- Nov 24, 2006
- Auburn WA
- 2014 Passat TDI SEL Premium (sold back), 2009 Jetta (sold back), 80 Rabbit diesel (long gone)
I stopped at a BMW and Mercedes dealer today (I'm out of town and was bored). MB says no definitive word on diesel in the C-Class, but he indicated strong customer support for it. When I went next door to BMW, they only had one 335d (didn't ask about the X5). It is the same at the dealers around my house. Plenty of 328 and 335i models available, but it's almost impossible to find a 335d. And this was in California, San Diego as a matter of fact! Looks to me like the US may finally be getting the idea.cptmox said:There needs to be a shift, but not necessarily a major major shift. Americans would jump on board the diesel bandwagon if:
1. An enviro-nut like Al Gore proclaimed diesels as an excellent green option to gas. Actually, this is a plausible scenario if we were able to significantly ramp up biodiesel production, and manufacturers adjusted their warranties to accept 100% BD consumption.
2. Price of fuel goes up to $4, $5, maybe $6 a gallon.
3. The US adopts a new $.50/gallon tax on gas, but in order to save the economy some of the backlash from such a move, taxes on diesels are not increased.
My daughter traded her Touareg in for a slightly used 2009 Jetta TDI Saturday. I figure the fuel savings alone for her will cover 6 months worth of payments per year. All it took was a test drive for her and her husband. When I saw the grin on his face when they got back to the dealer (I was watching my granddaughter for them) I knew I had another convert