Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: St. Louis, MO
Car: 2012 Outback 2.5 Premium - Former: Golf TDI
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Eh, they're not everything they're cracked up to be in my opinion.
Hope Tom28 doesn't experience the VW HPFP failure like I did (as have thousands of others in the 2009+ VW CR TDI engines). 250 miles into a tank of D2 in my 2011 Golf TDI and the engine just died on the highway out of nowhere. Towed to the dealership, given back to me 3 weeks later with a nearly $10,000 repair bill (thank god for warranty). High Pressure Fuel Pump bit the dust sending metal both forward and backwards throughout the entire fuel system. I was never given a reason, there was no contamination found in my tank of diesel, and I had every receipt for every gallon of pure diesel put into the thing.
I say this because enthusiasts seem to have this fetish/romanticized view of diesels being these phenomenal, reliable engines churning out 80mpg on unicorn tears and puppy farts while running for 1,000,000 trouble-free miles. The truth is, the torque is just awesome and yes, I did get great MPG (lifetime average of 44.5mpg over 30,000 miles). But the complexity and systems it takes to achieve a "clean diesel" these days far outweighs any benefit in my opinion. These are not the diesels of yore which run forever - they are highly complex machines and if something fails (DPF clogs, HPFP gives, NoX catalyst gives, urea system fails, etc. etc.) they are VERY expensive fixes wiping out any cost savings with the MPG.
But again, just my opinion on the topic - to each their own.