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Old 2nd March 2006, 19:58   #16
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i think diesels were more expensive than their petrol counterparts till not long ago i.e. diesel Indica D compared to Indica P, or Ikon D compared to the petrol etc. That was the primary difference that needed 'justification' in terms of kilometres run.

Maintenance wise - don't think diesels are much different these days.

* the diesel quality used to be much worse than petrol - so the engines reacted worse i guess
* diesel engines were heavier, run at higher rpms, and were plonked into car frames designed for petrol engines, and hence caused more structural wear and tear.
* The badly fitted heavier mass also menat more alignment issues, and continue to use up tyres marginally quicker
* Diesel engines themselves are intrinsically a better design - higher compression leads to them being more efficient than petrols. Diesel itself packs more energy per unit. And yeah, no sparks....

Marina DiCor and its mine Unless they launch the 2.2DiCored Xover before that!

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