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What Would It Take for YOU to buy a diesel car?

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,011
    Bethel fuel mix-up strands 2 dozen vehicles (adn.com)

    We're in this burg visiting an old friend for a couple of days so I'll try to get a pic of pump prices soon.

    Word on the street is that the fuel mix-up is typical for this particular station.

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    Notice the driver was taking a different job. Could have been sabotage. Nothing would surprise me about Bethel. It is with good cause the ARM PIT of Alaska. Though many villages could challenge Bethel. Though in 25 years in the Arctic, I don't ever recall such a mixup in our 9 villages or Barrow. We did have a tech pump gas in one of our diesel PU Trucks. The station guy caught it before he started the truck.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,011
    edited April 2013
    Like any place, it's the people, and it's great visiting our friend. And we swung by the branch of the college to check out the bulletin board and, obviously looking like tourists, were immediately offered a tour of the "campus". Bethel is a hoot.

    This is a "painted" sign and I didn't pull up to the pump to double check:

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    Wow, a covered station. Nothing like that in the Arctic villages. You pull up to the storage tank above ground and pump your gas. That is about what we were paying when I retired in 06.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,011
    Checked another station and it was $7.11 for regular and $7.13 for diesel.

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  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,705
    edited April 2013
    Kinda makes me glad we live in the" lower 48"! Here we are B & M ing about 3.95 per gal D2. :sick: :shades:
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    edited April 2013
    General Motors Co. said Thursday its all-new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel achieves an Environmental Protection Agency-rated 46 miles per gallon on the highway, which is the best highway fuel economy of any non-hybrid car in the United States.


    That beats the Volt on the highway by a long shot after 40 miles when the battery is depleted.

    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130418/AUTO0103/304180390/1121/auto01/New-C- - hevy-Cruze-diesel-gets-46-mpg-on-highway
  • alltorquealltorque Posts: 535
    Kinda makes me glad we live in the" lower 48"! Here we are B & M ing about 3.95 per gal D2.

    Meanwhile, her in England our local price for ULSD is now down to an almost bargain basement equivalent of $8.29 per US Gall. Mostly TAX + VAT, (i.e. tax on tax), of course.

    :sick:
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,590
    Kinda makes me glad we live in the" lower 48"! Here we are B & M ing about 3.95 per gal D2.

    Try $3.54/g here in Phoenix. D2 has fallen in price the last couple of months, this is less then premium unleaded and slightly higher than regular unleaded.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,705
    edited April 2013
    ..."Try $3.54/g here in Phoenix. D2 has fallen in price the last couple of months, this is less then premium unleaded and slightly higher than regular unleaded."...

    Time for a GC, AZ road trip! Got to get "charged up) @ Sedona ;) !!Well, don't forget: have to do a dual detour to LOST Wages. ;)

    On the SOS DD topic, 09 TDI still boring @ 42 mpg in 5 day sloughing commute traffic. 03 TDI still posting 50 mpg (48-52 mpg, of late 51 to 52 mpg). Had a very unfortunate thing happen to the 09 TDI. The drivers side head lamp gave up the ghost. (We had to R/R to avoid a FIT) I am firmly convinced the DRL mandatory (no good deed goes unpunished) has a lot to do with the 4 year (55,000 miles) operating life.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,426
    46 mpg is very nice for the Cruze - 4 mpg better than the gas Cruze. 9.5% improvement.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,705
    edited April 2013
    Indeed, each of those VW diesel models has its' gasser variants.

    Probably more correctly each of those VW models has its' DIESEL variant. Given the fact the 09 is 4 MY's diesel has a 39% advantage (in arrears).

    While the 2013 Cruze posts 32.1 mpg (eco@ 33.1) gasser, the diesel version (mpg (real world) is not even listed (fueleconomy.gov).
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    The Cruze automatic is only 39 MPG which gives the diesel auto a 15% advantage. I would imagine 50 MPG will be easily attainable with the Cruze.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    edited April 2013
    You're in-state, Steve?! Any plans on going through Fairbanks? I owe you and your wife dinner, sir. ;)
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,011
    edited April 2013
    Not unless the jet diverts in a couple of days returning to Anchorage from Bethel. Never know though - another volcano could blow. Or maybe someone will put diesel in the plane instead of jet fuel. :shades:

    This is just a quick trip to use up the last of our air miles. Maybe we'll be able to do a drive up in another year or three and we can meet at the Pump House or somewhere.

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    JetA is number one diesel or kerosene. Just a little better filtration. Unleaded gas would likely blow up. Or did you fly out in a piston prop plane?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,011
    Not sure of all the possibilities, but the three morning flights out here are all 737 jets. We didn't even wind up on one of those combined cargo/passenger jobs.

    Pretty amazing to have any jets, much less several, serving a town of maybe six thousand people.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    edited April 2013
    Yeah, AK Airlines does a good job of serving the rural hub communities. But.... boy, oh boy, do you pay for it! :sick:

    I'm sorry you're missing the Interior, but we'll hold out for a next time. At least you weren't sick! ;)
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,900
    gas cruze mpg is nowhere near 42. pure highway is 36 mpg with 1.8L M6 cruze. i get 33 in mixed/lifetime mpg, with leadfoot, i floor it all the time.
    on pure highway driving it gets 36 at real highway speeds.
    1.8L motor, manual transmission.
    (for comparison, my 3 VW TDIs always got 45 to 48 mpg, tank after tank, except for the passat tdi which got 37 mpg, all with leadfoot-driving).
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    Which indicates to me that real world and EPA world mileage is miles apart. Sadly I don't see Chevy offering the Cruze diesel with a manual transmission. I just wonder if our automotive engineers will ever be able to design a decent small diesel that can pass CARB regulations?

    It all starts with a 2.0L turbocharged clean diesel engine designed in Italy, built in Germany and installed in the Cruze at our factory in Lordstown, Ohio.
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