I currently drive a FIAT Punto 1.2 Active 3dr which is just over ten years old and sits at 68,000 miles. I've had the car for four years, and it's been serviced once during that period, when I got it, which was at 40,000 miles. I know I should have had it serviced since but it's a bit of a throwaway.
So anyway, I've recently decided to upgrade, and I've gone for the Volvo V40 D2 Powershift (D being diesel). I was tempted to go for the D3 or D4 but decided to go for the more economical D2. Now that I've placed the order, I'm having cold feet about whether or not I should have gone for the more powerful engine.
Back to the Punto. It's got less power than my Grandma's motorised scooter. The specs say it should have 60 bhp (44 kw) at 5000 rpm, and 102 Nm of torque. The D2 is listed as having 115 bhp (84 kw) at 3600 rpm with 270 Nm of torque. The D3 150 bhp (110 kw) at 3500 rpm with 350 Nm of torque.
I test drove both the D2 and D3 and found them both to be quite rapid, though I'm wondering exactly how quick the D2 with 115 bhp/270 Nm of torque will actually be?
To compare it, I'm thinking about what my current Punto must be. It's ten years old and hasn't had a service in a while, so it surely can't be 60 bhp right now? How do small old cars like this lose power without servicing or with age? What would you expect a 10 year old petrol car to put out after all that time?
Lot's of questions I know, I'm not much of a petrol/diesel head!