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jphelzer,straycat, carlson158, thank you also. I have only driven diesel vehicles for the past 7 years or so the VW TDI and currently a Freightliner 'Sprinter' van. Both these brands are quite different from a psd, the TDI being a massive 1.9 l, and the Sprinter being not a whole lot bigger, an in line 5cyl MB, 2.7l I believe.
The TDI was/is an astounding enigne, yes only 90 hp but if driven very carefully routinely capable of delivering very upper 50's to very low 60's mpg and the Sprinter is no guzzler either, again if driven very carefully you will often see mid to upper 20 mpg US of course not Imperial.
Diesel has always made sense to me, less fuel used, less co2 emmissions, less evaporative emmissions, less resources used in refining, safer blah, blah, blah. Plus, they have a soul, gassers, well what more has to be said.
AND for those of us old enough to remember, there was never much of a line at the diesel pumps during those special times in the '70's...............
Double 'AND', not that I would do this or course; but in the case of extreme emergencies one can always -borrow- a few gallons from the home heating oil tanks (yuk, yuk, yuk). Yes, I do happen to have a few bottles of various additives on hand.
So I now will begin offerings to the Teutonic gods of compression ignition that I may receive a 'good' version of the 6.0 AND especially that they will give me in the range of 18 miles per gallon. Because, I sure will have some explaining to do if this does not happen!!!
Then again, my wife has often said, "I love the sound of these things' what a gal.