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tommyto212

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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2011 12:21:23 PM

MPG?
What make and model is your vehicle?
I am debating between buying a diesel truck and a gasoline truck right now.
Does it really save me money with a diesel?
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FuelAGas
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2013 1:39:05 PM

Diesel is better than even a Hybrid, IF you do a lot of highway driving
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2013 5:43:48 AM

I do not have one.
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priver
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2013 8:54:59 AM

only worth it if towing (lots) and in a warmer climate.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 2:02:07 PM

It does not apply to my case, since I do not own a diesel car...........

[Edited by: contiki at 6/19/2013 2:02:54 PM EST]
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drgeeforce
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 1:37:47 PM

2011 Passat TDI 44mpg hwy 35 mpg city
2010 MB GL350 BTC 29mpg hwy 23mpg city

Both are running on B20 homebrew = 80% store bought + 20% home processed bioD



[Edited by: drgeeforce at 6/19/2013 1:41:53 PM EST]
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 7:07:25 AM

My diesel bus gets about 6 miles per gallon.
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davisadm
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2013 11:25:06 AM

Years ago I had a VW pickup diesel. Great mileage, I could get 50+ MPG!
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Jun 6, 2013 6:00:33 AM

It does not apply to my case, since I do not own diesel car
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snirt
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Message Posted: Jun 4, 2013 2:33:20 AM

2006 f-350
16.5-17.5 mpg city
19.5-21.5 mpg hwy
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dassfg
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Message Posted: May 28, 2013 5:07:27 PM

2012 Jetta TDi 47+ highway 41 city

2011 Jetta TDi 43 highway 37 city

I believe the computer on the 2011 was set up for gas - the 2012 runs more like a diesel
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Banjoe
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Message Posted: May 27, 2013 8:16:43 AM

39 with all city driving.
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borsht
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Message Posted: May 27, 2013 7:24:44 AM

The Sprinters get over 25 MPG.
http://www.mpgomatic.com/dodge_sprinter_van_0907.htm
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tdioiler
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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 11:32:34 PM

This is what I get in mixed city driving loop in warm weather. Cold starts really drop the avg. as my commute is only 28 miles.

Up to 2005 VW had some quality issues. Most have gone away. But I've seen the MB numbers almost double in reported issues. I won't touch a Benz as I see too many parked with passenger signals on. That looks real good...
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geno700
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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 10:09:03 AM

03 duramax crew cab 22 mpg. chipped , exhaust, cold air intake.
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hyeglenn
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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 9:09:08 AM

14 city 18 hwy
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sagnat
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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 4:16:47 AM

last tank was a nice 43.5 MPG for the entire tank. The vehicle - a 2012 VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI.
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ProfDude
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Message Posted: May 15, 2013 12:16:58 AM

Averaging 31+ mpg in my daily driver - probably 40% stop and go overall.

EPA rated 23/32

2008 M-B E320 Bluetec, V-6 running premium diesel whenever possible.
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: May 14, 2013 9:31:11 PM

2011 Silverado 2500HD crew cab diesel. I get around 20 on the highway.
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63pioneer
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 6:10:47 AM

21 - 22 mpg
1999 Dodge 2500 "Club Cab" w/long bed diesel
The newer diesel trucks don't get near the mileage as the older ones and all kinds of pollution devises and now have to use so kind of exhaust fluid for them to even run which makes it more expensive than it used to be!
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hyeglenn
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:39:37 AM

Full size Chevy Crew Cab 4-WD 20mpg.
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 7:17:01 AM

I know someone that has a TDI-based Jetta with a manual transmission. He has gotten over 60 mpg on road trips.
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sagnat
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 5:19:25 AM

2012 Jetta Sportwagen TDI, 38,000 miles today and have averaged 41.5 MPG for the life of the car (11 months). Since the start of 2013 my commuting average has been 44.1 MPG. Fuel mileage is climbing as it breaks in.
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dgsteven
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 3:11:49 AM

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bonbNJ
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 5:02:13 AM

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ProfDude
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 10:31:35 PM

My diesel experience is with cars. 4 of them over the years.

2004 VW Jetta TDI - have hit 50 mpg on a few different long trips (Chicago-Minneapolis, for example). Typical highway closer to 45 mpg. Average including suburban and urban commuting around 37 mpg. Daughter drives this one now. She likes the fuel economy and the price differential is sometimes favorable to diesel here.

In deference to Wamster's comments, I would not buy this VW Jetta again either, marginal VW quality and some poor general engineering - but nothing to do with the diesel powertrain. That's solid. Some cars and trucks are not as well built as others. That is not the same as throwing out the technology as a whole.

My daily driver now is a 2008 M-B E320 Bluetec. Average 31 mpg+ roughly 40% city / 60% highway. I bought this used (CPO) and paid very little premium over a comparably used gasser. I expect to keep this a while and as such the diesel investment should pay for itself. In the meantime, I use less fuel than a comparable model from the same line, and enjoy the performance characteristics just as much.
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Cummins2500
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2012 7:05:05 PM

2nd cousin who had a 06 VW TDI diesel, 6 speed, when he drove it crazy he would get 40-42 mpg but it could get 48-50 mpg when driven like a sane person. As for only having a diesel if you tow a lot I say BS, I had a 2005 1/2 ton pickup with a 3.7 V8 that could only get 16 mpg Hwy, my 3/4 ton with its diesel engine gets 19-20 on the Hwy empty, towing 12-13 mpg.

Yes you pay more to get a diesel engine option but you also get more $$$ when you get rid of it and you don't get hit big time for high miles like you do for gas engines. FYI diesel truck engines have a service life (depending on manufacture) between 350,000-500,000 miles, 1 million miles if you take good care of it.
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DesertRat2011
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2012 11:58:44 AM

Average for my 2002 TDI VW Jetta is just under 46 for the 10,000 miles I have put on it sence buying it eight months ago.
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Daurel
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 8:42:16 AM

taxtaxtax;

You are wrong and you have no proof.
Most Diesels go OVER 100K before any Major service work is needed.
oil changes are done at over twice the mileage.
What car can compete with the VW TDI or the beetle? One guy at work has a TDI with over 150K new timing belt and valve adjustment ONLY! 45mpg regularly driving 75-80 mph.
Not many if any gas burners can say that Hybrid? NOT when He drives 65mi ONE way. also asked him what year it was 2003!!!! The new ones get even better.

I can not post links and I do not want to post the two pages comparing Diesel to gas cars and the gas cars louse hands down again Hybrid cost ranging from $44000.00-$35000.00 vrs diesel $28000.00.

I still want to know where you are going to get the replacement battery because China is the supplier of Lithium as of now and that can go up at any time THEY Chose.
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LDG2012
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2012 11:37:11 PM

2011 Jetta TDI I average around 40's. When it gets broken in it should go up a little.
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taxtaxtax
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2012 2:50:11 PM

I believe a diesel is only justifiable when you're going to pull heavy loads regularly, with the key-word being regularly. (Read PhilnTX's post below, can't agree more with him)

Otherwise it's a total waste of money: costs more to buy, costs more to maintain (repairs etc.)

Some people require such a truck though, for compensation purposes ;-)
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2amy
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 6:12:40 PM

2007 silverado 3/4 ton. When empty I get about 16 to 18 mpg. When I pull my 12000 pound trailer I get between 12.5 to 14.5 mpg.
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PhilnTX
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 11:11:29 AM

2006 Duramax 3/4 ton: 20MPG highway, empty (calculated not DIC)
17-18MPG daily driving (keeping boost under 5lbs)

My 2010 5.3 Silverado gets 18-20MPG (Calculated) when empty on the highway

However, when pulling or carrying a load it's a completely different story.

Silverado gets 6-7 MPG when pulling my trailer
Duramax gets 14-15MPG when pulling the same trailer.

If you are not pulling a trailer (on a regular basis) or carrying a full load in the bed, a gas truck is probably a better deal for you.

The diesel carries a surcharge of at least $5000 over the same gas truck. (that would pay for a lot of gasoline.)
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DesertRat2011
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:59:49 AM

If you are going to tow a diesel is the only way to go. Better power along with better mpg. My diesel Jetta has over 143k and my diesel truck over 225k miles.
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Daurel
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2012 11:44:16 AM

Had a Nissan Titan 5.8 gas 12-14 in town 17.5 Highway tops. Towing 9-11 top Mpg.
I have a Ford F-250 2012 6.7 diesel 15.3 in town 20.6 Highway. Towing same trailer as Titan 16.8 Top Mpg.I have only 1300 mi on it wait until I get it broke in!!!

[Edited by: Daurel at 1/22/2012 11:44:50 AM EST]
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rhail2
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2012 1:36:20 PM

12 gal.
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2012 11:02:27 AM

I'm interested in the VW TDIs and the great mileage they get. Similar technologies are also of interest. Standard diesels hold little interest for me though.
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wamster
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2012 9:57:27 AM

2006 Ford F250 Lariat 4 x 4, 6.0 diese averaged 13.8 mph. 23 highway. Be aware diesel engines are more expensive to fix. I grew to hate this vehicle because the thing broke down a lot. If you're hauling something, then diesel might be the way to go, but I will never purchase a diesel again.

They're noisier, and at least in the larger engines, you have two batteries. I would check on available maintenance plans too. Ford lied to me and said the $3000 I paid covered everything. The diesel package only covers 13 components. 3 fuel injectors clogged in 1 week, number 1 cylinder glow plug module replaced at $1300, sliding rear window assembly was $982.

[Edited by: wamster at 1/21/2012 10:01:36 AM EST]
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MOREDLEG
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2012 5:35:21 PM

I had a 2004 Dodge 1/2 t with a 5.7, got around 14 MPG unloaded
I bought a 2006 Dodge 1 T with CTD, I get about 18 MPG unloaded, A all highway tank I can keep 20 MPG driving 65.
You will save on fuel cost, and longeviety and power.
Down side is the initial cost, and maintenance.
I LOVE MY CTD.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2012 11:06:03 AM

Volkswagon jetta tdi 2005. 39mpg city 58mpg hwy. Canadian figures.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2012 11:06:01 AM

Volkswagon jetta tdi 2005. 39mpg city 58mpg hwy. Canadian figures.
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Volkswagon jetta tdi 2005. 39mpg city 58mpg hwy. Canadian figures.
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Schumi
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2012 8:56:40 AM

Averaging over 47 MPG (5L/100km) of combined city and highway driving, on my '02 VW Jetta TDI.
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DesertRat2011
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2012 10:45:05 AM

46mpg for my VW Jetta. Truck is used mainly to only tow my 5th wheel trailer or horse trailer. Both weigh over 12,000 lbs. Get 11-12 mpg towing
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gvan
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2011 2:19:52 PM

The best gas model I saw was a Toyota Tacoma with a four cylinder engine and a manual transmission. 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.
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oilpan4
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2011 7:49:20 PM

"will a Toyota Diesel be available soon"?
It has been for years, just not in the U.S.
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2011 7:45:08 PM

I have a 2011 Silverado 2500HD with the Duramax. I only have 7000 miles on it, but the last road trip, I made 18.4 mpg.
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mustangman02232
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2011 2:51:54 PM

on average 19-21 mpg on my 2004 f350 powerstroke, I dont think ive ever had a full tank of fuel on ideal conditions though so it could be even better
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matt8sj
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2011 9:44:29 PM

will a Toyota Diesel be available soon?
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Bus936
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2011 5:55:44 AM

I don't own a diesel vehicle, never have, never will.
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oilpan4
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2011 5:10:28 PM

I have a 1984 diesel suburban. Its new 6.5L engine is a mix of parts from 1984 to the late 1990s.
The old engine was able to get 27mpg highway, I think the new engine will be good for 29mpg. Its been modified quite a bit.
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