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Old November 13th, 2018, 09:57   #1
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Default Anybody know why the price of diesel seems so high these days?

For most of my TDI ownership time (which is admittedly only a few years on-and-off) the price of diesel has been fairly close to the price of regular 87 unleaded. Sometimes a few cents higher, occasionally little lower, but not too much difference. But for the last month or so I'm seeing diesel being 15-20 cents/L higher than 87 gas. It's closer to 91 gas these days! Is there any particular reason for this that I don't know about? Or is it just my local area where this is happening?
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Old November 13th, 2018, 11:53   #2
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Typically prices match gas in summer or even a bit lower. Come fall and winter, diesel competes with home heating oil, more demand = higher price. This was the first summer that diesel was higher than gas that I've seen. Some reserves have diesel at .97, considered getting a couple of 55L drums and stocking up, but haven't yet.
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Old November 15th, 2018, 07:42   #3
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In Waterloo it looks like Regular 87 is $1.08/L and Diesel is $1.27/L

That's an 18% difference.... I don't recall if it's been that high before...

When the Ford PC's took power, and they promised tax savings at the pump, did Diesel get missed?

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Old November 15th, 2018, 09:47   #4
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Well Cdn $ 1.27 looks like a bargain to me since here in Mexico I pay Cdn $ 1.40 for Diesel and I do not even know if it is still LSD or already ULSD as had been promised a year ago.
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Old November 16th, 2018, 13:16   #5
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found this fairly recent article linking changes in the shipping industry to increased future demand for diesel.....

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/imo...fuel-1.4880166
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Old November 16th, 2018, 15:03   #6
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found this fairly recent article linking changes in the shipping industry to increased future demand for diesel.....

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/imo...fuel-1.4880166
thanks for the article. This will probably impact my industry and many others.
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Old November 16th, 2018, 16:14   #7
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I'll just smile and drive my W8 again this winter and put off my TDI swap. Yesterday was the official opening of the "drifting" season.
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Old November 28th, 2018, 08:39   #8
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Price difference is even more now... Filled up at cdn tire in Waterloo..

$1.26 diesel
$0.99 87 octane....

Had the price difference been this bad? We've only had diesels for 6 yrs, but I don't remember it being that bad....

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Never have I seen the difference be that bad...
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Old November 28th, 2018, 09:29   #10
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Price difference is even more now... Filled up at cdn tire in Waterloo..

$1.26 diesel
$0.99 87 octane....

Had the price difference been this bad? We've only had diesels for 6 yrs, but I don't remember it being that bad....

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First time I've seen it this bad. Lots of times I've seen the exact opposite though, so there's that.


I've seen some stations start to drop prices in the past week, down by 10c/l or so, which you don't usually see this time of year.
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Old November 28th, 2018, 10:05   #11
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Is it a matter of diesel prices being high or just gas being abnormally low. I haven't seen prices below $1/L for gas in about a decade!
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Old November 28th, 2018, 14:04   #12
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Is it a matter of diesel prices being high or just gas being abnormally low. I haven't seen prices below $1/L for gas in about a decade!
Gas was below a dollar last summer lol...

I just laugh when I see the price of diesel... Still miss the tdi sometimes but I don't miss being gouged for diesel in the winter, or having to freeze my ass for half an hour till the engine gets warm...
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Old November 28th, 2018, 14:08   #13
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Maybe this has something to do with the price of diesel......

Canada's Largest Oil Refinery Shut After Diesel Unit Blast


"Irving Oil Corp.ís refinery in New Brunswick, a major supplier of fuel to the northeastern U.S., was shut after an explosion and fire in a diesel unit......."


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...explosion-fire
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Old November 29th, 2018, 07:53   #14
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Gas was below a dollar last summer lol...
Really? I must have missed that entirely. I was driving a GTI at the time so I never looked at the price of Regular.
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