In the past, people stopped buying diesel powered cars because the cars had a poor reputation. The reputation is that the cars were dirty and noisy. However, that has changed, and diesel cars are much better than they used to be. More and more people are now buying diesel cars, for many reasons. If you are thinking about getting a diesel, you may want to know what some plusses and minuses are.
Benefits of Diesel Fuel
One of the biggest benefits of diesel fuel is that is packed with much more energy than gasoline is. That means that the fuel is much more efficient. A diesel motor gets about 40% more mileage than a gasoline motor does. That makes it very popular with people who are looking for a way to get as much mileage out of their car as possible. In the US, diesel fuel may be slightly more expensive than regular grade unleaded gas, but it is generally less expensive than premium gas. Any extra expense in filling up with diesel at the pump will be offset by the fact that the car will be able to go further on that same tank of gas.
Another benefit that many drivers enjoy is the fact that the diesel has more power at the low end than a gasoline motor. That means that there is more power at lower speeds and off the mark at stop signs and lights.
Drawbacks of Diesel Fuel
One of the drawbacks to diesel fuel is that its exhaust does contain particulates as well as nitrous oxide. The newer formulations of diesel have less sulfur in them than they had in the past, which means that there is less soot and carbon. Diesel engines need to have special filters on the exhaust to help eliminate the nitrous oxide and particulates.
Another drawback is the risk of the fuel gelling when the weather gets cold. However, that can be easily avoided by getting a winter formulation diesel fuel. That's a mix of two different grades of diesel fuel, greatly reducing the risk of the fuel gelling and keeping the car from running.
As more and more people learn the benefits of diesel, they are interested in buying cars with diesel engines. Knowing some of the benefits and drawbacks that are involved with with a car that runs on diesel will help you to make an informed decision.