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

    REAL SLOW news diesel day.

    USLD $ 2.89

    RUG $ 2.39
    MG $ 2.49
    PUG $ 2.59

    OFF TOPIC and TMI (probably)

    New (2nd set) tires on the 09 Jetta TDI are past the (GENTLE) break in phase. I hope to beat 89,000 miles (actually 88,970 on the poorly rated oem set), on this set, Continental Pure Contact H rated.

    From an intellectual point of view, I am having a hard time getting used to going to a 5,000 miles rotation cycle from 10,000 miles and skipping (one to three) rotations. (5 to 8 rotations vs 18) However, it seems to really cut back rubber consumption on the 12 VW Touareg TDI, as good as that was on the oem tires AND 10,000 miles rotations!! SO I guess I need to GET with the program. So IF I get 90,000 miles (more is better obviously) that would put cost per mile driven: tires @ .00594 cents. (tad more than half of 1 cent per mile) The oem set (retail) posts .00784 cents pmd tires or 32 % MORE. B)

    The exterior of the 12 VW Touareg TDI got DETAILED, after 2 years and app 52,000 miles (wgood Zaino polish base coats applied when new). Thank heavens, (going up to the snow (and what that all means) and every so often getting behind salt trucks and snow plows) this thing still looks like it came off the showroom floor. (no spider webs, scratches, etc.)

    I detailed the 09 VW Jetta TDI's HPFP issue with VW A stepping up for the out of warranty scenario. The 12 VW Touareg TDI has been flawless. Now I am looking @ the dirt and salt caked MB 250 BT.... ah...oh well. ;) :D
  • Re: What Would It Take for YOU to buy a diesel car?

    Yes, the EU visitors that come here and get around and even seasoned world travelers (that I know) usually have commented about the differences in US SCALE !!!!!

    Indeed, when I lived back east so did I.

    It reminds me of the time I asked directions to DFW Airport. This ole boy said: ya can't miss it !! Just go down this road a piece and the exit is on the right. OK !!! Thank you Sir. ... One hour and half later @ 80 mph I was thinking I was missing something. Sure enough, a while later.... couldn't miss it.
  • 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?

    I doubt it was, ruking. Population and pollution concentrations are definitely not on direct correlation. North Pole, Alaska, likely has (by far) the worst air quality in the nation over this last week with PM25 concentrations nearing 200 micro-grams per cubit meter of air. The EPA limit, for reference, is 35. With perhaps 30,000 people in that area, which is rather vast compared to many "cities" of that size, clearly population isn't everything. :)

    Then you really understood my point/s !!!!!! Of course, environmental conservatives will now blame YOU for "CRUSHING emissions" for.... farting in the wilderness !!! ;) (my past references to my 2003 Jetta TDI CA certified causing most to all DIESEL emissions in the state of CA ! Shall I /we take Trump arrogance bows? :D )

    So you want my answer to those POOR polar bears? Make all those failed city sushi chefs move to areas like yours and prepare RAW fish. You know get the liberals to support something like a "PEACE CORP's ," ;) ENVIRONMENTAL INTERNSHIPS. Or maybe give classes to train them on Polar Bear port a potty use. We might need clarification on trans gender polar bear port a potty use. (does a bear....?????? woods)

    On a more serious note,

    ..."Over 90% of the coal produced in the US is used for electricity generation."...

    ..."Electricity storage is expensive. Most of the produced electricity is consumed instantaneously. So, electricity generation mirrors consumption."...

    GO EV !!! ???

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

    Car engines have been designed for ethanol for at least a decade now. I'd be more worried with older or "small" engines. If that's a concern though, get an EV. :D
    OEMS were DRAGGED kicking and screaming to 10% ethanol !!! ANY % ethanol posts app 25%+ DECREASE in fuel mileage!!!

    @ the same time, the same regulatory agencies that DEMAND GREATER fuel efficiency, demand (de facto ) and GET ,.... LESS fuel efficiency !!!! ???????? :o :D So far, LESS fuel efficiency is winning.

    Gotta LOVE EV !! This is especially true IF one likes COAL and NUCLEAR power !!! AW AW AW !!! ;)

    Can't even make this stuff up !!