31 May '12, 2pm

Values of small used cars fall in lockstep with gas prices

I work on advanced diesel and cng vehicles. The cost of repairs for these new fuel sippers is cost prohibitive to the regular folks. Once out of warranty will the owners be ablr to afford the costs of repairs? Nowhere have I read how much it costs for replacement batteries for these type of hybrids. Cng engines are high maintenace and turbos,water cooled ones, can run about $2500. Just one sensor going bad will cause it to derate the fuel flow and your vehicle will just limp along. As for the new diesels a lot of them have problems with the injectors because of the ultra low sulfur content of the fuel. And those with external fuel lines are a one off because you can't reuse them. Some of these put out fuel pressures of 80,000 psi. Very dangerous. BTW cng gets only about half the mileage of gas or diesel fuel and is not as readily available. I see the same vehicles that run...

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