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Originally Posted by Davey_saxo View Post
Hi, I'm still looking for a black 159. I originally wanted a 1.9 because of the economy, but there are few around. What I would like to know is what is the economy like on a proper chipped 2.4 or am I wasting my time and wait for a 1.9

Work out, based on your annual mileage, what the actual extra cost in fuel on the 2.4 is (over the 1.9). I would say, if you work on 35mpg for the 2.4 and 45 for the 1.9 you'll come up with a realistic 'extra' cost.

With that extra cost in mind, consider the benefits of the 2.4:-

a) Effortless performance
b) Superb soundtrack from the 5 cyl. engine
c) Improvement to the look of the car by the twin exhausts

and then ask yourself; which do I want?
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Re the real world performance of the 1.9; I was driving on the A43 between the M1 and the M40 today, not much traffic around and decided to give my beloved an "Italian tune-up" and have a little fun as well.

I flicked her through the first roundabout and floored the throttle, did the same at the next one, this time I happened to overtake an A4 2.0 and a Merc C220, both nearly new. Apparently their drivers didn't like being overtaken as they both eventually caught up with me (I eased off once I was well into illegal speeds) and overtook me.
Next roundabout I caught up with them, floored the throttle again and left them both standing. Again once I backed off, they both caught up and overtook me.

Believe it or not, this happened twice more, the last roundabout exit being up a decent hill, and again I left them both far behind.

Mine's an unmapped 1.9 SW with nearly 60k and today had about 100kg in the boot.

Made my day!

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I suspect you are looking at a secondhand car but I have got the new 2.0jtd it's still early days so the economy is terrible and there is a low rev hesitancy but I have spoken to a few people with 1.9jtds who had similar issues when new so I am hopeful. Performance is good, I used to have a 2.4 Brera and it isn't much slower (it admittedly doesn't sound as good), I will probably remap it when I have done 3-4k miles but for me it represents(/ed) the best balance between performance and power).

Good luck which ever you choose.
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I did 360 miles today at an average speed of 61 mph and the mpg was 41.4.

The car has only done 1800 miles.

I got stuck in the M6 closure too this morning.
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Originally Posted by kinloch4 View Post
Why dont you compromise and get a 1.9 and upgrade the power in that.
Yes probably the best of both worlds i'd imagine.
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