I only do 8000 miles a year and want a 4x4 - should I go for a diesel?

I need a 4x4 with a high seating position but only cover about 8000 miles a year. I have been offered a good deal on a BMW X1 20d. Do BMWs have the same DPF probs as others as I intend keeping it for three to four years. Has BMW got over its reliability problems?

Asked on 30 December 2016 by smitham

Answered by Honest John
If you want to do repeat short runs from cold starts do not buy a diesel with a DPF and particularly not a BMW Efficient Dynamics diesel. You need a petrol or a petrol hybrid. If your runs will always be 15 miles or more you should be relatively okay with a BMW diesel with a DPF and the ED which works on overrun should charge the battery sufficiently.
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