Halfapint wrote:Hell my F350 1ton powerstroke got over 20mpg when I was driving down to our camp out with the 005 guys.... Why is it that the VW TDI's are getting nearly 70mpg (of course that's being babied), seriously though the little diesel rabbit I think gets amazing mileage. Get something like that up it on a light truck body and you'll have a real seller. It doesn't need to be a race car, just moderately powerful, torque, and able to haul a semi decent load, also have a good size tank.
Oh dream land I love you.
Match that MPG to the F350 6.8L Gas engine and you only get about 10 Miles per gallon, with a little less power compared the Diesel version. With small cars, unless you go Diesel or hybrid, I don't think many average more than 40mpg. Even the Tiny Smart Car gets only 34/38 mpg. At the end of the day, diesel will almost double the MPG when compared to similar gas driven vehicle in the same class
Quite simply, No.
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Guess how many TDIs are actually getting 70mpg? maybe one that got the all the seats pulled out, had major aero mods, was driven down hill with a tailwind. 40mpg is the real world numbers, most drivers cannot do better then 50mpg in ideal conditions. 30mpg (gas) compared to 40mpg (diesel) is a significant increase but not double. I've had two different diesel 4x4 toyotas and neither could break 30mpg and both were anemic. I don't think the typical hilux or diesel ranger break 25mpg very often, which sounds pretty good compared to the 14mpg you might get with something like a 3.0 gas yota or a gas ranger, but I can get over 21mpg with my 3.4 4runner, (automatic no less) so an increase of 20% ish does not make the midsized diesel the magical unicorn the interwebs try to make it.
My brother spent a harvest season in AUS with a diesel hilux, and couldn't do better then low 20's, even on a long trip.
A guy I worked with went from a V8 2wd dodge to a cummins 2wd dodge of similar make. he has a long commute that has stayed the same for years, he went from 14mpg to 23mpg, (an increase of 64% if I am correct) once again significant, but not double. and as of this post, diesel is 32% more then gas nationwide and even more in my AO.
The new Ram 1500 can get 28mpg. People are mentally comparing it to their old V8 that got 12-14mpg when they should be comparing it to a new V8 (like my buddies F150) that can get 23mpg, or fords turbo 6 that can creep towards 25mpg.
Me and my brother have researched diesel swaps out our ears, owned a few and talked to a lot of swap owners. as much as we try to get away from it, a 12V cummins is pretty much the only motor worth swapping for economy and power. Anything else is a disappointment or cost prohibitive.