I suppose for me the equation is that if/ when when the Derv does go wrong it pays me back in economy, now I am self employed again my mileage is going to be down to the magic 10k a year mark required to sensibly own and run a busso..once a month fill ups
the thing is this..now I have no flaps or egr and the re-map, uprated clutch, bilstiens ,eibach kit,quaife,de cat down pipe, FMIC(to go on tomorrow if my replacement hoses arrive) it does not make sense to change the car...DNG is now selling his I could easy sell mine tomorrow for good money, more than enough to buy his Busso or any out there (I have a family member biting my hand off for it) but on balance it will cost me double the money a year to run with my driving style..fuel road tax and if it does need engine work it will be expensive and the car will not pay me back in economy.
also my Mum lives in Scotland which means trips up there around 4 times a year, in my old JTS on a full tank I would need to fill up before getting to my mums, and then on the way back same again, so the cost of going there and back was around £200, to cover around 1000 miles! there was nothing wrong with it it just could not do any better than around 32mpg and most of the time gave closer to 28..very close to the V6 in fuel costs.
my derv with much better performance does all the way there and a 3rd of the way back on one tank.
I can't go back to that for the sake of kudos and a nice soundtrack when i'm driving...especially when my Blackline would give all of you V6 boys a serious run for your money ,especially when the hybrid and cooler goes on.
I like Swazi's approach and agree with all of the comments he ha made, but its not possible for me, we live in a grade 2 listed cottage in a conservation area with very limited parking, we have space for 2 cars, mine and my wife's so i have to make one car be all things,in that respect the derv is the only choice I can sensibly make.
nice to see they are capable of doing decent yearly miles though...