Another sweeping generalisation.
It's common myth that diesels can 'go on forever', unless it's another "Trigger's broom" of course. While diesels are inherently more robust than petrols due to the combustion forces at work, the complicated injection, induction and emission control systems mean there are plenty of components to fail.
Your comments suggest narrow experience with and knowledge of cars.
The environmental impact of diesels are well documented. The tide is turning as Europe wakes up to the damage they cause, with the recent VW 'dieselgate' being the tipping point for this.
A naive political agenda based on co2 emissions has seen diesels rise in popularity. The law makers have created targets for manufacturers to achieve , resulting in the latest-gen diesel engines being astoundingly complex, far more so than their petrol-powered counterparts, to meet the requirements. While diesels are typically litre-for-litre more economical than a petrol equivalent results in lower co2 emissions, neglecting the higher NOx emissions which are far more polluting.
Diesels still have a place for drivers who sit on the motorway day-in day-out, where the benefits of diesel engine fuel economy, low-down torque and cruising ability are realised. But in most other circumstances, diesel engines are becoming more and more irrelevant.
Yes i have a very limited experience of cars,we owned garages when i was growing up,im a trained mechanic and ran garages for many years and bought and sold thousands of cars.As for driving experience ive past 4 different driving tests and covered somewhere between 2 and 4 million miles,many in diesels.
That said ive suffered a few petrols in my time cars from metros,princess,ambassodors and other junk through rotarys RX8 to TT's, 911's and many more so yes i believe i know a little.
On the other side i went through the best diesels as they came available from the 90's,some of the pug powered rover sld,rover 400 bubble, bmw 6 cylinders 325 tds.330d through to recent 335D.
So its fair to say ive seen both worlds and more than most average car drivers ever will.
You have to wonder why so many stupid people choose diesels,maybe they all cant add up or maybe they can.
Diesels are far more reliable,use less fuel,less road tax and importantly use alot less effort to drive due to the massive torque they give.You have to go back to the ninetys for that not to be true.
Its been along time since the M3 330d arguements were regular on bm forums,they came almost none existant when the 330d took hold,the only arguement the petrol lovers could muster,was a better noise.
As most use their cars to go to work the difference between 150mph and 6 seconds 0-60 and 5 seconds was irrelevant is relivant to most is 120 a liter, 20mpg v 45 and running costs.
And the diesel bubble that i did 140,000 miles in ,the only engine issue was a split intercooler pipe.
So dont make me out to be daft!