The eco-terrorists in Europe are trying to get the diesel engine cars and light trucks phased out due to pollution standards. Leave it to them to ruin anything good.
The inside of the tailpipe on my truck is clean like a new piece of pipe. 23,000 miles and no smoke, no smell, and quiet/smooth running. Today's diesels don't pollute.
Circling back to my Narrative thread and while big diesel's are great - I'm not interested in diesel at the moment, especially the added cost of the engine and need for DEF.
Sorry for the detour…
Actually, the trend is smaller diesels like the Volkswagen TDI (40 mpg).
DEF is no big deal. I put a couple gallons in every 7,000 miles or so.
People say maintenance is higher cost and fuel costs are higher...
Well, the big gas truck engines and the small turbo stuff require high test gas, so there goes the fuel savings. The diesel gets 24 mpg on the highway and twice the fuel mileage when towing than a gas engine (6.6 mpg vs 14 mpg towing) in 4-1/4 tons of truck! That, and EIGHT HUNDRED FOOT POUNDS...
Yes, the cost of a service is 2 fuel filters and 12 quarts of oil, but the interval is every 15,000 miles, so in reality it's no more costly. Diesels last twice as long (they only turn 3000 rpm). And resale value is way higher, so in the long run, the additional price of admission pays for itself (just in depreciation alone).
when I get the cash in hand for my full size Chevy 5.3 - I am buying a 2019 Honda Ridge line RTL-T. Other than the small-ish cargo bed it does everything I need it for. Love the locking storage inside the bed and heated all leather seats with 25 mpg fulltime AWD. :^)
Glad you made a decision. I hope you are completely happy with the new Honda.
2006 Victory Kingpin
Lloydz 116" Stroker/Big Bore, .495 Cams, Torque Tubes Airbox,
RPW Thor Pipe, Lloydz ECU Flash, PC-III, PTS (-2), Rivera
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