Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: 222.132 & 221.122 & 213.050 & 906.633
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
Yes, one should take the recent diesel technology enhancements into account. I think it is still true that a diesel engine is more noisy but the difference is getting small, especially on a warmed up engine. In a good car you cannot say from inside (based on noise) which engine it has. Also powerwise the engines are getting similar (excluding the top range of gas engines, which perhaps though is more visible in the US). When the W211 had the I6 320CDI and the 320 gas engine, they had excatly the same acceleration figures even if the gas engine had a bit higher max power, here in Europe they had the same price tag too. I think the difference with the V6 320 CDI and the current 350 gas engine on the W211 is still quite small. Don't know if this reduces the longevity advantade that diesel cars have had so far.
Considering the earlier comment "gas engines are considered the more practical choise for automobiles", I wonder why then the 2005 figures indicate that in Belgium 72% of their car sales were diesels. France had 70%, Spain 68% but some European countries have really low figures like Greece 1% and Sweden 9%, the average being 49% (perhaps the comment was referring to this figure being less than 50% ;-) Of course the average for the whole world is different, heavily influenced by the US figures.
I accept that my views may be a bit biased but I have not always had a diesel car myself, had a gas engine car before my W123 diesel (although followed by a W124, W202, BMW diesel, W210, w211 and W221 diesels). But before the W123 i got used to my farther's cars which were of the two previous generation diesel MBs ;-)