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



  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 18,387
    edited December 2013
    ..."Obviously, we employ some specialized techniques to achieve such figures, but there's no reason why owners of TDI vehicles shouldn't be able to achieve great mileage," Gerdes says."...

    Indeed for me, I try different techniques, really to stay..... (amused) ....zzzzzzz
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 31,111
    Funny, the Prius was not on that player list ! ?

    That is funny. Would you want to drive a Prius 15 hours a day cross country??? They do best as taxi cabs in town.

    Now for me it is easy to imagine a sort of frankenstein Tiquan with the 3.0 L TDI with an 8 speed A/T or a beta test DSG 9/10 speed with the E288 upcoming 2015 TDI. (280# ft?) My guess here is a conventional 6/7 speed M/T would probably STILL do better.

    The Audi Q5 TDIs are posting some 32-34 MPG averages on Fuelly. May be the perfect choice for a showdown. The Q5 is offered in gas, gas/hybrid and diesel. The hybrid has a lower EPA rating than the diesel and costs $5k more. Also requires Premium Unleaded. If it is like the Touareg Hybrid the dealers are dumping them at below cost.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 18,387
    edited December 2013
    For any number of reasons, that's (32/34 mpg) VERY good !!

    But here are a few reasons, given your post.

    1. the EPA is 20/28 mpg

    2. way cool given 4,079 #'s

    3. AWD vs 2 wd front

    4. 8 speed A/T vs 6 speed DSG

    Aka, 14.3% to 21.4% better H fuel mileage.

    While I do not know the exact toll 682 #'s more takes in a Q5 (4.079 #'s) vs Tiquan (3,397 #'s), I know there is at least SOME. Now IF I use the 1 mpg per 100#'s rule of thumb, THEN up to +/- 6 mpg.

    A safe swag would be +/- 3 mpg.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 31,111
    The Q5 has the same drive train as the Q7, Touareg and Cayenne. With less weight than the others it should get better mileage.

    For real high mileage SUV the Tiguan 2.0 TDI is the future. Not sure I would down grade that far. BUT, who knows?
  • cskicski West Springfield, VAPosts: 1,491
    Most diesel-hybrids on the market are trains, and they are not weak at all!

    My whole house shakes when one goes by, so I would say that NVH is still an issue there :)

    Chris Skalski: Network Engineer 2012 Kia Optima EX

  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    Trainspotters would agree that seeing and feeling a new diesel locomotive would give them a New Vehicle High. :)

    (Don't dare mention that you meant Noise, Vibration and Harshness).
  • cooterbfdcooterbfd Posts: 2,770
    All I know is, I gotta take the Cruze diesel on her first long trip, to Utica, NY. I'm gunning for 55 mpg.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,920
    Hahahahahha! Gotta love it. The hybrid's battery died while it was plugged in to charge the battery.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 31,111
    Bad enough worrying about one battery. But two to keep charged and happy is too much. I know all vehicles are complex today. Seems hybrids are off the chart complex. I guess I wouldn't try working on my T-Reg TDI, so it is not a real issue. I overhauled a lot of engines when I had to. I would not know where to start with today's vehicles.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 4,098
    For in town use, wouldn't the hybrid beat the diesel? So for those city commuters it might work out better?

    Also, the entire point of the gas/electric is to allow the Atkinson cycle, using the electric to boost low RPM performance. That wouldn't be much use in a diesel application, since it already has plenty of power at low RPM.

    (I realize that the hybrid also has regenerative braking and shutdown at lights)
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 31,111
    Looks like Ford has reached their peak on the C-Max. Down 50% over November last year. America/US/2013/12/03/Novem- ber13sales.pdf
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 18,387
    edited December 2013
    ..."All I know is, I gotta take the Cruze diesel on her first long trip, to Utica, NY. I'm gunning for 55 mpg"... shows 51 mpg to be an outlier (1 of 47), so it might be a tad optimistic. That being said....

    If it is anything like the VW TDI's, the computer is really calibrated to shift for best mpg (fastest upshift @ lowest rpm). So... firm but not lead foot acceleration and get to the LOWEST rpm with full torque. So for example on the VW TDI's that is 1,750 rpm. Now I do not know what speeds (the lowest rpm for full torque) that converts to in the Cruse TDI , so adjust according to comfort and feelings of safety levels. Lowest rpm @ full torque will be a great baseline (place to start).

    Now I do not normally follow my own advice, even as I know how to get between 62 to 59 mpg. I like to run it more at 2,100 to 2,300 rpm (usually higher, seems to be optimum for combined systems) But then, I am ok with only 48 to 52 mpg ! :) On the 09, I am fine with 42 to 44 mpg. :)
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 18,387
    edited December 2013
    VW TWIN UP ? diesel electric.

    The funny part is the environmentalists are literally choking off the (domestic) mining permits needed to mine needed materials to make lithium ion batteries, ah the very (storage of power) systems the environmentalist are saying is the kool- aid that will save the planet !! I bet NONE of us can guess the major reason WHY !! ?? :) You can't even MAKE this stuff UP !!! It appears the second coming of Christ (which most enviro cons don't believe in) will happen before (domestic) mines will happen.

    They are swaging 30 miles on 8.6 kWH consumption (almost laboratory conditions) . To me personally, this makes no sense till 200 to 300 miles per charge (even I know this is illusionary). FURTHER even if it gets there, @ what I have been mandated to pay per KWH , the electrical portion and cost per mile driven is way more than diesel (@ 50 mpg !! ) That is the good news !! I understand the utilities have applied for RATE increases !! (Surprised I am sure) Not to sound rosy, but the electrical grid is already at best unstable !! So closer to 214 mpg with diesel portion, electrical per mile drive is literally 450% more (than diesel) !!!!!!! It might raise the question, ...why bother ?

    I do understand they are probably counting on our collective math skills to drink the kook-aid !?

    The diesel is a figurative and literal putt putt @ 47 hp. Using current ratios, that is (a swagged)79 # ft of torque.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 31,111
    Not to mention the World's largest reserves of Lithium is Bolivia. A country the US has screwed over and is rightly hated by them. So China will get the Lithium and we will get the over priced batteries. We have all but shut down resource development in this country.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    edited December 2013
    What amuses me is how people "suddenly" become environmentalists when someone proposes to dig a mine or put a factory up in their backyard.

    The other funny thing is how scared the electric utilities are running over solar. Ergo the rate increase proposals and regs to discourage people from hooking up to the grid so they can sell the excess to the utility.

    And another interesting trend is how corporate campuses in the suburbs are closing down and the HQ buildings are moving back to the urban core. The new crowd coming in has the coding savvy that the corporations need but they don't want a long commute and they don't want to work and live "in the sticks". Even the married ones with kids are starting to forgo the ranch house with a lawn and intend to stay in the city. (Yahoo)

    And when they have kids or get tired of the fumes, they'll be griping about lung cancer risks and demanding even cleaner public transit. (

    Maybe solar powered Amazon freight drones will make the urban air cleaner.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 18,387
    edited December 2013
    ..."And another interesting trend is how corporate campuses in the suburbs are closing down and the HQ buildings are moving back to the urban core. "...

    Lots of room in "CORE" Detroit !!! It even has a Democratic majority !!! ??? :) I had read in passing that of a former 144 sq mile city, 44 sq miles lies "fallow" on the tax rolls. This is not to mention the "arrested decay", or the building "products" that are marginally, to no longer really useful.

    There is even an interesting "crisis" in San Francisco, CA (the internet companies moving there, etc.) that if they do not cook the books politically will soon will have a 100,000 student body community college lose their accreditation.

    Of course, I am sure the City and County of SF, CA appreciates the various transit unions striking and threatening to strike every other week.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 31,111
    Looks like the techies are tired of BART and its spoiled brat employees and are hiring their own shuttle services.

    The MTA clarified that shuttles conduct 35,000 rides per day, and individual people can complete more than one trip per day, so the number of total riders is lower), mainly from 200 established public Muni stops near their homes in the city to their offices located in more boring towns 40 or so miles south. Participating companies include Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Apple, Genentech, Intuit and eBay.

    The often enormous and unmarked big white buses have many haters in a gentrifying city where the median one-bedroom apartment now costs $2,795 per month, up 27 percent in just two years. The symbolism has gotten to the point where piñatas in the shape of Google shuttle buses were smashed at a recent public protest. -buses/
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 18,387
    edited December 2013
    Not many gassers/hybrid owners know what their cars gas consumption per hour rate @ idling, YET when a city structurally slows down traffic, to making it CRAWL to stop fully, the defacto condition is it increases gas/fuel use and massively decreases "productivity". The spin off nexus here is even more pollution.

    So for example I know ( the my two) diesels consume .2 gal per hour. So if (like model (128 oz x.2 gal = 25.6 oz. So on a 42 mpg normal =8.4 miles it COULD have gone vs ZERO.

    40% more (35.84 oz) on a (like model (27 mpg ) gasser could have been 7.56 miles vs zero. The net effect is gasser waste FAR more fuel idling than diesels.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 18,387
    edited December 2013
    I think they would be TRASHED/VILIFIED whatever they chose to do or .... not. !!! ??? If they didn't do the shuttles, the vilification would probably be: these "TECHIE" jobs unfairly CLOG the already over worked and over crowded and dilapidated transit system/s. As if they REALLY don't want more jobs and want to get rid of jobs, TO lessen crowding on transit systems !! ???? Without prohibiting these private shuttles, the estimates are already a MINIUM of $ 20 B to rehabilitate the city's transit system, needless to say, they don't have those kinds of funds.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    Hard to believe I know, but lots of people want to be able to walk or bike around to work and shopping (and want to be able to breathe while doing so).

    The techies want to dial up a self-driving car for the "heavy" trips to Whole Foods. And yeah, the cab companies are already fighting such car share schemes.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 41,911
    edited December 2013
    And another thing, thanks to the H1B movement, a lot of code monkeys who move to the first world are used to denser living arrangements, and aren't tempted by that pile of pressboard 'n tyvek located 20 miles from anywhere. Maybe it will finally put enough pressure on the ridiculous public sector "engineer" group who is responsible for so much fuel consumption via their defective traffic controls and poor pedestrian facilities, to actually do something.

    Maybe once the new breed become overpaid middle aged business pros (as they laughably call themselves), things might evolve. As it is, in this tech area, I still see too many of the ruling generation in their Tesla or Lexus hybrid, phone to their ear as they can't figure out bluetooth, headed to their energy guzzling mcmansion or oversized condo. However ,when it comes down to it, the vast majority of people, even young people, are not techies.

    The Amazon drone idea is brilliant PR, but unworkable.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 31,111
    edited December 2013
    Fin, what are you trying to say? That people would rather live smashed together like sardines in a can. I say each should have an acre to stretch and be able to play their music without encrouching on other ears. Get a nice high mileage diesel for the drive into the city to work.

    Or even better companies like Apple, Google and Yahoo should build huge complexes with living quarters out away from the cities. Where everyone can live and work and eat together. Kind of like I did in the oil field for 25 years.

    Most people were forced out of the cities to the burbs by higher prices and urban blight. I see gentrification as the pendulum swinging back to clean up the cities. Sadly the poor that had taken up living in the run down cities are in many cases being forced out by HIGH PRICES.

    A guy I worked with at Pac Bell in the 1960s was offered a job in San Francisco. He went up to look for a home. He said every ten miles out the price dropped $10k. He bought 20 miles North. Somewhere near San Rafael. He probably retired and made a fortune on the place years ago.

    In the late 1960s you could buy a dandy place for $25k.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    He probably died young stressing about his commute. :P

    " Urban areas — defined as densely developed residential, commercial and other nonresidential areas -- now account for 80.7 percent of the U.S. population, up from 79.0 percent in 2000. Although the rural population -- the population in any areas outside of those classified as “urban” — grew by a modest amount from 2000 to 2010, it continued to decline as a percentage of the national population."

    Growth in Urban Population Outpaces Rest of Nation, Census Bureau Reports (
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 31,111
    He was a poor telephone guy that could no way afford to live in SF. Even in the 1960s it was high rent. Gas was cheap and 20 miles not much of a commute. I commuted 20 miles during the 1960s from East County to downtown San Diego. I had an old beatup Studebaker that could eke out 20 MPG. Seems like gas was maybe 25 cents a gallon and I was making about $1.75 per hour. Just above minimum wage. Now MW barely buys two gallons of gas. Great part is 1962 there was very little traffic on the freeway down through Mission Valley.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 18,387
    edited December 2013
    Your post is a very small vignette of a very long and steady effort to gut rural to suburban areas.

    One small example used to be (6.8 M in 1935) millions of small farms/farmers. I think today we are lucky to have 2.2 million and app 3.13 M actual people.

    ..."There are over 313,000,000 people living in the United States. Of that population, less than 1% claim farming as an occupation (and about 2% actually live on farms). In 2007, only 45% of farmers claimed farming as their principal occupation and a similar number of farmers claiming some other principal occupation. The number of farms in the U.S. stands at about 2.2 million.

    What is a farm?

    For the purposes of the U.S. Census, a farm is any establishment which produced and sold, or normally would have produced and sold, $1,000 or more of agricultural products during the year. (Government subsidies are included in sales.) By that definition, there are just over 2.2 million farms in the United States.

    Farm production expenses average $109,359 per year per farm. Clearly, many farms that meet the U.S. Census' definition would not produce sufficient income to meet farm family living expenses. In fact, fewer than 1 in 4 of the farms in this country produce gross revenues in excess of $50,000."...

    It reminds me of that joke: how to make a small fortune (in farming). Start with a LARGE fortune. So if a lot of rich people want to do that, hey it truly is not for me to judge them. Besides we might miss some good ones ! :)

    The ironic truth of that is Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, Central Valley, etc =., grapes are the basis for some of the finest wines in the world. Whether we NEED these fine wines (or even normal ones) is/are a whole different question/s of which environmentalist's normally ignore.
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 4,055
    "A guy I worked with at Pac Bell . . ."

    Dilbert was developed by a Pac Bell refugee, as I recall (Scott Adams). For several months in the early '80s I thought he worked where I did at AiResearch. He nailed it then and does to this day.

    Yeah, I remember the days when it was possible to buy a place in So Cal for 30 or 40K, even up in the Pacific Palisades.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    Yep, this small farmer is moving to Chicago, Denver or Atlanta. (

    No love for the lung cancer link eh?

    Ok, on the bright side, there may be some relief in diesel prices soon. (Bloomberg).
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 31,111
    So maybe RUG will go up to meet Diesel coming down. You know it makes sense. ;-)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 41,911
    edited December 2013
    Yes, actually. Many young people are comfortable in multi-unit dwellings, as it's what they have known for a long time, what they can afford, and it is the way people live in most world class cities. Not everywhere is like Tejas where you can get an awesome house for $100/sq ft nor is like the olden days where normal working people could responsibly finance a livable house on an average salary.

    I live in the urban core of a boomburb, almost never hear music, my neighbors are clean, quiet, and employed, the streets are clean and safe (esp by American standards), I can walk to almost anything I need... the standard of living here is higher than many acre tract developments in this country. I choose not to have a long commute, but I still drive a diesel - road trips :)
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