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

    I did a quick and dirty comparison between 14's Ford F150 and Ram 1500 TDI @ 16 mpg/ 23 mpg. Dodge Ram 1500 TDI posts (average) app 44% better mpg than Ford F150. !!! (16 vs 23 mpg) So it BEGS the question:

    ( over 13 years and 15,000 miles per year @ current RUG $3.05 D2 $3.69, corner store prices= 195,000 miles/ 16/23 mpg= 12,188 gals =$ 37,173 or 8,478 gals= $31, 284 )

    WHICH would one RATHER pay???? We of course know what the LARGE percentage actually choses.

    This is a round about way of saying, VW would have a HUGE hit on its hands (if the capital requirements doesn't suck the LIFE out of them: to cite only ONE issue) with a FULL size PU truck (crew cab, etc etc) DIESEL. that can post 30 to 35 mpg. Obviously that would be the VERY least of the "problems". The "hidden issues" almost makes it nonsensical to financially suicidal.
  • Re: What Would It Take for YOU to buy a diesel car?

    Slow news day on the left coast. ULSD prices have moved down glacially.

    After an oil change in the MB GLK 250 with (dealer provided) M1 ESP Formula M 5w40 (MB 229.51 specification ), I read on the M1 web site
    that the new recommendation is a 0w30 brew, M1 ESP X1 0w30 (latest specification of MB 229.52).

    Older news is that M1 also says the ESP 5w30 can also be used where MB recommends 5w40. (MB 229.51) As soon as the ESP's 5w30/5w40's sells out the new M1 ESP x1 ZERO w30 will be the new go to M1 recommendation. I am guessing the lower viscosity and range should result in better MPG. (yup you guys are probably rolling your eyes :) ) At this time I do not know if the lower viscosity protects any better or worse (wear metals per 1,000 miles) than the MB recommended 5w40 M formula.

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

    Diesel around here has just barely dipped below $4... quite a milestone for this area, as that has not happened in years. Gasoline isn't far behind, though, at $3.70.
    Yes, STILL slow on this side, (no price drop from $3.79 per gal D2) even as the TV Cable pundits say oil could drop to $70. per BOE. One threw in a teaser saying RUG "could" drop to the LOW $2.00 's per gal ($2.60 per gal @ 70 per BOE. AH, .... right !!! ???? Christ's second coming 3rd month @ 3: 33 am 03/03 would be more "certain". ;)

    There is a HUGE glut right now ! They almost have run out of STORAGE for the refined products. They can't ship crude to refineries, which are already operating @ 98% capacity.

    But @ the same time it would be great to have ULSD @ $1.85 per gal (dreaming to delusionary ) !!! ???? That would GREATLY lower the CPMD: FUEL (/33/37/41/50 mpg)
  • Re: Inconsiderate Drivers (share your stories, etc.)

    We don't really have a "people are idiots" discussion, so I'll post this here.

    Lit Candle In Car Sparks Fire At Gas Station (Consumerist)
    I always thought that WAS the subtitle of this thread. :D
  • Re: What Would It Take for YOU to buy a diesel car?

    @stever said: Fun review from the WSJ.

    "An enduring mystery to me is why Americans don't care. Diesel market penetration continues to bump along the bottom in the U.S., at just over 3% in 2013. And this year there is a Noah's Ark of awesome diesels arriving from Germany. Lots of Audis and BMWs with four or more seats can be had with a diesel-engine offering."

    BMW 535d: This Eco Car Is No Diesel in Distress

    Search the headline if the link doesn't work for some reason - it was "free" at the time of posting.

    He appears to answer his own question with this (his own) statement:

    ..."The diesel also has an absurd advantage in torque: 413 kb-ft. at 1,500 rpm, as compared with the gasser's 300 torques." ...

    The issue would seem to be, a lot of "sophisticated" drivers/would be owners do not really have a CLUE what that means.

    Further, it appears to be "game, set, match" with this parenthetical take:

    ..."(5.8 seconds as compared with the gas-burners 5.5),"...

    ..."Diesel advocates, the true believers, scare me. They have an agenda and dwell in tunnels between gas stations."...

    Someone like me would appear to be his huckleberry and (Hamas) tunnel digger :D