BlueTec Diesel Review

N.Y. Times E320 Bluetec Review
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/15/automobiles/autoreviews/15MERC.html?_r=1&8dt&emc=dt&oref=slogin

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Wow! Odor Free?! 6.6 seconds? Wow!
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wrote:

the current cdi is odor free and does 6.6, the only differences is it's a v6 and has a 7 speed tranny. I not knocking the blutec but I am quite happy with my cdi, 2.5 years old 60k miles
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Do you mean "the current US I6" with the current cdi? The I6 E320CDI does 7,7 s (0-100km), 6,6 is for the "current Euro E320CDI". The odor free is I guess mostly from the low sulphur diesel.
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wrote:

My e320cdi 6 was rated at 6.6 for 0 to 60 mph
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Still confused, is your E320CDI an I6 with 5 gear auto box or a V6 with 7G-tronic? The latter one would do 6.6 irrespectively if it was bluetech or not.
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wrote:

the former, its a 2005
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T.G. Lambach wrote:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/15/automobiles/autoreviews/15MERC.html?_r=1&8dt&emc=dt&oref=slogin
The E.P.A. estimates that the greener fuel will ultimately save $150 billion a year in health and welfare costs and prevent 20,000 premature deaths annually.
another wow.
I was behind a diesel the other day that was putting out so much smoke it could have been on fire.
That should be illegal.
and then there was the Ford "Powerstink" pickup.
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Sprinter and wrote:

Then again, they _would_ say that, wouldn't they?
I'm skeptical as to how anyone could possibly make such estimates.

Soot from diesel engines is an aesthetic matter. The soot isn't what contributes to smog; oxides of nitrogen (NOx) are.

So I'm not the only one who's noticed that the Navistar engine Ford used in those pickups (and in many, many tow trucks and ambulances) has a uniquely malodorous, sickly-sweet smell? I normally like the smell of diesel exhaust, but what comes out of those engines could gag a maggot. Besides, the things are as thrashy as all get-out; they sound like they're always on the verge of tearing themselves apart.
A friend used to have an F-250 diesel, and I was appalled at how noisy it was, particularly under acceleration. The Cummins used in the Dodge pickup isn't much better.
Why are pickup diesels so noisy, when the diesels in passenger cars demonstrate that the aural pollution simply isn't necessary? My theory is that it's a marketing thing, aimed at the (mostly blue-collar male) demographic who buys the trucks: diesel trucks are macho, and the Joe Lunchbucket types who buy most of these pickups want everyone within earshot to know what they have under the hood. (Even gasoline-engined pickups are inexplicably noisier than passenger cars with the same engines.)
Driving a diesel, I have it both ways: I get good mileage _and_ piss off liberals.
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