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Old 11-17-2009, 08:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For Sale: 1984 Mercedes Benz 300D Turbo Diesel GreaseCar 244k
Yes this baby gets between 80 - 215 MPG diesel while commuting 110 miles round trip a day. I had the system in for three years and It works great! The engine purrs like a kitten but is like a Lion off the line. (turned up the IP screw) Comes with a filtration system that dewaters waste veg oil and filters down to 1 micron absolute. (Fryer to Fuel Base unit)Base WVO Filtration Unit at F2F Filtration Units I get 5k onboard Vegfilter life easy. Vegtherm standard w/ Vegsensor,Veg-Oil Temp gauge pre IP(red digital), 15 gallon heated VegTank in trunk. Spare tire still accessible. New tires in the front, A/C compressor, receiver drier/accumulator, expansion valve, R134A, A/C high low switch, all belts, brakes, alignment, motor mounts for engine and rear tranny, upper control arm, starter button, water pump, radiator, rear shock absorber, diesel primer pump(original style), hood release strap, Engine hood pad w/ heat shield over turbo unit, Aux fan and shroud cover, exhaust system, filters & fluids changed - rear diff fluid 85W140, Directional switch and relay, glow plugs, tie rods, struts, brakes and cali rebuild fall 2008,have all been replaced. Some rust spots and a tear in the drivers seat. CC works, AM/FM CD player, A/C new but doesn't work so well over 82*F when its sunny (No tinting). Asking $3k.
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I must say I'm a bit skeptical. Any fuel logs to back up that claim?
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Old 11-18-2009, 12:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Most likely he isn't counting the veg oil it burns.
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Most likely he isn't counting the veg oil it burns.
So in that case the reason it only gets 180-300mpg's is because he forgets to top off the tank?
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So in that case the reason it only gets 180-300mpg's is because he forgets to top off the tank?
It's because you start up on straight diesel while the vegoil is warming up to the proper viscosity. And also because you switch to straight diesel before shutting down to purge the lines from vegoil.

I edited the thread title to reflect reality (MPGe, MPG alone was misleading).
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It's because you start up on straight diesel while the vegoil is warming up to the proper viscosity. And also because you switch to straight diesel before shutting down to purge the lines from vegoil.

I edited the thread title to reflect reality (MPGe, MPG alone was misleading).
I see, that makes sense. Still seems extremely misleading considering you are still going through X number of gallons of flammable liquid.
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I agree. If someone is running E85, I'd hope they aren't saying their actual 30 mpg is 200 mpg. Thats just ridiculous.
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so really... "You Lie!" a gallon is a gallon, if you are burning fuel and put a gallon of fuel in and it burns that fuel then you figure out how many miles you went on that gallon, it doesn't matter what that fuel is, if you have to add it to the vehicle then it counts.
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Old 11-18-2009, 11:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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There was an F350 (?) Diesel that claimed some outrageous MPG as well - something 'probably impossible' in such a large, heavy, un-aerodynamic vehicle - 78 MPG or so. It has since disappeared from the garage, and most of the entries on the diesel page seem to be plausible. My guess was that the F350 was using some percentage of diesel (to start, or perhaps as a dino/veg mix) ans only reporting the dino burned in the MPG.

This is one of the reasons why I put the watt-hours per mile, and kilowatts used/miles driven on the refueling report - the MPGe of my Citicar is reasonably high, but the data supports the claim.

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