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Looking For A New Car


Bingalau
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Hi All. I know we have people on here who love cars, they might be able to help me decide what new car to buy. It must have the following attributes. Diesel powered; Three door model; Cruise control; Automatic gears; Plenty of room inside; Comfortable; Radio C.D. player; I've been looking at the V.W. Up which comes on the market next year, but it doesn't seem to have cruise control. There also seem to be so many variants of it that I am completely bamboozled trying to make sense of all the information. In other words there is too much information.

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sunnystaines

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OTT_B

I had read the info a while back on a motorhome forum, also said belgium was another anti cruise control nation. I presumed it was pukka info but with forums you never know.

i will try and hunt down the post and put the link in.

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Quickbeam

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Have you considered a hand throttle conversion if you have a gammy knee that gives problems with throttle control?

All the dealers supply motabilty cars, so they'll know who can fit you one. You don't have to be totally incapacitated and in need of a full disability conversion, you can have only what meets your needs. I once drove my neighbours car fitted with one for a service, and wasn't totally weird to drive, I could have easily gotten used to it for everyday use.

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carver

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Not trying to be funny but why a diesel, petrol are cheaper to buy and run and unless you are going to drive more than 10,000 miles a year you will not save any thing.

Have you tried a Toyota Aygo or the iQ both very good cars , the Aygo is very roomy for such a small car and good to drive.

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SimpleSimon1

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As someone else said, watch out for diesel if you're just doing short journeys. You'll get DPF (diesel particulate filter) problems. You need to 'burn' the particulates off these filters by doing some longish journeys. Failure to do so, could lumber you with a substantial repair bill.

The honestjohn web site has got a lot of useful (and seemingly fairly reliable) info about this. Basically, for normal journeys, from new you should be OK. However, after 3 or so years, even with normal journeys, DPF problems will probably build up and you'll eventually need to replace the dpf filter which is likely to bring a repair bill in the order of £1500.

For that reason (and also see his comments re other diesel problems cropping up in years 3-5), he no longer recommends most diesesl as good value where it is a second-hand purchase or a new purchase which will be kept past three or so years.

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OTT_B

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I'm not quite sure why people are associating DPFs with ultimate failure and repair bills. It's like saying that if one chair gets a broken leg in 3 years, then all chair legs are likely to break in 3 years. It's complete nonsense.

There are a few emissions systems that do tend to suffer DPF failures.....I'll leave you to look up the specifics (and for heavens sakes, don't look for a specific car on forums, searching for DPF failures!). And just because one specific model of car has a history of DPF failures, it doesn't mean that all models from that manufacturer will suffer the same failure.

Also keep in mind that not all diesel cars are equipped with a DPF system.

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SimpleSimon1

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Following two links may be of interest re diesel issues and help you judge whether you may have a problem with diesel or not:

DPF Issues

Dual Mass Flywheels

Noticeable that VAG cars are on both lists. Last contribution on first link is from VAG Technical Support Specialist. Of course, if you're going for a new model, who knows what the situation will be (if, as OTT_B says, its got a DPF and/or DMF)?

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Woolwell

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OTT_B - There are problems with DPF's. It doesn't happen to all motorists but it does occur see AA report and RAC blog.

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SimpleSimon1

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Woolwell

That AA link is very interesting, especially:

We're seeing some evidence of DPF systems failing to regenerate even on cars used mainly on motorways. On cars with a very high sixth gear the engine revs may be too low to generate sufficient exhaust temperature for regeneration.

That's exactly what happened to me recently and couldn't figure out why it occurred after a 100-mile motorway trip....the vast majority of which was in 6th gear.

Thanks

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Bingalau

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alan14 Sorry, but I inadvertently put left knee when I meant "right knee"... I should have gone to bed earlier last night. Thanks everybody for your input, I'm not sure whether it is cheaper to use diesel compared to petrol, but I have the idea that diesel goes that much further per liter/litre etc. I've not yet looked at Honest John's site but I have heard of ti before and believe he is pretty good. So I will go on the site later today when I have time. I will also look at the different models mentioned. The first car I bought was a brand new Mini way back in 1960 for a smidgen less than £500 They were the days. Do they still have a wire to pull on when opening the door? It was brilliant even though it was the basic model. I paid extra for a heater as I had just come back from the far east and needed it. That car was well looked after and I had it for about five years when I was posted abroad again. I sold it to a friend who had been maintaining it for me, and when I came back and tried to get it back from him he wouldn't sell it as he said it was the best car he had ever owned.

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spuds

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BBC Watchdog report on DPF problems http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/watchdog/2011/10/dieselparticulatefilters.html

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