Petrol or diesel or ???

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Hybrid and electric...never.
But have you ever been in one? :) I haven't but the idea being able to select ludicrous drive has a certain appeal.
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Spardo wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:24 pm
Not surprisingly, I have always been a diesel fan, my own first ( as opposed to someone else's I was driving) was the Perkins P6 in my 1939 Packard, bought in the 60s.

But isn't the best thing for the future an electric power plant recharged when required by short running on a small petrol engine. Heard about it somewhere, perhaps already in use?
My '41 Packard 110 sedan had the original straight six. Wonderful car to drive. Lots of clever optional gadgets that you'd never think would be available at the time.
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I was and still am a confirmed petrolhead although havn't used it for locomotion for over 15 years, I detested diesel cars, I had a Mitsubishi hatchback as a loan car and it was very economical, I bought an Escort diesel when my petrol Sierra Estate was wrecked and I was doing the repairs, that was horrible, no redeeming features at all, both of those were normally aspirated diesels.

Then I had a 2.0 petrol Galaxy which drank fuel and took on a part ex diesel powered Alhambra, same body, did the same job for me and was very reliable and far cheaper on fuel.

Then got a 2002 Octavia TDi, same engine as the Alhambra but a later development and it was a great drive and stellar economy, by then I no longer hankered after a petrol engine, my life had changed, the roads where i now lived were empty but I no longer wanted to drive like they were my personal racetrack, money was tight and economy plus reliability were the most important things to me.

Aside from my current financial situation money was, and I hope will again be no longer a problem, the latest Yeti 2.0 Tdi is a sporty drive and when things turn around I will get it remapped as its only 105hp and whilst nippy in the lower gears needs a lot more on the open road or when towing, once thats done I will have be only one step away from returning to petrol propulsion and the next car probably will be although I dont hanker after anything newer and would happily keep this for 15 years like its predecessor.

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Diesel is really the fuel of the past, but it will take a few years for them to be phased out. The VW emissions scandal was the 'custers last stand' for the diesel car manufactures, but all german auto companies are now primarily focused on investment and development toward a electric, hybrid and in some cases hydrogen platforms. Hybrid and EV are good options if buying a new car tomorrow, depending on owner requirements and budget.

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Aardvark wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:57 pm
Spardo wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:24 pm
Not surprisingly, I have always been a diesel fan, my own first ( as opposed to someone else's I was driving) was the Perkins P6 in my 1939 Packard, bought in the 60s.

But isn't the best thing for the future an electric power plant recharged when required by short running on a small petrol engine. Heard about it somewhere, perhaps already in use?
My '41 Packard 110 sedan had the original straight six. Wonderful car to drive. Lots of clever optional gadgets that you'd never think would be available at the time.
Mine was originally a straight 8, a wonderful car, so comfortable to drive. Unfortunately the back end seized up in a forest near Troyes when I was on my way to Spain and I had to abandon it for the AA to recover. Only damage due to the abandonment was the great big clock which was set in the glove box lid. It had been prised out and stolen. :(

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Well I had no idea what you were talking about so I googled it
https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/de ... id=1&pid=1
Same old nonsense.

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Flaneur wrote:
Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:09 pm
Well I had no idea what you were talking about so I googled it
https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/de ... id=1&pid=1
That is a real beauty, slightly more streamlined than my 2 year older model and mine was in shiny black. So shiny that I took it to the park to watch a cricket match and took an excellent photo of the game by pointing the camera at the reflection in the car door.

Same fluting along the topsides of the bonnet, a Packard feature, and the same V shaped vertical grill. In fact that cost me another fiver because the number plate which was suspended under the bumper had fallen off and I replaced it with a hand sign-written piece of very thick rubber poked into the grill. The stop and the fine was because a number plate has to be flat, not V-shaped. :o The cop was a philistine, totally unimpressed by the beauty he saw before him. :roll:

This is identical to mine.

https://www.benoitcharette.com/4-novemb ... limatisee/
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Thanks for the thank Flaneur, sorry I was so enthusiastic I edited before I saw it. :oops: :lol:

Just looked again, identical right down to the red octagons on the hubcaps. ;)

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Spardo wrote:
Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:28 pm

Thi is identical to mine.

https://www.benoitcharette.com/4-novemb ... limatisee/
That is lovely!
Same old nonsense.

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Had diesel cars for years now. MPG now same as petrol once they stuffed a turbo on them. Just like driving a petrol engined car now. Caused me some grief at first because I was used to pulling away in third from a dead stop in the works Land Rovers.
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