Thinking about a diesel truck, but worried about idle time? Maybe you've heard that diesels are loud, or think they may be too expensive. There are a lot of myths surrounding diesel trucks that you may want to research before you make a decision.
Are Diesel Engines Impossible to Start in the Winter?
It used to be that diesel engines would easily seize up when subjected to the cold, but this isn't true. Though diesel engines really should warm up for at least a few minutes, there are new technologies that assist it during the winter. Many diesel engines are already equipped to start cold, and others can be retrofitted with technologies that are intended to help warm up the engine and keep it warm. And, of course, once the vehicle has started, there's no problem.
Is Diesel Fuel Hard to Find?
Most people just don't look for diesel when they're at the service station, so there is a perception that there isn't a lot of diesel fuel around. In fact, most neighborhoods are going to have a gas station that has diesel available, especially because diesel fuel is growing in popularity. Similarly, many believe that diesel may be more expensive. This can be true but is highly location dependent.
Do Diesel Cars Not Perform Well?
Diesel engines are most often found in trucks, which has led to the misconception that they can only be used in trucks. Diesel engines are often thought of as being slow but strong, building up momentum and torque over time. But diesel cars can perform as well as any other cars; the diesel engine, itself, is still capable of performing very well. Diesel engines appear more often in trucks because they are considered to be hardier and more reliable.
Is Diesel Fuel "Dirty"?
Is diesel unfriendly to the environment? Some people may see diesel trucks and thick clouds of smoke and assume that's a natural consequence of diesel, but it isn't true. There are environmental restrictions on all cars and trucks, regardless if they are powered by gas or by diesel fuel. Diesel trucks and cars need to meet the same standards for emissions. Further, diesel engines have been hard at work making themselves more environmentally friendly and efficient.
Are Diesel Trucks More Expensive?
This question is an important thing to debunk because it's more of a misconception than a myth. Diesel trucks are more expensive in terms of MSRP; buying a diesel truck can be more expensive. But diesel trucks tend to cost less to maintain and to operate. Even when fuel is more expensive, the diesel truck itself will still usually cost less on a per mile basis, when you factor in all associated costs. Thus, though diesel trucks are more expensive to purchase, they often aren't as expensive to operate.
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