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#166 of 168 Re: if my car had a diesel [boaz47]
Oct 07, 2006 (12:53 pm)
I think you are right. He was 20 years off. CA banned the sale of new diesel cars in 2004. CARB did create a cottage industry for those willing to buy used diesel cars and bring them into the state.
#167 of 168 Better diesel fuel needed
Oct 08, 2006 (8:38 pm)
Better diesel fuel needed
Toyota instead urges an over-50-cetane number minimum and aromatics levels more like those of California Air Resources Board (CARB) diesel (averaging around 21%, although the default limit is 10%).
"It is essential that diesel fuel cetane and aromatics must improve," Toyota powertrain general manager Tetsu Watanabe said here. "Fuel quality is a big problem--low average cetane number (44) and aromatics are high--35% average and 54% maximum in the U.S."
Ironically, Toyota showed that its "DPNR" test car fleet in Europe is meeting European emissions and performance goals even in countries with 300-ppm sulfur fuels.
CA has some of the best diesel in North America, and only the highest diesel emissions vehicles are permitted to burn it.
Even with ULSD diesel, the cetane is still a problem in the US.
#168 of 168 Re: Better diesel fuel needed [moparbad]
Oct 08, 2006 (9:03 pm)
I think BP/ARCO ULSD is 52 Cetane minimum. That is all I ever used in my Passat TDI. It ran great. I think we are awash in regulations and lacking the manpower to enforce the laws. If Toyota tested our diesel and found it lacking someone dropped the ball. I blame the EPA and CARB.