View Full Version : Diseasel or Petrol?

16-10-2007, 05:01 PM
Basically whats the verdict on the 1.9 TDI 130 against the 1.8 Turbo 163 or 190 BHP models. I have never owned a DISEASEL before and in my opinion should only be fitted into tractors, vans and lorrys. Can anyone pursuade me towards either. ps the misses aint too interested in diesel!!! I only do about 9000 miles a year so economy isn't at the top of my list.

16-10-2007, 05:42 PM
Remaps on a 130 can push you up to about 180hp and 300lb/ft torque. Check out the results link in my signature for the feedback from our last Remap day we held.

I like diesels, but never going to be as good as a Turbo's petrol.

The 1.8T 180hp can be mapped to 225ish

Thanks Mark

paul b
16-10-2007, 05:56 PM
If you are not interested in economy at all, go for the petrol. I have a 1.9TDI Sport 130. I calculated the economy and it does 51mpg. It hasn't been chipped or anything mechanically (though it does have chrome mirrors and a spoiler that I have added). It is easily powerful enough in and around town, good at speed too. I would suggest you get an S4 (very pricey) or an A4 S-Line (much more reasonable), they look much more sporty. The 2.5 TDI's are very good, but to keep the women happy, they often have to get what they want!

16-10-2007, 06:33 PM
should only be fitted into tractors, vans and lorrys. .
You could add to this: " and cars whose owners are interested in long engine life and reliability". But, hey, maybe your missus doesn't care about these details. I've owned both petrol and diesel cars and I would never go back to spark ignition.

16-10-2007, 07:25 PM
Thanks for the feedback, are disese(el) engines more reliable than petrol then? My A4 1.8T sport has done 165K with no engine probs whatsoever, and my Audi 80 2 litre sport has done 187K, again with no probs at all, i have heard of audi 80 petrol engines doing well over 300K. How long does a massey furguson engine last for!!!!

paul b
16-10-2007, 11:05 PM
My mate has done 198k in his 99 A6. He has had it from 50k. All he had done to it is a timing belt, turbo and an exhaust. Not bad considering he's had it years and done so many miles in it.

16-10-2007, 11:34 PM
I totally agree, weather you have a diesel or a petrol if you look after it i.e warm up engine before booting it and do regular oil changes i am sure 500K is not out of the question. Does anyone know of some moon mileage Audis that are still on original engines? Ok, so it sounds like a 1.9 TDI is the sensible option, but i think i am not sensible (ex suzuki RG500 nutter and road racer!) Guess its the 190BHP S-LINE for me then!!

17-10-2007, 07:58 AM
Previous car I had was a 2.5L v6 MG sports saloon and that drank fuel - lucky to get 30 round town and not much more om m-way. It was quick but cost so much to run...tax, insurance and fuel. I changed to a 2.0TDi about 18 months ago and within 1st year worked out I had saved about £700 on fuel alone, plus about £100 on car tax and almost the same on insurance.
Around town I ger 40-45mpg and m-way high 50's!
For a quicker Diesel the 140BHP can be tuned to about 180 but you can get a 170 model now. Just my 2p worth.

17-10-2007, 11:26 AM
Perhaps I've been a bit dismissive of petrol engines, looking at the above comments. Audis do seem to fare better than some of the other marques I have owned. Typical problems I have experienced are:

- disintegrating spark plugs, plus frequent need to clean, check and replace.

- HT leads breaking down

- HT coils breaking down

- starting problems in cold/damp weather

In fact, anything to do with HT electrics, which diesels don't have.

17-10-2007, 11:31 AM
I'd never have another petrol I prefer the way diesels drive.

golf tdi 02
17-10-2007, 11:53 AM
diesel power for me


paul b
17-10-2007, 09:02 PM
I forgot to mention, about the story of my mates Audi on the previous page, that was a 1.9TDI.