- Nov 24, 2006
- Auburn WA
- 2014 Passat TDI SEL Premium (sold back), 2009 Jetta (sold back), 80 Rabbit diesel (long gone)
In general, a fair and positive diesel article. The only cons listed deal with cost of fuel vs RUG, premium sticker price, and lack of diesel fueling stations. I don't particularly agree with the last point, but that might be just because the greater Seattle area has diesel available in what seems to be the majority of stations. In fact I know one very close station that just added diesel when they replaced their pumps. I know they didn't add any tanks, because the entire change only took a couple of weeks and there was no piles of dirt around.Good things about diesels
You can travel farther on a gallon. For example, a turbo-diesel VW Jetta boasts EPA numbers of 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway, while an equivalent gasoline-engined Jetta turns in 23/33. And if you check the “My MPG” tab of the Department of Energy’s fueleconomy.gov website and look at “shared MPG estimates,” you’ll see that many diesel drivers beat the EPA estimates hands-down.