Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 13:44:23 +0100
From: Johannes H Andersen <>
Subject: Re: should a buy a saab

MeatballTurbo wrote: > > My brother has a 3 year old Skoda Octavia TDi that he got on a finaince > snatchback auction 9I advised him to look at an Octavia when he needed > more room, and cheaper purchase than his old Focus TDi). Now he has seen > one he has gotten over his Skoda Stigma (but the price he paid may have > helped). > > He got a 3 year old TDi Octi for 2500, becuase in those 3 years it had > done 180k miles as a taxi. > > he has service history upto 130k. > At idle the car sounds a little dieselish. Not too bad, and very quiet. > Once moving it is very refined, even at those miles. Once moving quickly > you wouldn't know it was a diesel. he is also a biker used to 600cc plus > sports bikes, and hasn't noticed any real adverse performance problems > going for a vw based TDi As far as I can gather, there are two current diesel technologies at the moment. There is VW pump dse with a pump on each cylinder. It can give very high injection pressure and unusual high power for a diesel; 150 bhp on a 1.9L and gigantic torque. The more common system is a 'common rail' single pressure source, slightly less injection pressure but also more refined. However, VW claim they are cathing up on refinement. The worst nightmare is if those high tech injection systems goes wrong; how able are the mechanics to fix it and at what cost?

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