Sources: Auto Car, Audi
quote: All vehicle manufacturers are looking to improve efficiency across the board due to increasing stringent government requirements relating to fuel economy.
quote: The Obama Administration should stay out of our lives. First he forces us to sign up for Obamacare at $500/month and if you don't, you get fined a minimum of $95. Now he's forcing automakers to produce more and more complex cars which are increasingly more expensive to manufacture and repair.At the same time, automakers must stop making perfectly good, durable, models. I take trips to the major metropolitan area nearest to me, about 120 miles away. When I go there, I go on major buying sprees. I literally fill up my full-sized car. The automaker no longer makes this model, probably because of government MPG requirements. I cannot go down there in some subcompact.President Obama really does seem to be an out of touch law professor who has no clue anymore what it means to struggle to succeed.
quote: I've read on forums of VW owners (2008 R32, Golf Fahrenheit, etc) spending upward of $5000 to replace the clutch pack of their DSG. Many of them junk their cars.
quote: combines a traditional torque converter (for low-speed driving) with a DCT once the vehicle is up and moving at higher speeds
quote: Germans = let's make this as complex as possible ;)
quote: Ten speeds seems like overkill
quote: My girlfriends Mazda 3 Skyactive gets the same mileage as the Jetta TDI on cheap regular gas. With none of the expensive maintenance costs associated with diesels, expensive fuel, reliability problems or obnoxious rigid maintenance schedules. Diesels had their place once, I just don't see the point in it for passenger vehicles. Leave it to the Japanese makers to find practical, workable solutions to problems. The Germans...not so much.
quote: I think reclaimer has become a marked man ;)
quote: but it's pretty obvious to me that people don't like being told (rightly or wrongly) that they chose an inferior technology, especially when it comes to their car.
quote: And I think I just fell out of my chair. This coming from YOU, is beyond hypocritical.
quote: I'm not really for or against modern diesels, but it's pretty obvious to me that people don't like being told (rightly or wrongly) that they chose an inferior technology, especially when it comes to their car.
quote: By Mint on 5/14/2014 7:52:11 AM , Rating: 3
quote: Diesel fans don't like him saying it has reliability problems or obnoxious maintenance,
quote: He may well be correct, but it doesn't matter.
quote: A station wagon that rides higher, handles worse, is heavier, and gets worse fuel economy.