there might be a hybrid to suit. Volkswagen, Japanese or any good 1.4+ hatch or saloon suggestions?



Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Pauline Anne Connor (Galway) - Sat, 20 Feb 2016 22:44

Can I swap engines in my Renault Laguna?

Would a 2003 Renault Laguna 1.6 petrol engine fit in place of the 1.9-litre turbodiesel?

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Tom Corcoran (Automobilelow) - Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:30

Will I go for a petrol or diesel Golf?

Should I go for a 1.9 SE TDI diesel or 1.6 S petrol? Mainly short journeys <16 miles per day on country roads, but occasional (three times per annum) long motorway journeys > 200 miles What should I do?

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Amanda Spivack (Cambridge) - Fri, 06 Nov 2015 22:15

Should I switch my Ford Focus for a diesel automobile?

Petrol or diesel? I am looking to change my 2005 Ford Focus 1.4 petrol to something similar. I am averaging 40,000 miles per year and wonder what would be a good option for me. The budget is approx €10k.

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Shirley Mulcahy (Portlaoise) - Fri, 30 Oct 2015 14:43

Petrol or diesel for a Ford Fiesta?

Which is a better automobile to buy: 2009 Ford Fiesta 1.25 with 64,000km or 2010 Ford Fiesta 1.4 diesel Zetec with 94,000 miles?

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Lorraine Kelly (Ferbane ) - Fri, 18 Sep 2015 23:02

Should I go petrol or diesel Toyota Verso?

Is there any issues with the 2007 petrol Toyota Verso or am I better going with a newer 2009 diesel with the 2.0-litre engine? Don't do much miles - about 10,000 a year.

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by James Brett (Charlestown) - Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:45

Should I consider changing to a petrol automobile?

I do not travel a lot and am concerned that as my diesel automobile ages it will fail the NCT on emissions. Should I consider changing to a petrol automobile?

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Automobilemel (Dublin) - Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:17

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