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  1. I had an Audi A2 TDi for a little while and it would easily crack 55mpg, plus it felt bigger than it was and had plenty of torque. I sold it to my friend who then had loads of problems with it... I've had several Volvo V70 D5s and if you go for a Euro 3 engined one it'll do over 50mpg if you've got a light right foot.
  2. The 1.4 HDis are definitely £30 tax, although I was on the look out for the very rare 206 HDi Eco, which has the 2.0 HDi but still comes under the £30 tax bracket. I don't know what's different about this model but I'm assuming it's different gearing, much like the Astra ECO4.
  3. Before I found this I was on the look out for a 206 2.0 HDi. I'm sure with a 125bhp remap from HDi Tuning it would be pretty pokey. But for now it's 68 bhp of buzzy 3 cylinder fun. I'm not sure what the fuel consumption is like on these but I'll update when I next fill up. I'm not expecting silly mpg, especially as I've been enjoying giving it a rag now that the gearbox is sorted.
  4. Bit of an update - took it to the garage and it turns out the rear pivot of the gearbox linkage was seized. Didn't cost much to sort and it's so much better now. Also turning the air con off improves the performance no end. Definitely hanging on to this for a bit, quite enjoying buzzing around in it.
  5. So in my quest to find a cheap car that was cheap to insure and tax, this is what I ended up with, a 2007 Daihatsu Sirion. Good - it's very clean, has a lovely 3 cylinder soundtrack, ice cold air con. Cost under £200 to insure and £30 to tax. Bad - it's very slow (haven't had a small petrol car for a while), and the gearbox is the worst I've ever used, hoping a gearbox oil change may help that. Anyone had one of these before? I'm missing the torque of a diesel and a nice 206 HDi has caught my eye.
  6. A few months ago I saw a Mk1 Citroen C5 2.2 HDi for sale, listed as not subject to ULEZ. I thought this may have been a one off conversion, but after entering a few number plates of C5s into the ULEZ checker, it appears that pre-facelift C5 2.2 HDis aren't subject to it. Very odd!
  7. Glad to hear the Dark Beast is going well. Looks a lot better than when I had it, and glad you're investigating the niggles that I was too lazy to! I do miss it, although after five V70 D5s it was time for a change. I'm sure I'll end up back in one - for the money it's very difficult to do better. PS - is my gaffer fix still doing a sterling job in the drivers window? ?
  8. Nice to meet you and really pleased you're enjoying the car. I forgot to mention about the burbliness of the 5 pot, one of the car's best features!
  9. Right, so I’ve decided to sell my Volvo V70 D5 and I thought I’d try here before letting it loose to the masses. 2005 Volvo V70 D5 Black with black leather interior 5 Speed Manual 163bhp Euro 3 Engine 210k This is a facelift model but with the earlier Euro 3 engine – no DPF, more reliable and much better mpg than the later engine (I’ve had both). I’ve had this nearly a year and it’s been a great workhorse. I’ve owned quite a few V70 D5s and this has definitely been one of the better ones. It cleans up nicely, although there’s the usual array of scratches and marks. Wheels are all a bit kerb
  10. The 'Big Pug of Waftiness' is now back at Jay B HQ. I drove back in perfect comfort with both the heated seats and air conditioning on. It drives very nicely indeed, I've forgotten how smooth the old HDI engines are (I had a Xantia years ago).
  11. I've got a bit of work to do on it this week, then I was going to get it re-MOTd and put it up for sale on here. I can PM you some more details if you're interested?
  12. Assuming it's ready by Thursday latest, I'm happy just to come and collect!
  13. In which case could I have first dibs? Looking for something ASAP. I had a Xantia Exclusive with the same engine years ago and always fancied trying a 406.
  14. Oooo this would be perfect as my V70 failed its MOT last week and I need a car before next weekend - do you know when it'll be MOTd and ready to collect?
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