quote: Most smaller European diesels don't currently need urea injection, but new "Euro 6" emissions standards will arrive in September 2014. They're roughly equivalent to U.S. standards that have seen urea injection fitted to every passenger diesel sold in the States except the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta and 2014 Mazda6 diesel.
quote: At some point, the extra expense of a diesel car simply won't be worth the extra money
quote: Longer-term maintenance is causing worries too, with those necessary particulate filters often failing for city-bound drivers.
quote: economical low engine speeds mean exhaust gases don't get hot enough to burn off the particulate matter--leading to clogged filters and expensive replacements.
quote: Small gas engines improving
quote: Today, they're starting to disappear, replaced by tiny-capacity, turbocharged gasoline engines like Fiat's TwinAir and the 1.0-liter Ford Ecoboost. Volkswagen has said it will build no future diesel of less than 1.6 liters for its volume cars.
quote: there's much less difference in gallons of fuel consumed.
quote: Diesel fuel costs more, like a LOT more
quote: I'm not sure why you think that there are so many issues with VWs, but they are generally reviewed quite highly. Especially the diesel models.
quote: Diesels also have less parts to break and and maintain.
quote: Come on, you are just teasing him. He's talking about spark plugs, ignition coils, and spark plug wires. Those are countered in a diesel by glow plugs, DPF, and urea solution. Any dually meant to pull horse trailers or boats is going to be less frugal than a petrol model. A Jetta 2.5 or 2.0 is going to be less frugal than the TDI model. Same for the Passat and apparently for the E250.
quote: I guess I just can't argue with someone who thinks a jetta 2.5 is going to be less frugal the TDI model. Logic just went out the window there.
quote: I think most people assume diesels cost less to own, but they trade that off with convenience, noise, smell, and power.
quote: But yeah, people don't tend to realize that maintenance on a diesel tends to be more often and the parts can be quite a bit pricier. The other big issue is that a rated diesel mechanic can be double the hourly rate of your normal gas engine one.
quote: when you consider that gasoline engines will want roughly 3 times as many oil changes
quote: MOST cars for the first 5 years WILL NOT cost thousands in repairs. In fact most will only need regular maintenance.