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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2011

    Default 1.2 or 1.4?


    Happy New Year!

    I'm looking for some advice please...

    I'm interested in buying a 1 year old Ford Fiesta with a view to selling it for a more eco-friendly (electric) car when there are more on the market in around two or three years time.

    I have a budget of 8k and have seen a few 1.2 Fiestas with under 5k on the clock within budget - including a few Zetecs. The problem is, I am having second thoughts about whether to go for a 1.4 for a bit more power. This would mean sacrificing about a year's warranty and going for 3 door instead of a 5 door but keeping the same mileage and around the same price.

    Can you tell me whether a 3 door 1.4 is a better investment than a 5door 1.2 please? I'm trying to consider whether a 1.4 will have a higher resale value in 2 to 3 years time, and whether the difference in engine size is really worth the jump in insurance cost.

    Any advice would be really appreciated.

    Last edited by kafkaf11; 04-01-11 at 01:33.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2009


    Around town the 1.2 will do, on Motorway 1.4 will be slightly more economical, if electric cars were to become viable, both cars will lose re-sale value.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007


    Welcome to the site kafkaf11, its quite surprising how it works out, as my brother in law is getting better mileage from his big 1.6Ltr diesel saloon than I am am getting with my much smaller 1.2Ltr Renault Modus

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2011


    Thanks guys. Sounds like it's six of one and half a dozen of another.

    Either way, I hope electric cars catch on sooner rather than later before fossil fuels run out. With that in mind, maybe I should prepare myself for the worst and go for the slightly slower 1.2

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