Touareg: 2009 V6 TDI
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Cariboo, B.C. Canada
Second Vehicle: is jealous
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lol. I read through this whole thread. Everyone has some good points. Some facts & some guesses.
Yes, the USA is top 3 of world polluters and as pointed out, top per capita. With that said, I don't have a problem with someone removing emission components to prolong their engine life ( and yes it will ) & gain fuel mileage, even if it is a small amount. Bottom line is better fuel mileage means one is burning less fuel period. That never seems to be brought up in these discussions. Burning less has a bigger effect in total. Less the refineries have to run, less the pipelines have to push, less the big tankers have to deliver the fuels to the pumping stations, less out of ones pocket. It all adds up. The electric cars may not pollute but it sure does take a lot of polluting to make the batteries for these cars & the batteries will have to be changed out at least once for the life of the car. Not to mention most countries have to either burn fossil fuels to make their power to supply charging power for them. So they are not as friendly to the environment as the gov wants you to believe. But then again, the figures are the electric car will cost one upwards of 7 times as much in the life of the car as it's equal in a gas or diesel vehicle. Gov makes more $ on taxes, right.
Years ago when Ford came out with the 6.4L Power Joke, their trucks on average got 9mpg.....sure it had every pollution control gizmo one could shake a stick at. California EPA should be proud of themselves. The engine needed over twice the amount of fuel to go the same distance as a same size Dodge Cummins or Dmax.
So the EPA pencil pushers can't see the forest through the tree's. What ever they say the expectable emissions level that the 6.4L diesel engine put out, facts are it put out over 2x the amount because it would use over 2x the amount of fuel to go the same distance as their competitors engines. But hey that's ok or over looked because it is a North American made engine. Then the EPA goes after VW for polluting on their smaller engines that get 30+mpg & as much as 50+.
I'm in the diesel business & these are facts. Think about this for a second. That's upwards as much as almost 6x less fuel needed for the VW's to go the same distance as the Power Joke at the time. That's almost 6x more pollution figures as the EPA says the Power Joke puts out. If they were serious about pollution figures, testing would be based on mileage & amount of fuel used for a given distance. But hey, the gov makes more $ because more fuel gets bought right. And by the way, all the big 3 in N.America have been caught too, among others, cheating the software/EPA testing but you don't hear about that do you. If they paid as much in fines & damage, the big 3 would have to fold. Well because they are N.American companies, that's not going to happen. Right.
So it's more about the $ for the gov than the health risks. Carbon tax is just that...tax. Another way to milk the common folk of their hard earned $. Plan & simple. Don't get me wrong, I'm not for everyone to be rolling coal or ignoring the facts that we are slowly polluting our planet. I'm just pointing out the facts the gov doesn't seem to be serious about taking the steps to help clean up the biggest things polluting our planet.
2009 Touareg Highline 3.0L V6 TDI