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Old 07-09-2012, 06:08 PM   #43
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Dave, lots of people just don't want a big truck, the ones where diesels are offered. I have one myself, an F250 with a 7.3 liter Powerstroke in it. Tons of pulling power, great for when I have my dumping trailer loaded with rubble, but total overkill for pulling a small RV. In fact, hauling this dumping trailer is the only reason for me keeping this truck. I work in construction doing renovations and home building, and in this industry these days, there is little need for a big hauler.

My F250 does get near the same fuel economy as my Honda Pilot when towing my Escape 19, but towing is such a small part of any vehicle use. When not towing, the Pilot far exceeds it in fuel economy. Being smaller it is a much better vehicle to drive around and find places to park, and I am not afraid to take my F250 just about anywhere. Plus, it is way quieter with the windows rolled down.

North American sentiments towards vehicles, where the 'bigger the better' is starting to wane. Yes, there is still a strong need for large pickups in some sectors of industry, but truth be told, the vast majority bought are never are used to their capacity.

For the same reason that the LARGE pickups are bought with the big diesels for heavy hauling, the smaller vehicles should be fitted with them for lesser hauling situations, like light RV's, or even just for the payload capacity.

The main reason Ford does not bring the new larger Ranger to North America, is that it directly competes with the F150, the best selling vehicle ever on this continent. If the general mentality of people here get past the notion that they believe they need the biggest available hauler, and auto makers start offering a good hauler in a smaller size, they will become very popular as they are throughout Europe and Australia, and much of the rest of the world.

My big ol' diesel pickup has served me well, but I look forward to the day I can retire it from my service.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:13 PM   #44
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Those GM diesels where poorly converted gas based designs. GM hurt the American's perspective on diesels for decades with that very bad decision. More a reflection of 1970's GM dysfunction, than on diesel's merits.
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Those GM diesels where poorly converted gas based designs. GM hurt the American's perspective on diesels for decades with that very bad decision. More a reflection of 1970's GM dysfunction, than on diesel's merits.

I agree completely. My big humongous 3500 Silverado with Diesel gets about 20 - 22 mpg on the highway, NOT towing. (Last run showed 10.2 liters consumed per 100 km)

My Toyota 4 Runner struggled to get 17 mpg.

I never towed with the 4Runner, but the Silverado gets about the same pulling my Bigfoot as the Toy did without pulling anything! Even towing my BIG trailer (hauling heavy stuff - so trailer is getting up to 10,000 lbs - Chev still gets 14).

Volkswagen & Volvo sold diseasels here - and struggled to get the % into double digits.

Folks are used to seeing diseasel badges on BIG pickups, but will stand in line for hours just for the privilege of NOT buying a diseasel in a smaller vehicle.

GM in the past 50 years has been the poster boy for screwups - they have known as the "worst-managed company in the world" since at least the early 70's - probably longer.
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Volkswagen & Volvo sold diseasels here - and struggled to get the % into double digits.
From what I've heard, many the VW TDI models have waiting lists. There is no shortage of demand. What percentage of US VW sales are TDI? Not sure, but they are very popular. Used TDIs generally go for a nice premium over their gas counterparts.

While there is a large, unfair perception about diesels in the minds of many Americans, there is also a large and growing base of people who see the merits and want one!
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Those GM diesels where poorly converted gas based designs. GM hurt the American's perspective on diesels for decades with that very bad decision. More a reflection of 1970's GM dysfunction, than on diesel's merits.
It was just a sarcastic note - my daughter is only 30, she can't remember what happen 40 years ago. The GM disaster memories are often stated by the automotive media to discourage diesels.

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According to VW's website - you are correct! Diesel sales account for just under 19% of VW sales! (Heavy promotion of the 50 plus MPG pays off!)

The Ultra-Low Sulphur Diesel fuels are causing VW a lot of headaches however, as the Cetane number is often very low by European Standards. ULSD fuels seem to cause European seals to shrink and fuel systems to leak - apparently this is often an issue with Euro-diesels in N America, and Mercedes has issues because of it, too.
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According to VW's website - you are correct! Diesel sales account for just under 19% of VW sales! (Heavy promotion of the 50 plus MPG pays off!)
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Would you buy VW TDI?, if not your opinion is representing the none diesel 81% VW population. I represent the 19% VW population, I have one. If you can post a link to a very positive opinion from major automotive US press about any diesels I would be surprise. It is a no brainier to find a negative press especially if it relates to press' hunger for 6s/60mph or better acceleration.

Do you think there was any money flowing to promote negative diesel press, what ever that amount was it likely dwarfs VW TDI promotion.

What happen to Sprinter's 3.5-liter V6 gas engine, gone. So 100% of Sprinter population is buying diesels these days.

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According to VW's website - you are correct! Diesel sales account for just under 19% of VW sales! (Heavy promotion of the 50 plus MPG pays off!)

The Ultra-Low Sulphur Diesel fuels are causing VW a lot of headaches however, as the Cetane number is often very low by European Standards. ULSD fuels seem to cause European seals to shrink and fuel systems to leak - apparently this is often an issue with Euro-diesels in N America, and Mercedes has issues because of it, too.
I thought that EU has Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel fuel. I have 2006 TDI and have not heard about swelling gaskets. U.S. is 34th in Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Standards, EU countries are tops
You could be 81% right or not.

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So true!

Everything I read says that the US car makers will continue with the Hybrid technology. I also would love to have a Honda or Suby with a Diesel.
I get sick every time I think about our 1977 Honda Civic CVCC 5sp hatchback that got 54 mpg 47 city. Nope, no air bags, and I could not use it for towing, but the kids sure slept good in the back of it during vacations.
BTW...Honda timing belts are to be changed between 60,000 up to 110,000 or so. They last a long, long time even if not changed, but your taking a chance not doing the replacement. My son left his go on a 2000 Taco with 215,000 miles on it, before I got it. I had my mechanic change it and the water pump at the same time and he said the belt was ready to break at any moment (tons of cracks and dry). My Honda Element (2009) has a chain.
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Dave,

Would you buy VW TDI?, if not your opinion is representing the none diesel 81% VW population. I represent the 19% VW population, I have one. If you can post a link to a very positive opinion from major automotive US press about any diesels I would be surprise. It is a no brainier to find a negative press especially if it relates to press' hunger for 6s/60mph or better acceleration.

Do you think there was any money flowing to promote negative diesel press, what ever that amount was it likely dwarfs VW TDI promotion.

What happen to Sprinter's 3.5-liter V6 gas engine, gone. So 100% of Sprinter population is buying diesels these days.

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My son has a VW Jetta Diesel. He traded DOWN in terms of years (had a 2000 Passat) as he would not buy a diesel newer than '97 as he wanted the all-mechanical version. (And no, I do not know why)

Would I buy one? No. (I NEVER buy a car that is less than 5 years old - preferably a 10 year old! - I'm not a millionaire so I can't afford new or even new-ish) I have driven his. It gives a whole new meaning to the term Gutless!

Since I don't read the "Road and Driver" - er oops - I mean "Car and Track" type of magazines I have no idea what they are saying about diseasels. (Now if Hot Rod, or Street Rod was looking at them - I could likely quote the article!) I really DO like the Camaro with a Duramax in it that I saw in one mag recently!

I'm still somewhat surprised to find that I have purchased a 2006 pickup as that is the newest vehicle I have owned in the past 15years!

The way mine runs, I'm awfully tempted to change my plans for my '56 F100, and put a Duramax in it instead of the 500 cu in Caddy that I'm building for it!
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But people that don't own FG trailers might want a diesel too.
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Did you guys know that the Ford Transit Connect is rated to haul nada, nothing, not one pound. The owners manual states that you can't tow anything with this van. Now that doesn't mean they couldn't change it in the future, but I find it amazing that it can't tow anything.
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Yow! Zero tow rating for the Connect? Did not know that, but I guess considering the size of it......

Wonder what the "Full Size" Transit will be rated for when it hits N Am? Apparently Dorf is planning on calling them the "I-series" as in I-150, I-250, and I-350 replacing the E-250 etc series.
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According to VW's website - you are correct! Diesel sales account for just under 19% of VW sales! (Heavy promotion of the 50 plus MPG pays off!)
That's got to be dramatically higher than any other make sold in the US, at least not including trucks. Nearly 20% is fairly dramatic to me. And I suspect that percentage will only grow.
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