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Old 06-10-19, 09:26 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm looking at buying a used 308SW 1.6 diesel. Our current car has broken many years before we had hoped. So we don't have a massive amount of money.

I was hoping for dinner advice regarding getting a 308 SW, 2016 reg, but with 80k miles. What sort of things should I be looking out for? When should I expect/have expected the cambelt and pump to be changed etc.

Some help would be take appreciated. I'm not so fused about fancy, but want something that is economical and isn't going to cost me kids to fix!! Hope that makes sense.
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Are you doing the overall mileage yearly to justify running a modern diesel?

Needs to be around 20k + to make sense.
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Are you doing the overall mileage yearly to justify running a modern diesel?

Needs to be around 20k + to make sense.
I do around 5k miles a year. This car seems super economical. Surely it'll still be cheaper than any other option? What are the other expenses which make it more expensive?

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Old 07-10-19, 06:20 AM   #4
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5k miles a year isnt enough mileage to warrant running a modern diesel.

You need to look at a petrol power if you want a 308 ( or any other modern car )

You need to focus on overall ownership costs not just the potential mpg a diesel can do.

A modern diesel engine like this with DPF system is the reason why its unsuitable for your usage.

Yes the petrol engine will return less mpg BUT it wont suffer the wallet draining problems a modern diesel powered car will if subjected to the same low mileage use.
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5k miles a year isnt enough mileage to warrant running a modern diesel.

You need to look at a petrol power if you want a 308 ( or any other modern car )

You need to focus on overall ownership costs not just the potential mpg a diesel can do.

A modern diesel engine like this with DPF system is the reason why its unsuitable for your usage.

Yes the petrol engine will return less mpg BUT it wont suffer the wallet draining problems a modern diesel powered car will if subjected to the same low mileage use.
Hi, thank you for this advice. What are the additional costs that come with this car? I assume it's something like service costs are much higher? Does the DPF require more attention?
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DPF hate short journeys or stop / start usage around town as it will never get hot enough to carry out a sucessful regen to burn away the soot & it will then block up.

You then end up taking the car for a fast motorway run & crossing your fingers it successfully completes a regen.

If that doesnt work you can force a regen with diagnostic equipment at a garage.

The inconvenience of owning a modern diesel for such low mileage use isnt worth the hassle or costs it will bring when it goes wrong.

The Puretech petrol engines in the 308 can return nearly 50 mpg average & would be a much better long term ownership choice for your usage.
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Hi, I'm looking at buying a used 308SW 1.6 diesel. Our current car has broken many years before we had hoped. So we don't have a massive amount of money.

I was hoping for dinner advice regarding getting a 308 SW, 2016 reg, but with 80k miles. What sort of things should I be looking out for? When should I expect/have expected the cambelt and pump to be changed etc.

Some help would be take appreciated. I'm not so fused about fancy, but want something that is economical and isn't going to cost me kids to fix!! Hope that makes sense.

Hi I bought a 308sw GT Auto 180bhp 2016 it has all the gizmo's you would want in a car I do about 7000 miles a year have it serviced every year normaly when MOT is due I'm well pleased with car.
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DPF hate short journeys or stop / start usage around town as it will never get hot enough to carry out a sucessful regen to burn away the soot & it will then block up.

You then end up taking the car for a fast motorway run & crossing your fingers it successfully completes a regen.

If that doesnt work you can force a regen with diagnostic equipment at a garage.

The inconvenience of owning a modern diesel for such low mileage use isnt worth the hassle or costs it will bring when it goes wrong.

The Puretech petrol engines in the 308 can return nearly 50 mpg average & would be a much better long term ownership choice for your usage.
This is helpful. I guess my only slight issue is the petrol is significantly more expensive than the diesel to buy. There's like a 1,500 difference in buying price. Which pretty much pushes it out of our price range. Is it just this Diesel car or is all diesel cars I should avoid for the same issue?
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DPF hate short journeys or stop / start usage around town as it will never get hot enough to carry out a sucessful regen to burn away the soot & it will then block up.

You then end up taking the car for a fast motorway run & crossing your fingers it successfully completes a regen.

If that doesnt work you can force a regen with diagnostic equipment at a garage.

The inconvenience of owning a modern diesel for such low mileage use isnt worth the hassle or costs it will bring when it goes wrong.

The Puretech petrol engines in the 308 can return nearly 50 mpg average & would be a much better long term ownership choice for your usage.
Also, how often would you need to do a long trip to keep it happy? Also how fast would you need to get it? We go to see my parents every month which is about a 50 mile trip up the A1(m). Would that do it?
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Another vote for the petrol one here. I had a 1.4 and it was incredible on fuel, returning about the same as my old 307 diesel.
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