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Volkswagen CC & Short Journeys

  • 25-05-2021 9:00am
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    Registered Users Posts: 279 ✭✭ lemonkey


    As the title suggests, I'm currently looking to buy a CC 141 from a Volkswagen Garage. Happy with the condition, warranty, mileage.. etc. I wasn't going out of my way to buy a 2L diesel, it's just all the nice cars (A4, A6, CC) are all 2L.

    But my question is, is it daft to buy it considering I only do short journeys? I've read about DPF filter problems.

    I work close to home, approx 7km without any stop/start as I drive against the morning traffic, make that trip 4 times a day

    50% the journey @ 60km/hr and the other 50% at 80km/hr. And allowing for a standard non-lockdown year I'd still be luck to hit 9000 miles a year.

    Is that too little and could it cause a problem?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 24,683 ✭✭✭✭ punisher5112


    Petrol, hybrid or electric for you I'm afraid....


    Modern diesel are designed to be driven, they wouldn't even get to temperature with your driving.


  • Registered Users Posts: 72,762 ✭✭✭✭ colm_mcm


    You’re asking for trouble with that really.


  • Registered Users Posts: 719 ✭✭✭ yoshiktk


    As a Passat owner, can add few words. I live 15km from work, drive thru N11 or vilages sometimes. If not for driving to Poland every summer holiday I would go petrol. The distance is to short to get the most of diesel, the little amount You could save on fuel will be spend on future service.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,722 ✭✭✭ Dilbert75


    Small petrol engine will spend way more of it's time working at optimum on those short journeys. I recently changed to a Skoda 1.0Tsi from a Mondeo 2.0TDCi. The difference in warmup time is staggering. Even though I do a 30+ km commute each way, on winter mornings I was often more than 1/3 of the way there before the temp needle on the Ford would start to rise (even after new thermostat was fitted). It's just such a big block of iron to heat up. By contrast, I'm barely a couple of km before the Skoda is up to temp.


  • Registered Users Posts: 182 ✭✭ Water2626262


    It’s frustrating how many diesel cars are out there in certain ranges, particularly among CC’s, A4/5/6’s.

    Especially considering they have 2 litre turbo petrols like the 250bhp one in the A4 & A5 but they are ridiculously rare.

    Would a Lexus is300 float your boat?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 279 ✭✭ lemonkey


    Thanks for the replies lads.

    Just gonna have to buy a 1 litre Polo :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 719 ✭✭✭ yoshiktk


    lemonkey wrote: »
    Thanks for the replies lads.

    Just gonna have to buy a 1 litre Polo :(

    What about something like this?
    https://www.donedeal.ie/cars-for-sale/2010-honda-cr-z-low-miles-very-clean/27964699


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,418 ✭✭✭ Infernal Racket


    Buy the cc, enjoy it and just take it for a blast at the weekends.


  • Registered Users Posts: 279 ✭✭ lemonkey


    @yoshiktk thanks for the reply. Can't say I'm mad on that one. If I'm being honest there's only a handful of cars that excite me like mentioned in my OP. It's just unfortunate they're all diesel. Or in the case of a VW Arteon, they're out of my budget.

    Why can't more people be like @Internal_Racket :)


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 991 ✭✭✭ ineedeuro


    yoshiktk wrote: »
    As a Passat owner, can add few words. I live 15km from work, drive thru N11 or vilages sometimes. If not for driving to Poland every summer holiday I would go petrol. The distance is to short to get the most of diesel, the little amount You could save on fuel will be spend on future service.

    You drive a diesel 360 days of the year because for 5 days you do long distance?
    The cost of diesel for those 360 days will be a lot more than putting an extra fill of petrol in for the trip to Poland. Just a FYI because you mentioned swapping to petrol


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 991 ✭✭✭ ineedeuro


    lemonkey wrote: »
    @yoshiktk thanks for the reply. Can't say I'm mad on that one. If I'm being honest there's only a handful of cars that excite me like mentioned in my OP. It's just unfortunate they're all diesel. Or in the case of a VW Arteon, they're out of my budget.

    Why can't more people be like @Internal_Racket :)

    Buy the diesel. The country is full of people driving diesels exactly like you describe. One more ain't going to hurt.

    But, have you tested a petrol? they are a lot more fun to drive, more power etc. For the bit of driving you are doing it could be more enjoyable to get a petrol.


  • Registered Users Posts: 50,123 ✭✭✭✭ bazz26


    Buy the cc, enjoy it and just take it for a blast at the weekends.

    If you have to go out of your way to use a car as it was intended then you have made the wrong choice imo. An occasional blast at the weekends may only work for so long.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,683 ✭✭✭✭ punisher5112


    ineedeuro wrote: »
    Buy the diesel. The country is full of people driving diesels exactly like you describe. One more ain't going to hurt.

    But, have you tested a petrol? they are a lot more fun to drive, more power etc. For the bit of driving you are doing it could be more enjoyable to get a petrol.

    Why would you put more expense to buy a diesel, then knowing this drive it like it is not to be to then be stuck with huge service costs and expensive repairs such as blocked dpf etc etc....

    They could look up north for a petrol car too just make sure so not hit with the extra taxes that it is from the north or was brought in before January


  • Registered Users Posts: 72,762 ✭✭✭✭ colm_mcm


    bazz26 wrote: »
    If you have to go out of your way to use a car as it was intended then you have made the wrong choice imo. An occasional blast at the weekends may only work for so long.

    Yep, and the Passat will do DPF regens when it feels like it, not necessarily when you go on your weekend blast!


  • Registered Users Posts: 719 ✭✭✭ yoshiktk


    ineedeuro wrote: »
    You drive a diesel 360 days of the year because for 5 days you do long distance?
    The cost of diesel for those 360 days will be a lot more than putting an extra fill of petrol in for the trip to Poland. Just a FYI because you mentioned swapping to petrol
    Ill be honest with day to day travel, with added cost of service even with diesel,for last 4 years ive moved from petrol Ive saved couple €€€. But to be honest im still torn what to do next. Drove a lovely Accord 2.0 petrol, it was a great pleasure to drive, only problem fuel consumption. Im afraid that with my heavy foot I again would have problem which i had in my prevoius petrol car, couldnt get below 9-10l/100km. Now im floating around 6.5l/100km.
    Some nice hybrid could be a solution but cant find any which strike my eye, maybe besides that crx honda but i wouldnt even fit in it.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 991 ✭✭✭ ineedeuro


    Why would you put more expense to buy a diesel, then knowing this drive it like it is not to be to then be stuck with huge service costs and expensive repairs such as blocked dpf etc etc....

    They could look up north for a petrol car too just make sure so not hit with the extra taxes that it is from the north or was brought in before January

    Ireland has a massive amount of diesel, at one stage we had 80% of car bought new as diesel. We don't have cars all over the place with blocked DPF etc etc. This thrown out here all the time yet I don't see this issues in real life. If it was true you would have people swapping to petrol ASAP yet we are 12 years or more of diesel popularity and it is still going strong

    Personally I wouldn't buy a diesel for the OP requirements but if he likes the car then bang away.
    As you seen on my post I did mention to test a petrol, I love petrol and have always driven them because they are a lot more fun.


  • Registered Users Posts: 279 ✭✭ lemonkey


    I appreciate all the replies lads, thanks.

    I'm probably an eejit that part of me is still considering it given the general census on this thread. However, would DPF filter cleaner (fluid additive) you add to your diesel help eliminate any potential problem caused by shorter journeys? Quick google lead me to Halfords.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 991 ✭✭✭ ineedeuro


    lemonkey wrote: »
    I appreciate all the replies lads, thanks.

    I'm probably an eejit that part of me is still considering it given the general census on this thread. However, would DPF filter cleaner (fluid additive) you add to your diesel help eliminate any potential problem caused by shorter journeys? Quick google lead me to Halfords.

    If the DPF was a big issue it would be all over the news. It's not. It's not like diesel are new to the market, they are the popular choice for the last 12 years. The chance of you having an issue are slim.

    Just interested did you test a petrol?


  • Registered Users Posts: 279 ✭✭ lemonkey


    ineedeuro wrote: »
    Ireland has a massive amount of diesel, at one stage we had 80% of car bought new as diesel. We don't have cars all over the place with blocked DPF etc etc. This thrown out here all the time yet I don't see this issues in real life. If it was true you would have people swapping to petrol ASAP yet we are 12 years or more of diesel popularity and it is still going strong

    Personally I wouldn't buy a diesel for the OP requirements but if he likes the car then bang away.
    As you seen on my post I did mention to test a petrol, I love petrol and have always driven them because they are a lot more fun.

    Thanks.

    I have a 1.6 petrol vectra and albeit not powerful, there was a noticeable increase in power from my previous 1.4 petrol. And I agree, it is fun to drive. I'm a whoore for accelerating really fast to the speed limit, it's good craic.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 991 ✭✭✭ ineedeuro


    lemonkey wrote: »
    Thanks.

    I have a 1.6 petrol vectra and albeit not powerful, there was a noticeable increase in power from my previous 1.4 petrol. And I agree, it is fun to drive. I'm a whoore for accelerating really fast to the speed limit, it's good craic.

    It you like that then get an electric :-)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 50,123 ✭✭✭✭ bazz26


    ineedeuro wrote: »
    If the DPF was a big issue it would be all over the news. It's not. It's not like diesel are new to the market, they are the popular choice for the last 12 years. The chance of you having an issue are slim.

    Just interested did you test a petrol?

    They were popular because tax and vrt were cheap, not because the majority of people needed them and there are plenty of examples of DPF problems with diesel cars that are not driven or used as designed. The DPF works fine on cars that are used as a diesel was designed for. I also wouldn't be so easy to dismiss the issue as being slim to someone you don't know on the internet unless your willing to pony up if your are wrong.


  • Registered Users Posts: 72,762 ✭✭✭✭ colm_mcm


    bazz26 wrote: »
    They were popular because tax and vrt were cheap, not because the majority of people needed them and there are plenty of examples of DPF problems with diesel cars that are not driven or used as designed. The DPF works fine on cars that are used as a diesel was designed for. I also wouldn't be so easy to dismiss the issue as being slim to someone you don't know on the internet unless your willing to pony up if your are wrong.

    One of the biggest factors was how poor the petrol engines on offer were in terms of emissions and power. It’s only in the last while that turbocharging petrol engines has become commonplace for example.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 991 ✭✭✭ ineedeuro


    bazz26 wrote: »
    They were popular because tax and vrt were cheap, not because the majority of people needed them and there are plenty of examples of DPF problems with diesel cars that are not driven or used as designed. The DPF works fine on cars that are used as a diesel was designed for. I also wouldn't be so easy to dismiss the issue as being slim to someone you don't know on the internet unless your willing to pony up if your are wrong.

    I know why diesel was popular. Drive around Dublin and you will see streets full of diesel cars. I have never seen anything in the press to suggest we have a mass issue with DPF failures in Ireland. With such a high percentage of diesels if this was a common issue I would expect more press? Maybe I am wrong and not looking in the right place but if I google I see a few articles but they are just saying give the car a 20-30 min drive every so often.

    You seem to have taken offence to what I posted, no idea why. I told the guy to buy the car if he wants, he is aware of the DPF issue so if it does happen then he knows how to resolve. I also gave advice to test a petrol.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 991 ✭✭✭ ineedeuro


    colm_mcm wrote: »
    One of the biggest factors was how poor the petrol engines on offer were in terms of emissions and power. It’s only in the last while that turbocharging petrol engines has become commonplace for example.

    Nothing wrong with the petrol engines, just no dealers in Ireland wanted to bring them in as no market. Walk into a dealer around 2015 looking to buy a new petrol and they would look at you like you are crazy

    The rest of Europe the majority of countries had a 50-50 of buying diesel v petrol


  • Registered Users Posts: 797 ✭✭✭ Whocare


    Just buy cc and when it gives dpf/egr problems get it removed


  • Registered Users Posts: 50,123 ✭✭✭✭ bazz26


    Whocare wrote: »
    Just buy cc and when it gives dpf/egr problems get it removed

    Aren't the NCT checking for these now?


  • Registered Users Posts: 279 ✭✭ lemonkey


    Anyone have any experience with the following DPF cleaning product? Seems highly rated and a cheap answer to a potential problem.

    https://www.halfords.ie/motoring/engine-oils-fluids/fuel-oil-additives/wynns-diesel-particulate-filter-cleaner-325ml-325222.html


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,306 ✭✭✭✭ jimmycrackcorm


    The OH has been driving her diesel car for close to ten years and only short Dublin journeys in all that time. The engine light came on recently and my OBD analysis shows it as a DPF filter. It costs circa €200 to get it cleaned, so I wouldn't rate DPF as a huge issue.


  • Registered Users Posts: 72,762 ✭✭✭✭ colm_mcm


    ineedeuro wrote: »
    Nothing wrong with the petrol engines, just no dealers in Ireland wanted to bring them in as no market. Walk into a dealer around 2015 looking to buy a new petrol and they would look at you like you are crazy

    The rest of Europe the majority of countries had a 50-50 of buying diesel v petrol

    Not really. I was in car sales when the changeover to emissions tax happened, and most volume manufacturers were caught out with the petrol engines on offer. Your volume sellers like 1.4 Golf Focus and Corolla, 1.6 Mondeo/Avensis etc suddenly shot up in tax and VRT because of higher Co2 emissions. The manufacturers didn’t have anything to offer. So to use Ford as an example, they just gave up trying to sell petrol Focus and Mondeo until years later when ecoboost engines came out.
    So while it’s easy to say the sheep all bought diesel and had no use for them, in a lot of cases it was a choice of a more expensive and higher depreciating petrol, or a cut price diesel.


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 991 ✭✭✭ ineedeuro


    Whocare wrote: »
    Just buy cc and when it gives dpf/egr problems get it removed

    You can't remove it, you need to replace it. If not installed it will fail NCT


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