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The Top 5 Diesel Myths Debunked

What’s most important when looking for a car? Is it the size? The cost? Or is it the fuel economy? While it’s likely a combination of all three, the fuel efficiency of vehicles has risen in importance over the past several years. The rise in the importance of fuel economy correlates with the rise of diesel cars. Very few gasoline-powered cars can match diesel for fuel efficiency. While price, looks, and size are important, the increasingly high prices of gasoline and the movement for green cars means that diesel has emerged as one of the best options for car buyers. One of the key deciding factors for car buyers today is the MPG, which has been dominated by diesel.

Car buyers who want great fuel efficiency (meaning less trips to the gas station) as well as a great drive should absolutely discover diesel. Diesel cars manage to combine the powerful torque of trucks with the elegance, fuel-efficiency, and modernity of a green vehicle. Read on to learn about five diesel myths debunked!

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Diesel Myth 1. The only passenger diesel cars are German.

While it’s true that many diesel passenger cars are made by German companies (like VW), American companies like Ford, Chevy and Dodge easily sell tens of thousands diesel versions of their popular pickups annually. But it’s not just pickups that are diesel anymore. There are several models coming out in 2014 that are luxurious, powerful, and good for the environment. BMW, Jeep, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, and Ram are coming out, or have come out, with diesel cars. One of the most exciting ones to come out is the Chevy Cruze, which has 46 mpg. There’s a growing desire for diesel cars, which is creating a need for a variety of diesel cars.

Diesel Myth 2. Diesel fuel is impossible to find.

The truth is that the trucking industry has grown over the past several years and the growth of transportation means the growth of gas stations that have diesel. Finding diesel is not a big problem for car purchasers anymore. Even if one station in town doesn’t have it, another is certain to. Additionally, the ability of diesel cars to last a long time in between fill-ups means that there is less of a need to find diesel as frequently as petroleum users need to find gas.

Diesel Myth 3. Diesels are slow to start in the winter.

Older diesels, truthfully, did have difficulty starting in colder temperatures. Gas cars also had this issue, but they still started more easily than diesels. Today however, it is extremely rare for diesel cars to not have a block heater. It’s important to recognize if you’re in a colder part of the earth that you need to use the block heater. You can expect that most diesel cars built in the past decade to be much improved from their previous counterparts. Like any car, you have to do some maintenance on your diesel to make sure that everything is functioning properly. This will ensure that your car starts every time, no matter the condition of the weather!

Diesel Myth 4. Diesels cost a lot of money to maintain or repair.

Diesel prices are higher these days than they used to be, and diesels have to meet certain emissions restrictions set in place by the EPA but the idea that they cost a ton of money to maintain or repair is a myth. Diesel cars have the ability to last a long time. Most diesel owners find themselves in their cars for years. While the average oil change for a gas car is 3,000, the average diesel oil changes are 7,500-10,000. That’s more than twice the petroleum cars.

Diesel Myth 5. Diesel is not environmentally-friendly.

We at Victory Blue are delighted to inform our reader that this is simply no longer true! As a myth, this is our favorite one to debunk since we produce and distribute Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), which is a solution of urea and de-ionized water that, when injected into the exhaust stream, (a process known as selective catalytic reduction, or SCR) eliminates 90% of exhaust pollutants by converting them to nitrogen and water.  You can read more about DEF here, but it’s great to know that those diesels are actually burning cleaner than most petroleum cars!

Still not convinced?

Consider this: Diesel fuel has a higher energy density than gasoline. On average, 1 gallon (3.8 L) of diesel fuel contains approximately 155×106 joules (147,000 BTU), while 1 gallon of gasoline contains 132×106 joules (125,000 BTU). This, combined with the improved efficiency of diesel engines, explains why diesel engines get better mileage than equivalent gasoline engines.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, whether it’s about diesel or DEF, Victory Blue can help out.


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