Plus ca change, plus ca la fucking RACKET

At one point in my life if I heard a heavy diesel engine chugging at idle outside my window, I would think “Hmm. Fire truck? Tow truck? Something is afoot!” and go outside to look.

Now I automatically think “Soccer mom in a 6 liter diesel dualie crew-cab pickup”. And I’m always right.

6 thoughts on “Plus ca change, plus ca la fucking RACKET

    1. you know, that’s entirely appropriate. both because when the aliens come you’ll be doing the right thing, and because it’s appropriate to treat the rest of the outside environment the same way.

  1. Why diesel? and only in socal
    I have aways been curious why people get diesels. I own a 96 dodge ram with a 5.9 liter engine (360ci) And towing I have never ever had a problem, in fact the gas engines provide more then enough torque to pull anything up to the max rating of the truck.
    Sure at max loads the diesel would provide a little more get up and go, but how often are most of these people towing? Plus for daily driving diesels blow, they are slow, you have to hunt around a little more for gas. The gas is not cheaper in socal, and as far as I know diesel engines in trucks don’t last any longer then regular engines with normal socal driving styles.
    While walking back to my car in Fashion Island, I over heard 2 older ladies in ther mid 60’s, it appear be unable to find their car. It wasn’t due to the fact that they where old and forgetfull, but they couldn’t figure out which Cadillac Escalade was thiers. There was simply to many. I’m still trying to figure out what was the most sureal; 60 somethings driving an Escalade, or the fact there where multiple white Escalades parked in close proximity.

    1. Diesel ownerz represent!
      //The gas is not cheaper in socal
      Yes, it is. Right now as much as $.10/gal cheaper. At the height of post 9-11 price gouging, the price for diesel fuel hovered somewhere between those of the two lowest gas grades. Currently, it’s cheaper than all of them.
      //you have to hunt around a little more for gas
      eh. So you can’t buy at Arco. BFD.
      //as far as I know diesel engines in trucks don’t last any longer then regular engines
      You would be incorrect there, too.
      They require less maintenence, and less intensive maintenence. A less complicated ingnition structure = less things that can stop the engine if they break. The fuel is not flammable at normal atmospheric pressure. There are less cancerous emissions, and practically no greenhouse gasses in the emissions – my car is 20 years old and is never required to have a smog check. And I do not know for sure whether the Diesel versions of some big-ass dually gets better mileage than the gas version, but I would be tempeted to suppose so…
      And you’re right: only in SoCal…

  2. True less greenhouse gasses but more particulates.
    Currently For dodge to upgrade from the Hemi engine to a Diesel is over 4 grand.
    so to save $.10 in gas that is 40,000 gallons of gas at 12 miles a gallon that is 480,000 miles.
    Ford charges over $5k for the diesel upgrade from a 5.4 gas engine.
    I think after looking at trucks recently mpg seems within 2 miles of each other. VS the big gas blocks.
    Diesel cars are great, but from what I understand on the big truck diesels they are just as expensive to work on since the parts are less common (supply/demand makes then more$) and few mechanics other then dealerships will work on them. I’m not claiming this to be true, just what I have heard.
    You still have a slower more expensive vehicle that 95% of the people that own will never come close to utilizing.

    1. thomas the tank engine
      Diesels in cars and diesels in trucks are two different stories.
      In trucks, diesel is the King of Torque, hands down. Plus, it’s much more economical over long hauls at relatively low speeds, especially carrying heavy loads. Gasoline is better at stop and go and lighter loads; when did you last see a diesel minitruck? Nope. Fire trucks, tow trucks, big rigs, and the bigger sort of pickup that a cement contractor has.
      So if you use your truck for carrying 3/4 ton of gravel to Santa Barbara and back you want diesel. If you use your truck to go to the market and Diedrichs and one every six months to go on a trip, you want gas.
      In cars, turbo diesel engines with high pressure common rail technology are as clean or cleaner than cars, if they get good fuel. They’re popular in Europe because of great fuel economy and because the better diesel fuel there is less polluting and gives better performance. Diesel cars in the U.S. will be a boutique market until we get the better fuels.
      In any case

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