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Biodiesel fuel – a brief history and some notable facts

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Diesel engines running on naturally-grown fuels are not a new concept.  Doctor Rudolf Diesel developed the first compression-ignition motor in the 1890s as a solution to the wasteful inefficiency of steam engines commonly in use at the time.  While he … Continue reading

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Commentary – When you buy an old Mercedes diesel, make sure you like the color…

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…because you may end up owning it longer than you expect.  It’s not hard to do, because 4- and 5-cylinder Benz diesel models built through the end of 1985 are put together extremely well and require a lower-than-average amount of … Continue reading

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Commentary – Does being loyal to one car brand make you a glutton for happiness, or punishment?

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Erica is a friend of mine who recently became the owner of a used 2006 BMW 750Li.  An enviable purchase by any stretch of the imagination, but one she agonized about due to feelings of brand loyalty to another marque. … Continue reading

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When all is said and done, a ’65 Mercedes diesel has a higher automotive Intelligence Quotient than several of today’s microcars.

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When considering three elements of performance: speed, handling and economy – vehicle weight impacts all of them.  That’s why racehorses are lean and jockeys are diminutive.  Every race car engineer knows that weight is the single most important factor in … Continue reading

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