WVO in my sprinter van; next is biodiesel for the TDI passat

mackconsult Posted By mackconsult, Dec 10, 2009 at 5:57 PM

  1. velvetfoot

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    I get great mileage on my Mini Cooper; at least 43 mpg every tank, measured.
     
  2. bayshorecs

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    The newer gasser are getting better MPG, but the TDI still holds out. The amount of room, cargo room, range, performance, etc pass up a gasser everytime. Toss in homebrew BD and you can't beat it.

    Now if you already own a 40+ mpg gasser, it will rarely payback to buy a TDI as a cost savings.
     
  3. velvetfoot

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    Throw in the higher cost of diesel, year-round in this area, and it's closer.
     
  4. mackconsult

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    How about the fact that a 95 TDI passat wagon is hand made in germany so its safe and drives very nice. Not only this but these 95-97 passat TDI's are known for going 100,000's of miles. It is not uncommon to see one with 500,000 on it.

     
  5. velvetfoot

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    My Mini is a BMW, handles great, and is a hatch with surprising room.
    Like I said, I had a VW Beetle TDI for 225,000 miles.
     
  6. mackconsult

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    Mine only cost $7k to purchase :eek:)

     
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    Exactly, that's why I'm looking ahead. I like the roominess and mpg you can get in a VW TDI. I think in three more years there will be loads more choices in diesel and gas, and plug-in hybrids also.
     
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    Just trying to keep this thread alive. I have done 5k in my sprinter van on WVO. Runs great, and just sent off my first oil change to blackstone for analysis.
     
  9. BucksCoBernie

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    Man reading this post makes me want to go pick up another 300D Benz. I miss that car. I ran WVO in that car once and it ran fine. Finding oil was a pain and when I finally did find some I ended up crashing the car a few weeks later.
     
  10. Badfish740

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    Congrats-not to brag but I just turned 40K on veggie oil not too long ago! This summer we're planning our first long trip (Maine) which should cost us less than $20 in diesel between startups and shutdowns.
     
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    Nice. Keep up informed.
     

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