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1.2 Petrol vs the Diesels!

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I see most of the threads and problems appear to be diesel related, there is very few threads that relate to the 1.2 or bigger engined petrol models.
So Did they not sell very well or are they more reliable?
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Re: 1.2 Petrol vs the Diesels!

When I bought my 1.4 petrol wheelchair conversion, I was advised that private low use best go for petrol, whereas taxis high use go for diesel. As such I guess the diesels get more use and are more complex with dpf's and turbos, however that does not mean they are less reliable just more likely to be encountering problems having done high mileages. I think the engine in my 1.4 is brilliant, really flexible and pulls like an express train albeit one thats not moving very fast.
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Re: 1.2 Petrol vs the Diesels!

The 1.2 IMO is under powered for the doblo when laden or in MPV form however the 1.2 engine is proven and cheap to maintain as is the 1.4 which is much more lively however the diesel 1.9 (JTD not the D non-turbo model which has the god awful lucas epic system) easily returns 50mpg and slogs its way fully laden up steep hills. The engine is tunable and reliable, the 1.3 diesel seems good enough but I personally haven't done any long journeys in the car.
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Re: 1.2 Petrol vs the Diesels!

I would agree that the 1.2 needs more grunt, it's acceptable with two in the car but I have noticed it is slow on the hills with 4 in the car and my tool box which weighs over 130 pounds! Still runs fine and is really quiet at 107,000 miles.
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