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The pros and cons of diesel cars

bankrate.com -- Like soccer, diesel cars are a worldwide phenomenon that Americans just don't get.

In Europe, more than 50 percent of new cars sold have diesel engines, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association. Meanwhile, the U.S. auto market share for diesels hovers around 3 percent, says Jessica Caldwell, a senior analyst at the website Edmunds.com.

But there are signs diesel cars are becoming more mainstream, she says.

Improving technology has largely eliminated the noise and black smoke that used to follow diesels.

These days, diesels are designed to run on a new, low-sulfur version of diesel fuel, sometimes called "clean diesel," which produces less pollution and cuts back on that sooty smell reminiscent of the '80s.


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Submitted May 02, 2012 By: GT3186
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tc17a
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 8:07:01 AM

Maintenance costs for newer diesels are really no higher than most new cars. 10k oil changes 20-30k fuel filter changes. thye DO NOT SMELL nor DO they make NOISE.
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bicycle1966
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 7:12:47 AM

I don't like paying the higher price for diesel, but the mileage I get compared to the gasoline version of the same car actually means I still come out ahead.
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ECMO4
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 6:08:06 AM

Definitely a long-term investment. Maintenance costs are higher for specific service items, but like any other engine if you do routine maintenance and average those higher items over a 20-30 year lifespan it comes out cheaper. But I think this might be changing with the newer BMW, Audi and MB motors out there, folks could drive 3-5 years and still get good resale w/o most of the maintenance issues. Definitely a choice.....and I want more of them!
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eric2theem
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 5:48:41 AM

to bad diesel prices are not that great my favorite part about diesels are the fuel options and engine life.
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mastermariner
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 5:18:48 AM

Way to go
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mike1881
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 5:16:12 AM

I'd drive a diesel if i had the chance. Unfortunately diesel cars are hard to come by were I live.
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angel4me
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 4:15:33 AM

diesel is the way to go
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Rich1430
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 2:24:44 AM

I will seriously consider this on my next car purchase.
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leraar2
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 1:22:10 AM

drove diesels in europe.
fuel half the price of gasoline.
top end speed 105mph much less than their gasoline counterparts.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 12:31:01 AM

ok
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 12:21:51 AM

Okay.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2012 12:07:48 AM

Love my 2005 VW Jetta TDI............
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 11:53:17 PM

payback takes too long for most drivers.
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Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 11:39:12 PM

Smells too bad.
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Night Owl
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 11:13:35 PM

Diesel's are good if you drive a lot every year.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 11:13:26 PM

Love my Jetta tdi. Cost to operate and maintain for nearly 300,000 miles has been on par with gas in my experience.
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davenles
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 11:07:06 PM

Diesels will need to drop in price to buy and maintain before they will become more popular.
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doeslayersr
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 11:04:50 PM

Go diesel. Just got an old used tiller (called a Mainline Tiller) which I am rebuilding the carburetor on. In reading the manuals, the 4 cycle engine will run on gasoline or kerosene, just by switching to a different spark plug.

Old timers tell me about the old "good" tractors which ran on kerosene. The tractor had two fuel tanks. One small gasoline tank to be used to start the tractor and the main tank was kerosene. Once you got the tractor started and warmed up, you switched from the gasoline tank over to the kerosene tank.
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roadrunnin
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 10:41:45 PM

would love to see a diesel hybrid.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 9:57:45 PM

i would never buy one
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Rappcommuter
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 9:55:31 PM

I have to agree that one of the drawbacks is the cost to maintain a diesel.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 9:28:48 PM

costly to repair
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 9:27:08 PM

diesels are the way to go,
cheaper then ev's also
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 9:09:44 PM

Diesels are more popular here.
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YodaON
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 9:04:06 PM

Asd it says there are pros and cons to each
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 8:52:24 PM

You have to think long term to buy a diesel, but this is a great article.

See my pic
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blupupher
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 8:47:13 PM

too bad diesel costs more and the price of a diesel vehicle costs more. Both these make buying a diesel not quite as attractive.
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TomT2Lee
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 8:33:48 PM

Diesel is offers a great improvement in fuel economy and reliability without sacrificing power. However, there is a major crime in the pricing of diesel fuel. Once again the US government has screwed up something positive.
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