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Diesel or Petrol Vehicle?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:06 am

If you had to buy a new car, which option would you choose and why?
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Re: Diesel or Petrol?

Unread postby Rooies » Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:39 am

To go to Kruger, I will choose a petrol engine. There is nothing more annoying than sitting at good sighting and one of those noisy diesels arrive, especially the Isuzus.
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Re: Diesel or Petrol?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:41 am

Rooies, are the newer diesels not a lot quieter?
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Re: Diesel or Petrol?

Unread postby Rooies » Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:50 am

I am not a vehicle boffin, but my experience is that only the most expensive diesels are a bit quieter.
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Re: Diesel or Petrol?

Unread postby Dupacc » Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:18 am

I would definitely go for a diesel: the main reason being the excellent torque (pulling power) of a diesel at low engine revolutions. There is therefore no need to ever rev the engine and it is possible to move along at idle speeds. Diesel power is also very fuel efficient.

Though I understand Rooies' comment about a noisy engine, ANY vehicle makes a noise on the gravel when approaching. And the newer generation diesels are indeed much more quiet than a couple of years ago. For me there is nothing more annoying than a small capacity petrol engine being revved and revved when maneuvering at a sighting. :whistle: :whistle:
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Re: Diesel or Petrol?

Unread postby okie » Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:45 pm

Rooies wrote:To go to Kruger, I will choose a petrol engine. There is nothing more annoying than sitting at good sighting and one of those noisy diesels arrive, especially the Isuzus.


And even more annoying one of those little petrol engines with a racing cooling fan that does not switch off for another 5 minutes :whistle:
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Re: Diesel or Petrol?

Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Sep 23, 2012 5:05 pm

Or never switching off their engines when at a sighting ...
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Re: Diesel or Petrol?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:20 pm

I seem to have learnt a lot about drivers so far.. not too much about diesel vs petrol :wink:

There is no ways I can afford it, but I was looking at the new VW blue motion Touareg :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: what a sexy looking/sounding vehicle.

I was also looking at the Honda hybrid. Hopelessly impractical for my purposes, but I don't think that I have ever seen a car with so much sex appeal.
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Re: Diesel or Petrol?

Unread postby billyf » Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:27 pm

MM, the best car is the one you can afford - diesels generally are more fuel efficient, and are longer lasting, but more expensive to repair. Petrol vehicles are a bit cheaper to buy, use more fuel, but are less expensive to repair if something does go wrong with the engine.

If I had to buy a new vehicle now, I would certainly look at diesel first - especially If I am looking for a vehicle to visit KNP and/or KTP.

Still not answered your question :lol:
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Re: Diesel or Petrol?

Unread postby Hugh » Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:55 pm

Cuzmouse . i think your best bet would be to visit various dealers and test drive the various vehicles Both diesel and petrol and you will then know when you have found the right set of wheels.
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Re: Diesel or Petrol?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:05 am

I often listen to Radio 702 on my way home on Friday night. These guys don't like diesel. Maybe it is because of the high cost of repairs.

I was wondering though about the green footprint. They do seem to have less impact on the enviroment.
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Re: Diesel or Petrol?

Unread postby okie » Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:04 am

Meandering Mouse wrote:I often listen to Radio 702 on my way home on Friday night. These guys don't like diesel. Maybe it is because of the high cost of repairs.

I was wondering though about the green footprint. They do seem to have less impact on the enviroment.



Who do people worry about the cost of repairs ? A diesel engine will run forever without repairs . It's the high-revving petrol engines that are forever having to be repaired . And if you buy a new vehicle , you may find that your guarentee is higher mileage and longer time than for petrol engine vehicles .
I have now done 160 000 km in my latest Landy in the past 4 years , and still no repairs . I have it serviced regularly as required every 20 000 km , and the only major expenses have been tyres - first set 90 000 km , and still driving around on the second set .
In fact , I cannot even recall that any of the vehicles that I ever had , required any major repairs . But I believe that is because I always had them serviced as and when required .
If you feel a vehicle will need any repairs , then you should not buy it , because you will always be worrying about " when is it going to break " :hmz: .
So , buy a new vehicle , and have it serviced regularly . If you do not want to pay the price of a new vehicle , ask the dealer for whether he has any demo-models available - you get a good discounted price , plus full factory guarentee . Otherwise , buy a used vehicle , preferably also from agents , and see if you can obtain an extended guarentee on the vehicle .
Another good source , good value , is to buy from a dealer who sells ex-hire vehicles - usually these are only around one-year old , and usually in very good condition , and have generally been well-looked after .

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Re: Diesel or Petrol?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:49 pm

Okie, you sound very convincing.
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Re: Diesel or Petrol?

Unread postby okie » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:12 pm

MM , I estimate I have driven close on a couple of million kilometers in the last 50 years :)
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Re: Diesel or Petrol?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:02 pm

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