[Vwdiesel] Oil dipstick degrade

Tony and Lillie tonyandlillie1 at earthlink.net
Tue May 15 04:41:24 EDT 2007

Thank you, very well said. Interesting, I was reading an article on the mid 
'80's CRX recently. No hybrid, gasoline engine. Rated for over 50MPG 
highway, IIRC. The HF I do know was rated for 67 highway. Where are those 
cars now?? I know the rating method has changed with higher speed limits and 
whatnot, but still, this is pretty comical. I would have to agree, big oil 
doesn't want it, combined with American's propensity to want big "safe" 
vehicles with plenty of power.

Tony Hoffman

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "William J Toensing" <toensing at wildblue.net>
To: <vwdiesel at vwfans.com>
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 2:43 AM
Subject: [Vwdiesel] Oil dipstick degrade

> Please correct me if I am wrong, but I understand West European nations, 
> largely after WW 2, but the UK even prior to WW2, started heavily taxing 
> gas guzzlers to reduce fuel consumption, mostly out of concerns over 
> balance of payment issues, because all petroleum products had to be 
> imported, mostly from the Middle East. If I recall correctly, it wasn't 
> till the '60s that oil was discovered off the coast of Norway in the North 
> Shore oil fields, but this wasn't enough to cover Western Europe's oil 
> needs, so the existing tax structure was kept in place. Although I don't 
> like paying high prices for gas, I prefer the European way of taxing to 
> discourage excessive fuel consumption to the American way where we use 
> regulation rather than tax incentives & disincentives to encourage the 
> types of cars we can drive. We are prevented from buying fuel efficient 
> cars, cars  capable of getting over 40 MPG unless a manufacturer is 
> willing to strongly commit to marketing such vehicles. So far,
>  only two manufacturers have committed to do so. They are Honda with the 
> Insight & Civic hybrid & Toyota with its Prius, all  of which cost over 
> $20,000 new. I believe Big Oil has used its influence to keep highly fuel 
> efficient cars off the American roads. In Europe, as I see it, the tax 
> structure encourages the use of small fuel efficient cars, especially 
> diesels. Since that is the type of car I prefer, I resent not being able 
> to buy such cars here.
> I know some Europeans laugh over American's complaining about $3 a gallon 
> gas when they have to pay $7 a gallon for gas & somewhat less for diesel, 
> but remember you have an extensive public transportation that we don't 
> have, except for a few large cities, our distances are much greater, & a 
> majority of our cars seldom get over 25 MPG in a country extremely 
> dependant on the automobile for its transportation needs.
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