For many, that question isn’t one to consider. Most vehicles nowadays run on regular gasoline, so many people don’t think to stop and consider the differences and how those differences may impact things such as lifestyle, driving efficiency, and maintenancing requirements. However, if you’re one of those people that enjoys picking and choosing every single aspect of your vehicle, then this article is for you. Below, we will break down the big differences between gasoline and diesel fuel when it comes to Volkswagen cars so that you can make the best decision for your family, your preferences, and your life.
WHAT ARE THE UPSIDES TO DIESEL ENGINES?
One of the biggest pluses to any diesel engine is that it requires less upfront maintenance. For personal vehicle use and normal load-bearing weights, a vehicle that houses a diesel engine doesn’t have to be tuned-up every 3,000 to 5,000 miles like a regular gasoline engine. Instead, you can get 10,000 miles on a diesel engine before a required oil change and tune-up is necessary. This is a big money-saver for many households, especially with the rugged reliability that comes with this kind of engine. Another upside is that a diesel engine doesn’t use a spark while the fuel auto-ignites in order to get the engine itself going. So, with no spark comes the absence of spark plugs and spark wires, which lowers the overall maintenance and repair cost as well. Outside of cost, though, there are also many benefits. Diesel units burn at lower temperatures than gasoline units, which means that your diesel engine in your Volkswagen will have a significantly longer lifespan before major repairs are required.
OKAY, NOW WHAT ARE THE DOWNSIDES?
That money you’ve saved above from all of those positives? Set that aside and plan ahead for future repairs. A diesel engine may require less upfront cost when it comes to basic maintenance and tune-ups, but when a repair is required, a diesel engine is much more taxing on the bank account. The parts required to fix big issues that inevitably crop up along the way cost more than gasoline-powered engines because the repairs don’t happen as often. So, the mark-up on the market is required in order for vehicle parts companies to turn a profit. Plus, diesel fuel is always much more expensive than gasoline, and since they are less fuel-sensitive than gasoline-powered vehicles, be ready to pay those hefty gas prices often.
SO, WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Only you can answer that question. But, it all depends on what you prioritize in a vehicle. Do you want an engine that has a longer lifespan? Do you need something more durable than the average vehicle? Do you require something that can tow heavy loads, or move mountains of objects from one place to another? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then a diesel engine may be perfect for you. However, stay educated on what that Volkswagen diesel engine may require in the long haul. The last thing you want is to be caught off-guard with an expensive repair because you thought a diesel engine might save you money. Sure, it’ll save you money by reducing yearly tune-up requirements. But, that money will eventually have to be placed elsewhere for major repairs down the line as that normal wear and tear begins to build up.
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