That's true, but conversion kits are available and many more will be
developed as diesels become more readily available. I really like the
thought of bio-diesel and wished BMW had more offerings in the US.
When the US government started tightening up the emission requirements for
diesels the relatively small market for them in cars and light duty trucks
(in the US) was not worth pursuing. Virtually all European manufacturers
withdrew diesel exports to the US. A good example is the Sprinter
(Mercedes). The little 2.7L, 5 cylinder diesel was used throughout Europe
but did not meet US emission specs. It wasn't until DaimlerChrysler decided
to replace the conventional Dodge van series with the Sprinter that the
numbers made it worthwhile to clean up the emissions on the engine in order
to sell in the US.
Agree. My friend's brother, who lives in Germany, came over and had to
drive my 1990 E34 535i, 5spd, 108K miles. He really enjoyed the torque
and said because of the extreme price of gas in Germany, all of his
cars were 2.0 liters or smaller.
Of course, we Americans believe there's No Replacement for
Displacement, and the bigger the better!
We have a RV conversion that is built on the 158" wheelbase Sprinter
chassis. I am simply amazed at how well the Mercedes 154 hp diesel
performs. We recently took a 1400 mile trip towing a light cargo trailer
with it. It had no problem maintaining 65-70 mph on the highway, up and
down hills, and delivered 17 mpg, even pulling the trailer. Very
Of course it 'ain't no 6-litre 600 hp engine' but it does the job.
I rent cars with turbo-diesel engines of around 2 l -- always impressive
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