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Old 12th May 2008, 12:10   #1
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Default Diesel Cars - Myths or facts

I am hoping I could use all your expertise in separating facts from fiction when it comes to diesel cars. After a lot of research and countless hours in tbhp forums, I have finally narrowed down my selection to verna diesel (SX version). Some of my friends and relatives are actively trying to dissuade me from buying a diesel car. I understand that modern diesels have come a long way compared to diesel engines 10 years ago. But few of the quoted disadvantages have been

1) Diesel cars needs to run atleast 50kms a day or the engine will have problems later (My running is only about 20 kms a day with occasional long distance runs. But I do intend to keep the car for a atleast 5-6 years). Is it true that diesel engines needs to be run a specific kms to keep the engine in good condition?

2) Diesel cars are expensive to maintain. This sounds contrary to lot of articles I have read. How much more do diesels cost to maintain when compared to petrol?

Any other specific disadvantages of diesel (apart from more NVH levels)..?

I have owned 2 petrol cars ( A 2001 Mazda protege and a 2006 Acura TL (with a sweet 3.2 L V6)). I have no experience with diesel cars and so I would appreciate of bhp gurus could help me separate facts from fiction.

Thanks in advance....
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Hi etrast75,

This topic has been discussed in great details.

Please search for petrol vs Diesel thread & you will find them.

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