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DeeLicious | 12:26 Fri 05th Jan 2018 | Motoring
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Forgive me if this has been asked before, but if you're looking to buy a new car, whether new or used, these days should you get a diesel - I gather they're to be outlawed in the not-too-distant future - or an electric one?

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depends on what you call the not too distant future - it won't happen next year thats for sure!
I recently bought a diesal as it makes more financial sense for me cheaper fuel cost, road tax and insurance. Overall a saving of over £150 a month.
if you care at all about the future of this planet and the health of today's citizens you absolutely canNOT buy a diesel.

diddlydo - are you going to supplement me by £150 a month then?
I've got a 2015 diesel, and I care about the environment thanks very much, but you cannot be perfect in terms of your footprint on the earth. I'm mindful in many other way so I'm happy to reconcile that with my diesel purchase. Get whatever car will serve you best.

Any Battery in particular Ron?
diddlydo - are you excluding global warming/climate change when you think about the future of the planet?, petrol engines putting almost twice as much CO2 than diesels into the atmosphere per mile. Electric cars are a joke for anyone who does serious mileage and doesn't think about the enormous cost of replacement batteries after 7 years, or so.
The choice depends on how many miles you do per year, where you do them (e.g. town or motorway) and in how many journeys.
If you care about the planet then buying an electric car is not the way to go at the moment, the cost of making them is a lot more and the makers never tell you about replacing the batteries after around 7 years . Go for whatever suits you best.
Islay - perhaps you could explain how a diesel saves you £150 per month. I have a small petrol engine car which has road fund tax of £20 per annum and regularly gives me 56-60 mpg. I can only assume that you have a gas-guzzler and travel a million miles per year.
Diesel engines should be confined to ships, railway locomotives and lorries. Nothing to do with the environment. It's just that diesel engines don't sound right in a car.
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do not get a diesel.
Yes I too would be interested in how Islay saves £150 per month, seems far fetched to me.
Do not buy a diesel if you do mainly short journeys - you'll get problems with the Diesel Particulate Filter. Actually, you'll get problems with the DPF anyway, but short journeys will just bring them sooner.
I drive a 2 litre RAV and previously drove a 2 litre Honda CR-V. I live in the sticks have 2 dogs drive into the city almost every day. I get far more miles out of my diesel than I ever did out of the petrol car.
So would I , my diesel does 17-23 mpg even on a motorway! The SLK (petrol how could you have a diesel convertible? ) does 40 ish and less RFT.
// are you going to supplement me by £150 a month then?//
i can only assume that was a typo Islay?
Diesel's will be here for your lifetime Dee make no mistake about that, can you see Buses, HGVs, Taxies, Ships, going for petrol, the idiotic Gov have coned the public big style with their scaremongering, can you see them loosing all that revenue? no chance go for it & leave the negative responses, Longer services, Better MPG, we have a 207 Peugeot never had any winter problems regards starting as SOME of these petrol's, if you fancy one, go for it.

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