Diesel Depreciation Dej Vu

Sajeev Mehta
by Sajeev Mehta
diesel depreciation dej vu

Torque and towing aside, I am a diesel skeptic. These Interstate soot-belchers are on par with the jerk that pulls his finger and farts in a crowded room, laughing at everyone in his wake. And now that the good oil is far north of $4 a gallon, I feel truly vindicated. Or not. That's because my girlfriend needs a new whip, and her ultra-clean 2006 Jetta TDI took a serious depreciation hit. Not buying it? Neither is Carmax, to the tune of $2125 less than KBB's trade in value, over $2800 less than Edmunds. The No-haggle Superstore's appraisal said it all in two words, the "market conditions" are a changing. Sure, this ain't no Carter-era diesel Cutlass, but Jettas aimed at enviro-friendly gas savers just met the cruel reality of history repeating itself.

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  • Gfen Gfen on May 01, 2008

    Sajeev... I'm afraid they've got one fact right that you get c onsistently wrong: New passenger diesels aren't really that dirty, at all. I can't speak for light duty trucks, and you're right as soon as people start to dicker around with the system, but out of the gate modern diesel engines really aren't nearly so dirty. Mine would emit one puff of soot on a cold start, and that was about it. The smell, on the other hand, is undeniable.

  • Ppellico Ppellico on May 01, 2008

    By the way...this IS fun. I wish we could all gather around a bar on stools and do this unrtil the sun rises. There is nothing I love to do more than talk cars! Thanks everybody for the fun. I wish we could continue this forever! Paul

  • Sajeev Mehta Sajeev Mehta on May 02, 2008
    gfen: Sajeev… I’m afraid they’ve got one fact right that you get c onsistently wrong: New passenger diesels aren’t really that dirty, at all. Compared to what? An oil burning 1982 Rabbit? Diesels are still emissions exempt in my home state (Texas) and can't meet the cleanest air quality standards of gasoline engines. And they still smell like farts. I like my g/f's Jetta and my Mom's E320 TDI (both 2006 models) but they still stink up the garage quicker than any gas engine. I have to turn off my A/C when I'm behind them when they hit it to merge on the freeway. :) ppellico :By the way…this IS fun....I wish we could continue this forever! For another day, and another blog. :)