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Old 01-15-2019, 06:52 PM   #101
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How do you mean that your car "likes" the 98RON gas?

How can you "feel the difference"?

Using ANY more octane than the engine requires for normal operation, will result in less horsepower.

A lot of people are subject to a placebo effect, where they "feel" like higher octane fuel makes their vehicle faster, but in reality it makes it slower.
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...3mFSKjao6vGKJv

Seems a bit pointless posting a reply to such an "expert" as yourself but here you go. And if you've never heard of dynamic valve timing Google multiair
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Old 01-16-2019, 08:35 PM   #102
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Sold 08 diesel Sprinter and bought 15 gas Transit Ecoboost. One of my better decisions.

No prestige but a much better driving vehicle. Cost of ownership is approximately the same. Transit gets 3 mpg less fuel economy than the V6 Sprinter but gas costs less and scheduled maintenance costs are significantly lower. Any repairs are less costly with a Transit. At 26,000 miles the Transit has not required any repairs. Sprinter by 20,000 miles had to be towed once and had an EGR valve failure that caused a LHM. We will see if the Transit is better or worse than the Sprinter. So far better.

Unfortunately the gas engine that Mercedes is offering in the new Sprinter is small. Probably fine for local deliveries but not as suited for a full conversion or pulling a trailer IMO.
What is your combined mileage?
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Diesel for passenger vehicles is DOA!!!
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Old 01-17-2019, 01:29 AM   #104
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What is your combined mileage?
One diesel emission control related issue will wipe-out a lifetime of diesel fuel savings.
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What is your combined mileage?
Have a 148" not extended high roof with about 2000 lb conversion with 27,000 miles that has averaged 15,5 mpg hand calculated 300 hp Ecoboost 3.5 twin turbo with 3,31 rear.

The 08 diesel Spinter high roof with the 5 speed got 18.5 mpg with a 2000 lb. conversion.

Major difference in scheduled maintenance costs. Sprinter was $350 and Transit is $70. Buy 6 quarts of Mobile 1 at Costco for about $30. Take oil to Ford dealer. No DEF.

The other difference is perfomance. Nice to be able to accelerate when you need to.
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Diesel for passenger vehicles is DOA!!!
The U.S.A. is the only first world country in which that statement is true.
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The U.S.A. is the only first world country in which that statement is true.
Might be true today but will not be tomorrow. Step two will be both gas and diesel appear to rapidly being replaced with electric.
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The U.S.A. is the only first world country in which that statement is true.
I read somewhere Germany is phasing out fossil fuels by 2030.
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Might be true today but will not be tomorrow. Step two will be both gas and diesel appear to rapidly being replaced with electric.
Not even particularly true today:

https://www.reuters.com/article/euro...-idUSL8N1WS22L

* Diesel car sales sharply down in Europe to 36.5 pct
* Demand for diesel fuel falters in August
* Governments and cities cracking down on diesel pollution
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Might be true today but will not be tomorrow. Step two will be both gas and diesel appear to rapidly being replaced with electric.
That and and the big push for autonomous vehicles. So, what supply company is poised to prosper from autonomous vehicle manufacturing?
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