Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: W211 E320 Bluetec R129 SL500 - $1300 car ........ Ford F350 6l
Location: CA Bay Area
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I drive diesel partly because the mentality I grew up with in Europe, partly because California gas is diluted so badly, that some say you can safely trow lighted match in it.
But have to say, that even diesel, especially MB makes sense economically in US, if you drive a lot, it is not for everybody.
Generally diesel is much cheaper to drive/maintain, but when something breaks on it, the bills can go very high.
That said, right now we have 2 MB diesels with 260k + miles that cost us less than $10 a year in repairs.
Sold Ford Diesel truck with 320k miles, still driving perfectly.
You have tough choice with bio in your state.
I would seek 1998-99 E300DT that can take that fuel with no problem and the engine proves itself to be one of the most reliable in MB history. Anything newer not only will bring more risk, but also any repairs will come with multiplied cost.