>Another tip: diesels are very common in Europe and are much more >economic
>to operate. Moreover, they are not noisey of slugglish.
Ziners: This is absolutely correct. More diesels are sold in France than gasoline engine cars because diesel fuel is about a dollar a gallon cheaper and they are more economical. Diesel fuel is available at virtually all service stations (not just truck stops as in the US).
Modern diesels are no louder or rougher than gasoline engines; because they generally have turbochargers, their acceleration is surprisingly swift. I rented a VW Passat diesel that blew my mind when I hit the acclerator!
Too bad Americans haven't got the message about diesels.
Evan in Paris