Diesel or Gas?
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
10 Feb 07
WHen I was living in Europe I always thought Diesel was cheaper - and it was. But living in Canada that doesn't really happen the same way. I find that there are many more cars using diesel in europe than in here. In any case, my choice now goes to the hybrid car. I think it's a good alternative.
14 Feb 07
By gas do you mean petrol or LPG? Currently diesel is more expensive to buy here than both of those. My car runs on petrol and it does the job for me ... apart from the fact i can't afford a new car [wouldn't mind a hybrid but they are so expensiev!] I do a lot of kilometers a week when I work [over 500!] and i can do that on a little 40L tank of petrol. Hurrah for little cars =)
10 Feb 07
I've owned diesel and gas fed vehicles. If I were to purchase a car right now I'd go for a diesel vehicle. Why? Unlike what some believe that diesel is harder to maintain and that the parts are expensive, I guess it all depends on which part of the world you live in. I live in Asia and everything diesel here is cheap. Also, diesel is more fuel efficient and has tremendous torque. My 2.5L diesel SUV out punched the 2.0 civic back in the Phils. Of course the civic will eventually catch up and get ahead of me because after all it's a 2.0L EFI gas car and probably has a higher top speed because the diesel has a lower rpm range, not to mention my suv is heavy. To calculate a diesel engine vs. a gas engine. A diesel engine should always have a 1.0L advantage over a gas fed car. So if your car is a 2.0L gas then your opponent should be a 3.0L diesel.
14 Feb 07
here in Italy the difference between gas and diesel are so little, if you take count that the diesel are more expensive when you buy the car, now we have the gpl system (gas propane) that is a bit cheaper and work not bad, i think that is the best way for save money in Italy because this system is approved in the city where pollution restriction block the other cars!
• New Zealand
17 Feb 07
I will respond at two levels: 1. Total Cost of Ownership per km. 2. Environmental impact. 1. If you run in excess of 100 km/day and these are not start- stop- go travel then diesel offers lower cost of total ownership. i.e. Fuel, service, spare parts. (even after factoring in the cost of calibration of the Fuel Injection Pump). The economies get better if you are travelling with a load and on gradients, where the high torque at low rpm of diesels just outperform petrol engines. 2. Refining crude uses up huge amounts of energy. It takes a lot more energy to triggger the fractional distillation of petrol than it takes for diesel to be extracted. Having said the above, our reliance on fossil fuels, personal transportation as opposed to public transportation is cause for concern. We are burning up the legacy of millions of years of hydrocarbons, punching holes in the ozone layer, contributing to global warming and bankrupting the environment each time we turn on the ignition of that car, be it diesel or gas.