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Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel
#131 of 170 Re: Good used trucks for running biodiesel [fenris2]
Sep 20, 2005 (7:27 pm)
Hmmm, best add that al lthese are the superduty variety of full sized pickup truck (dodge ram 2500, ford f-250). Although afaik ford also made the excursion SUV along with the 7.3 diesel and it was geared better for milage, but worse for towing vs. the PUs
#132 of 170 Re: Good used trucks for running biodiesel [fenris2]
Sep 20, 2005 (8:20 pm)
I work with a fellow that lives in So Dakota. He has used B20 in his Ford 6.0 PowerStroke since new two years ago. He says it does fine year round. He buys fuel at the co-op and B20 is consistently less expensive than unleaded regular gas.
#133 of 170 2005 Mercedes E320 CDI and Biodiesel
Oct 23, 2005 (9:38 am)
I just purchased a 2005 Mercedes E320 CDI. I live near a biodiesel retailer that sells "B100". I have checked around and verified that they sell "high quality" biodiesel fuel that meets ASTM standards. Does anyone have experience running this car on biodiesel? Is there any retrofitting I would need to do? I've read conflicting things. Any help, especially from someone with experience, would be greatly appreciated.
#134 of 170 Re: 2005 Mercedes E320 CDI and Biodiesel [mitch9]
Oct 23, 2005 (10:24 am)
Willie runs B100 in his E320 CDI. There is confusion concerning warranty. Mercedes would have to prove that the biodiesel caused a failure to refuse warranty work. Let us know how it runs on biodiesel.
#135 of 170 Re: 2005 Mercedes E320 CDI and Biodiesel [gagrice]
Oct 24, 2005 (11:15 am)
I infer from Willie's website that he hasn't modified his car, and all else I've read suggests only to keep an eye on the hoses and fuel pump seals containing "elastomer compounds incompatible with biodiesel." Since I'm not experienced in under-the-hood matters, am I safe to assume that this would be something any good car mechanic can do? It would be great to hear from anyone else doing this. I'll let you know how it goes for me.
#136 of 170 Bio-Diesel all over the World
Oct 29, 2005 (3:36 pm)
If you go to
today (2005/10/29), you will see lots of news about bio-diesel.
USA, Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore, etc are constructing bio-diesel plants.
It seems that BD has 1 unit input & 3 unit output ratio. Thats better than Ethanols 1 : 1.5 input : output ratio.
Anything edible can be converted into Bio-diesel.
#137 of 170 Re: Bio-Diesel all over the World [yerth10]
Oct 29, 2005 (9:28 pm)
Biodiesel is also much safer to handle and transport. I think it is a good alternative as soon as we get a few more diesel cars on the market here in the USA.
#138 of 170 Re: Bio-Diesel all over the World [gagrice]
Oct 31, 2005 (12:55 pm)
I don't think we need to wait for more diesel cars. Just about every big rig burns diesel and can use biodiesel. It can simply be added to the existing petro-diesel. We can gear up biodiesel production as quickly as we want and will be able to use all of the output immediately.
#139 of 170 Re: Bio-Diesel all over the World [gagrice]
Oct 31, 2005 (1:06 pm)
Since you are familiar with the product I have an interesting question for you. Why aren't big trucking companies embracing bio-diesel to cut down on their costs? Wouldn't it be a no-brainer? I think it's a fantastic idea. I also think that the economy would support an infrastructure that made bio-diesel easily accessible. I'd be interested to know if it can also work in home heating applications as well.
Lastly, I hope that by 2007 we start to see some Asian diesels in the market place.