First of all lets get some things straight.
People keep banging on that there are compromises between a JTD and a petrol - but I can only really see one - noise from the outside at tickover only
. As far as I (and many others no doubt) see, the torque is far greater than that of a petrol equiv.
. The power (in the case of the two M-Jets) is almost equal to the petrol quiv.
(a point which many forget), the economy is better
, the insurance is lower
, the cars are faster
, they tow better
(holding less of you up behind - surely thats a good thing
) and they sound just as good IMHO (inside only)
. So - why petrol. Do not get me wrong - I - like many other owners like petrols - despite the above, diesels DO NOT have that 'something' factor like a petrol. I like to hear an engine revving hard, but only at race tracks. IMHO people who rev the knackers off their cars on the public highway look an absolute ****s. Therefore as every day use of cars, I prefer diesel over petrol as the 53% of diesel car sales in the UK over 47% more than likely showed.
Lets get one thing clear though - diesels (despite what many think) are not simply purchased on their excellent fuel economy reasons alone.
Oh! just one other thing - for those who do not think that diesels handle well, just read the comments from the motoring press at how heavy the nose is on the GTA's and how it effects the handling - you would still want one though wouldn't you
the JTD's are far lighter that the V6's, but admitedly heavier than the 4CYCL units.
Any way as you may see from my username, I am a diesel owner and you will probably throw all sorts of insults at me. But we should be happy with what we have got and thats all that matters.......the debate goes on.....
P.S forgot to mention the my engine for example produces 140 BHP@4000RPM and if you compare a 2.0TS 150BHP that revs to 6200. So per 1000 revs the diesel outstrips the petrol