Thinking About Buying a Diesel in 2018?
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I have never been a fan of Diesel engines, even if they have a lot more torque compared to a conventional gasoline engine, but today, in 2017, almost 2018, if you’re planning to buy a brand new car equipped with a Diesel engine… you would need serious reasons.
First of all, in most countries, Diesel strict regulations apply. In some big cities, you can’t enter the city center if you have a Diesel.
In the UK, taxes for Diesel powered cars are getting higher and higher.
Volvo also recently claimed that they are not investing any more money in Diesel engine development, they are now focusing mainly on Electric Vehicles.
Yet, some folks really think that black smoke from Diesel is funny.
OK, despite all this, despite the strict regulations, emissions, harmful gases, particulate matter, here’s what really boggles me when it comes to Diesel engines:
– you have more expensive parts, and trust me, they fail faster compared to a gasoline engine. In Europe, in Romania, we have 50% gasoline and 50% diesel cars. I work in a car service, and trust me, out of 10 cars with problems, 8 are Diesel.
– you have a Diesel Particulate Filter which has a lifetime of around 200,000km and it needs proper maintenance – regenerations made on time, replacement, chemical treatment, and a brand new one costs anywhere around $2,000. You can learn more about DPFs by clicking the card above.
– difficult cold start – it’s true that modern Diesel engines with common rail injection technology start faster than older generation Diesel engines, but it still can’t compare to a gasoline engine. Plus, it heats up slowly, and its efficiency decreases.
– it’s more expensive at the initial purchase – a Diesel engine costs from $1,500 to $5,000 more at the initial acquisition.
So, I’m asking you again… are all these things… worth it?
Now, here’s when you should consider buying a Diesel in 2018:
If you have a local store, a local company and you need vans to transport goods. A Diesel is welcome here.
If you drive over 30,000km or 20,000 miles per year and at least 70% of this mileage is driven outside town, preferably on the highway.
If you don’t live in an extremely cold area.
And here’s a POWER TIP: In case you buy a Diesel, don’t go after the most powerful version, don’t chiptune it, don’t EVER buy bi-turbo or twin-turbo Diesel configurations, stick to an Inline4, Inline6 or a V6 Diesel engine.
If I had to buy a Diesel engine right now, I would probably buy a 3.0L Inline6 or a 3.0L V6 Diesel engine with no more than 240HP.
So, if you’re buying a 2.0 Turbodiesel in 2018 just because you like how torque feels in a Diesel and you drive 300km a month… well… I guess I’ll keep my personal opinion private…
Now, I’m not saying that buying a brand new gasoline car is the answer. I would say that the smart choice in 2018 for the average consumer would be to buy a Hybrid or a Plugin-Hybrid. We don’t have enough charging stations and infrastructure to switch directly to electric vehicles, but hybrids are pretty much what we need today.
If you don’t have the money to buy a brand new Hybrid Electric Vehicle, buy a premium preowned one.
For example, in Europe you can buy a Toyota Yaris, which is hybrid, and which promises a fuel consumption of 3.5L/100km. No turbos, nothing too fancy, just a small gasoline engine, an electric motor, and a CVT transmission.
What can go wrong here?
I believe most countries have low taxes for hybrids and subventions, so in 2018 we should all start to purchase hybrids.