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#115 of 144 Re: Newbie, frustrated minivan mom [rustsd]
May 03, 2008 (9:12 pm)
Wow, you are so right about the whole ethanol thing! Very disappointing... And now, have you seen the prices for diesel?? Now what are we going to do? Will biodiesel be any better? I am at a loss of what to do when my present minivan konks out. I'm still leaning towards diesel, but, man, the prices are scary!
#116 of 144 Re: Newbie, frustrated minivan mom [odydrivermom]
May 25, 2008 (7:05 am)
I'm on board with those of you who are advocating a diesel minivan. We currently have a 2005 Sienna on lease that expires next month. I can extend the lease for six more months (through December '08), but have been holding out for a diesel (the only viable option to gas). Does anyone know if either Honda or Toyota has plans for a 2009 diesel option?
#117 of 144 Re: Newbie, frustrated minivan mom [casnapper]
May 25, 2008 (7:13 am)
"Does anyone know if either Honda or Toyota has plans for a 2009 diesel option?"
Short answer; not happening anytime soon, if ever.
FWIW, the only diesel minivans with a body style sold in the U.S. that sport diesel engines are the Chrysler versions, however, the Mercedes engined CRD minivans aren't available here in the U.S., and I wouldn't hold my breath until they are.
#118 of 144 Re: Newbie, frustrated minivan mom [shipo]
May 26, 2008 (12:56 pm)
Thanks for the reply to my post regarding a diesel minivan. I guess I'm just venting, but I don't understand why manufacturers are not marketing clean diesel options in the U.S. It just seems like such a natural fit to me since the U.S. market has such a lust for large SUV-type vehicles and diesel engines produce so much more torque and better fuel economy. As an advocate of this technology, I am frustrated that it is not available to us. It looks like I'm going to be signing up for another three years with a gasser.
#119 of 144 Re: Newbie, frustrated minivan mom [casnapper]
May 26, 2008 (6:15 pm)
To go along with that there are no SUVs that are available in Diesel either (other than the compact VW Torg.)
#121 of 144 Re: Newbie, frustrated minivan mom [paisan]
May 26, 2008 (8:17 pm)
Mercedes offers 3 sizes of diesel SUV. The GL320 CDI, ML320 CDI and R320 CDI and soon the smaller GLK320 CDI. You can also get the Dodge Sprinter is several configurations in all 50 states with diesel engines.
#122 of 144 Re: Newbie, frustrated minivan mom [gagrice]
May 27, 2008 (8:07 am)
All of those are on the expensive side, though.
Do any sticker under $30 grand, for instance?
That's where the volume is.
#123 of 144 Re: Newbie, frustrated minivan mom [ateixeira]
May 27, 2008 (8:14 am)
I would be very surprised if any manufacturer brings a diesel minivan or SUV the the U.S. market for less than thirty thousand anytime soon, if ever. The best deal going (or soon to be going that is) for a diesel family hauler is the 2009 Jetta Sportwagon, and even that will have a base price in the mid twenties. By the time you tart it up a bit, it too will be over thirty thousand (or very near that point).
#124 of 144 Re: Newbie, frustrated minivan mom [shipo]
May 27, 2008 (8:16 am)
Yeah, that would make a good 2nd car, but I'm not sure if it's really big enough to be the single big family/trip car.
A well equipped Tiguan breaks $30k easily so add to that if they bring a TDI.