fuel prices

Started by: aitch (5487) 

A few years ago diesal was heralded as the new cheaper super fuel cleaner and more miles per gallon, Can any one explain to me why and when did the price become dearer than unleaded.

Started: 8th Aug 2006 at 20:45

Posted by: teash (959) 

Have a read at this
Present cars a diesel and how much have they improved since the 80`s. OK its been re-mapped and had bigger injectors fitted, but seeing as its only a 1.9(kicks out 185 bhp) it`ll keep up with/beat many petrol cars. Plus due to the low emissions they throw out these days it costs me just over a ton for 12 months road tax and still returns between 45-55 mpg

Replied: 8th Aug 2006 at 21:47

Posted by: aitch (5487) 

Yes but that still doesnt tell me why it now costs more than unleaded when it was first introduced a good few years ago it was projected as the cheaper cleaner fuel which the masses (us) would be queuing up to buy? when did it get to cost more, I never really noticed never having had a diesel, still havent but have been thinking about it. I drive a 1600 Toyota Corollabrilliant car but expensive to run for a pensioner. My brother has just bought a brand new Honda Civic 2.2 litre dieseland I am green with envy, but there is always the lottery

Replied: 8th Aug 2006 at 22:10

Posted by: teash (959) 

At least if your 'green' with envy it shows your doin yer bit for the enviroment :)

Replied: 8th Aug 2006 at 22:34

Posted by: aitch (5487) 

Thanks for that teash Ill sleep better now knowing that im doing my bit

Replied: 8th Aug 2006 at 22:53

Posted by: dave© (3507)

I used to do a bit of part time work in a garage in Wigan back in the 70s, there was a diesel pump there, but no diesel in the tank. In those days, there was virtually no demand for diesel for cars, only the HGV's used it. The owner rather riskingly bought a small amount of diesel to put in the tank but it was the best part of six months before anyone needed it.
With the increasing popularity of DERV's (Diesel Engined Road Vehicles) the government found that it was losing revenue with the lower diesel fuel prices, hence the hike in price.

Replied: 8th Aug 2006 at 23:21

Posted by: teash (959) 

So in that case you`d have thought the G would have cottoned on with the popularity of DERV especially with the amount of HGV`s and trains that run on it:)

Replied: 9th Aug 2006 at 00:08

Posted by: dave© (3507)

No, it was mainly used by commercial organisations, NOT the ordinary motorist, when the ordinary motorist cottoned on to it, that's when the gradual price hike started.

Replied: 9th Aug 2006 at 00:22

Posted by: cab75 (96) 

Just buy an old banger and stick red in it, only joking, the government know that to get 45 to 55 mpg out of a petrol car it has to be a small engine. So then people buy a big car with a big diesel engine and get 45 to 55 mpg, so they whack the price up to get their money.

Replied: 9th Aug 2006 at 00:26

Posted by: dave© (3507)

I believe it's quite legal to use cooking oil, although it's supposed to be "declared." Wonder if anyone does.

Replied: 9th Aug 2006 at 00:35

Posted by: billy (26053) 

i heard of a chicken farmer in central wales who has two cars, and the usual amount of farm vehicles.
this man has never been known to fill up at the local pumps in that area???chicken s**t ???now i wonder how he"s doing it???[(:-)]

Replied: 9th Aug 2006 at 10:30


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