Worth Holding on to Skoda Octavia?

Dodgy ticker?

I have a 2.0-litre diesel Skoda Octavia estate with DSG gearbox. It has done 63,000 miles and has been main dealer serviced from new, but is now six years old. I have had no problems apart from a defective rear wheel bearing (replaced at 40,000 miles, for £260). Should I trade it in next spring or keep it until something serious goes wrong? I am now only driving about 10,000 miles per year so am thinking of a petrol car rather than another diesel.

RT, via email These engines can lose their oil pump drive and that can be terminal. At 63,000 miles it needs its timing belt, tensioner, small pulleys and water pump replacing, if that has not already been done. You might also soon need a fresh dual mass flywheel replacement and particulate filter. Although it has been good to you so far, I think time might be ticking for this car. For lower mileages, a 1.4 TSI 122 or even a 1.2 TSI 105 make more sense. These have chain cams, so there are no belt replacement worries.

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