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  • Started by need4speed May 28, 2008 at 7:33 pm
  • Last post by scarsgo May 29, 2008 at 5:53 pm
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  1. #1 May 28, 2008 at 7:33 pm

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    Hi, I was hoping to get some advice. I'm in the market for a new car (I'm definitely buying used) and I want better gas mileage. I'm considering a 2006 prius, but I'm also considering a 2006 golf TDI. I've never owned a diesel (not really even driven them much) and wanted to see generally what people thought about the comparison. The main reason I'm considering it is that I've got a long highway commute and I don't do a lot of city driving so a diesel might work better for me. I'd appreciate any feedback, particularly on the diesel! Here are the two specific cars:
     

     

  2. #2 May 28, 2008 at 9:45 pm

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    Originally posted by need4speed  Hi, I was hoping to get some advice. I'm in the market for a new car (I'm definitely buying used) and I want better gas mileage. I'm considering a 2006 prius, but I'm also considering a 2006 golf TDI. I've never owned a diesel (not really even driven them much) and wanted to see generally what people thought about the comparison. The main reason I'm considering it is that I've got a long highway commute and I don't do a lot of city driving so a diesel might work better for me. I'd appreciate any feedback, particularly on the diesel! Here are the two specific cars:


    the price of diesel vehicles is dropping out of sight since the price of diesel has surpassed gasoline in price by a dollar a gallon
    a 20 gallon tank of fuel will cost you $20.00 more in diesel
    diesel pickup trucks i was selling for $25,000.00 are now bringing $15,000.00
    be careful of buying diesel
     

     

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  3. #3 May 29, 2008 at 10:09 am

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    Hi,

    I would go for the VW TDi, and here's why.

    First, as you say, diesel does get better mileage on the highway than hybrids. Hybrids get great mileage in city driving, but on the highway they get about the same as the city or sometimes less, because the gas engine is running more.

    The TDi should get 50 - 60 mpg on the highway. Also, diesels will last 200,000+ miles easily.

    As for the fuel cost, diesel does cost more than gas right now. I don't know if that will change or not. You'd think that diesel would be cheaper, but that isn't the case. However, you could make your own biodiesel, and save lots of money. You can buy a biodiesel kit for about $2,000 and use it to make up 40 gallon batches of bio diesel for a total cost of about $0.70 to $1 per gallon, assuming you can get used cooking oil for free. (You should be able to make some deals with some local restaurants to pick up their cooking oil for free.) The TDi will run on this biodiesel fine, with no modifications to the car.

    You do have one other option: you can check out a regular, non-diesel or non-hybrid car, which would be cheap to purchase, that gets mid-30s or better on the highway. Calculate how many miles you will commute, how much fuel you will use, and compare the cost using the price of gasoline vs. the price of diesel... and compare that to the money saved by buying a used, gasoline-powered car. I had a 1997 Honda Civic HX 5-speed that was rated at 37 mpg city, 45 mpg highway, and I was able to get the rated 45 mpg on the highway. Obviously that's an 11-year-old car now, so finding one in good condition might be hard, but might be worth a look.

    I think if I had a long commute though, and was buying a newer car, I would go the TDi route and make my own biodiesel.
     

     

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  4. #4 May 29, 2008 at 5:53 pm

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    Corsa is right on the money here. I wouldn't even think for a nanosecond before casting my vote for a diesel. If we were talking big diesel trucks that is another subject... but for small daily driver cars I'll take a diesel any day. biggrin image
     

     

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