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Diesel Cars are getting popular in California

Diesel engines have been used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years. They haven't been as common in California area because of the high sulfur content in our diesel fuel. But the government is now mandating lower sulfur content, and as a result, we will see more diesel-fueled vehicles on the road, especially in passenger cars and SUV's. Diesel Cars are popular in California because they get better fuel economy than gas-powered engines. They also last longer. Modern diesel engines are quiet and powerful. And if you associate diesel engines with black smoke, you're not up with the times. That smoke is a thing of the past. Diesel cars don't produce any more pollutants than gasoline engines. The pollution standards for diesel-powered vehicles are as strict in California as for other vehicles. Also, diesel engines can run on bio-diesel and fossil fuels. Diesel fuel can be produced from vegetable oil or cellulosic waste like wood chips and sawdust. In California, we may soon see bio-diesel produced from algae. These fuel sources will lessen drivers' dependence on fossil fuels and may become renewable and sustainable. Diesel-powered vehicles also perform as well as other passenger vehicles. Most people don't notice a difference in driving one or the other. However, if you haul heavy loads or tow a trailer around California, the diesel is a definite improvement. So, you may be asking, if diesel is so great, why don't all people drive them? Surely there are disadvantages you still need to tell me about. That's true. Diesel engines are heavier than gas engines, costing more in California. The higher purchase price partially offsets the diesel engine's better fuel economy. Because of higher fuel prices, diesel engines used to be more expensive to drive. But now, with higher volatility in gasoline and diesel fuel prices in California, that cost difference is less definitive. Whether a diesel or gas engine is more expensive for California drivers depends on the current fuel price and how far you drive. Consider also that diesel-powered vehicles have a high resale value, and the costs of owning and operating a diesel vs a gas-powered vehicle in California becomes a real toss-up. In recent years, preventive auto maintenance for diesel vehicles has also become similar to that of gas-fueled vehicles. The major difference is that diesels require cleaner fuel, air and oil, so their filters are more expensive than those for gasoline engines. The engine air filter must be changed more frequently as well. The costs for car care and repairs are similar. You may be thinking, wait: You just told me that filters are more and must be changed regularly. True, but that is offset by the fact that diesel engines have a much longer lifetime than gasoline engines. So if you are the owner who prefers to hang on to a vehicle for a long time, you will be more than rewarded with a diesel engine. So if you have been looking for auto advice on switching to a diesel vehicle or staying with a gas-powered one, we hope this helps. The answer as to which type of vehicle is better depends on the driver and their driving habits. Now that you know the facts, you can make an informed choice based on your priorities and needs.

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