ULEZ - are diesels even worth considering these days?

Would you buy a used diesel?

  • Yes

    Votes: 2 28.6%
  • No

    Votes: 5 71.4%

  • Total voters


Distinguished Member
My Lexus (IS200, 2002 petrol) is really getting towards the end of it's life. Only 162k, which is nothing for the engine, but the clutch needs changing, it needs a cam belt, service, the brakes are juddery, and the suspension bushes/joints are a bit arthritic. It's not bad for 19 years old, and I hope to get it to 20, but I really have to start looking at a replacement.

We're all likely to be in leech cars in less than 10 years I think, so I'm not looking for a forever-car, but if I'm going to spend 10/15k, I want to get as long as poss. My problem is although I live outside London, I do often drive into it and inside the ULEZ zone. So I don't want something that's going to prohibit that. And with the ever-changing stringency of the ULEZ (and it's inevitable expansion) I'm wondering if buying a 5/6 year old diesel (for example, I've been looking at the 2L Jag XE's) that's currently ULEZ compliant, might be a bad idea, and I could find myself with a car I can't drive in a couple years...


Distinguished Member
I’d avoid diesel if going in the ULEZ. You need a 2016 / newer euro 6 diesel. For petrol, only 2005 / euro 4, which opens up more possibilities.


Active Member
And of course, this is the current target. It will become more stringent for emissions in the coming years. Not good if you plan to keep an older vehicle.

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