Will the Mazda 5 1.8i petrol model be reliable?

I'm looking at the Mazda 5. From what I can see the 2.0i 150PS is from 2012 onwards? Would it be fatal if I considered the 1.8i petrol? Should I automatically be looking for a deal or, as I am being picky, is it a case of having to move fast, pay the asking price, but ask for something knocked off?

Asked on 21 December 2013 by DO, via email

Answered by Honest John
I had a very good year with a Mazda 5 1.6d TS2 with no hint of a DPF problem. But that is a belt cam PSA/Ford engine, so after three years or so I can't say what problems will occur. Yes, the 2.0i 150 petrol is much better than the 1.8i and is chain cam, too. Look here: www.honestjohn.co.uk/used-prices/Mazda/5/2012/ and you'll find a lot of 2013 1.6D Venture models at a standard price of £16,495.
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