Diesel engines don't just use different fuel — they're a completely different type of engine. If you've been used to conventional gas engines your entire life, there are some things you should know when you're looking to buy a diesel car. Here are some of the major features and differences.
The Fuel Economy of a Diesel Vehicle
Diesel costs more than gas, but you use less of it; you'll usually have superior fuel economy in a diesel vehicle. A diesel car is going to be more expensive at the outset, but you do need to factor in reduced costs per mile.
Mileage as a Measure of Health
The mileage of a diesel vehicle, like the mileage of a conventional vehicle, is going to tell you some important things about how much longer the car is going to last and what type of maintenance it'll require. In general, diesel vehicles are often going to last longer. If you're comparing a diesel with 100,000 miles on it to a gas car with 100,000 miles on it, it's likely the diesel is in better shape.
Diesels are Better for Hauling
Diesels are generally a different type of driving than other cars. Diesels are best for raw power; they're better for hauling and trucking. However, they aren't always the lowest cost option. If you want a sedan as a daily driver or a commuter car, you might be better off buying a conventional gas car. On the other hand, diesel vehicles are almost always the best option for trucks.
Engines and Emissions
Diesels run a bit differently from conventional gas cars. When you turn on a diesel vehicle, you're going to hear a low rumble. This sound is going to be louder than a conventional gas car, but it shouldn't be too loud: the louder it is, the rougher the car is going to run. Likewise, the emissions of a diesel engine is going to be darker and more plentiful than a conventional engine, but it shouldn't be too voluminous. Run a few engines to get used to how the engine should feel.
It should be noted that though diesel cars do often produce more emissions, they aren't necessarily any worse for the environment than a traditional petrol car. Newer diesel vehicles tend to be designed to the same standards as conventional gas cars. On the other hand, diesel engines that are older than a decade may produce more pollutants.
Getting a diesel vehicle is a great choice if you need power and fuel economy, but you should do some research to make sure you're getting the right one. Once you've purchased your diesel, don't forget to keep it well-maintained. Contact Bodacious Diesel to find out more about maintenance and repairs.