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Old 12-10-2011, 09:21 AM   #31
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i know you're not supposed to, but apparently what hes doing is safe? i dont know all the details but his car runs fine
Very interesting.
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you cant run biodiesel in a gas engine. either its some other gas or the engine was changed with a diesel.
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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

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Sorry, I boobed; post # 33 got sent before I'd finished, can admin delete it please?.

I think biodiesel is a blind alley, at the moment if all the land devoted to food crops in the USA was turned over to producing biodiesel it might make enough to supply the nations requirements for a few days.

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We have plenty of diesels here, just most of them are trucks. We have lots of service stations with low sulfur diesel, even with added biodiesel. We're trying to keep up with you guys across the pond
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im just telling you what i've witnessed
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I hope the price of diesel drops by the time they release that here. It would be great to have plenty to choose from in the used car market lol.
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im afraid they will price it out of its intended market though like the volt. the cruz eco is already to expensive for an economy car and they will probably raise the price on the diesel 4-5k. so if they end up as expensive as the jetta i would rather have the jetta.
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Yeah, IMO the Jetta is built better and has a better history with diesel too. Not bashing Chevys, but it'* the truth. I'm not really in favor of what VW did to the interior quality on the new Jetta though.
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