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Old 03-15-2011, 03:58 AM   #11
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Default Re: Fuel in Mexico

As far as I can see, and drive, there is no problem with the diesel fuel for the Sprinters. I got my 2011 model sprinter late last year in Cancun.
FeDex, DHL and UPS drive Sprinters all over the country.
I would guess you should be ok with our Mexican fuel.
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:58 PM   #12
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The Pemex diesel ran great in my van when we bought fuel in San Felipe last year. The only bad thing about that trip was that the fish weren't biting.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:07 AM   #13
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regarding diesel fuel...check my recent story titled break down...the dealer in richmond calif says bad fuel...looks like biodeisel...has ruined my motor? I might sugguest sampling and pre filtering all fuel prior to feeding any sprinter van...replacing my engine seems like an expensive consequense to fueling at a san francisco,california 76 station. I don't know mierda about how ****ty mexico diesel fuel could be... it can't be any worse than the crap i 76 sold me-complete motor falier....but it has always been an issue for sailors cruzing baja. buenos nachos.
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:36 AM   #14
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Default Re: Fuel filters?

Has anyone fitted racor fuel filters on the 5 and or 6 cyl sprinters?

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Old 07-11-2011, 02:57 PM   #15
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Default Re: Fuel in Mexico

I fitted the RACOR 110A filter in front of my factory fuel filter.

I use the R11s filter media (2 micron).

In selecting an additional fuel filter for a Sprinter you need to consider the following:

Fuel flow through the extra filter (don't choke the factory system) - it better be able to keep up with the expected demands and I'm willing to bet you can't tell me how many liters per hour your Sprinter can consume at full throttle on a 20% grade....

Fuel pressure from the tank (you can't fit a 20 psi filter on the OM647s or OM642 Sprinters - which may exceed 60 psi, if I recall correctly)

inside diameter of the factory filter lines (don't choke the factory system); go bigger, never smaller.

life span of the filter medium (don't set it and forget it).

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Old 07-11-2011, 05:51 PM   #16
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Default Re: Fuel in Mexico

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I'm willing to bet you can't tell me how many liters per hour your Sprinter can consume at full throttle on a 20% grade....
My scangauge is happy to provide that info ... where can i find a 20% grade?
(my *guess* is that i hit a peak of about 48 liters per hour in "stressed" situations)
But that's for a T1N. I'm sure NCV3s are thirstier...

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Old 07-12-2011, 12:04 AM   #17
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Default Re: Fuel in Mexico re-visited

OK, It seems to me that all of the chirpy "no problems" accounts of diesel in Mexico have come from T1n owners/drivers or from vehicles purchased in and driven in Mexico.
I know there are a lot of newer Sprinter owners who are fearful of driving in Mexico and in particular in Baja solely because of the fuel issue. (Not the bandits or the corruption, nor the water; we Sprinter drivers are made of sturdier stuff.)
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To level the field a bit;
Are there any successful/happy reports of newer, USA purchased, NCV3 ("New Concept Vehicle 3", 2007 and newer) Sprinters traveling to Cabo San Lucas and returning while using only local (Mexican) fuel ?? Any 2010s having done the same trip ? Camping ?
Where there any special precautions that you employed before or during your trip ?
Were there any unsuccessful trips of that nature ? (I'm sure you would have chimed in anyway)

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Old 07-12-2011, 12:11 AM   #18
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Default Re: Fuel in Mexico re-visited

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Are there any successful/happy reports of newer, USA purchased, NCV3
Diesel Power's posting http://sprinter-source.com/forum/sho...42&postcount=6 seems to cover a 2010 NCV3

...and i'm pretty sure DogWalker's is NCV3, too.

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Old 07-12-2011, 12:49 AM   #19
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Those rentals can go a long way on US, San Diego fuel.

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Old 07-12-2011, 01:17 AM   #20
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I was expecting "four limerick oysters"
per http://www.jerrylewiscomedy.com/announcer.htm
(i'm familiar with it being a song that was in the top 40 in the mid 1960's)
thusly: (Warning: this site tries to open annoying pop-ups) http://cubbobwhite.tripod.com/songs/onehen.htm
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