Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: South Yorkshire
I had a 1.8 TDCi for five years from new. It's not as refined as the 1.6 - rougher, noisier, but it had great torque, and was definitely better geared and more powerful than the 1.6TDCi in my new Grand C-Max. Gave good economy if driven carefully on a long motorway run too - 60-65mpg.
The engine itself never gave me any trouble, though the wiring loom did cause a fault at around 3 years - typically just out of warranty. One advantage is that on my 06 model it didn't come with a DPF. On low-mileage cars that have lots of short runs from cold, DPFs don't get a chance to regenerate, and can become clogged. One thing to watch out for if you go for a more recent 1.6TDCi with a DPF.
2011 Grand C-Max Titanium