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#7948 of 11729 Re:SkyActive longevity potential [steve_]
Feb 05, 2013 (5:00 pm)
The oil for my VW TDI is over $40 for 5 liters.... not much different from $50 gal.
#7949 of 11729 Re:SkyActive longevity potential [steve_]
Feb 05, 2013 (5:03 pm)
It's a good learning experience for them. They're still rookies.
#7950 of 11729 Re:SkyActive longevity potential [ateixeira]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 05, 2013 (5:17 pm)
Yeah, I like that they jumped right out of the gate instead of playing on the dynos until mid-season.
(The oil I get typically runs $12 to $14 for a 5 qt. jug).
#7951 of 11729 Re:SkyActive longevity potential [bpeebles]
Feb 05, 2013 (6:57 pm)
..."The oil for my VW TDI is over $40 for 5 liters.... not much different from $50 gal."...
I think also folks like you (and I) can and should put it into context. The range on the "specification" of the oil is quite WIDE (robust). All of us are choice on the OCI.
Past the ( prepaid )dealer provided 3 oil changes 10,000 miles oem recommended intervals I have no issues running 30,000 miles OCI's. I run my gassers 20,000 miles. The reason why I choice 20,000 miles is even the LEAST consumptive (gasser) of oil, will need to be topped off that interval. So rather than top it off, I just CHANGE it.
VW 507.00 specification (TDI) oil can not be called that unless it meets the specification for up to 30,000 miles/50,000 km. In two of three (VW) diesels, consumption is 1/4 to 1/2 qt (8 to 16 oz) in 30,000 miles. One has 180,000 miles and the other has 51,000 miles. Both (1.9/2.0 TDI's) have app 5 L OCI sumps. The 3.0 TDI is app 9 L's !!! ????? It is coming up on its second 10,000 miles interval. The first 10,000 miles took a pretty aggressive break in (RPM frequently to 80% of redline 5,100) consumption was slightly more .5 L in 12,000 miles. This was still not enough to trigger an add oil indicator.
#7953 of 11729 Why a diesel SUV is the logical choice
Feb 06, 2013 (10:03 pm)
LaHood: ‘America is one big pothole’
Outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood lamented the amount of infrastructure spending that was approved by Congress during his tenure at the Department of Transportation (DOT) on Wednesday.
"America is one big pothole right now," LaHood said in an interview on "The Diane Rehm Show" on National Public Radio.
"At one time ... we were the leader in infrastructure," LaHood continued. "We built the interstate system. It's the best road system in the world, and we're proud of it. But we're falling way behind other countries, because we have not made the investments."
LaHood noted that Congress passed a $105 billion surface transportation bill last year, but he lamented the fact that the measure only provided appropriations for road and transit projects until 2014.
"Congress passed a two-year bill. Ordinarily they would pass a five year bill," he said. "It was only a two-year bill because they couldn't find enough money to fund a five-year bill."
#7954 of 11729 Re: Why a diesel SUV is the logical choice [gagrice]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 07, 2013 (6:08 am)
I don't get the connection this story has to the choice of fuel used.
Americans like to spend big bucks on shiny new infrastructure projects. Spending for maintenance and operation isn't sexy.
#7955 of 11729 Re: Why a diesel SUV is the logical choice [steve_]
Feb 07, 2013 (6:58 am)
Lots of slow going over potholes is more economical with diesel.
Of course you could have a gas guzzling SUV if you don't want to save fossil fuel. Most cars today would have been given a ticket for being too low to the ground when I was a teenager. Low cars and potholes are not compatible.
I was glad LaHood made it clear in his parting words that our roads are a mess in America. Some states do better than others. CA is probably the worst I have been on in the last decade. They would rather waste money on a High speed rail to NOWHERE....
#7956 of 11729 Re: Why a diesel SUV is the logical choice [gagrice]
Feb 07, 2013 (7:09 am)
We all know this is a second world nation in terms of transportation infrastructure. Spend a few weeks in Europe and come back - you'll want to cry. Of course, it has to be paid for - the US simply isn't laid out correctly to deal with $7 fuel (including diesel), and we don't have someone else subsidizing our defense. As well, we'd rather coddle the "producers" and "creators" in hopes it will trickle down into a new golden age, when then everything can be fixed up.
It's scary that we were once in a mindless irresponsible police state brazen enough to chase people for having low cars. Not always the good old days. Less diesels then, too.