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Mar 03, 2013 (10:59 pm)
20mph average speed errand run today averaged 26.5mpg - I can deal with that.
Someone must be buying diesel cars - local MB dealer had 2 other E Bluetecs when I bought my car, both are now sold.
#8500 of 11724 Re: . [fintail]
Mar 04, 2013 (6:28 am)
I do not know this for sure, but there seems to be a lot of new (committed) MB's off load dealers from trucks hit their preparation/repair department and don't hit the inventory lists. It seems I get the calls when one hits the (local) dealer when a customer either changes their mind or cancels out.
#8501 of 11724 Re: latest Wrangler news [tifighter]
Mar 04, 2013 (6:41 am)
My local bank manager hates his run flats. First week after he bought it he picked up a nail. They cannot be repaired. $380 for a new tire. That was on a 135i coupe. Can you just imagine what it would cost for an X5 tire?
I am seriously waiting on the 2014 Jeep GC diesel. Many innovations not offered on the competitors. NO RUN FLATS on JGC.
#8502 of 11724 Re: latest Wrangler news [gagrice]
Mar 04, 2013 (8:06 am)
From what I have heard and read about run flats, it is more than enough to make me raise the bar on getting cars that oem WITH run flats. There are a lot of opaque engineering and specification issues but higher costs, operational and acquisition and worse ride compliance can not be good observable things.
#8503 of 11724 Re: latest Wrangler news [gagrice]
Mar 04, 2013 (9:02 am)
Run-flats are the #1 complaint on the Sienna boards. They cost double but last half as long.
Mar 04, 2013 (9:54 pm)
Took the car on its first highway jaunt today, around 40 miles, 40mph average speed - mix of 65mph cruising and stopped-for-no-reason idiocy. 34.3mpg - not bad as the car doesn't yet have 300 miles on it, already beating the EPA estimate.
Mar 05, 2013 (7:22 am)
Well, a diesel does make sense when it doesn't cost appreciably more than gas and delivers a lower cost per mile ... ie, better MPG at basically the same cost per gallon (diesel vs premium, which is what's the norm for MB).
#8506 of 11724 Re: . [fintail]
Mar 05, 2013 (7:27 am)
wow..so cool..a car of that weight..gas hybrids, eat your hearts out.. (while in your dreams)
Is this MB engine also one of those graphite iron type blocks? Ya know, I don't actually recall if any of the diesels I have ever read about, use aluminum blocks..
There is a strengthening two-piece oil pan to help offer up rigidity on the VW block. I would imagine MB must also use reinforcing measures too..
#8507 of 11724 Re: . [huntzinger]
Mar 05, 2013 (9:00 am)
I will leave it to Fintail to run the difference between MB E350 gasser/diesel.
But in an earlier post, I ran the difference between gasser Acua MDX 20 mpg RUG (VWT gasser competitor) vs VW T TDI 31 mpg.
Given current corner store prices (your basic variable ?)
$4.35 RUG/20 mpg = .2175 cents per mile driven
$4.33 D2/31 mpg = .13968 cents per mile driven
per mile driven costs RUG is .0778 cents more or +56%.
But i think your basic assumption is an outlier in terms of political and national policies and laws. Again not to get political, but when GB was POTUS, fuel was app $1.85 per gal. So indeed the current POTUS, BO has presided over his promise to raise the price of fuel.
Again not to bore folks with the results of a cheap calculator , 135% rise/5 years= 27% per year. Well, BO POTUS is a tad behind, as his outgoing energy secretary had targeted European priced fuel (aka close to $10. USD gal)! But I think it is fair to say they are app half way there. (Damned Republicians !!!!!!)
#8508 of 11724 Re: . [huntzinger]
Mar 05, 2013 (10:33 am)
Exactly. For higher line cars that require premium, it's a no-brainer. Identical performance, fuel that in my area might cost 3-5% more at most, but sometimes 20% better mileage, and likely better resale/cheaper leases - I don't see a drawback. The adblue might be a hiccup, but it is easily refilled DIY.