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Gas vs. Diesel

If there’s one word most people associate older Mercedes, it’s A few years ago I owned a 1980 convertible. During the 1970s, the was nearly everyone’s dream car. I’d get offended about a month when someone ask if me if my car was a diesel. Sometimes I shoot Do you really think they’d put a in a sports car?

All these just show my own ignorance. The is, diesels are no longer the slow, noisy, clunky oil burners they used to be. And yes, really do put a diesel in a sports You can can even buy an SL400 CDI in Europe. If it been for General Motors the public’s perception of diesel we’d probably all be driving today. Modern turbodiesels — the ones available in the E-class — outperform gas (petrol to you Brits!) of the same size!

If you’ve never driven a you’re in for a treat. Most car engines today are designed for horsepower at the expense of torque. is what accelerates your not horsepower. Diesel engines most of their torque at low whereas gas engines must be out to get moving in a hurry. The difference diesel and gas engines is like the between tractor engines and whacker engines.

In a turbodiesel, the of acceleration is like the feeling of off in a jet airplane. The car builds speed it’s attached to a giant band. Just a little of the accelerator pedal is all it takes to forward. To get the same response out of a gas you’d have to nearly it.

Turbodiesels offer better gas and much better performance in driving conditions than engines. Gas engines are more at high RPM, so they’ll win the top speed shootouts. But who spends of their time near

W210 Diesels

Okay, sold me on diesels. Can I get one in the W210? sold a diesel in the W210 in the for four years: 1996-1999. the first two years, 1996 and the E300 diesel was offered a turbo. This OM606 was carried over from the W124 E-class. It only 134 HP and 155 lb-ft of torque. Without the acceleration is — to borrow a term Rolls Royce — adequate. about 11-12 seconds 0 to 60. You beat anyone at the stoplight strip. But you won’t get run over on the either. The naturally-aspirated 1996-1997 has of power to cruise on America’s as long as you keep it under

In 1998, Mercedes turbocharged the engine. The extra air from the bumped up the horsepower by 30% to 174 HP and the torque by 57% to 244 0 to 60 times dropped to about 8 Remember that the turbo has to up to get on boost. A good portion of 0 to 60 is spent below parking lot waiting for the turbo to wind up. the turbo kicks in and you’re say from 20 MPH on up, I’d expect the E300 to smoke an E320 and keep up an E430.

Unlike a gas engine, turbocharging a does not shorten its life. The actually helps the engine by exhaust gas temperatures.

If driven both turbo and non-turbo should return around MPG on the highway and 24-26 MPG in the city.


Mythical Fuel

The decision to purchase a diesel should not be made on the basis of savings. The turbodiesels are about more expensive used comparable E320s. To come out financially, you’d first to recoup through fuel your initial $5,000 The numbers just don’t out under any reasonable scenario. make some assumptions:

You’d get 28 MPG on the highway with an gas.

Mercedes-Benz E 300 Turbo-D W210

You’d get 35 MPG with an diesel.

You pay $3.15 for a gallon for unleaded gasoline.

You pay $2.90 for a for diesel. (Diesel is actually expensive than premium gas in parts of the country.)

Under assumptions, gas for the E320 would $0.11 per mile and diesel for the would cost $0.08 per The diesel would reduce fuel costs by about 3 per mile. To simply break after paying the $5,000 for the diesel engine, you’d to drive the car about 150,000 Assuming you drive 10,000 per year, that would 15 years!

The only factor could significantly change be that diesel fuel much cheaper than in the future. If gas prices go up, or you convert diesel to run on waste vegetable then buying an E300 for economy might make

Other Ways to Save with a Diesel

Better economy alone won’t the diesel a good buy. But that the diesel engine may the gasoline engines — although the of you having a major engine with a Mercedes gasoline are very low. The diesel probably cost less to For example, diesels have no plugs, coils, ignition etc. and therefore do not need tune-ups. When you combine the savings and potential maintenance/repair the diesel could save you if you plan to drive the car forever. If is your plan, make you check your car thoroughly for before you buy! Otherwise, your extra $5,000 on a low museum-quality gasoline model.

I buy the diesel?

The diesel probably be any cheaper to own unless you get a really, good deal. So if you buy a diesel you should buy it because you like not because you plan to save If you do your own maintenance, diesels are simpler and easier to work on. As I before, diesels are enjoyable to Some people (aka like the unique diesel although you won’t hear any of it in the

Mercedes-Benz E 300 Turbo-D W210
Mercedes-Benz E 300 Turbo-D W210
Mercedes-Benz E 300 Turbo-D W210

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