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Old 01-28-2005, 09:20 AM
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For you folks who drive on the WRONG side of the road, the fuel filler may be on the wrong side.

But for those of us who drive on the Right side of the road, the filler is on the RIGHT side
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Old 01-28-2005, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by ZackaryMac
Am I making a safe bet that diesels aren't nearly as popular in the US as they are in Canada? It seems here that many people expect an older Mercedes to be a diesel.
I get stange looks once in a while when someone actually clues in to the diesel Sonoma, but with the diesel Jetta's I've owned, I never had anyone look sideways at them.
Good observation- I think it's strictly a U.S. thing. I would say that the majority of Jetta's that zoom past me on the highway are TDI. I have no idea what VW's official sales are in Canada, but from what you see on the road, I would bet Diesels are outselling gas in Canada. The U.S. enjoys the world's lowest prices at the pump by a long shot- not like Canada, Europe etc. where our prices are close to $3.50 per U.S. gallon- made worse by our weaker dollar. And they gripe when the price goes over $1.70!

By the way- I'm in Sackville NB- where do you live in NS?


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Old 01-28-2005, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by TonyFromWestOz
But for those of us who drive on the Right side of the road, the filler is on the RIGHT side
From what I recall, we drive on the RIGHT side of the road and some drive on the LEFT side. I believe Oxford even sees right and correct as synonyms.

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Old 01-28-2005, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Jerry Stringer
I am waiting for you to have a "senior moment", then you will. I had to move my wife's Ford Ranger and, like an idiot, I sat there before cranking it until the yellow airbag light went out.

Jerry you young whipper snapper, I'll "senior moment" your behind at the GTG in March.

Hope to be sitting in my supervisor's chair watching you do all this work you have scheduled for next month. I will bring my pressure cooker, navy beans, and the other secret ingredients to help keep you & I fueled up for all that work.
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Old 01-28-2005, 05:21 PM
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When I drive one of my W108/109's the question I get most often is "Is it a diesel" It seems for a lot of people Mercedes and diesel engines are synonymous. I use to take offense until I got one myself and got the religion...
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Old 01-28-2005, 07:40 PM
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Just went to PDQ and the clerk shut off the pump because he thought I got diesel by mistake. Went in and told him that it was indeed a diesel. The other clerk, a cute girl remarked that it was a great looiing car but needs a wash. I told her that I would get one as soon as it gets filled, which I did. She did ask me for a ride in it before I left. Wonder if we could exchange rides. I give her and ride in my car and she rides me. Hmmmmm.
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Old 01-28-2005, 08:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Wodnek
I had a dump truck driver cuss me out and call me an a$$ hole for filling up my MB 300D at the diesel pump last week. He felt the need to pull so his bumper actually was ABOVE mine and 2 inches from my deck lid. I think he wanted to beat my A$$. The viens were sticking out of his neck and everything. Then he reached for the nosle to stretch it out to reach his tank and realised it was in my filler hole. Next thing he was listening to the idle. then he had a sheepish look and got back in his truck and backed up two feet. He would't make eye contact after that.
We know what happens when we assume...
A old guy told me once it's bad for you to assume because it makes an a$$ out of you but not me.

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Old 01-28-2005, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by SD Blue
From what I recall, we drive on the RIGHT side of the road and some drive on the LEFT side. I believe Oxford even sees right and correct as synonyms.
He had it right, for those of us who drive on the "right" side of the road, the full filler is on the "right" side of the car.
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Old 01-28-2005, 09:33 PM
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I love it when I pull up to the diesel pump at my local Hess, since it is away from the other pumps and usually unoccupied other vehicles that pull in pull up to the pumps on the other side of me, stop and then pull away
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Old 01-29-2005, 08:38 PM
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ive had a couple of people ask if i knew i was using diesel fuel....i usually just nod and say yes thats what it runs on....i get a lot of older people who are driving brand new S-class gassers complimenting my car...they say they owned MB diesels years ago but only drove them for a few years and then got new ones....they ask how long ive had mine, and i say ive been a regular passenger in this car since i was 5 years old...and then i get the " get outta here" look when i tell them how old it is, and how many miles are on it

makes me feel proud not to be driving a disposable one buys a car anymore expecting it to last 15-20+ years...i can garauntee, if i live another 20, ill still be the owner of this one...and, funds permitting, ill own a few more as well...126's only
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Old 01-30-2005, 07:45 AM
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Old 03-21-2005, 10:43 PM
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fueling my new to me 1971 220D after purchase, I was filling it full of good old Number 1 diesel @2.34 per gallon. A big ford 350 power stroke diesel slowly cruised the diesel island eying me. My filler was in the rear; his was the drivers side, so he backed up to within a foot of me. He shuts off that LOUD vehicle, hears my 220d happily idling away, so the guy says, "hey, didn't know Mercedes made diesels way back when" Yeah, I said, they did. the guy gets into his truck, pulls ahead a few feet and proceeds to fill the tank, mumbling about how good the MB looks and asks about mileage, etc.
It felt good, that Mercedes ownership feeling.
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Old 03-22-2005, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by TonyFromWestOz
For you folks who drive on the WRONG side of the road, the fuel filler may be on the wrong side.

But for those of us who drive on the Right side of the road, the filler is on the RIGHT side

I though you guys are the ones who drive on the wrong the land down under..........we do drive on the right side of the road.
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Old 03-22-2005, 11:33 AM
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One time I had to go into a station to pay for diesel, when all the gas pumps had card readers on them. The attendant said that too many people had been putting diesel in their cars so they took the card reader off the diesel pump. Now customers have to go in and pay for pump # ? and she politely confirms that it is a diesel pump.
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Old 03-22-2005, 12:31 PM
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Is this outside the US? At just about any US station gasoline goes through a 20cm spout and Diesel goes through a 30cm spout. Unless you have a pre unleaded fuel car (~1975 and older), you can't get the Diesel spout into a gasser filler. My 450SEL failed a smog check because the filler restrictor was missing.

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