156 1.9 16v v 2.4 10v JTD Running Costs
I'm trying to decide between a 2.4 10v or a 1.9 16v JTD - running costs have to be the decider.
Living in Ireland the road tax is a killer €710 on the 1.9 & €1010 on a 2.4 !
However I here pre 03 cars are better built and multi valves need water pumps with every cam belt change and there's the swirl flap issue (this seems to be seizing rather than breaking off and being ingested right ?).
1.9 16v will give 45 - 60mpg & 2.4 10v 40 - 50mpg and I do around 15,000 miles a year so that is a factor.
There seem to be some well looked after 02 2.4's around for about £1000 with lots of work done cam belts, suspension arms, clutch etc. Which in a sense would be a better buy than 110 - 130k 03/04 1.9 16v on original clutches for £1800 / £2200.
What say you ?