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Old 03-05-2014, 11:12 AM   #29
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I own a 350. So I'm biased. It has better resale value compared to a gasoline engine. I think u need to decide this on your own not based on our votes
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Old 03-05-2014, 11:19 AM   #30
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I am half joking, I did decide on the 350 but now that I am sitting around waiting I am second guessing myself. The abundance of 450's is killing me so I could have one now and be done with this. And I am starting to notice the number of gas stations that do not have diesel so I'm starting to get a bit worried that the diesel thing may wind up being a pain. I live in Los Angeles so it is 50/50 that diesel is offered at any given gas station
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I have a range of 620+ miles with my 2007 ML320 CDI. Somehow, I think you can find a fuel station with that range.

When I first got the car in October of 2006 and drove cross country from Indiana to Arizona, the "new" diesel fuel was sparse. I looked for Ford dealers as they sold diesel pickups and there would be a diesel station with the "new" fuel nearby.

Most Chevron stations have diesel fuel here in the Phoenix area of Arizona. Be aware that Love's truck stops are now carrying up to 15% bio-diesel which is more than either my 2007 MB or 2012 Ram 2500HD can handle without damage.

I have nearly 115,000 miles on the car and it runs well. One might say the engine is just broken in. As a treat, I replaced the accelerator and brake pedal rubber covers at 100,000 miles as they were worn.

The Albuquerque MB dealer I stopped at on the trip over to Arizona in 2006 said the brakes would only last 20,000 miles. Since I use the paddle shifters to drop gears for engine braking, I did my first brake pad replacement (with over 15% left) at the 100,000 mile point. Ask to see the old brakes pads after the service to be sure you are not scammed. Be aware some dealers replace items early for creative sales.

You will have to live with the "DEF" fluid. You can get it at any automotive shop and not pay MB $250 for the service.
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