If you haven't looked into diesel engines lately, you may be interested in today's post. Why should you care about modern diesel engines? Fuel efficiency, for starters. Because diesel fuel has a higher compression rate than gasoline, it generates more power per barrel. This is especially advantageous for drivers who pull heavy loads with powerful trucks that are always thirsty.
There are still many misconceptions about diesel powered vehicles. Let's debunk some of the myths.
- Diesel Burns Dirty
This was true years ago. Since 2006, however, U.S. diesel vehicles have been required by law to use ultra-low-sulfur diesel or USLD. Modern diesels are soot-free and have a smaller carbon footprint.
- Diesels Are Sluggish
Not any more. They are as fast off the line as similar gasoline-powered cars. If your idea of fun is to spend an afternoon test-driving new cars, go take a spin in a diesel BMW or Porsche.
- Diesels Are Loud
Back in the day, you could hear a diesel motor from a mile away. Today's diesels run quiet.
- Diesels Have a Bad Resale Value
Actually, diesel vehicles have a lower depreciation rate.
Diesel engines require parts that are heavier and stronger. At West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair, we occasionally service diesel cars and trucks with over 300,000 miles. The heavy-duty parts make diesel vehicles a little more expensive new but due to the extra burliness, diesel engines last a lot longer. This is one of the reasons Cummins diesels inspire such a loyal following.
Furthermore, diesels can run on many types of alternative fuels unlike gasoline engines which require extensive modification. Another often-overlooked benefit is lower risk of fire. Diesel fuel is less flammable and won't explode like gasoline.
What about the drawbacks? Cold weather starting is one. Diesel engines can be hard to fire up when the temperature drops. However, an engine block heater can solve this problem. Talk to your helpful West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair service professional for more information.
If you are in the market for a new auto that's easy on gas, you might want to explore your diesel options. You may even qualify for a tax credit if you buy a clean diesel vehicle. Of course, diesels require regular maintenance like any other vehicle and the services are usually a little more costly due to the nature of the engines. But the extra cost is offset by the fuel economy and longer engine life.