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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-05-2018, 11:19 AM
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I just realized that you don't have the V-6 3.0 so we may not be talking about the same thing.
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I just replaced the V6 3l engine on my W211 as the old one suck water in the puddle.
Took the old engine apart just to inspect it. I drove it for last 20k, when previous owner was single woman servicing it at dealer.
I got confirmation that the only transmission service was done at 40k, so good guess that the engine had oil changes at FSS +- 13k intervals.
So after 180k miles, the cylinder bores still have honing marks.
EGR and intake "could use" cleaning, but it did not create problems.
I rebuild turbo, but comparing new and old bushing plays - they are the same, so it was premature rebuild.
Timing chain/sprockets look good. Scan did indicate that injectors have been replaced in the past, but I don't have solid records for that.
There is still long way from 180k my engine had to 1 million we would like to see and you still have to deal with motor mounts, VR, intercooler seals, but for such complexity the engine is holding very well IMHO, just observing original recommendations.
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Was that on you ML?
Diesel is not for everybody, but once you get the drift how to operate it, you will never go back to gaser.
Best part of it is, that if for some reason you don't like the fuel at one station, you can drive to next one - 100 miles away - often with reserve light on.
Newest model E250 BT makes 700-800 miles on tank, what brings new dimension to fuel/time saving.
We can fill up cheap diesel in Vegas, drive to Frisko, do some errands there and don't need to fill up till we are on our way back in Bakersfield.
From what I check last time, all states add bio to the fuel, but when most of states keep it at 5%, I heard Minnesota and Illinois have bio at 20%.
Chicago has high fuel prices anyway, so I avoid fueling there.
SACRILEGE!! We do *not* refer to our city by that...that...undignified pseudo-name......

Agreed with you on the benefits of Diesels. Been getting between 24 and 25 mpg in town driving with my E320 CDI. Haven't taken it on a road trip yet, but they're said to get over 700 miles on a tank. The car has good power. Sounds like a John Deere tractor, but it's very driveable. Diesel fuel is higher than 87-octane gasoline in my neck of the woods, pretty close to the price of 91 or 93 octane gasoline in some locales. Since the M112/M113 engines take 91 (premium in California), you save money by going Diesel. I would even claim a slight savings to the environment, at worst a wash, even with the slightly higher emissions/gallon, since we're using fewer gallons.

My understanding is that, nowadays, just about all Diesel fuel in the United States has at least 2% biodiesel in it, to replace the lubricity lost when we went to ultra-low-sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel. Turns out biodiesel has *great* lubricity. That's one reason the restaurants are now locked up in contracts with veggie oil recycling companies and why they (usually) won't let you have it anymore.
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Long before I moved to California I was fascinated by "Vanishing Point" movie.
I remember the nickname for the City picked up from it.
Finding good price on diesel fuel takes some research.
In the past truck stops had the best pricing, but the big stops offer truck parking, showers, TV rooms to the drivers and therefore they have higher pricing lately.
Mid-city station will always have high price on diesel as they sell low volume of it.
But doesn't take lot of reading on gasbuddy.com to learn what stations offer lower prices and fill up accordingly. Lately Costco add diesel at several locations, what is good deal but long wait lanes.
Beware that lately truck stops change to B20 at least in CA.

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