• R2dad Posted: 5/19/2009 10:26am PDT

    "unlevel playing field"

    Audi, but not BMW. Audi/VW has been doing it for 25 years. With the numb steering, the diesel would fit right in. If I'm going to buy the BMW 3er or 5er I want to be able to hear that 6 or 8 sing. The diesel would be more appropriate in the 7 series, 1 series, and wagons. I believe the US is engaging in a form of protectionism by discriminating against diesel cars. After all, no US car manufacturer is making a diesel powered auto--it's all forners at this point.

  • Kent Posted: 5/19/2009 10:29am PDT

    "Correction:"

    In this piece you say that diesel costs MORE than regular gas in the US.
    Well, when I filled up my 2006 Jetta TDI here in WV last week, I paid $2.23/gallon for diesel. Regular unleaded gasoline was selling for $2.44/gallon.

  • HoubaHouba Posted: 5/19/2009 12:34pm PDT

    "All you need to do is drive one"

    After driving a 320d in France and Germany for a week I'd buy one in a heartbeat if it wasn't stupid expensive. Saw 135mph on the autobahn. Ran 100mph all day across eastern France at just under 40mpg. Plenty of fun on the Nurburgring. The lack of revs and sound is a drawback, but the torque makes up for a lot of experience.