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One Major Advantage With Diesel Power Cars That No One Talks About

April 09, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 127

When it comes to diesel powered cars, most of the advantages are very well known. Most people know that they get much higher fuel mileage. This means that they can drive much farther on a tank of fuel than most gas powered vehicles. They are generally more reliable, because they don't have a ignition / spark system to fail. Diesel engines generally last longer than gasoline engines, because they are built much stronger, due to the higher compression that diesel combustion requires. But there is one major advantage that no one seems to talk about. It is an advantage, sadly, that was created by government regulation.

Most people know that if they live in a state with vehicle inspections, that if their "Check Engine" light is on, their car won't pass the inspection. Under the Clean Air Act of 1990, states are required to implement vehicle emission inspection programs in cities with low air quality. 33 States have emissions testing requirements for vehicles. But the sad truth about these emissions inspections is that almost no one is testing emissions any more. In the early 90's these cities tested what was really coming out of the tailpipe of the car. Now, if your car has no warning lights on from the emissions system, it is considered to pass the emissions testing, but if the "Check Engine" or other emissions warning lights are on, the vehicle is considered to be failing the emissions test. In many cases, the vehicle may be running very well and clean, but one sensor is malfunctioning, causing the computer fault.

While using the car's check warning light system sound good to politicians, it is a curse to car owners with gasoline engines. Some might think that just owning an older vehicle would be a curse, but used cars are becoming more and more reliable and popular. According to Wikipedia, in 2005 there were 44 million used cars sold in the US, compared to about 17 million new cars sold. The problem is, that if you live in a state with vehicle inspections, your car might be getting you around just fine, but if the "Check Engine" light is on, it won't pass the state inspection. This affects the owners of used vehicles far more than owners of new vehicles.

To get past the emissions inspection, the owner either has to fix their car, or spend a certain amount of money trying to fix their car. In some states, it is $500. Sometimes this fixes the problem, and sometimes not. If not, then the owner knows that he will have to pay the same amount of money next year to get past the inspection. According to, in 2010, the average cost related to fixing a "Check Engine" light fault is $356.

One secret that almost no one knows is that diesel powered vehicles are exempt from emissions testing in most states. If your diesel car runs, it will pass the emissions test. You never have to worry about how much money fixing the check engine light or other emissions light will cost you. Furthermore, diesel cars have no evaporative emissions system, like gasoline powered cars have, that can fail. Diesel powered cars don't have the same emissions system that fails on many older used cars.

The advantages to owning a diesel powered passenger car are many. Not only is the fuel mileage and range superior, but they will never have to be fixed just to pass an emissions test. The internet is full of forum posts about people having to spend thousands of dollars on emissions related components that have failed. Diesel powered cars will never have this problem!

Pete Rothenbacher is the owner of , which sells both OEM and Aftermarket Parts for VW Cars and offers a 2 year warranty on all parts.

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