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fredd July 2nd, 2013 7:52pm

A new study finds diesel vehicles have a lower Total Cost of Ownership over three to five years when compared to similar gas vehicles. Would you consider buying a diesel instead of a gas powered vehicle?

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jmz1202 Sacramento
07/02/13 1:03 pm

Our next vehicle is going to be a truck to pull a travel trailer. It is going to be diesel for several reasons.

dramaschick All ways in my head
07/02/13 1:17 pm

I would because I like the sound the engine makes. I want a giant truck with a diesel engine

07/02/13 2:56 pm

Agree with fredd on the economics. Also note maintenance is less often but can be higher on diesel cars. It's not just the fuel price.

07/02/13 2:58 pm

Rebel there are some diesel cars. VW, BMW and Mercedes have some for sure. I think Chrysler may have too via Fiat or at least it's been discussed.

fredd TrumpLand
07/02/13 12:54 pm

The savings are mostly due to lower fuel costs (despite diesel being more expensive) and less depreciation, even taking the higher purchase price into account.

fredd TrumpLand
07/02/13 6:04 pm

Heh, that's true if you have a French diesel.

07/02/13 1:02 pm

I've known this for a while. Diesel is a lot more popular in Europe because its a lot more fuel efficient and causes less pollution. People don't know that here because we sillily use pollution measurements per gallon not per mile.

07/02/13 3:47 pm

I'm not sure that it does create more smog. I don't have my source, but from those I looked at a while a ago, it seems like diesel creates more smog per gallon, but really less smog per mile, which is what really matters.

kindocologist Beer is my friend
07/02/13 3:12 pm

When a diesel brakes, your screwed. Diesel is French for "add more money to the repair bill"

fredd TrumpLand
07/02/13 1:50 pm

There's very little difference between diesel and gas cars nowadays, mostly thanks to California's incredibly strict regulations. And any new car today, regardless of which fuel it uses, will be significantly cleaner than one from ten years ago.

PAK the Armpit of Florida
07/02/13 1:10 pm

Not just yes but HELL YES! I had a 1986 diesel VW Jetta that had 100,000 on it when I gave it toy sister. That thing is still running like a top!

LochnessMonster Milky way
07/02/13 1:10 pm

It all depends on the vehicle itself. F-250 trucks are lasting very long without major repairs. But the Chevy 2500s are doing a lot better as far as outlasting other makes. My mom had an old diesel car don't remember the type and absolved it.

fredd TrumpLand
07/02/13 1:53 pm

The economics doesn't stack up the same. In many european countries diesel is much cheaper. In the UK it actually costs a fair bit more but we're talking fuel that costs twice as much as California, so the savings are magnified.

fredd TrumpLand
07/02/13 1:55 pm

I think around 50% of cars sold in the UK are diesel, including almost all SUVs. BMW even stopped offering the petrol X1/3/5's completely, no one bought them. But as fuel is so cheap here it's harder to save enough to offset the extra purchase cost.

07/02/13 2:32 pm

With my mileage and the cost of diesel in the US, it doesn't make sense.

07/02/13 1:56 pm

Not in the US. If I ever moved to Europe I would. Diesel's cheaper there anyway.

duey in a fools paradise
07/02/13 1:59 pm

Most people that buy diesels haven't got a clue about care and maintenance especially in winter time.

fredd TrumpLand
07/02/13 1:30 pm

Ugh, old diesels shouldn't be compared to new ones. Not many available here but there is a few.

fredd TrumpLand
07/02/13 1:32 pm

Well they get lower emissions on most measures except for NOx, which is a big challenge for a diesel.

07/02/13 2:07 pm

In general, yes, but I believe diesel still creates more smog, or when it's burned, it releases more harmful gas into the atmosphere.

fredd TrumpLand
07/02/13 1:35 pm

Just don't mod it to make giant clouds of black smoke. I don't know why people do that!

07/02/13 1:38 pm

Diesel gets better mileage than gas, but diesel creates more smog. I'll stick with gas.

07/02/13 1:38 pm

I'm waiting for diesel to make its ways into passenger cars like it has been in Europe for decades.