Yep, I did buy the moon mileage 147JTD
I've had it for a year now. Here's my experience.
The important bit. Very impressed. Lots of low end torque. Top speed not as high as I was hoping <120 on the autobahn
with the wind behind me. But it is only the 115bhp 8V. Economy not as good as I was hoping. Averaging 38mpg, less than the Citroen ZX it replaced. I have friends trying to talk me into chipping it. We'll see!
It does create a lot of smoke! Even when warmed up, the ECU seems very happy to overfuel the engine when you boot it. This does create a James Bond style smokescreen. It's definately fuel not oil. From what I can gather, it's not that uncommon on Turbo-Deisels, my dad's Mondeo TDCI does the same. It's my first turbo. Maybe that ECU remap will sort it
On the test drive we went over some rutted tracks, and not a squeak out of it. It wasn't until I got it home that I noticed some creaky noises from the suspension, but only over speed bumps. Two garages (*cough* Quickfit, and a Fiat specialist who I trust) both couldn't find anything obvious and told me I'd either have to put up with it until it becomes obvious, or spend hundreds of pounds replacing every bit of suspension until it stops. I'm cheap, and lazy, so went with the first option
Clutch and Gearbox
Clutch is very heavy. I've been told this is due to it being near the end of it's life - though it's not slipping or failing to disengage. I hope it's not an engine out job - though most modernish cars seem to have gone that way with clutch replacement.
Also I've often struggled with selecting 3rd. This isn't a clutch not dis-engaging problem, it's that the spring loading on the gear selector is almost non-existent, so instead of springing back to the 3rd-4th gate, the selector sort of floats in between gates with my desperately trying to find the slot. I read in one post about removing a burr from a gearbox end casing will solve this. It sounded a bit far fetched to me, but as usual, I did nothing about it. Either I'm now more used to it, or it's improving over time, because it doesn't happen often now.
Drivers side vents were no where near as cold as pasenger side. I tried the old disconnect battery trick and it didn't make any difference. When I switch on or off I can hear some stepper motor whirring away as if it's trying to reset itself. In the end I got it regassed! Passenger still slightly colder, but both sides are plenty cold enough.
A constantly on airbag light which magically appearred within days of me buying it (still not sorted that one), and constantly blowing sidelight bulbs. This was solved by fitting 4W bulbs instead of 6W ones - thanks to Whitefield Services of Morecambe - my friendly Fiat specialist.
The ASR/ABS lights occasionally stay on. Another post says replace the battery, but I'm prepared to wait for more serious symptoms before doing this.
I can't think of anything else.
So, overall, very happy with my 150K car. It sounds like there's a lot wrong, but I'm used to banger motoring so this is bliss in comparison. The Connect+ never fails to impress, nor does the Bose soundsysyem. I'm always impressed by the exhaust note they managed to get out of a diesel!
I realise some of you may be horrified by my lack of vigour in getting jobs done. Well, what can I say. I was keener on car tinkering before I got a house and a wife!
Until next year!!