Would you buy a petrol MPV?

Yvonne 062

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Hi There,

Expecting baby no. 3 in a few weeks and am planning to upgrade to a 7 seater. Would love a Ford S-Max but a bit too pricey, looking at a Citroen C4 Picasso but its a 1.7 petrol, its a good price, v. low mileage and in perfect condition but would I be better holding off an perhaps paying a bit extra for a 1.6 Diesel version? Don't do a huge amount of travelling by the way.....
Thanks!
 

joeysully

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Are you talking new or second hand? If Second hand and going for the diesel then get a 2008 or newer thus having lower tax rate.
If you are doing little mileage then the price difference for the diesel may not pay for itself, although with current petrol/diesel prices it may be the better buy.
 

Yvonne 062

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Hi there,

Sorry should have provided more detail. We are looking to sell a '06 Volvo S40 SE (1.8 Petrol, Black, 35k miles, perfect condition, NCT'd for 2 years). One garage said the most we would get in a trade in is €10k. We reckon we might get closer to €12k if we sell privately.
The car we are interested in is '07 Citroen C4 Picasso 1.7 petrol.
Not sure exactly how many miles we travel per year but under 4,000 I would say.....
 

PaddyBloggit

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I wouldn't .... I'd be looking for a diesel.

Petrol will cost you more to run and when it comes to resale time you may have difficulty selling it on.

If you look at older MPVs .... the petrol ones are the hardest to shift.

Just saw your milage .... very low ... so perhaps petrol may not be a bad choice after all
 

doubledeb

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I would normally go for a diesel, I drive one myself but do a lot of mileage 30k per year. The diesel cars usually have to be serviced more often than petrol (open to correction) so for the small amount of mileage you do I wouldn't think that diesel would be more economical for you in the long term. You are probably better off going for something reliable especially with 3 smallies in tow!
 

Yvonne 062

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Hi 1234,
The diesel ones seem a bit scarce actually, haven't found one that would suit us recently - saw one a few weeks ago and it was around €1,700 more than the one we are looking at now.......
 

doubledeb

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Assuming you are only doing 14k per year 270m per week on a roughly a 40 litre tank of both diesel and petrol, it would cost you about €4 more per fill with petrol. over the course of a year €208 more, assuming you would fill the tank on a weekly basis. so basically over 8 years you would just about break even. 8x208=1664 and the cost of the diesel is 1700 more.
seems like penny pinching i know but it mite help you sway your decision
 

NHG

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As someone posted earlier it will be much easier to sell on the diesel than petrol in a few years time.
 

Yvonne 062

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Hi there,
Thanks for the replies - I suppose I never thought too much about it being harder to sell it on in a few years.....think it might be worth holding out and trying to get the diesel version if I can find one!
Thanks again!
 
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