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I too have been spoiled by Chevrolet's use of the Tremec MT product line. Does yours have the 6066 model?
Edmunds.com lists the 15 Chevrolet SS btw 46 to 48 large MSRP. Even the 2001 Z06 Corvette does better than its' EPA 14/21 mpg? PUG. In that era, the Z06 had 10% more aggressive or lower gears.
I do have to say the Tremec 6070 MT 7 sp has caught my eye. Would a Tremec 6070 motivate me to buy that particular transmission, since it comes only in the Corvette ? I don't know, probably not at this stage of my life.
Needless to say, any of these products are in extremely small niches markets.
So if you are OK with paying approximately 16.4 cents to 24.6 (low/high side) per mile driven, as opposed to diesel (35 mpg) being at a 8. 2 cents pmd: f, I'm sure all of us are just fine with that. (Vote with my wallet issue)
Right now the commute is handled by the 2009 VW Jetta TDI. It is boring (boring is GOOD) posting 40 mpg @ 15,000 miles @ 7.18 cents pmd, and currently costs $1,077.00 per year .
Hopefully, the second set of tires will see it past the 10 year mark (150,000 miles) to 180,000 miles (90,000 miles per set). I will also need to get 5 oil/oil filter changes, 6 to hit 180,000 miles. A DSG oil and DSG filter change will be needed @ 120,000 miles. The biggest PITA are 5,000 miles tire rotations.
So far, so good.
The other side of that is Cadillac/GM REALLY needs to get TDI's superbly right! Why? Because decades earlier, they were the figurative and literal definitions of how bad diesels were in American markets.
But funny things happen when (shoe on other foot principle) the UNIONS have controlling board room seats, large stock ownership, the ability to make American taxpayers bail them out?
So how would you LOVE a (CHINA made) Buick?
Like I say, I can't even make this stuff up! ?
So does it BEG the ? .? Buick TDI?
Other lies we are told? Is chicken little an enviro conservative? Or do you really want another ice age like 10.000 to 15,000 years ago? Yes and how many environmental wacko's flock to the Alaskian or Siberian climates?
Since a roaring camp fire or fireplace is an iconic American tradition, I never thought I would ever say this, but I am glad that wood burning fireplaces are being prohibited going forward in the Lake Tahoe area . Most new construction seems to be natural gas fireplaces that seem to double as heaters. Do I miss a roaring fireplace ? Yes I do ! But I think that in consideration of my neighbors, and the area, and its temperature inversions, it is worth it.This is for our Fairbanks connection Xwesx. This is a great idea for the guy that splits lots of wood and has an old beater that still runs, but not worth putting on the road.
Pretty slick! Hey, that guy is my neighbor! LOL; I jest, though I supposed that, relatively speaking, he is.
He's probably the one that fills the whole valley below my house with woodsmoke from his outdoor boiler running full-on to heat his poorly insulated house.
The ironic thing is we get it back in spades when there's forest fires! Go figure ?
While stick shifts are actually BETTER for gassers also, we have come to different conclusions about TDI's.Thanks for the diesel cruze perspective, social_eric.
After owning 4 VW TDIs, I'd definitely try diesel Cruze if it were available with stick shift. " ..."
The over conclusion I have come to, given my driving style and varied environments: I do not see a want/need/advantage/s returning to gassers, gasser hybrids, etc.
Hopefully, we have gone over the advantages of diesels over gassers to not repeat the litany.
One disadvantage: diesels are slower (like model), naught to 60 mph. However, (given my driving style and varied environments) on a practical basis, both the metric and the differences in times are completely and utterly meaningless.
Actually it appears the VW Touareg TDI and the MB GLK 250 are " optimized " FOR 81/82 mph (actually certain rpm, but how many folk drive rpm?)