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Old 12-31-2019, 08:25 PM   #141
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Avanti, weren't you the one who said you would never buy another Sprinter?
No, I'm not. What I said was that I would never buy another DIESEL Sprinter. I have great faith in the robustness of the basic Sprinter engine. It is the diesel emissions junk that is unacceptable.
Unfortunately, more frequent oil changes will do nothing to make them work better. If it did, I'd be all over it.
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Again, I'm doing what I feel is prudent and reasonable. Others can do the same.
I fully support you doing what you think best.

I repeat, though: I am only asking about the changes to which you alluded in MB's published recommendations. I ask because following the OEMs recommendations is what I consider prudent and reasonable. My query was sincere. Why was it unreasonable?
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Old 12-31-2019, 10:28 PM   #142
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Avanti, does your 2014 I-4 have the same finicky fuel requirements and emissions equipment / program as the Diesel Bluetec MB V-6?Does it inject DEFS? How many miles do you have on your van? Maybe everyone needs to read the opening post. New owners beware! Make wise choices for your Sprinter. Last time I asked, it was about 70K & 8 weeks for an engine replacement. Frequent, long term use of B-20 in a current MB Bluetec V-6 may cost you $$$. I figure a 2017 Unity with a bad engine is worth about $2 a pound. There are two camps on this subject. I am in the camp that travels in the right lane of the interstate and follows MB's maintenance schedules, recommendations, and the GVWR for my Sprinter.
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Old 01-01-2020, 12:03 AM   #143
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Avanti, does your 2014 I-4 have the same finicky fuel requirements and emissions equipment / program as the Diesel Bluetec MB V-6?Does it inject DEFS? How many miles do you have on your van? Maybe everyone needs to read the opening post. New owners beware! Make wise choices for your Sprinter. Last time I asked, it was about 70K & 8 weeks for an engine replacement. Frequent, long term use of B-20 in a current MB Bluetec V-6 may cost you $$$. I figure a 2017 Unity with a bad engine is worth about $2 a pound. There are two camps on this subject. I am in the camp that travels in the right lane of the interstate and follows MB's maintenance schedules, recommendations, and the GVWR for my Sprinter.
I'm with you. I search out No 2 Diesel and worst case I'll use B5 Bio. I travel between 60 & 65 and have the van serviced annually. (Closer to 10k miles than 20k). I also never hand a credit card to a gas station employee. If I can't pay at the pump, I'll find another station.
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Old 01-01-2020, 12:10 AM   #144
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Avanti, does your 2014 I-4 have the same finicky fuel requirements and emissions equipment / program as the Diesel Bluetec MB V-6?Does it inject DEFS? How many miles do you have on your van? Maybe everyone needs to read the opening post. New owners beware! Make wise choices for your Sprinter. Last time I asked, it was about 70K & 8 weeks for an engine replacement. Frequent, long term use of B-20 in a current MB Bluetec V-6 may cost you $$$. I figure a 2017 Unity with a bad engine is worth about $2 a pound. There are two camps on this subject. I am in the camp that travels in the right lane of the interstate and follows MB's maintenance schedules, recommendations, and the GVWR for my Sprinter.
Yes, sadly my vehicle has all that crap, and I have had my share of spoiled trips as a result. That is why I will never buy another diesel.

I hope no one thinks that I advocate not worrying about B-20. I go out of my way to avoid it. I just don't lose sleep when I am forced to use it occasionally--just like the brochure says.

Your last sentence above captures my opinion perfectly.
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I'm with you. I search out No 2 Diesel and worst case I'll use B5 Bio.
Just as an aside, there is no difference between "No 2" and "B5 Bio". The labelling regulations permit up to B5 without labeling it as such.
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Just as an aside, there is no difference between "No 2" and "B5 Bio". The labelling regulations permit up to B5 without labeling it as such.
Thanx, didn't know that.
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