Originally Posted by peteym44
I am new to the forum. Appreciate all the information regarding the JGC diesel. I am awaiting delivery of mine in about 2 weeks. Very excited!!! I am bit anxious though because this will be my first diesel vehicle. Been trying to understand whether there are maintenance items that I need to be aware of on a more frequent basis. I will be doing mostly highway driving (about 60 a day) with some local driving as well. Any advice from the pros on this forum would be greatly appreciated. I understand that is very open ended but any obvious checklist items would be awesome for a diesel newbie like myself. Thanks.
You will be very happy with the diesel as a commuter vehicle. I've driven nothing but for last 10 years and it has been such a great change from the gas vehicles I've had.
As for maintenance the diesel requires LESS maintenance than a comparable gasoline engine. Expect the following (my experience)
Modern diesels do consume oil normally. It is not abnormal to have to add a liter between regular maintenance intervals.
Don't be alarmed at the colour or smell of the oil if you do check it. It will be nearly black and may smell oilier than you might expect. This is completely normal.
DO NOT use anything but the exact oil specified by the manufacturer. Anything other than the special low ash euro oils WILL clog the particulate filter and cause you grief.
Do buy your fuel where they sell a lot of it. This will ensure you get the benefit of the seasonal blends that are automatically delivered to the station as required. If you do this you do not need to bother with additives or stabilizers or other fuel mix products.
No need to service any more regularly than the service reminder in the Evic suggests. The electronic service calculations are conservative enough as it is.
Most diesels don't hit their stride until at least 25k on the odometer. Expect your already good mileage to continue to improve over a long period of time. It will drop in winter due to the antigel additives.
When you get home after giving your JGC diesel a heavy workout let it sit at idle for a couple of minutes. This will ensure that all those hot components get a chance to cool down. Turbo parts especially.
I keep a rubberized work glove under the drivers seat so i can deal with the fuel handles that have not been cleaned or have been doused with fuel by the last customer. Your hands and clothes will stink of diesel all day if you get any on yourself.
You will love the low end torque and the zf transmission is the best I've ever driven.
I doubt you will ever buy anything but a diesel again!
Congratulations on your new purchase!