Does anyone know about the new regulations on diesel engines and fuel that take effect in January?

I’m considering the purchase of a diesel pickup or van for work. I’ve heard that the new rules will make the 2007 diesels less desireable and I should buy a 2006 before the end of the year. Any advice?

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2 Responses to Does anyone know about the new regulations on diesel engines and fuel that take effect in January?

  1. yugie29 November 15, 2010 at 10:25 pm #

    It does not matter. The only fuel that will be available after this year will be the Ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. All diesel fuel will be replaced with it, there will not be a choice of fuels. The older diesels will be compatible with the new fuel. Fuel manufacturers are responsible for placing additives in the fuel to provide enough lubricity to make up for the loss of sulfur. Get the 2007 or the 2006, either way by the end of next year all low sulfur fuel should be replaced by Ultra low sulfur fuel. Hope this clears it up some.

  2. fandsproductions November 15, 2010 at 10:25 pm #

    the only concern is that the new fuel will not have the lubricity needed to reduce wear on the fuel parts.
    if you get a new vehcicle that has a particulate filter on the exhaust and it is meant to run on ultra low sulfur, if you run severak tanks of regular low suflur diesel fuel it will clog the filter and you will be out some money.

    the other option is biodiesel.
    spinx is selling the B20 blend with is 80 % petro diesel and 20% biodiesel. this is enough to replace the lubricity that the sulfur is normally providing.
    or you could buy a biodiesel processor and make your own biodiesel fuel for 65-80 cents a gallon.