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Jumpmaster82

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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:17:44 AM

To many car buyers, the green colored gas pump handle at the filling station is still a mystery. But that's the pump for the diesel -- a fuel for a growing number of family cars and SUVs. Indeed, more and more car buyers are choosing diesel for both fun and fuel economy.

Why do we want it? While the price of diesel in the U.S. is typically higher than gasoline prices, diesel engines get 20 percent to 40 percent better fuel economy than comparable gasoline cars. AOL readers, for example, report getting 49 mpg on the highway with the 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI on a regular basis.

What else is good about diesel? In a word, power. Step on the pedal of a Volkswagen Jetta diesel or the new Cruze diesel, and you might think you had the power of a V6 engine even though there is just a 2.0 liter.
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carloco75
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2013 12:44:00 AM

idiot author...
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kkimes
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 5:03:04 PM

Clean diesels have been here for several years. Nice to see that we will have a better selection though. Can't wait to try the Mazda6 with the skyactiv-D engine.
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streetdesign
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 4:52:16 PM

They are much improved. Love the great mileage and now cleaner running. Can't go wrong.
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Pielededrac
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 4:04:06 PM

When I go to Europe every year for business, I always rent a diesel car.
Diesel is cheaper, and the mileage is really amazing.
I had VW Passat, Mercedes C200, Audi A4, all diesel.
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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:03:01 PM

The article talks about the fuel, but doesn't get into catalytic converters, urea injection, and other additional reasons diesel cars are much cleaner nowadays. As for 'noise' I once test-drove a VW Beetle diesel. The extra sound wasn't much at all, and it produced the interesting effect of sounding like an old Bug, but much quieter. The current ones are probably no noisier than regular car, but I defer to actual owners to verify this.
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madison8359
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:39:03 PM

These new diesels are quiet, clean, powerful and very reliable.

I have one for more than a year.

Fuel mileage is great 26 city and over 35 highway. The vehicle is an X5 large and loaded.

Handles great and is powerful.

[Edited by: madison8359 at 6/28/2013 12:41:10 PM EST]
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chevydiesel1
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:35:01 PM

they're a lot quieter than the older ones.
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flatrock14
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:17:20 PM

are they still noisey
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schatzila
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:03:26 PM

Thought clean diesels are already here.
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:57:47 AM

mt 2002 jetta tdi still get 47 hwy and 34 city
automatic with air runnin cold, and i still love it almost 12 years later
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schvanda63
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:53:54 AM

listerone wrote "Yesterday's diesels were pretty bad.Today's are outstanding."

And there lies the problem. People are stuck with their heads in the past. They keep complaing "they're smelly, they're noisy" without actually going out and seeing TODAYS diesel cars & trucks. Until they do, diesel will keep having a hard time selling in the US, except to us enlightened few.

I've been driving a diesel vehicle since 1986.
1986 Ford Escort diesel 40+mpg
1997 Chevy Suburban 1/2 ton diesel 20+mpg
1990 VW Jetta TDI 40+mpg
1997 VW Jetta TDI 40+mpg
2000 VW Jetta TDI 40+mpg
2011 VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI 45+mpg
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Discovery02
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:22:02 AM

I got amazing mileage driving a diesel in Europe. Bring 'em on.
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listerone
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:33:17 AM

Yesterday's diesels were pretty bad.Today's are outstanding.
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BeemerBikerUT
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:13:23 AM

Thanks for the article.
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CaptainStall
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:07:58 AM

Still nowhere near as widespread as in Europe.
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BBF_PFS
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:06:49 AM

My Saturn SL2 has 240000 + miles on it and still gets 38 mpg. We need to get more cars like these on the road.
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BUSMAN1105
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:55:38 AM

WHY IS OUR DIESEL DIRTY??????????????????????????????????????????????????????
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mastermariner
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:52:53 AM

Not too soon
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EdWoods
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:50:27 AM

I don't buy it.... Last week, I found myself being "Challenged" by two gentlemen, both of whom were driving 2500 series Chevys with Duramax Diesels. I have a 2500 series Dodge Ram, All 3 trucks have Automatic Transmissions, 4X4, 4 door cabs. In other words, pretty evenly matched. Except that I have a 5.7 Hemi gas engine....... Short story is that we started tight together, at 1/4 mile they were farther back than I thought they would be. By a wide margin.
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fuel2use
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:45:21 AM

Cost to get into the game.
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DesertRat2011
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:42:15 AM

I have a 2002 Jetta & 2012 F-350 diesel & both are great!! When I replace the Jetta it will be with another diesel car. Last fill up with the Jetta that has 158k+ miles was 46.7 mpg. Diesel around here is the same or lower then regular gas.
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Tucker16
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:39:50 AM

It's about time.
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RitaVespa
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:32:23 AM

Yay! But I would rather have a CNG fueled vehicle
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OTISFL
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:29:12 AM

Not for this one!
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amoshins
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:26:57 AM

It's gonna take more than that for me to consider buying one
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LanguageMan1
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:19:04 AM

We'll see. It will be nice.
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