Originally Posted by adams73bu
well the hemi gets 20 mpg and the euro diesel now gets 33 i think? and thats without the 8 spd.. so doubt it would take too long to make up difference in fuel price.. especially since Id never put regular in my hemi anyway if I got that.. how bout performance wise? few reviews I saw on euro models say diesel just as quick to 60 mph or so is that really true? i would think some turbo lag would slow it down a fair amount despite the lower torque curve
Diesel here is $3, mid octane gas $2.50. 2.50 at 20 mpg is 12.5 cents per mile, 3 at 33mpg is 9 cents per mile, a difference of 3.5 cents. To recoup the near $5000 additional front end investment you'd have travel 5000/.035 or about 143,000 miles. Much longer if you finance, shorter if you think a diesel would be worth much more than a V8 in 10 years. Much longer if you factor in the significant diesel routine maintenance cost. Then you need to consider the risk of serious problems, you could probably swap in a couple new V8s for the price of fixing a diesel problem.
Just saying that, if you need or want a diesel, wait for it and buy one. From what I've read, those with the CRD love its performance. You can easily rationalize the CRD purchase cost by manipulating the numbers, ignoring certain costs, but it is more likely the diesel will cost you more over the course of say 100,000 miles than the V8 costing more. And there is quite a cost downside to the CRD if you have a serious problems
For example, a diesel injector is $500, where a gas injector is less than $100). A leaky diesel injector will quickly destroy a diesel engine but takes a while longer to hurt a gas engine.
They will have to at lease add emissions control equipment to the ero model, so called piss injection most likely. Another routine maintenance item.
If you want off the line performance in a WK2 regardless of cost, think about a STR8.
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