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

    Surprise surprise? Or Is this really a surprise? Or REALLY no surprise?

    "7 Most Efficient Pickup Trucks of the 2015 Model Year"
    OCTOBER 23, 2014


    Is there anyone that wonders why no gasser hybrid?

    Where's the "aluminum" one? (lead from behind engineering, aka me 2 ?)

    For my .02 cents, while I do NOT tow; I was surprised the 12 VW T TDI towing capacity (7,500#'s( was only bested by one PU truck on this list.

    That Ram is tempting me to trade in my Nissan Frontier. Problem, I don't want to spend that much money. The added capacity on trips would be nice. 4 door with shell and I would double the capacity of the Touareg for hauling stuff. Maybe when I am ready to trade the T-Reg.

    Built like I would want it is about $41k. Less than a T-reg or Grand Cherokee.
    Indeed ! Additionally, one can't help but wonder what would be the mpg, handling and driving dynamics, IF RAM were to drop 700 to 1,000 #'s.

    While it is not a front and center issue with the VW T TDI, we benefit as the latest gen iteration did DROP app 440 #'s.

    I can certainly FEEL the app 728# (4774-4246) differences between the 12 VW T TDI and the 14 MB GLK 250 BT.
  • What Would It Take for YOU to buy a diesel car?

    Nice! I ask because I am seriously considering getting one of those. My wife thinks I've lost it, and I probably have... LOL
    The wife likes both. (she is NOT a "car" person) I think she would prefer the compact CUV, IF she were to drive it on a daily basis. We had 5 folks in it for a pretty short trip for lunch. I almost had to apologize to a 6 ft 4 passenger for how tight it was for him in the front seat. :s She and our daughter took it for a lot of trips to local shopping malls and LA LA LAND's traffic :D :s. To me, the GLK 250 B/T handles closer to a tall sports car. When she's a passenger (to and from the mountains) , for sure I am guessing the Touareg

    On the other hand, a 6 ft 2 relative is happy as a clam in the rear of the Touareg TDI and for up to a 3/4 hour trek.
  • What Would It Take for YOU to buy a diesel car?

    Congradulations are in order to the new grandparents !

    I am alo glad that Gagrice had a good trip up yonder in the Pacific Northwest ! Sounds like you and the Mrs. are enjoying the Touareg.

    Filled @ a Chevron in Irvine, CA for $3.39 with Vons .20 per gal discount for 15.9 gal, 529 miles.

    Interstate 5 was done about the speeds mentioned by Gagrice. We ran the slow lane (50 miles or more of 183 miles leg, 80-90 mph) with a CHP in the fast lane that we could not keep pace with. We finally past him when he decided to head back the opposite way on patrol. The altitude was app 4200 ft later @ the grapevine. The normal rolling parking lot was the LA area traffic. Weather was gorgeous !
  • What Would It Take for YOU to buy a diesel car?

    yes ruking1 - there is no real hope in USA for a diesel of my ilk, much as I did enjoy 4 diesel VWs in previous years. nonetheless yesterday i was freakishly thrilled to see on the local highway a new dodge ram 1500 diesel pickup with temp/paper tags on it.

    A diesel thing that thrills me more are the good-ole-boys with monster diesel dual stacks emitting clouds of smoke worthy of a locomotive. My 05 GTO always inspires these guys to stomp on their loud-pedals on the highway - usually I give them the thumbs-up, but for the last one i opened the window and gave him a solid/power double upwards fist-pump. USA! USA! (Australia too.)

    I actually would love a (higher # ft of torque) diesel with a VERY robust 7 speed M/T by someone like Tremec. As you and I both, and most know, 7 speed ROBUST M/T's are not destined for our shores. EVEN if they were, they would be outlier and tricky @ best.
  • What Would It Take for YOU to buy a diesel car?

    a 450 hp volvo diesel with electric-driven turbo might be what it takes to get me into a diesel. (except for the part where there is no way it would ever be available with a stickshift.)
    My take in terms of some of the parameters you mentioned for the US markets

    1. stick shift
    2. $$$'s
    3. the fact NEITHER gas (aka TRIPLE turbo) nor (article hints @ 1 turbo diesel will probably be offered in US markets

    is it is a "Waiting For Godot " proposition. (the article indicate a GASSER, aka 450 hp PETROL, triple turbo, 4 cylinder engine ) AND (less than 3 , most 2) turbo diesel ????

    (..."Volvo has revealed a similar concept based on a gasoline engine." (sic, AUDI electric turbo with exhaust gas turbo, that HAPPENS to be on a diesel),