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Help me buy a diesel pickup truck with 200,000+ miles.

Looking at 2002 Chevy 2500 HD 4x4 Diesel, 220,000 miles. I'm told truck diesel engines like this last 500,000 miles. I'm new to diesel and buying a truck with that much mileage on it. What warning signs should I be looking for with either the engine or the chassis? [more inside]
posted by caveatz on Jun 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Eurodiesels in the US

A while back, I was in Europe for an extended period of time, and there I ended up driving two very similar cars (what may have been a Renault Clio and a Citro├źn C4). They were 5-door manual diesels, and I really enjoyed driving them. What cars like this are sold in the USA?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 20, 2014 - 12 answers

Deisel and sustainability

I'm will be looking for a car soon. A USED car, as I simply can not afford a new hybrid or anything like that. I have heard of TDI Jettas being as few efficient as Prius's. I am aware that diesel is not so awesome environmentally. But I want to know if it evens out. I'm looking for links to reputable information on the topic. NOT - opinion of hear say. If you know enough to talk my ear off about it then you know where to find the information, then do so and send me a well resourced link to back it up. [more inside]
posted by misformiche on Jul 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Buying an older diesel car (80's) for daily use

I am looking to buy an 81 VW Rabbit diesel (turbo diesel, non-intercooled) as a daily driver. I have experience with gasoline engines, and routine maintenance, but diesels are new to me. [more inside]
posted by Lugos on Jun 28, 2013 - 14 answers

You got your carbide in my fuel oil! No, you got your fuel oil on my carbide!

In 1980 Mark Knopfler watched the object of his desire turn and walk away in a roar of dust and diesel. Was that a reference? If so, to what? [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne on Oct 18, 2012 - 10 answers

What should I look at on a 1996 F-250 turbo diesel before I buy it?

I'm in the market for a used cheap pickup truck and looking at a high mileage 1996 F-250 tomorrow. As a decent shade tree mechanic and having access to the googles, I'm building a list of things to look at. What should I add? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Sep 11, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I learn how to work on my new 30-year-old VW Rabbit (Diesel)?

Best shop manuals and online forums for vintage VW Diesel Rabbit owners? [more inside]
posted by seasparrow on Aug 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Suck Squeeze Bang Stall

Why is my diesel engine stalling every time I put a load on it? [more inside]
posted by zap rowsdower on Jun 6, 2012 - 11 answers

Question about pending used car purchase.

I'm currently waiting to purchase a 2002 VW Golf Diesel with 307k miles on it. It has only had one owner, has been professionally maintained, has all maintenance records, and has all highway miles. The owner is asking at least $4k for the car is it a good deal? [more inside]
posted by mtomanelli on Mar 9, 2011 - 28 answers

How expensive are TDIs to maintain?

How do maintenance costs of TDI cars compare to gas engines? Or hybrids? Shopping for cars and while fuel efficiency is a factor, I need to know the long-term costs as well. What are you experiences with TDIs?
posted by smelvis on Oct 5, 2010 - 8 answers

what should I ask a mechanic to look for before buying an uncoverted diesel car that was powered with waste oil?

I'm considering purchasing a 2009 VW Jetta TDI with 12k miles. During summer months, the owner used waste oil for fuel. (no separate tank or conversion kit). But we're in the mountains, and it gets brisk even in the summer. Should I walk away altogether? Can I ask a mechanic to specifically check out the fuel injection system? What else should I ask of the mechanic? Thanks.
posted by comah on Sep 27, 2010 - 8 answers

Is Diesel the greenest?

Making it simple, if possible: Is diesel a cleaner for the environment fuel than unleaded for a car that gets similar gas mileage? Basically, deciding whether to get a hybrid or a diesel car. [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased on Sep 24, 2010 - 13 answers

Cars do not run on air.

I ran my 2000 diesel VW Beetle out of gas. Before taking it to the mechanic, I want to see if I can fix the problem. I'm pretty sure nothing I do will screw it up worse than it already is. [more inside]
posted by cereselle on Sep 19, 2010 - 9 answers

Petrol or Diesel? More miles or fewer?

UKCarFilter: Petrol with fewer miles or Diesel with more? [more inside]
posted by gkhewitt on Sep 1, 2010 - 11 answers

Is $10,500 reasonable for a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta TDI?

Is $10,500 reasonable for a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta TDI? It's in very good condition and has 135,000 km. He'd be selling it certified and e-tested. The seller is asking $10,500. I countered with $9,500, and he came back with $10,000 not certified. How much does certification usually cost? Would I be wise just to go with what he's asking so everything's done?
posted by Joseppi on Apr 15, 2010 - 20 answers

+1 Diesel Repair: Level grinding my handyman skills

PracticalSkillFilter: Looking for ways to quickly/systematically learn practical diesel engine repair, basic electronics, fiberglass or woodworking techniques in/near Raleigh NC. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Apr 3, 2010 - 4 answers

2005 Jeep Liberty CRD, is it worth the price premium?

I'm looking at a used Jeep Liberty CRD with 50K miles for $13000.00. Looking around I'm seeing plenty of non-CRDs for significantly less, id the CRD worth paying $2000 to $3000 more? [more inside]
posted by evilelf on Jan 4, 2010 - 4 answers

Why does my diesel run fine but start so poorly?

My diesel-powered car doesn't want to start but once it does, it runs fine. What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Dec 8, 2009 - 15 answers

Trade honda for diesel Benz?

Thinking about trading my 97 Accord for 1980 diesel benz. [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Oct 18, 2009 - 14 answers

Fuel efficient, fun-to-drive hatchbacks for < $4500

Which hatchback should I be looking at? Plus: diesel vs. gas engines... [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Aug 23, 2009 - 12 answers

Stop Burning Dinosaurs.

Waste Oil Diesel. Any satisfied users? [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Jun 27, 2009 - 4 answers

Propane, and propane acessories for backup power.

After the recent issues with running a gas generator for emergency power backup, I was going to make the plunge and purchase a propane generator. The question is, should I plan on having a couple propane appliances installed as well? [more inside]
posted by inthe80s on Dec 23, 2008 - 10 answers

How small is small according to Diesel?

How well would a diesel size small button-down shirt fit a 36" chest? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 on May 11, 2008 - 4 answers

how much fuel does a diesel generator consume?

Diesel generator question: What is the typical fuel consumption rate of a 5kW, 10kW or 20kW unit at various load factors? How much does this vary (in litres per hour, or per day) between the same sizes of unit from different manufacturers? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Apr 28, 2008 - 2 answers

Why won't my diesel start?

How can I get this diesel to start? I have a 1996 Vandura van with a 6.5L diesel motor. I stored it all winter...and with a quick jump it started. I drove it around and it did fine, but then right before I got it home it died. Now it won't start. What am I doing wrong? Do I need to add something to the fuel? The batteries are fine and it cranks, but won't turn over.
posted by rocket_johnny on Apr 14, 2008 - 8 answers

Which costs more to make, diesel or gasoine?

What is the difference in cost to produce diesel fuel versus gasoline? Does one require more oil than the other? [more inside]
posted by Reverend John on Mar 24, 2008 - 13 answers

Decatur truck repair?

Anyone have any recommendations on where to have a GM Diesel truck fixed in east Atlanta? [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Jan 6, 2008 - 4 answers

Urban Rugged Clothes like Triple 5 Soul and G-Star Raw. For chicas, not guys.

Women's urban clothing. I'd like to find more brands of clothing like G-Star Raw and Triple 5 Soul. I particularly like this jacket and this shirt and this blazer. What are other retailers or brands that sell kinda tough, kinda sexy, kinda rugged apparel, specifically for women? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Oct 6, 2007 - 11 answers

car gas diesel used

Diesel vs. Gas used car. Help me decide. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Jun 6, 2007 - 16 answers

How do I clean diesel from a backpack?

My backpack was dropped in a pool of diesel and sat there for 10 minutes. Is there any way of getting the fuel/smell out fast? I'm at a remote camp with limited resources, and I have to use my pack for at least another month. [more inside]
posted by piper4 on Jun 6, 2007 - 22 answers

Why is there a subtle Christian reference in The Pacifier?

I have just watched the Vin Diesel vehicle The Pacifier (don't ask), and in the wrestling scene, one of the students is holding a placard saying John 3:16, which is the verse about God giving his only son as a sacrifice that we might be saved. Does anyone know why? Was the director sending a subliminal message? Is it a common high-school thing being satirised? It just struck me as odd. Thanks.
posted by Hermit on Feb 23, 2007 - 10 answers

Getting an unseen used vehicle 1000 miles away...

I recently purchased this used vehicle on eBay which is located around Bangor, Maine, and I'm planning on driving it back to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I'm looking for advice to maximize my chances of actually making it back... [more inside]
posted by nTeleKy on Feb 14, 2007 - 30 answers

Tips for buying and using a car with biodiesel

What car models are best for biodiesel? Anyone done the full conversion to vegetable oil? [more inside]
posted by jruckman on Feb 8, 2007 - 16 answers

Land Cruiser Filter

I'm thinking about buying a used, diesel, Toyota Land Cruiser to supplement my 1987 BMW 635csi mid-life-crisis car, which is much more fun than practical. [more inside]
posted by baylink on Jul 10, 2006 - 12 answers

I want a Peugeot. Am I insane?

I'm looking for a diesel that I can cram my kids, dog, girlfriend and friends into. (I posted previously about this.)For some reason I'm now obessed with getting a used Peugeot. I live near San Francisco. How would I go about finding a Peugeot? (They aren't sold new in the US.) I called a local European car repair shop and asked who sells them used and he said "no one". Not promising. Any ideas?
posted by serazin on Jul 7, 2006 - 28 answers

Question about biodiesel

Why is biofuel diesel, instead of standard gasoline? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Jul 7, 2006 - 16 answers

Diesel that meets CA's "clean air vehicle" requirements?

I would like to purchase a high-mileage / low-emissions vehicle which I can drive (alone) in the carpool lanes around the Bay Area. Hybrids present one option, though I'd rather be in a diesel VW Golf, running biodiesel. I need help figuring out the requirements listed here to see if a diesel Golf meets them. And does anyone know if filling it with biodiesel changes anything? What other vehicle options are there?
posted by scarabic on May 12, 2006 - 15 answers

Diesel Vans 1998-2006

Are Diesel Vans being made? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on May 4, 2006 - 13 answers

Questions about gasoline.

All about gasoline. [more inside]
posted by grateful on Apr 26, 2006 - 26 answers

Options for Diesel Cars

I love my car, but am becoming increasingly concerned about gas mileage and environmental responsibility. It isn't a guzzler, but I know I could do better. What are your experiences with diesel cars? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Mar 17, 2005 - 11 answers

Vin Diesel's shoes in Pacifier

Does anyone know what shoes Vin Diesel is wearing in "Pacifier"? Not that I fall for the film/product-placement thing, but they looked like nice shoes.
posted by jsavimbi on Mar 7, 2005 - 2 answers

VW Biodiesel in USA

Fuel Filter? Has anybody had long-term experience using North American bio-diesel in a TDI? My dealership is dead-set against it, but my European friends swear by it. (I tend to distrust my VW dealer, but I don't want to be cavalier) Since I live in a moderately cold climate, I would only be using it in summer.
posted by gesamtkunstwerk on Jan 23, 2005 - 11 answers

Hard starting diesel engine, any advice?

Diesel engine cold starting problems... { mi } [more inside]
posted by derbs on Oct 7, 2004 - 8 answers

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