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Posted August 2 2013 11:06 AM by Truck Trend 
Filed under: Readers Letters



Injectors continue to be the Achilles heel of modern diesel engines.  My Duramax is on its 3rd set.  A set cost $5000 installed.

A Mercedes, BMW, Audi, or Porsche diesel injector can cost $1000 each (1 per cylinder) to replace.  

Diesel engine manufacturers and injector manufacturers must address this problem.  Right now it's Buyer beware!!!


For me, diesels would have to offer much better mpg difference to pay the extra $15-20 or so it cost to fill up, plus the initial purchase price of diesels which can be a few thousand more.  I wouldn't worry about the noisy diesel but the costs might be prohibitive.  In Europe, gas prices are high so diesel is a good deal.  Here, gas prices are dirt cheap compared to Europe and Canada.


@lasvegascolonel So you have a 50 gallon fuel tank?  Gas Buddy shows a .35 price difference in regular and diesel in Las Vegas.    

It's simple. It's a 10% price premium, more or less.  In day to day use the diesel gets 40% better fuel economy than the gas engine, and when towing probably over 50%.   

Then, when you go to sell your truck, your diesel brings about $3 grand more than the gas engine  verson, recouping your initial investment.  You save about $3,000 in fuel over 5 years, even with the diesel price premium.  Which is pure money in your pocket.   This equation only gets better if you tow a lot. 

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