FR-V Which one 1.7vtec or 2.2CDTI - lots of Stop start driving & low mileage yearly

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  1. Anomaly Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Hi all,

    My mrs Civic got written off so I'm after a FR-V
    as a replacement

    Which one 1.7vtec or 2.2CDTI ?

    My mrs does lots of Stop start driving, dropping / picking up kids to & from her work etc
    She uses a mix of normal, A roads & dual carriageways & doesn't do more than 50mph on this commute.

    She also does low mileage yearly ( 30K or so miles in the last 5 years)
    & never boots the car much.

    I like the idea of the diesels good MPG but heard they need to be driven
    a lot & sometimes hard to avoid sensors etc clogging up ?

    I like the idea of the petrol because im sure it'll be bullet proof, but might
    be a little underpowered & slightly more costly.

    Reliability is important as she has infants with her

    I can find lower mileage 1.7's than 2.2's
    so the 1.7's might cost the same in the Long run ?

    what do you all think I should get ?
     
  2. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Given the low miles I would say petrol would be better choice.
     
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  3. FirstHonda Premium Member Club Supporter

    From what I've read on here, I'd say it seems like petrol is the natural choice for your circumstances, if the diesel FR-Vs you are looking at have DPFs. Not sure of the issues for non-DPF cars, or even if there were any non-DPF FR-Vs?
     
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  4. i-DSI Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    No doubt: for this usage, a petrol is the winner.
    Diesel engine will hardly get to operating temperature with her usage. And that's never good for an engine, with or without DPF.
    You are aware there's also 1.8 i-VTEC's in the FR-V ?
    They have some advantage compared to the 1.7:
    - chain, no timing belt like on 1.7 (cost!)
    - lower fuel consumption
    - more powerful
     
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  5. Merk1981 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    The 2.2 doesn't have DPF.
     
  6. Anomaly Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Thx! Didn't realise the 1.8 was as better.
    Time for more hunting.
     
  7. i-DSI Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    The 1.7 was the very last engine with timing belt. Also maintenance schedule for 1.8 is more favourable.
    1.8 is 100% same engine as in the Civic 2006 onwards and apart from stroke also an exact copy of the 2.0 i-VTEC in Accord.
    A really up to date petrol engine. Have the 2.0 in my Accord. 6,6 to 7,2 l/100 km is in my Accord no problem.
     
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  8. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    6.6 l/100 km .. is that like 42 MPG ?

    That's pretty good for a 2.0 petrol :Smile:
     
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  9. i-DSI Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Just checked it here: http://www.thecalculatorsite.com/conversions/fuelconsumption.php
    Is indeed close to 43 MPG. At this moment the dashreading sits at 6,7. 200 kms driven, and airco always on with this hot weather. Friends of mine with diesel engines don't do better (Mercedes B and C, Alfa GT, Mini Countryman,...), or hardly. And they don't have Honda Accord performance and comfort :Wink:.
     
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  10. Anomaly Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Thx for all the input guys !! :GoodJob:

    A nice 2007 1.8 ES with 36K miles on the clock is in our possession.
    Got it for a good price too as the previous owner had slightly pimped it out.

    Nothing I can't change back to standard.
     
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  11. AccordCU2 Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Nice one.
    Upload some pics of that pimped out beast.
    Congrats and enjoy.
     
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