More SUV and pickup truck manufacturers are beginning to offer a diesel engine option. This has led to the question of whether it’s worth buying a diesel engine car. There are certainly benefits, but there are a few drawbacks as well. We’ll explain the pros and cons of a diesel engine; hopefully this will help you make a decision if you’re scouting dealerships for a new vehicle.
Diesel Engine Pros and Cons
The biggest diesel engine benefit is the superior fuel economy, which is generally about 25% to 30% better than a standard gasoline engine’s. Some are even as efficient as a gasoline-electric hybrid model. You will definitely save at the pump—for now.
Why do we say “for now?” Diesel engines are already a staple for commercial fleets, and they are becoming more commonplace among civilian vehicles. As the demand rises, so will diesel fuel prices.
There are a few other pros and cons to take into consideration; for example:
Pro: Diesels do not need ignition tune-ups because there are no spark plugs or distributors.
Con: Diesels still require the usual auto service, such as oil and filter changes. Some diesels also contain water separators that need to be manually emptied.
Pro: Diesels can withstand higher compression, thus can go longer before requiring a major auto repair.
Cons: Diesels have a computer-controlled fuel injection system. If this part breaks, though, expect to shell out more for repairs.
We Diagnose and Repair Diesel Engines
Regardless of engine type, bring your car to Avery Automotive for tune-ups. Diesel engine repairs for civilian and commercial vehicles are among our specialties. Our financing options make repairs affordable even for cars with higher-end engines. Knowing the pros and cons of a diesel engine will help you make an educated decision the next time you’re at the dealership.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Diesel Engine Diagnosis for Civilian and Commercial Cars
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