[rescue] rescue Digest, Vol 58, Issue 27

Robert Darlington rdarlington at gmail.com
Mon Oct 1 12:33:21 CDT 2007

Yah, opposite for diesels.  The Euro gasoline cars don't meet our
emissions standards.  I looked into this when I was interested in
buying a Smart Roadster.  In hindsight, I'm glad I got hitched up and
never got one!

On 10/1/07, John Francini <francini at mac.com> wrote:
> oops.  Sorry about that; I thought it was the other way 'round.
> j
> On 1 Oct 2007, at 13:13, Caleb Shay wrote:
> > On 10/1/07, John Francini <francini at mac.com> wrote:
> >> They most likely do not meet the current Federal emissions regs for
> >> diesels.  That's why a number of European companies known for
> >> exporting diesels to the US -- Volkswagen being primary among them --
> >> had to stop selling them for a time.  VW will be reintroducing
> >> reworked diesels that meet the US regs in the 2008 model year.
> >
> > Close, but exactly the opposite.  US diesel, up until this year, had a
> > MUCH higher sulfur content than European diesel.  By "much", I mean in
> > the area of 100x-1000x as many ppm.  Most European diesel engines were
> > less than happy with the diesel here.  To bring a diesel engine here
> > they were forced to actually modify their diesel engine (expensive)
> > and then get it certified here (also expensive), and then face the
> > problem with in many parts of the US you cannot get diesel at every
> > gas station, so many people would not buy them.  There is also a long
> > held belief in the US that diesel engines are loud, smelly, and slow.
> > As a previous owner of VW turbo-diesel, I can tell you that none of
> > these are true.  However, US diesel was modified this year so that it
> > only has about 10x as much sulfur as European diesel, so the engines
> > can be used unmodified, so the only expense is certification.  I'm
> > hoping to be able to pick up a diesel Audi TT when my current car
> > gives up.
> >
> > Caleb
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