Message posted by Colin2119/12/2018 at 11:01pm
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Quote: Originally posted by saxo1 on 19/12/2018
I admit that last statistic surprised me as well, but app 60% of all cars on the road are petrol so I suppose it isn't so surprising.
When you look at it like that it probably isn't so surprising, but I would have expected petrol engined cars to have had a shorter life span, particularly the engines.
My first 4-wheeled car (I started with a 3 wheeler) was a Ford Anglia 100E with an 1172cc side valve engine. Those engines usually lasted around 50,000 miles, and even after 30k they were often getting very smoky. My Volvo 2.5 diesel had 170,000 on the clock, still the original engine, and it ran like a watch. I know there's a lot of time between the two, but even today petrol engines don't usually do as many miles as a diesel.