Originally Posted by 99bonnefan
Diesel engine maintenance is expensive for the average consumer. Thats probably why it has never taken off in the US. Fleets can usually absorb the costs, but I dont know if I would like buying air and fuel filters at $50 a pop. Also, ever run out of gas in a regular car? Just gas up and go. Try that with a Duramax.
You don't have a diesel based passenger car infrastructure yet.
Filters for diesels over here are the same as for gasoline engine cars, oil, air, fuel, oil for diesels is around the same price, although all else being equal it needs more frequent changing. A half million miles lifespan is normal for modern diesels too, million mile engines are quite common.
Run out of diesel in a modern European car?, diesel up and go just like a gasoline engine, even if you have ignored the warning lights on your way through your 450+ mile tankful. We have come a long way from the industrial Perkins engines shoehorned into a range of cars and the slug like rattling smokey Mercedes, Peugeot & Opel Taxi specials.
Keeping up with traffic is no problem any more. The European market diesel VW Golf is faster 0-60 than the GTI, although isn't as fast on the real world roads it is fair to say but still eminently satisfactory.
When a good automatic transmission designed to work with diesel engine characteristics becomes available they will be much more acceptable IMO