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We are getting 33 City / 37 Hwy average with the whisper quite Diesel 2018 Terrain. We reached high of 41 hwy on one trip so far.
One thing that disappointed me about the diesel is I thought it had zero towing capability recommendation. Not sure why, because I thought people with buy trucks with diesel just for the towing capability. I know they have about 900 Ft-lbs of torque, but I though the Equinox diesel had more torque that the 1.5, and 2.0 gassers.
 

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I though the Equinox diesel had more torque that the 1.5, and 2.0 gassers.
1.5 has 203 lb-ft of Torque and 170 HP
1.6 Diesel has 240 lb-ft and 137 HP
2.0 has 260 lb-ft and 252 HP

The manual shows 1,500 Lbs towing for the 1.5 and 1.6. 3,500 lbs for the 2.0
 

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I read why they are not recommending higher towing weight for the diesel is because of cooling issues..though diesels can tow more than similar sized gasoline engine.

(BTW most of our highway mileage average 42 mpg at 75 mph...we topped at slightly more than 46 mpg once...we are driving at an altitude of 5000 ft...i am not sure if that matters).
 

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...we are driving at an altitude of 5000 ft...i am not sure if that matters).
We get a lot better gas mileage on our motorcycles when riding in areas 5,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level.
 

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I read why they are not recommending higher towing weight for the diesel is because of cooling issues..though diesels can tow more than similar sized gasoline engine.

(BTW most of our highway mileage average 42 mpg at 75 mph...we topped at slightly more than 46 mpg once...we are driving at an altitude of 5000 ft...i am not sure if that matters).
What was your purchase date and how many miles on your diesel now?
 

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I deal with diesel engines commercially. A must in that situation. 21,000 gallons of diesel fuel a year I have to buy for my business. Since the OEM's piled on the emissions stuff on diesels, I have had no interest in having a diesel in a personal vehicle. No appreciable benefit.

My Nox is flex fuel. It lives on E85 fuel I get for $1.72 right now. Averages for all miles (city, highway, rural, gravel roads, winter, summer) about 21 mpg on E85. A big yawn, but that equates to 8.2 cents a mile fuel cost at current price.

Diesel is going for $3.14 in my area. For a diesel Nox to just break even on a 8.2 cent per mile fuel cost it would have to average (city, highway, rural, gravel, winter, summer) about 38-39 mpg. Not going to happen.

And the additional cost of maintenance on a diesel wasn't even part of that consideration. Even more reason not to have one.
 

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2018 equinox diesel owner

I bought my 2018 equinox premier diesel last year and I have over 22,000 miles on her. GREAT car!!! problem is GM requires Dexos 2 motor oil. It has to be special ordered at the car stores at $10.00 a quart. Some dealers do not have the oil. seems like GM is keeping the spcial equipment and fluids close to the chest...Change oil every 4,000 miles. dealers want $100...oil change. But I really do like the car. I also own a 2017 Highlander and the Equinox is more fun to drive.
 

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The Dexos2 thing is not "required", it is recommended. If it was "required" then it would also be required that they provide it to you free of charge per Federal Regulations. CK-4 is the latest diesel oil spec across the country. I would just use a CK-4 rated oil and stick with the viscosity that GM recommends. There is nothing spectacular about a GM diesel that it "requires" dexos2 and there is nothing special about the dexos2 specification compared to CK-4. You can get a very good semi synthetic CK-4 oil for around $20 a gallon. A quality full syn for not a lot more. Paying $100 for an oil change is robbery.

And no.... they can't just ad hoc void the warranty because you are not using dexos2. That is also a violation of Federal Regulations. If you kept your mouth shut, they wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a dexos2 and CK-4 rated oil even if they sent in a sample for analysis. Just act like you are talking to police and either shut up or play stupid.

And you should be able to go a longer than 4000 miles on any oil change. Before I sold it to my son, I had a Jeep Liberty 2.8L diesel (the same motor that was the foundation of the 2.8L Dmax in the Colorado/Canyon pickups). Changed oil on it every 9000 miles. It did just fine. Had over 100,000 miles when I sold it to him.
 
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Also, while CK-4 is ok to use, there is a wide selection of Dexos 2 oils on the market. Should be able to find a good value. There are several 5w30 dexos2 oils on the list. You could also use 0w30. Both are 30 weight oils just with different cold flow rates. Again, dealer or OEM could not tell the difference between a 0w30 and a 5w30 if they wanted to.

https://www.gmdexos.com/brands/dexos2/index.html
 

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Bought one of the last new gmc terrain diesels. Already got 55k on 2017 cruze diesel stick. I probably could have used a better name for this forum, but so be it. Son had an 018 cruze diesel stick but traded it for gas tahoe - he has about 60k on his canyon diesel so far.

Why no topic here for general equinox/terrain diesel discussions? We can start a specific thread to argue about dexos2! I let valvoline do my most recent cruze diesel oil change since their synthetic is on on the dexos2 nice-list.

Reportedly there are about 4000 GMC terrain diesels in USA. Maybe the same number of equinox diesels?

Torque at ya later, folks.
 

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Bought one of the last new gmc terrain diesels. Already got 55k on 2017 cruze diesel stick. I probably could have used a better name for this forum, but so be it. Son had an 018 cruze diesel stick but traded it for gas tahoe - he has about 60k on his canyon diesel so far.

Why no topic here for general equinox/terrain diesel discussions? We can start a specific thread to argue about dexos2! I let valvoline do my most recent cruze diesel oil change since their synthetic is on on the dexos2 nice-list.

Reportedly there are about 4000 GMC terrain diesels in USA. Maybe the same number of equinox diesels?

Torque at ya later, folks.
I would like to see that number....i have seen a handful cruze diesels (sold a bit longer) and i have seen another equinox diesel but no terrain diesel.


BTW watch out for your battery if it has spent a long time between date of manufacture and date you took possession. The AGM batteries do not like being left idle for months....A few on this forum have had their battery die on them within a year or less when their new car had been sitting on the dealer lot for 6 to 12 months.


I suspect there only 4 to 5 active members of this forum with diesels.
I hope GM would give us a little tag to stick on the car like "limited edition" !
 

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I bought a 2018 4wd diesel terrain back in December and couldnt be happier with it. 5500 miles and still havent put def fluid in it. I've average 38.7mpg during ownership and never paid more than $2.52/gal for diesel in texas. I just filled up @ 2.22 yesterday. The ride is great, the noise canceling system makes the vehicle significantly quieter than I expected. It pulls a trailer without issue. After I upgraded the speakers and added a subwoofer it is now a joy to drive for extended periods of time. The infotainment system seamlessly works with my android. Overall it was an absolute bargain @ $24.4k with 13k miles on it. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I'll change the exhaust out and try to squeeze some additional mpg out of it soon.
 
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