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Old 08-30-2010, 10:24 PM   #1
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Anyone know for sure if Pemex diesel is OK for the Sprinter all across the country? I seem to recall reading that it is all now low sulpher.
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:08 AM   #2
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I read the same comment on this forum.
One thing I did learn after several trips from So Cal to Cabo is fill up every time you get a chance. Also carry an extra five. With a 25+ gallon tank it is not such a necessity as it is with a 12 gallon tank but I would guess diesel may not be available at every PEMEX.
Another thing I learned was that 2 spare tires are a necessity ( 1 unmounted is OK ) if you intend to travel on the dirt roads. In Baja traveling on dirt is part of the program, and the rocks jump out of the sand and bite the sidewalls. Make sure you are capable of changing a tire and that would include a breaker bar to loosen the lug nuts, and perhaps a piece of 2 x 6 or thick piece of plywood for a jack base.
Driving at night is not a good idea, range animals are prevalent.
Cows do serious damage to Sprinters. Also be aware there are often no shoulders on the highway, so triangular reflectors like those required in Europe might be a good idea.
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Anyone know for sure if Pemex diesel is OK for the Sprinter all across the country? I seem to recall reading that it is all now low sulpher.
Many gas station don't have diesel, but the quality of the fuel should be ok, DHL, FedEx and many smaller bus companies use Sprinters of all ages without any problems.
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Old 10-22-2010, 03:22 AM   #4
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I also think you should be okay by now. 2006 and earlier Sprinters are definitely no problem as we have travelled quite a bit in Mexico with our '06. The newer ones "should" be okay also. Where ever you are only fill up at busy stations or the truckstops where you know they pump a lot of fuel. Forget the small towns in the middle of no where. Enjoy your trip and drive safely.
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:44 AM   #5
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I'd worry more about the water than the fuel. Vaya con Dios, amigo.
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I work for http://www.sprinter-rentals.com/ in San Diego and they rent sprinters that go to Mexico all the time. In fact there is more Sprinter Vans in Mexico then in the US west coast.
Never i have seen any issue with the fuel. Not on our 2004-2006 series and not on our new Mercedes 2010 models. But i suggest you take some DEF fluid with you or make sure to fill yours before you go on a longer trip down there. Hey. Why not take a fuel filter with you just in case.
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:25 PM   #7
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I work for http://www.sprinter-rentals.com/ in San Diego and they rent sprinters that go to Mexico all the time. In fact there is more Sprinter Vans in Mexico then in the US west coast.
Never i have seen any issue with the fuel. Not on our 2004-2006 series and not on our new Mercedes 2010 models. But i suggest you take some DEF fluid with you or make sure to fill yours before you go on a longer trip down there. Hey. Why not take a fuel filter with you just in case.
I am planning to drive down to Panama. Any "Diesel" news and or recommendations?
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Old 01-27-2011, 07:01 PM   #8
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Default Re: Fuel in Mexico

Just back from Baja in my 2006 T1n.

Not all Pemex stations will offer diesel.

The diesel pumps are ALWAYS on a different island from the gas. (don't even ask how I know that) The handles are black, not green.

The diesel pumps there all say Diesel #2. I didn't notice anything saying "Low Sulphur".

There are lots of American T1n Sprinters roaming Baja. I did not see even one American Ncv3.
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My T1n runs great on Mexican diesel.


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Old 02-20-2011, 04:27 PM   #9
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I understand vehicles will run well on Mexican diesel, I have run my '96 and '05 Mercedes E300D and E320D on that fuel for years. What I can't get a clear answer on is to what extent I can count on Mexican Diesel being Ultra Low Sulfur (not just Low Sulfur) so it does not wreck my $1,500 Diesel Particulate Filter.

Any recent updates on ULSD in Mexico?

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Old 02-20-2011, 05:21 PM   #10
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Having driven an 06 Sprinter Motorhome all over Mexico for the last 4 winters, I've never seen any sign on the Pemex pumps to indicate that they are ULSD (ultra low sulfur diesel). This information is current as of April, 2010, as I'm not there this winter. I understand that Mexico imports ULSD from the USA for use in the border areas and Baja, and has plans to introduce it in Mexico City soon.

I've also seen many newer Sprinters there, but they were sold in Mexico and probably don't have the particulate filter. Mexico is very loose on its emission requirements.

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