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1.6 Ecoboost

Started by Russats, March 16, 2021, 10:10:27 PM

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Are the 1.6 petrol engines any good, had diesels for years.
Due to ULEZ regulations/areas changing I need to think of other options.

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Not sure, it seems a bit small tbh. I would imagine the turbo is working like the clappers all the time to get enough power out of the small block. A friend of mine says the eco boost engines are good if you drive slowly most of the time and only use the extra power for a little ââ,¬Å"boostââ,¬Â every now and then. If youââ,¬â,,¢re constantly using it in ââ,¬Å"boostââ,¬Â mode (heavy throttle) then it may be better to get a bigger engine? That said, I donââ,¬â,,¢t have direct experience of them myself but it stands to reason that they might wear out faster if theyââ,¬â,,¢re constantly being driven at their upper limits.
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all. Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

Bigger engine isn't really an option whilst avoiding diesel though. The road tax becomes a killer for larger petrol engines post 2006, and the ULEZ bans most diesels over 5 years old (the specification is they have to meet Euro 6 standard, whereas petrol only needs to meet Euro 4 - which even the MK2 Petrol Galaxy does).

From my experience of driving in London, if your in an area covered by the expanded ULEZ, then your hardly likely to be pushing the limits of what any car can manage, rather your speed is limited by the traffic around and speed cameras everywhere anyway.

I've not driven an ecoboost personally. I've known someone who did have one, and managed to crack his cylinder head, though I suspect that was due to an unrepaired coolant leak and his driving style rather than any particular inherent design fault, that was a much smaller ecoboost as well (1.0l) in a Focus.

From Oct, they are extending it out to North circular to South circular. Which I am in, so Iââ,¬â,,¢m looking at options, I donââ,¬â,,¢t really want to be spending Ã,£10k plus on a MK4      I just wondered if the 1.6 was as desirable as it seems right now.

There seems to be relatively little posts on the mk3 engines of any sort, suggesting the problems with the mk3 are more around the transmission and various toys (ICE etc) rather than any engine specifically. The DSG auto gearbox being the thing that seems to get most attention to me.

As said above, I've no opinion on them personally as never had one, but if your looking for one, then seeing if you can get a test drive of one might be a good place to start. After all if your looking at cars of that age, most of the common bits to have problems with should make themselves known.

The one thing I do know about them is the ecoboost engines are also direct injection, so its not as simple as them just having a turbo on them to increase the performance.

No experience of the eco boost but we have an Alfa with a small turbo engine. 1.4 that develops 170hp. Quite a robust little unit to be fair and touch wood no turbo issues. It doesnââ,¬â,,¢t really work any harder than bigger engines with turbos.

So based on that I wouldnââ,¬â,,¢t rule out a smaller petrol turbo car,as said above try and take one for a drive and see how it feels.


No problemo, buddy!  8-)

cheers
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all. Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.