I hear a lot of 'too much to go wrong on diesels', with little or no maths to back up that argument.
At today's fuel prices, 48mpg for the JTD and 30mpg for the JTS, for a 10k mileage, the JTD will cost you £1318 in fuel, the JTS will cost you 2179.
That's £72 a month extra in your pocket, or £860. Yes there are more things to go wrong on a diesel, but you'd have to suffer some pretty catastrophic damage to be out of pocket.
After 3 years and 45k I've just had to shell out £2.5k on mine and I'm still £1370 up on an equivalent JTS if it had never missed a beat.
This is not a discussion of personal preferences, I just hate these broad, sweeping generalisations that people put forward with little justification.
Ok so i bought a 1.9 mjet with 62k on the clock, it is clearly a pig.
it already had a recipt for £1000 for water pump failiure + broken rockers
after 4 months i started to notice vibration at speed, turned out to be the driveshaft inner cups failing, another 400 quid
multiple turbo hoses later + ecu resets, EGR cleans, air flow meter swaps, visits to the garage to try to stop limp mode etc, i finally had a engine that appread to be running right
arriving a work one morning the car sounded like a steam engine - an injector was leaking from the head, this took frive hours to remove at an alfa indie, however it turned out that all four injectors were going the same way as there was black gunk all over the head- 13 hours later and £700 the engine was back running again
and the the clutch started slipping - i had to sit down at the news that this was likely to cost £900 to replace the clutch and flywheel
so all off this took place in 18 months of my ownereship, even with the 48 mpg i would have been far better off with a petrol car - however my car is a pig i understand that
i wouldnt buy a JTS either though, dreadfull stories about them too