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Join Date: Sep 2015
Diesels are nothing like they should be. Originally they were designed to run on peanut oil and to be a cheap engine for poor farmers to use. If they'd stuck to that brief and could still run off cold pressed vegetable oil they'd be the greenest engine of all, with effectively zero co2 emission and a very pleasant 'chip shop' diesel particulate rather than the hideous things we have now.
But thanks to 'emissions' regs and the quest for power, diesels completely moved away from being able to run on vegetable oil around the time EDCs came in, and now they're horribly compromised smog breathers IMO. The modern ones are also far less reliable than their 70s / 80s counterparts too, there are still old Merc W114s and Pug 504s running with several million miles on the clock, whereas certain modern Vauxhall diesels struggled to make it to 100K!
Give me a nice volatile fuel and a petrol-engine's roar over a pseudo-green diesel's carcinogenic clatter any day!
Last edited by mj2k; 25-09-15 at 00:32.