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    Hello y'all

    I am close to buy this 2009 Ford Fiesta 1.6 ECOnetic Diesel.
    Although, a mechanic friend told me that might be unwise, since on average I will be doing 10miles (tops) a day during the weekend and only long distances (200-300miles) during the weekend.

    He told me the car wouldn't get to the right temperature to keep it clean.

    Any inputs on this?
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    If you're doing 2-300 miles at the weekend that should be fine as far as the diesel particulate filter is concerned, assuming that's mostly motorway or similar. Short journeys aren't great for an engine, but that's the case whether it's diesel or petrol. Perhaps a little worse for a diesel as they take longer to get up to temperature though, and that also means any fuel economy gains over the petrol equivalent will be reduced.
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    (Original post by CurlyBen)
    If you're doing 2-300 miles at the weekend that should be fine as far as the diesel particulate filter is concerned, assuming that's mostly motorway or similar. Short journeys aren't great for an engine, but that's the case whether it's diesel or petrol. Perhaps a little worse for a diesel as they take longer to get up to temperature though, and that also means any fuel economy gains over the petrol equivalent will be reduced.
    So, in theory if I do that much during the weekend (yeah, mostly motorway) I should be ok?
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    I was also thinking of doing a 20/30min drive every wednesday just to be safe?
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    The long journeys at the weekend should be fine. The problems come when people just do 5-10 miles a day, every day for months on end.
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    You could get an economical petrol which would probably be better.
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    I only drive a couple of miles to work and back on week days in my TDI. We'll usually rack up 50 miles over a weekend though, which includes booting it past slow lorries on the hills, sometimes a couple of hundred if we're going away to see friends. Been doing that for the last year and no issues yet.

    As long as you stretch its legs every week or so to blow the gunk out of the system you'll be fine.
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    Most modern diesels have diesel particulate filters fitted. They need to have a good run every now and then to burn the soot out of the filter, which they can't do if they only do short journeys and the filter clogs which is (generally) expensive. That won't be an issue with your long journey most weekends.

    Short journeys also mean the engine spends more time running below it's optimal temperature, which leads to things like condensation in the exhaust and gummed up exhaust gas recirculation systems. That will take years to become a problem though.
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    Just bought my first car in UK (from Portugal)

    The adrenaline!

    Ford Fiesta Zetec 1.4 TDCI 2010.
    80,000 miles, amazing MOT history (the times it failed it was because of the light on the registration plate ahah) and 1 year warranty for £3,800.

    Had some minor scratches the the front bump had a crack. The dealership is going to sort all that out for free, which is amazing

    £20 tax and £760 insurance.
    Can't complain
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    (Original post by EBastos)
    Just bought my first car in UK (from Portugal)

    The adrenaline!

    Ford Fiesta Zetec 1.4 TDCI 2010.
    80,000 miles, amazing MOT history (the times it failed it was because of the light on the registration plate ahah) and 1 year warranty for £3,800.

    Had some minor scratches the the front bump had a crack. The dealership is going to sort all that out for free, which is amazing

    £20 tax and £760 insurance.
    Can't complain
    Paid a bit over the odds there mate
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    (Original post by EBastos)
    Just bought my first car in UK (from Portugal)

    The adrenaline!

    Ford Fiesta Zetec 1.4 TDCI 2010.
    80,000 miles, amazing MOT history (the times it failed it was because of the light on the registration plate ahah) and 1 year warranty for £3,800.

    Had some minor scratches the the front bump had a crack. The dealership is going to sort all that out for free, which is amazing

    £20 tax and £760 insurance.
    Can't complain
    (Original post by IWMTom)
    Paid a bit over the odds there mate
    I think the exact same thing... You've paid too much for that car IMO.
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    (Original post by IWMTom)
    Paid a bit over the odds there mate
    (Original post by RoyalSheepy)
    I think the exact same thing... You've paid too much for that car IMO.
    (Original post by EBastos)
    Just bought my first car in UK (from Portugal)

    The adrenaline!

    Ford Fiesta Zetec 1.4 TDCI 2010.
    80,000 miles, amazing MOT history (the times it failed it was because of the light on the registration plate ahah) and 1 year warranty for £3,800.

    Had some minor scratches the the front bump had a crack. The dealership is going to sort all that out for free, which is amazing

    £20 tax and £760 insurance.
    Can't complain
    Its from portugal so prices may be on the increase compared to england idk im taking a wild assumption to this
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    (Original post by Nazzyspazzy)
    Its from portugal so prices may be on the increase compared to england idk im taking a wild assumption to this
    I think OP meant they were from Portugal originally, and they've moved here - this is the first car they've bought in the UK.
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    (Original post by IWMTom)
    I think OP meant they were from Portugal originally, and they've moved here - this is the first car they've bought in the UK.
    idk either way it sounds dodgy
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    (Original post by Nazzyspazzy)
    idk either way it sounds dodgy
    What's dodgy about me? o.O

    Such a bold and offensive comment...
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    (Original post by RoyalSheepy)
    I think the exact same thing... You've paid too much for that car IMO.
    In good condition? I beg to differ.

    I've "scouted" similar specs for 3 weeks and the average was 4k. Not to mention this is a Zetec and TDCI
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    (Original post by EBastos)
    What's dodgy about me? o.O

    Such a bold and offensive comment...
    The price you paid for the car is dodgy not you personally
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    (Original post by EBastos)
    In good condition? I beg to differ.

    I've "scouted" similar specs for 3 weeks and the average was 4k. Not to mention this is a Zetec and TDCI
    Probably in better condition (with no holes in the bumper either), and with lower miles.

    (Original post by EBastos)
    What's dodgy about me? o.O

    Such a bold and offensive comment...
    Think you've probably mis-interpreted his comment, I'm sure the last thing he meant to do was offend you.
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    (Original post by RoyalSheepy)
    Probably in better condition (with no holes in the bumper either), and with lower miles.



    Think you've probably mis-interpreted his comment, I'm sure the last thing he meant to do was offend you.
    That is being sorted out by them as well... and all aesthetics "problems" were all minor but I still asked to get it all sorted and immaculate

    Well, I won't say with 100% no. But I won't do +50miles each way to buy a car that's under £4k

    I looked on a radius of 100miles and didn't see anything.

    Believe me, we did a thorough check on the car and all MOTs were a Pass.

    Rear tyres brand new

    P.S.: trusted source from one of my best mates here and on Google reviews, it has 4.9 with 500 reviews. I don't mind to pay £200-300 more if it means I am getting my car from a reliable source
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    (Original post by Nazzyspazzy)
    The price you paid for the car is dodgy not you personally
    Sorry for misinterpreting.

    Dodgy by how high or low it was?
 
 
 
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