Is it time to buy a diesel?

ford f-250 diesel truckWhenever I tell anyone that I hope my next vehicle is a VW Jetta TDI, they all ask me two questions – 1) what the is it and 2) why would you want to drive a diesel when diesel prices are ridiculous.

Let’s start number one. The VW Jetta TDI is simply a diesel powered Volkswagon Jetta that gets more than 50mpg with a diesel engine – no complicated hybrid technology involved.

And for number 2… with diesel prices reaching $5/gallon why in the heck would anyone want to buy a diesel powered vehicle anymore? Well, first of all, it’s twice the gas mileage that most vehicles get and is even better mileage than the Toyota Prius gets. Also, diesel vehicles have proven that they tend to last a long time, typically easily reaching 200,000 – 300,000 miles. And if anything ever needs servicing on diesel vehicle it’s certainly going to cost less since most mechanics are quite familiar with diesel technology – the same can’t be said for hybrid technology.

Of course, the coolest thing about diesels is their ability to run on far cheaper fuel – vegetable oil. Instead of paying $4 or $5/gallon you can actually get your costs down to as low 46 cents per gallon for fuel.

Filling up the tank for less than $10? You can count me in. Now can you see why I want one?

And this can make getting that diesel powered truck a far more attractive option. Yesterday I was talking about how SUV and truck sales have plummeted with diesel trucks dropping $5000 in value or more. To me that screams opportunity. I could get myself a diesel truck (which always get better gas mileage than their conventional gasoline counterparts anyway) for far less than I could have a few months ago and start running the vehicle on vegetable oil and still pay far less in fuel costs than those Prius owners. Not only that, I wouldn’t be burning any fossil fuels so it’s far more enviromentally friendly.

So have I piqued your interest yet?

Well, if you think it’s worth a try, here’s what I’d recommend you do. You don’t need to go out and do a complicated biodiesel conversion to get started. Instead, you can get this really cool product called the “Diesel Secret” which is a fuel additive you add to the oil you’re going to use as fuel. You don’t need to perform any conversions on your vehicle. You just put in the fuel additive and run the oil through a filter and you’re all set. When it’s all said and done it takes just a little more time than normal to fill up your vehicle, but you end up only paying $.46/gallon or so and many people have reported that it actually makes their diesel engine run better than it did on regular diesel they purchased at the pump.

You can learn more about the Diesel Secret fuel additive here. If you are thinking about buying a diesel or you already own one, I’d definitely recommend taking a look at it.

Posted: June 6th, 2008
at 5:02pm by Fuel Saver

Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles,Fuel Technology,Gas Saving Tips

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  1. I am using the DSE formula now for 100 gals. Seems to be O.K. but not 100% sure yet as I am testing in two applications. What kind of results are you getting so far?

    Any comments appreciated as there is little or no support on this product from any other users.


    Arty G

    Arty G

    10 Jul 08 at 9:13 am


  2. My husband has been using DSE fuel for about 18,000 miles in his 2000 Ford F250 7.3L Power Stroke Diesel with great success.

    The Layers

    17 Aug 08 at 7:34 pm



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