OK, so it's loud, unreliable and belches black smoke. But now it can make you a TV star.
Last week the ABC News Web site posted a call for anyone who owns a running General Motors diesel car from the 1970s or '80s. ABC is preparing a report on the return of the diesel engine.
Although GM made more than a million diesel-powered Oldsmobiles, Cadillacs, Chevrolets, Pontiacs and Buicks from 1978 to 1985, probably only a few thousand are left in running condition.
Most went to the big scrapyard in the sky years ago. The engines were notoriously bad. Many of them smoked and then croaked because of bad fuel pumps and cracked blocks. Some of the cars were converted to run with gasoline engines, and some were rebuilt endlessly until they succumbed to rust.
If you have a GM diesel and want to see it on national TV, go to: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/PersonalFinance/story?id=2320392&page=1
Note to ABC: Check eBay. Last week a white 1980 Cadillac Eldorado diesel in Bettendorf, Iowa, was lingering unwanted. No one would open the bidding at $800.