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Old 06-12-2008, 12:17 PM   #11
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Re: Diesel Vs. Gas Powered Bus

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just thought id ask what the difference of price for a gallon of gas and a gallon of deisel in the US is at this point the only advantage of a gas engine to deisel has beencheaper to maintain and the old skool boys know them i do like the newer busses but im lost with a deisel and can pul a wrench on a sb chevy any day is deisel a buk a gallon more? timbuk

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gas is about $4.10/gallon
diesel is about $4.80/gallon

From what I've seen anyway.
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Old 06-12-2008, 01:39 PM   #12
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Re: Diesel Vs. Gas Powered Bus

$3.85 for gas
$4.79 for diesel

That makes diesel 20% more expensive. According to the poll on the site in this thread the majority of gas bus drivers are getting 5-7 mpg so we'll say 6 mpg for that. Diesel owners are generally getting 7-10 (though many get more) so we'll say 9 mpg for them. That still makes diesel the champ in that fuel is 20% more expensive, but they get 50% better mileage.
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Old 06-12-2008, 03:26 PM   #13
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Diesels run on Veggie Oil!
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Re: Diesel Vs. Gas Powered Bus

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$3.85 for gas
$4.79 for diesel

That makes diesel 20% more expensive. According to the poll on the site in this thread the majority of gas bus drivers are getting 5-7 mpg so we'll say 6 mpg for that. Diesel owners are generally getting 7-10 (though many get more) so we'll say 9 mpg for them. That still makes diesel the champ in that fuel is 20% more expensive, but they get 50% better mileage.
Spot on...

I can also recycle my used engine oil from my car, motorcycles, etc. back into my bus' diesel tank too.
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I can also recycle my used engine oil from my car, motorcycles, etc. back into my bus' diesel tank too.

Anyone else do this?
What ratio do you mix it to?
Are there any other benefits other than getting rid of used motor oil? Most auto parts stores take it for free.

Seems like all the "junk" in the oil would be bad for your motor/injectors.
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Old 06-13-2008, 06:34 AM   #16
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Re: Diesel Vs. Gas Powered Bus

There is absolutely no doubt that diesel powered buses are superior to gas powered machinery. And also, conversion from gas to diesel is grossly cost ineffective, unless you had the diesel engine for free, hundreds of hours to devote, and were a professional mechanic, fabricator, welder etc.

Speaking with 17 years in the bus business. about 100 buses and trucks, and having owned Cummins, CAT, IHC, Detroit 2 and 4 cycles, Deutz. Nissan. Ruggerini, Isuzu. Mercedes, Lister, Kubota, and probably a couple other diesel types that I've forgotten.

Gas buses have their place, and do well for infrequent use and shorter trips. But the fuel savings and longevity of the diesel make them the only choice for serious travelling, or industrial, serious applications.

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