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Old 01-28-2013, 04:15 PM
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Gas prices went up already, 30 cents from Wednesday to Saturday night at our Safeway.

If you are looking for just for MPG in your car then you can find cars that will net you 40+mpg. Now you added the fact that you want it to last 10+ years too that changes things a little. Do you know how many miles you plan on driving it per year?

Either way if you do end up looking at a diesel remember to factor in all the costs. The biggest one is the initial cost of the engine upgrade. In the new truck world you can count on a $6000 bump when going from gas to diesel. If I recall right when looking at the VW Passat a few years ago the upgrade ran about $2500, so you have to add that to your cost per mile. If you are planning to keep the car for 10 years then you should recoup that cost.

Also as Corbet mentioned the PM can be costlier. Engine holds more oil, fuel filter needs to be replaced more often, injectors can clog easier than gas ones. Also the parts tend to be more expensive.

Not trying to talk you out of buying one, I would buy a diesel car now if I had the chance. I do have a diesel truck that I used as my DD until we bought the Mini last month, saving us about $300 a month in fuel.

Have you put the numbers down on paper yet? once you do that you will have your answer.

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Old 01-28-2013, 04:39 PM
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Also as Corbet mentioned the PM can be costlier.
Not as much as in the past though. Dee's ML320 has a V-6 CDI diesel. The oil capacity on it is only 2 qts more than the gas version, and just like the gas version the oil changes are done at 15K intervals. It has 100K miles on it and other than routine oil/filter stuff the only other cost has been replacing a cam position sensor which was $100.

If you are deciding purely on the cost/benefit analysis, get a gasoline rig. Regular gas will always be cheaper, the up front purchase price is less and they are easier to get serviced reliably at more locations.

But if you want better performance at elevation, especially if you will ever tow with the rig, I would go diesel.
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Well I drove home a Certified Pre-owned 2012 Turbo Diesel Jetta tonight. It may not be cheaper overall than a regular gas vehicle, but it sure is a fun ride and it was a good deal overall for me. I'm looking forward to seeing how many miles I can get out of a tank on this pricey new diesel...
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:27 AM
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Awesome you are going to love that car! We test drove one and I fell in love but could just not swing the price, we had a trade and could not get together on a price.

Enjoy the ride and keep us posted on your CPM and MPG
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This TDI jetta is kind of spooky. I drove it all day and the fuel gage !finally! dropped one division at the end of the day. I was beginning to think it was broke. Corners almost like my vette. Not so much on accleration, but it really is a little rocket for what's under the hood. So far very, very happy with this little turbo diesel...
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Auto or manual?

Get it chipped. That was the best money we ever spent on a car.

Check this guy out, he was great to work with.
http://www.dieselland.net/
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Love my TDI. I love the power in the hills and a fuel miser.

you'll get used to the gas gauge . I fill up every two weeks.

Pm might be costlier on a Truck but not my little VW. I've only ever changed the oil replaced a couple glow plugs, timing belt, brakes once. I like the $ of tires and other maint items
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:48 PM
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Auto or manual?

Get it chipped. That was the best money we ever spent on a car.

Check this guy out, he was great to work with.
http://www.dieselland.net/
Auto. Not going to chip it. Got started down that path with the vette and never stopped. This car is my new DD.
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Diesel Cruze aimed at the Jetta buyers

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505145_1...-cruze-diesel/
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Looks like it has that AdBlue urea tank in the trunk. No thanks...
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