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

    Buick has been a VERY long time "Rodney Dangerfield" for GM. It has been one of GM's most durable, reliable, value, etc. products.
  • Re: What Would It Take for YOU to buy a diesel car?

    NON diesel related. However it would be interesting to know what % diesel and profit levels diesels make ! ?

    Toyota Edges Out VW And GM To Remain World’s Biggest Automaker In 2014
    MotorAuthority By Viknesh Vijayenthiran
    9 hours ago

    But then, I ran across this, GREEN no less !?

    Diesel Engines Selling Well In Large Luxury SUVs & Crossovers
    Green Car Reports By John Voelcker
    4 hours ago

    In the luxury sport-utilty vehicle segment as a whole, the take rate on diesel engines is 15 to 20 percent in the vehicle lines that offer them.

    ..."That's essentially what his company expects to see for the pair of diesel Range Rover models it will sell. ...
    In the total U.S. market for passenger vehicles, diesels have jumped from 2 percent in 2009 to 3 percent last year. But within luxury SUVs, the rate grew rom 3.1 percent to 4.6 percent.

    Overall vehicle sales in 2014 (roughly 16.5 million) were up 75 percent over the grim recession year of 2009--but diesel-powered luxury SUVs have risen 130 percent over the same period.
    Finally, while luxury SUVs with diesels may carry a price premium, buyers typically recapture that premium when they sell. Their vehicles retain a higher percentage of their value when resold as used cars.

    Data from industry analyst ALG shows that after four years, diesel models of luxury SUVs have retained 2 to 7 percent more of their value than their gasoline counterparts.

    That can add as much as $3,000 to the value of the used vehicle for owners selling it or returning it at the end of a lease."...
  • Re: What Would It Take for YOU to buy a diesel car?

    It is too bad they can not convert the cost per BTU advantage of RUG/PUG into PAR or BETTER mpg 50 mpg to 50 mpg TO ULSD !!! Then it will be a no brainer. Same goes for torque. Well we should not leave out PAR engine size 2.0 L RUG/PUG to same (same ) 2.0 L TDI

    You refuse to acknowledge the Congressional oil export BANS !! That is PAR for the course in keeping with your past post refusals. So your delay in response/s is/are pretty GOLDEN (telling).

    ..."According to the EPCA, oil pumped out of the ground in the USA can only be processed at American refineries"... (sidebar) I CLEARLY said DOMESTIC oil !!!

    "One liberal target is to prevent any easing in the 39-year-old ban on oil exports. The ban makes less sense each year as U.S. production increases, with the latest estimate at 9.3 million barrels per day in 2015, up from about nine million last year. But the ban makes for good populist politics,...".

    ..."To the extent more U.S. crude makes it to the global market, prices will be lower, other things being equal."...

    ..."Instead, U.S. producers are at the mercy of U.S. refiners, since the export ban means they have nowhere else to sell."....

    ..."Most liberals know all this, which betrays that their real reason for supporting the oil export ban isn’t energy security. It’s climate-change politics. They know the shale boom has undermined their drive for renewable fuels by providing cheap oil and natural gas. They also know that exporting U.S. oil will increase the U.S. incentive to drill, and they’d rather all that oil and gas stay in the ground."...

    So there are HOARDS of US based oil companies that wish they could export, what you say is COMMON practice, but somehow is BANNED to them solely because it is DOMESTIC oil/ fuel !!! ???? Not that your post and the 39 year old BAN is wrong, wrong headed and disingenuous or anything? Not that I have a pen and cell phone in hand nor FEDERAL executive, legislative, enforcement authorities, or magic wand.

    So yes, they should take away the obvious and artificial barriers that make diesel prices HIGHER.

    But then, I see your implied points. Why would we want to make fuel cheaper, add jobs, benefit the US economy, consumers, producers, refiners and help to positively affect the US lopsided balance of payments etc. ??????
  • Re: What Would It Take for YOU to buy a diesel car?

    As much time as you spend in your cars (not to mention on your computer), I'd thought you'd go for the Virtual Cockpit stuff.
    Almost ALL the folks that I know like the MAX do dah's in vehicles, that consume a LOT of time. It can also induce up to FATAL distractions. Yet almost all are LOATHED to spend any time in the vehicles. Now, IF one has to work while in transit, it might be a necessary better time utilization.

    I must be the outlier who likes to drive, yet really does not care much about the do day's. Go figure !!

    TMI and probably off topic,

    decided to get new tires AND alignment on the 09 VW Jetta TDI, one day after MLK. The oem (Bridgestone Turanza EL 400's, not well rated @ all & pricier ) tires are close to 88,000 miles :( ( consumption rate of 13,538 miles per 1/32nd in, SO .007227 cents per mile driven: tires is the number to beat , SO all I need (new, better, cheaper set) are 74,000 miles to B/E, retail prices) .

    5,000 miles rotations are included (10,000 miles oem recommended) and I think that and 80 to 85% ( 40 to 43 psi) of max side wall pressures ( 51 psi) should contribute to higher miles. The tire guru sez the chosen new ones are a way better choice. But will let folks know the TMI in 6 or so years. ;)
  • Re: What Would It Take for YOU to buy a diesel car?

    Patience - it's looking like you'll get there. B)
    Got to say that news of $1.55 RUG in Oklahoma got me FIRED UP !!!

    (not that prices in OK will do a CA west coaster any good/vice versa.)

    However, the price of RUG is a bit like talking about the weather (despite the various MACRO implications and consequences) ! ?

    So, putting it in (15,000 miles high) AVERAGE yearly miles, PVF, @ (24.1) AVERAGE PVF: mpg (= 622 gals, yearly ), might be a more realistic context. So a $.50 cent savings = $311 year/12= $25.92 mo.

    For diesels (30, 35, 40, 50 mpg ) (500 gals, 429 gals, 375 gal, 300 gals per year), it is a can do EASY to run the "interesting numbers" !