A very interesting read... A lot of varied opinions and good arguements for and against.
Having owned, lived with and loved both the 2.4JTD 10v and the 2.5 V6 24v they are a world apart.
Totally different power delivery. If you like the feel of a kick in the back and like to be busy with the gear changes, then the JTD is the car for you.
If you like the feel of smooth wave of power delivery and looking down at the speedo only to be shocked at what you thought you were doing only to find that you are +50mph faster, then the V6 is the one!
You also have to look at the fuel economy! I never worried about watching the fuel gauge on the JTD...
But saying that, I didn't buy the V6 for it's economy....
It makes me laugh when I see threads about the MPG on V6's
That isn't the point of them ... And if anyone buys them to complain about it, well you are a bloody fool
I see plenty of threads & posts that go on and on about "my JTD is quicker than your V6"
Again, this only makes me smile
Only to be followed by comments like "well I have had it re-mapped to 200+"
Torque from a turbo car has a wierd feel that makes you think a car is quicker, its either all or nothing!
V6's offer that smoother longer lasting delivery which does feel slower IMO but the practical test is to get them both on a same stretch of road and let the engines do the talking... V6 wins every time.
So the question of which choice?
Well the sheer stark fact that you have to spend money, time and actually end up making a mechanically sensitive car even more unreliable with a remap is enough to swing it towards a V6... it's already quick, reliable and safe out of the box
Why do you think I got rid of the JTD and bought a V6?
I did honestly look at the remap route but then took into account clutch, driveshaft, EGR issues... I found the JTD to be very twitchy at the front end already so after driving a V6 I quickly realised just how well planted a car it was.
Both good engines, different in many ways, same as their owners