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susanab Apr 30th, 2006 08:52 AM

Italy car rental- Diesel or regular
I'll be driving through Italy for 17 days in July. To lease a diesel car is slightly higher, but I believe using diesel fuel overall will save us money. Anyone have any info on that and is diesel fuel sold at all/most stations?

bellacqui Apr 30th, 2006 08:57 AM

HI Susan,

Diesel is sold at all gas stations in Italy. By all means rent that diesel!! You will get much, much better fuel efficiency and it is a little cheaper per liter than gasoline.


susanab Apr 30th, 2006 09:01 AM

Thanks, Diana.

With gas prices what they are, every little bit helps. I'll book the diesel.

ira Apr 30th, 2006 09:02 AM

Hi S,

It depends on how much driving you will do. You have to do the numbers.

Diesel is about 15% lower than gasoline, and mileage is a little better (we got 40 mpg in a Peugeot 307 diesel).

How much more is the diesel car, and how many miles will you drive?


Budman Apr 30th, 2006 09:08 AM

You will get far better mileage with a diesel. I rented from in Italy, and it was the same price as a gas powered vehicle.

Diesel is the way to go IMO. ((b))

Michael Apr 30th, 2006 09:33 AM

I agree with Ira's analysis. Take the diesel only if it is cheaper in the total cost or the same. On a long term lease, I estimated the break-even point to be at 5000 km.

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