Diesel cars making a comeback
POSTED: Monday, July 1, 2013 - 5:44pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 12:57pm
With gas prices headed toward nosebleed altitudes, more people are considering alternatives like electric or hybrid vehicles.
But would you consider a diesel?
If not, the reason may be this.
Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, after the big gas shocks companies began offering diesels.
Some were OK like the VW Rabbit. Others were converted from gas engines, and were not OK like the Oldsmobile.
But like the old Mercedes models, they were all smelly, loud and slow.
But not anymore, and with turbo-charging and new clean air requirements, they are fast, clean and as efficient as ever.
In fact, a turbo-diesel has won the 24 hours of LeMans endurance race for the last 8 years.
VW, Mercedes, BMW, and Audi offer them, and now, Chevrolet has joined the fray with the Chevy Cruze diesel which gets 46 miles per gallon highway according to the EPA.
Both the Chevy and VW cost a bit more than their gasoline counterparts; in the mid-twenty thousand dollar range. And diesel fuel averages 30-cents more than a gallon of gas.
But the fact that diesel engines require no tune ups, spark plugs, and last much longer, have higher resale and of course, get better mileage than any gas engine short of hybrids, a new study finds that the math for diesels works.
In fact, the diesel Jetta owner will save over $3000 over the gas Jetta driver in the first 3 years of ownership.
And finally, don’t forget bio diesel. Someday your new Chevy Cruze could be running on French fry oil.
Now Chrysler is offering a diesel in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ram half ton truck , and soon, the Wrangler.
Now, would you consider one?