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Old 21st July 2021, 11:56   #1
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Considering swapping my 1.8t saloon for a Diesel Tourer.

Anyone got any pros and cons?

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Old 21st July 2021, 13:39   #2
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Love my diesel Tourer - owned since 2009. Have added a number of other 75s since, but no 1.8T. Diesels are economical and punchy (more so than the V6 which whilst smooth and sounding lovely are no fireballs - but mine are all automatics so cannot speak of the manuals). Unless you load above the cover, space is actually slightly less than the saloon as it is shallower, although with seats down it is better having no rear parcel shelf to get in the way.
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Old 21st July 2021, 13:48   #3
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I've had both saloons & tourers, all diesel, one automatic.

IMHO there's a couple of things to consider:

Saloons are quieter. Somehow a bit more refined.

Tourers are more practical - it's now our only choice because of Quizzie our Labrador. And she has plenty of space in the back of a tourer.

If you don't need the practicality of a tourer then I'd go for a saloon but if you do......

Anyone near to you who could give you a chance to look over one? You're in the North East so maybe you'll get lucky

Good luck with your search.
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Old 21st July 2021, 13:53   #4
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I have both a Tourer and a saloon. Tourer is not in as good condition as saloon so Tourer is a bit of a hack car. Both are manuals which is my preferred choice

Loads more carrying space in the Tourer but there is something better about the cabin for long distances with a saloon. Cant put my finger on it. Perhaps my saloon is better due to being Sandstone and Walnut inside.
Saloon has a smaller opening for the boot.

Both cars drive the same, goo well enough for an old mans car.

If I could get a Tourer for silly money that was the right colour inside and out I would have to consider buying it. I think colour can make or break a car.
I cant really think of anything negative enough to say about either car to put someone off buying one


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Old 21st July 2021, 13:54   #5
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I've had both saloons & tourers, all diesel, one automatic.

IMHO there's a couple of things to consider:

Saloons are quieter. Somehow a bit more refined.

Tourers are more practical - it's now our only choice because of Quizzie our Labrador. And she has plenty of space in the back of a tourer.

If you don't need the practicality of a tourer then I'd go for a saloon but if you do......

Anyone near to you who could give you a chance to look over one? You're in the North East so maybe you'll get lucky

Good luck with your search.
Saloons are quieter. Somehow a bit more refined. Have to agree but I just thought that was down to my two cars being different

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Cannot say in 12 years that I have noticed any difference in refinement between the Tourer and the saloons, and my Tourer is a base model (Classic) of 54 plate vintage. However, it has not been used as a hack - I bought it to take my Mother (and her wheelchair) on holidays, so treated like a car in all other respects, so no rattles or squeaks, even at 109,000 miles.
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I really fancy an automatic Tourer to replace my saloon....
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I've had a manual saloon, then manual tourer, now auto tourer. I agree with Andy's comments above re: tourer vs saloon 100%, choose practicality or refinement basically. But I am absolutely loving the auto over the manual, except fuel consumption!

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I'm edging toward the tourer but I may have to find a way to keep both. The saloon is scruffy but looking better by the day as I'm getting round to the jobs that need doing. It's a money pit but it's my money pit hahahaha.

I fancy an auto diesel tourer to do some longer drives. The 1.8t just seems thirsty so can justify anything over 100miles in it which is a shame.

Gonna keep my eye out for the right project, ideally I'd like to save something from the scrap yard just to keep another beauty on the road.

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I'm edging toward the tourer but I may have to find a way to keep both. The saloon is scruffy but looking better by the day as I'm getting round to the jobs that need doing. It's a money pit but it's my money pit hahahaha.

I fancy an auto diesel tourer to do some longer drives. The 1.8t just seems thirsty so can justify anything over 100miles in it which is a shame.

Gonna keep my eye out for the right project, ideally I'd like to save something from the scrap yard just to keep another beauty on the road.

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please explain "I fancy an auto diesel tourer to do some longer drives."?
why a Tourer and auto for long drives?
I have done 200 qnd 400 miles in a day both towing and solo and 600+ solo and like most, these distances will be on "open" roads not town driving so I really don't see much difference between auto and manual. Get on the motorway, into top and thats' it.


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