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#11145 of 11669 Re: The real problem [Stever@Edmunds]
Sep 20, 2013 (5:51 am)
No surprise with that ruling. The 9th are just puppets of the regime in Sacramento. What I am curious about is how they plan to lower the CO2 from our fuel? I would imagine they have already pushed the ethanol to the max 10%. If they add any biodiesel over 5% they will void most auto warranties. I think it is just more of the jostling between the EPA and CARB. I don't blame the oil companies for being upset. If they don't have a refinery in the state they are probably left out of this lucrative market. Fortunately diesel is much easier to transport than gas by pipe, rail or truck. I would get personal pleasure seeing $gas go over diesel on a permanent basis.
#11146 of 11669 Re: My vacation F/E numbers -(DC to Myrtle beach) [nyccarguy]
Sep 20, 2013 (5:58 am)
To me this has really taken on more importance as both the global and domestic passenger vehicle fleet markets become more competitive. Cost per mile driven: fuel makes it clear what is spent on this important parameter, whether one buys a $13k to $130 k vehicle (for example)
#11147 of 11669 Re: My vacation F/E numbers -(DC to Myrtle beach) [cski]
Sep 20, 2013 (9:54 am)
Do you know the approximate elevation ranges?
#11148 of 11669 GM Ready to Jump in if Diesel Half-Tons Take Off
Sep 20, 2013 (10:08 am)
http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2013/09/gm-ready-to-jump-in-if-diesel-half-to- - ns-take-off.html
The 3.0-liter diesel that Ram will use in its trucks comes from Italian engine builder VM Motori. General Motors owns a big piece of the company and originally commissioned that engine for its own use. General Motors spokesman Tom Wilkinson confirmed that GM still has access to the engine.
But you still shouldn’t expect to see that engine in either Colorado or Canyon small trucks when they arrive in North America. GM currently sells the Colorado in other parts of the world with 2.5- and 2.8-liter Duramax diesel four-cylinder engines. Expect one of those in the U.S.-bound mid-size pickups.
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Anyone know anything about these two engines? I wouldn't mind a Colorado sized almost half-ton truck with a torquey 4 cylinder diesel engine.
#11149 of 11669 Re: The real problem [ruking1]
Sep 20, 2013 (10:15 am)
Oh sweet desperation about lie-based wars, failed election bids, and trying to brighten a bad regime.
But it can be tangentially applied to diesels. If there's a new war, and a panic which results in shortages via excess gasoline purchases, drivers of diesel vehicles might fare better due to more capacity - it has happened in previous local shortages anyway.
#11150 of 11669 Re: The real problem [fintail]
Sep 20, 2013 (11:29 am)
Funny how Putin has taken Barry to the woodshed where despite the whole elephant party, could not even come close. This is especially true in light of the utterances of an imaginary line in the sand. I think there is a "bad video" to be made here.
On the bright or perhaps the dull side is that it has been more than painfully obvious US market shortages have been self inflicted. So to me (given what you imply), a more likely scenario will be price spikes. Now indirectly this will probably lead to less passenger vehicle use. Further indirectness will lead to even higher pricing. some point in the refinery food chain, it is illogical in a lot of ways for a refinery to stop refining, so they will store inventories. Inventories over a certain amount are counter productive, so there are least two modifying variable on the prices (tamping if you will)
So for example, right now despite record prices, we are literally SWIMMING in inventory ! The literature suggests at least 20% of diesel PRODUCTION are EXPORTED. I am sure that percentage will rise if this excess keeps up. With RUG/PUG INXS, they are being exported also. I just do not have a clue as to the percentages.
So really, one can cast aside the "bad guy's" sinking a ship blocking the middle east flow of oil (this would be a most graphic "symbolic act" of terrorism) . This is totally illogical as it goes against their self interest. If it made any sense, they would have done it by now. Keep in mind they have had app 75 years to have acted. It would truly be insult to injury to have to buy gasoline from ... Americans.
The funny part is that in the late 70's (1977-1978) when they actually had gas lines and the " steady drum beat march to armageddon" gas was app .70 cents a gal. Don't we all wish, ah gas prices, not armageddon !!!!!
#11151 of 11669 Re: The real problem [ruking1]
Sep 20, 2013 (11:38 am)
Of course, looking at the problems Putin has at home, his energies might be better focused elsewhere. He is ostentatious and likes attention, which is to be expected. Kind of dumb, like either party pointing at the other, when both are pretty rotten and aimless.
No doubt a conflict would inflate prices, but I have a hunch that per passenger vehicle, there is more fuel supply for diesel than gasoline. So, you'll pay more but at least you'll be able to get it.
It is amusing that supplies remain high while prices creep up. Supply and demand, huh.
Sep 20, 2013 (5:51 pm)
Two boring tankfuls: the 09 Jetta TDI , posts 42 mpg (daily commute), the 12 VW Touareg TDI posts 31 mpg (lots of local stop and go driving)
#11154 of 11669 Re: GM Ready to Jump in if Diesel Half-Tons Take Off [ohenryx]
Sep 20, 2013 (6:00 pm)
..."Anyone know anything about these two engines? I wouldn't mind a Colorado sized almost half-ton truck with a torquey 4 cylinder diesel engine."...
Even if folks do/did, it is not slated to make the translation to US markets. Normally the even worse news is a lot is LOST in the US markets translation
Perhaps by inference and telling is if MB can get 369# ft from a 2.1 L twin turbo, GM is both unable or unwilling to make the translation for either or both of these engines (2.5L/ 2.8 L) do the no brainer things to match or exceed 369# ft.