I would absolutely buy a Diesel.
If they offered A TDI model engine in the HHR my wife would be driving one today instead of her gas HHR.
As far as trucks go one reason I havent pushed as hard to buy a new truck is I'm still waiting and hoping GM puts a Diesel in the 1/2 ton truck line-up.
While I was stationed overseas almost all we drove were Diesel vehicles, some of them were just as snappy comming off the line as their American gas counterparts and they returned terrific fuel mileage rates.
And no they arent all smelly and noisey, the smelly noisey Diesel is a thing of the past. Anyone that still has that idea about Diesels hasnt been paying much attention to some of the smaller cars sold in the U.S. today, theres probably 10 models from different manufacturers being sold in the U.S. that are Diesel and most people dont even know their a Diesel when they drive past. Take a look at VolksWagons line-up some day, I think their one of the largest sellers of small Diesel Sedans in America.
You're right...golly gee Beaver, I haven't "given anyone the business" since the early '60s when I stopped hanging out with Eddie Haskell.
Originally Posted by stephan
The little Euro TDs get 50+ mpg hy- in Cruze sized cars and minivans. But the best Cruze spark motor is rated 42 mpg- sooooo close call.
In a work pickup- TD wins in "goodness" - just a queastion of how much GM charges for them($5000+ usually)
Yeah, like Daredevil says- you can grow biodiesel (soybeans, cottenseed, rapeseed etc)- works as well as petro diesel- usually sold as a mix. Biodiesel smells good too.
Older diesels can be converted to use used cooking oil-recycled and modified . It can be really cheap if you don't mind a bit of work-chemistry etc.
Don't think you can easily do it with most modern diesels.
Someday we will grow "algae" diesel.It could be cheap-and not use valuable food crop land. Might even be able to spike/fertilize it with CO2 from electric power plants- higher CO2 means quicker growth- sun is free!!
USA has really great energy potential- wind, coal, bio,natural gas, and oil, nukes, various moving water technologies- hydro, tidal, wave.
Lots of coastline- lots of sun- lots of moving water.
The biggest question about diesel is where do we get it. If it comes from the states, or we can use veggie oil or bio-diesel then I'm in. If it comes from overseas, then we continue to put our economy in the hands of the oil companies. I'm hearing rumors of $4-$5 per gal for gas this summer. In NY that means 5+. Meanwhile, I'm paying 60 cents less per gal for E85 and am only losing 1mpg versus gas. I can't imagine what diesel will cost. I'll stick with my flex fuel for now.
Seeing as we import less than we produce here in the US and our main imports come from Canada, and Mexico, then venezuela, less than 11% of our oil comes from middle east countries.
Also if you figure a fleet wide reduction of just 25% that is billions of gallons of fuel saved, and will reduce our demand and greatly reduce the cost as a result. since currently we use roughly 25million barrels a day here in the US.. that is basically 6million less barrels of imports a day!
We will have $4 gas already in some places-CA and Hawaii.
I bet we'll have $4 here in NOLA by May.
I would love a diesel Suburban. Hauling around all my kids I could use a few more mpg.'s.
The relatively primitive diesel that was offered in the 1998 1/2 ton Suburbans was rated 22MPG HY!
For comparison my 1998 5.7 is rated at 17 MPG HY! It actually delivers 21 mpg, so that 1988 should deliver at least 26 mpg at 62 mph!
THAT WAS 1988 was a brick shaped Suburban!!
Not sure I could drive a diesel without adding propane injection, a bigger turbo, and any other power adder to wipeout my pocket book.