Petrol or Diesel. Which do you recommend ?

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  1. jaykay

    jaykay Read Only Funster

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    Hi,
    Looking for first budget motorhome up to £6k, so will likely end up with a talbot or similar.
    Is there any big differences between the diesel and petrol engines around the 1990's ?

    Are there any other watch outs apart from crunching gears ?

    We would like a kontiki 6 berth, but may struggle with our budget.

    Jason
     
  2. Terry

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    Hi and welcome :thumb: in general you will get around 18/20 mpg from the petrol and 24 ish from the Diesel - you may struggle with your budget but there are vans out there :thumb: Read up on here to get a general idea before taking the plunge :thumb:You can always ask on here about anything you are unsure of :thumb: Best £10 you can spend is by joining to become a full member :thumb: it could well save you £1000s- ask away :Wink:
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  3. thehutchies

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    There is little difference between the performance of the 2 litre petrol engine and the turbo-diesel.

    The great thing about these old vans is that everything is repairable as long as you have a big hammer and an adjustable spanner.

    All spares are readily available and there is a huge amount of information available for any problems you might face.

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  4. Grumblewagon

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    Apart ftom the terrible gearchange on the Talbot (which could be improved with adjustment), the main trouble was that it is very underpowered - especially for a big van like a KonTiki.

    If your budget would stretch to it, I'd go for the later Boxer - good gearbox & more power. The diesel tends to be more expensive to buy, but much better on fuel consumption. I have a 2 litre petrol version - gets around 24/25 mpg on a run.:Sad: (pretty bad compared with wife's VW Golf diesel - around 55 mpg:BigGrin:)
     
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