Real world value of the diesel in Canada
My attention was drawn to Auto Trader recently when I noted some diesel Smart's ranging from 3-5k, some a little higher, looking for a good standby vehicle to use when my ED just wont cut it (usually last minute trips, end up having to take my wife's truck).
I have heard both good and bad about the diesel fortwo. I cannot seem to put my finger on the best model year and what major problems may lie ahead, but I am really liking the fuel economy. This would be mostly back road driving, speed limits under 80km/h, perhaps 80-100km each trip, maybe a few times a month. It would be comforting to know that I have a backup vehicle and of course extend the life of my ED which just rolled 41k (By the way, doing quite good, no issues so far).
Any suggestions from experience, especially in Canada, where I understand certain diesel models (or model years) were not permitted because they did not get TC approval? I know for a fact that the quality of diesel here is not as great as in Europe, but overall, would I be looking down the barrel of a loaded gun?
Thanks, Happy New Year!