I considered one myself but a MB diesel fanatic friend convinced me to
go for an older one. I just bought a '92 300E turbo diesel. So far so
good. Haven't gathered enough data for actual fuel economy but with
diesel running $0.45 less than regular unleaded I figure I'm already way
ahead of the game.
On May 14, 9:04 pm, email@example.com (Guenter Scholz)
We have two of them, both 98's; they have their quirks but IMO offer a
newer car look, good fuel mileage, and good safety rating, we run ours
on SVO or WVO and they love it. I also have a 91 300TD... With that
mileage, depending on where you're buying it, expect to pay in the mid
to upper teens, which, if the car is very clean and everything checks
out is not too bad. Ours both have higher miles and I paid right at
11K for each one.
Sounds about right on price range. Check with edmudns.com...nadaguides.com
and look at autotraders.com for some listing to get some comparison in
SVO or WVO... what kit did you install? I guess you got a second tank too...
Who does the treatment of the oil? How easy is it? Any direct source of
information is greatly appreciated as I want to plan for my 95 E300D diesel.
http://www.vegeterrainian.com/ just made a kit for me with a custom 5
gallon tank for diesel which mounts in the trunk on the passenger side
behind the wheel well. This was his first W210 kit I believe but this
guy is a craftsman. I'm running single tank blends in both cars, that
is, I put the veggie oil once filtered and settled and dewatered
straight into my car's fuel tank and heat the oil in the engine
compartment before the injection pump. I collect and process all of
my own oil from one restaurant. To learn more about this go to the
infopop forum at http://biodiesel.infopop.cc and read away. Us
blenders were given our own section it's called "solvent thinning" go
there and read, lots of knowledgeable people there who have been doing
this for awhile. I read for 2 years before I took the plunge. I've
never looked back, I've got my whole family on veggie and now looking
to replace the familiy vacation hauler with a big diesel SUV to do the
Did my '79 300TD at http://www.lovecraftbiofuels.com last weekend.
Really trick setup, very clean install. $450 for the parts, $250 for
the labor that I didn't want to deal with.
There's a huge new (primary) fuel filter that goes before the prefilter.
This filter mount also taps the coolant lines, to heat the fuel as it
enters. From there, the fuel travels into the prefilter, through the
pump, and into the place where the primary fuel filter used to be, but
there's another heater there. That part wigs me out a bit, but a lot of
people have this setup and I suppose if you're cleaning your own oil you
know it's not going to have crap in it in the first place. So that
heater takes the coolant out from the primary filter, and coolant goes
back to a tap near the firewall. Oh yeah, there's another electric fuel
pump installed just before the primary filter now too.
I live in Southern California. The temperature ranges from 70 to 70, so
running pure veggie oil in the tank year-round isn't a problem. I'm
already planning an engine teardown, which I may now put off a year. Nab
myself some of those Elsbett injectors while doing the rings. (Leaking
oil out of the breather now which stinks when it burns. I lose under a
quart every 3k miles though, so it ain't terrible just yet.)
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