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It wasnt bad when released in 1986 but a lot more advances were made through the 90s for diesel refinement. As I've said before though ford were never going to put the tddi in the escort as by the early 2000s the escort car had run its course and the van was replaced by the transit connect. Even then though the tddi was pretty much a rehashed endura. Still used the 75bhp tddi up till 2010 I think as well. Ford certainly got their use from it!

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To be fair, the old Peugeot lump chucks out a bit of torque and actually gets decent economy.

Hate the ford lump, even with a turbo it was shit. 
I remember taking a cheap part ex Orion to Oxford for a weekend years ago, my Golf GTI had shat it’s driveshaft our last minute, so took this hideous, horrible thing.
 

Mk5 shape, I think a j reg, so 92, 1.8d model.

Handled like an actual wheelbarrow. Drove down the M1 doing a speedo indicated 81mph, bouncing off the governor in fifth.

Used more fuel than the Golf would have too. And that drinks super unleaded for added rubbing it in. 

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Anyway on to citroen berlingo news. The last mot shown advisories for front brake discs and pads so I called my friendly mobile mechanic. He popped over to check things all over and to see what was starting to knock on the front end.

The front discs and pads are pretty recent so have probably been done on the back of the advisories at last ticket. The rear brakes weren't as good though. Quite shiny and not the best,also the drivers rear cylinder was leaking. A new set of rear shoes,cleaning up and fitting a cylinder rectified that issue. The knocking was traced to a droplink with play in on the front passenger side. 

The van is 18 years old but only has 66k on the clock so while he was checking the van I asked him to inspect the cambelt. 

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Right then,that's certainly getting ready. Pending house move and funds being tight placed me in a bind as knowing my luck it would shit its cambelt when we needed it for moving. Made decision to buy new cambelt,water pump and tensioner. Collected them today and are being fitted by friendly mechanic tommorro

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9 minutes ago, rickvw72 said:

To be fair, the old Peugeot lump chucks out a bit of torque and actually gets decent economy.

Hate the ford lump, even with a turbo it was shit. 
I remember taking a cheap part ex Orion to Oxford for a weekend years ago, my Golf GTI had shat it’s driveshaft our last minute, so took this hideous, horrible thing.
 

Mk5 shape, I think a j reg, so 92, 1.8d model.

Handled like an actual wheelbarrow. Drove down the M1 doing a speedo indicated 81mph, bouncing off the governor in fifth.

Used more fuel than the Golf would have too. And that drinks super unleaded for added rubbing it in. 

It certainly drank when foot went down!

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Oh and last week due to a faulty sensor for temp gauge I went whole nine yards and full coolant flush,stat and sender. Old coolant looked grimey. Good news is the sender works and coolant looks clean.

@chaseracer can you please tell me where does your hdi sit on temp gauge please?

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18 minutes ago, bub2006 said:

@chaseracer can you please tell me where does your hdi sit on temp gauge please?

Currently, somewhere south of C because it's been off the road since June 2019!  Previously, with fairly hard use over twelve years and 170000+ miles, it was rock solid right where it should be.

Top motor.

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11 hours ago, bub2006 said:

Mine since coolant flush sits at 80 constantly. the dw8 tends to run around 80 from what I've read online and was unsure if it coincided with the hdi too. 

My 110 is 80 too normally. Goes up when stationary till the stat opens but when warm and driving, 80 bang* on

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Well time for a little update.  Still have the van. Close onto 4 and a half months now. 

Its had some work done,clutch,cam belt and brakes. Finally rectified the knocking on e front too,new ballpoint,bottom arm and drop links. Which brings me on to the head gasket.

The van has used coolant since I've owned it but no symptoms of hgf at all. After looking at different things like coolant bottle and pipework we was left with the only possibility being the head gasket so off came the head. Multiple blows to combustion and combustion to atmosphere,how it ran as well as it did was a surprise. Took the head for skimming and he had to take over 10 thou off it. He asked me how it ran and I said fine,no smoke,loss of power etc,he replied with it was amazing how the thing even started. Fitted head and new gaskets and seals and its fine. Used no coolant whatsoever in over 1000 miles.

My friend bought a scrap 56 plate Peugeot partner with a 1.6 hdi engine as he needed some engine bits and I was given pretty much free reign on the other bits. The seats went in mine as the mpv seats are alot better than the van,headlights also changed as the height adjusters in mine weren't working along with the metal headlight grills that attach to the bumper and wing. Headlining from the back went in mine,not pretty as the partner had sliding side doors but the van doesn't,cuts down on booming though. Also had the towbar with electrics,switchgear,front bumper with fog lights and other little bits and bobs. 

I certainly think I've excelled myself now with the time I've owned it,did put it up for sale once but when I realised I couldn't replace it with all the new bits I had done and fitted I removed it from sale. Less than a day I think. 

Take care folks.

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