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Old 07-09-2013, 09:30 AM
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:36 AM
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Yup, but it's too bad diesel cars/trucks are required to have so many emissions nannies on them today. What was once considered an engine that was not only economical, it could run for a VERY long time without a lot of expensive maintenance now will require very expensive DPF filters, UREA tanks and pumps to be replaced.
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That's fine with the Vdub but you won't get anywhere near that mileage in everyday use. Low powered diesel's can be very economical but not very exciting to drive and power equals goodness in the US. That other Vdub that gets 282 mpg is extremely light and has a very low coefficient of drag body design.

There is nothing magic a bout a diesel engine.

Just making it clean and mostly particulate free for this country, is the challenge. You see unlike the Europeans and other so called evolved nations, we like breathing clean air here. Unless you actually want your family breathing diesel particulates and gargling urea

What makes a car or engine economical is primaily the weight and wind resistance factors and the speed that it is operated at.

Fer instance take my Titan P/U. It's motor is touted as a gas guzzler compared to the modern offerings by the big 3. Take that same 5.6l motor and put in into a sleek frame that weighs a 1000lbs less and the mileage will double to 30 mpg.
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Originally Posted by jerseysportfisher View Post
Yes but diesel emits particulates. Game over diesel. You can suppress them but they are a fact of life for diesel. One of the big reasons there was not a rush to embrace this in the US.
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My wife drives an Audi A3 TDI -S-line automatic. She is an aggressive driver (accelerates fast for no reason, speeds up to stoplights) and averages about 38MPG mostly city with a tad of highway. - I think I could average 42+ in her car
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Yes but diesel emits particulates. Game over diesel. You can suppress them but they are a fact of life for diesel. One of the big reasons there was not a rush to embrace this in the US.
we embrace it over here on the east coast, we like our diesel, you over their, have fun with your electric cars.
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Originally Posted by jerseysportfisher View Post
we embrace it over here on the east coast, we like our diesel, you over their, have fun with your electric cars.
You'll come around when you see how badly FF vehicles lose in street races waiting for their torque curves to happen. No offense, just having fun too.
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Originally Posted by aln View Post
You'll come around when you see how badly FF vehicles lose in street races waiting for their torque curves to happen. No offense, just having fun too.
i believe the fast 1/4 mile is Black Current III, 9.60's, we have street cars here in the high 7's. Try again


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5000 lb Touareg +29mpg TDI plenty of power
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Originally Posted by mikelindbeck View Post
5000 lb Touareg +29mpg TDI plenty of power
LOL we had a V8 Gas Touareg before the A3 loved that truck, so nice, and fast....it averaged about 13 MPG though with the V8!!

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