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Unread 12-09-2007, 08:04 PM   #1
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I never really have under stood why diesel is not that popular here in america, when it seems to be superior to gas. I meen the diesel patriot is suposed to get around 50 mpg on the highway and 30 in the city. Seriously thats like rivaling a civic or something. Why is that not in america yet?

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Unread 12-09-2007, 08:08 PM   #2
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I never really have under stood why diesel is not that popular here in america, when it seems to be superior to gas. I meen the diesel patriot is suposed to get around 50 mpg on the highway and 30 in the city. Seriously thats like rivaling a civic or something. Why is that not in america yet?
pretty simple ... the engine doesn't meet emission requirements. yet.
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Unread 12-11-2007, 01:32 PM   #3
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Diesel is now more expensive (in my area) than gasoline which helps negate the mileage disparity.
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Unread 12-11-2007, 05:27 PM   #4
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yea, same here. gas....$2.63/gal compared to diesel at $3.39/gal. BIG difference!
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Unread 12-11-2007, 05:40 PM   #5
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As a diesel owner (truck) I hear a lot of women say they "would never use that nasty pump". The fuel is dirty and so are the pumps. I think that has a small part to do with it. Plus not all stations have it and when they do of the 15 pumps 1 will have diesel. It never fails some jerk is parked in the diesel pump and the other 14 are open. I put up with this every day. Not to mention they need to be pluged in when it is cold. Not everyone wants to mess with that either. They make more noise and people don't like change.
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Unread 12-13-2007, 05:52 PM   #6
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I cant understand why either. They could'nt keep the liberty CRD's in stock. maybe because all the farmers would buy them..lol..

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Unread 12-13-2007, 06:40 PM   #7
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I can understand why. The largest segment of the buying public, those of us that grew up with the noisy, dirty, messy, cantankerous, foul smelling behemoths of the 70’s and 80’s have trouble believing that they could be refined enough to be used for daily transportation. You could tell that a diesel was coming blocks away with all of the rattling that they do. They were laborious on acceleration and about the only thing that they were good for was pulling a heavy load and running the freeways. Right or wrong, that's our perception.

Things have changed. I’ve been over to the UK a couple of times in the past few years and there are some sweet running, quiet diesels over there from many different manufacturers. Now if they would get the emissions worked out we could have something that used half the amount of fuel, has quick acceleration and meets the mileage standards that the Feds are going to impose on all of the manufacturers.

Most of these “improved” diesels are in the foreign markets because they simply don’t have to pass the same pollution standards as N.A.
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