Diesel EnginesJun 1st, 2016
When someone mentions diesels around San Diego, images of smoky, rattly trucks may spring to mind. The fact is that the modern clean diesel engine is much more refined than in the old days. Sure, diesel engines remain a very popular choice with heavy duty pick-up truck drivers in San Diego, but they are finding their way into nearly every segment of the CA automotive market. Why is that? Well, it's science.
Diesel fuel contains more energy than the same amount of gasoline. So it takes less diesel fuel to do the same amount of work as gas, and San Diego diesel drivers get more miles per gallon/kilometers per litre and lower emissions. In Europe, where fuel is very expensive and good fuel economy is very important, around half of passenger vehicles are powered by diesel engines. This goes for small economy cars all the way up to luxury vehicles.
The driving experience is also very good with diesel engines. In fact, San Diego residents may not even be able to tell the difference between riding in or driving a diesel powered vehicle. So what are the factors to consider when deciding whether or not to choose a diesel engine?
One consideration is price. Diesel engines cost more to build and are an extra cost option for most vehicles. So San Diego residents need to do the math to see how long it will take the increased fuel savings to pay for the extra up-front cost of a diesel engine. The cost of diesel fuel in San Diego is also a factor. There is no clear correlation between gas prices and diesel prices because the refining and distribution systems are so different. This means that the difference in price per litre for diesel and gasoline can vary a great deal depending on where you live in CA. Just watch diesel and gas prices for a while (or talk with a diesel owner in San Diego) so you can get a feel for how much price per gallon/litre figures into your purchase decision.
Also important to consider is your expected use of the vehicle. For example, if you tow heavy trailers or haul heavy loads around San Diego, the extra power many diesel engines offer (while getting better fuel economy than a gas engine) may sway your decision. Your highway/city driving mix may play into the decision as well. Diesels shine in the highway fuel economy department. And the more you drive in a year, the more attractive diesel engines become.
If your vehicle has a diesel engine, remember that it still requires maintenance like your gas powered vehicles always have. Oil changes, cooling system service, power steering, brakes, tires, etc., all need to be maintained. Some of the schedules may be different because of the unique design of diesel engines. Your friendly and knowledgeable UC Service Center service advisor will be able to help you properly maintain your diesel vehicle, helping it last longer and continue to deliver great performance and efficiency.
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