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

    @gagrice said: Talked to a guy at the Library book store that has a 2012 Prius V. He loves it. Traded his 2004 Prius to get more room. Gets 40 around town and 43 on the highway. It looks mighty small to me. I don't think I want anything smaller than the T-Reg.

    Actually your post had me thinking about a corollary to the thread's title, being :

    "What Would It Take For You To Switch From Diesel ?"

    Given the Jetta, Golf, Passat (TDI's, yes I wish more to all oems had diesel options), I would not switch to a Prius (gasser hybrid) . On mpg alone, it is pretty much a wash. lists mpg of 20.4/31.2 for the GLK 350/250 B/T. The GLK 250 B/T posting app 53% better mpg.

    The figures are skewed a little bit, (GLK 250 B/T would get even better mpg if it came also in 2 wheel drive) in that the GLK 350 comes in 4matic/2 wheel drive vs GLK 250 B/T which comes only in 4 magic. Would I switch to the gasser version? No.

    VW Touareg comes also in gasser and SUPERCHARGER hybrid models. No switch to either from VW T TDI diesel also.

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

    Yes, and thank you. One reason why there is an expectation for VW America to step up is what I have said about cars in general: ANY modern late model car should be able to go 100,000 to 120,000 miles (first major tune) with normal scheduled maintenance and or care. For them NOT to step up, ( for ones that do not cut it) is an indication of "not ready for prime time. " IF they take care of it, really no harm no foul. They will also reinforce the decisions of a three time VW diesel repeat customer. If they do not, I will be one to say BUYER beware !! So to me, it is a question of doing the right things. This has been a known issue for a few years.

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

    Took a night leg UP (8:45 pm) on the SOS/DD trek (210 miles) . The wife packed the GLK to the gills !! ?? Caught a few localized rolling parking lot zones. Even had the A/C on for part of the way. After traffic feathered off and routes opened up, the GLK 250 B/T posted 38 mpg. (for 169 miles) on the up route. Again I kept it @ app 80-86 mph, bursts to 90mph. Glad I am usually out of the way, when the local LEO's shoot past (while I probably should not admit this, OLD Fogie here) ! The over all mpg dropped to more like 35/36, once I included/climbed the mountains. (7,382 ft. Echo Summit) For as much traffic/s as there were in the rolling parking lot zones, there was almost nobody in the mountains! ? Even hit a few late night construction delays.

    Happy 4th of July to all !!!

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

    Did a tank full around the area. Did some more aggressive break in's. Kept it under 90 mph. For 428 miles 12.3 gals, it posted 34.8 mpg. ( for an over all tank full drop from the last posting)

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

    By all appearances, they did a bang up job (in a slow mo DEVASTATING WAY) dismantling DETROIT, MI. This was a wildly alive 144 sq miles center of American industrial might and EXPANDING. Today 44 sq miles of "inner city" is fallow, abandoned, off the tax rolls and various states of decay. Any number of OTHER cities (rural areas are not exempt also) are in various states of decay.