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Old 07-17-2006, 11:27 PM
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Good Work!!

I'd like to jump into this love-fest as well. For my part I appreciate your photo-documentation the most. That must be a PITA but it really shows that these jobs are not all that impossible after-all. Thanks for your good work here...Take care, John
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Old 07-18-2006, 02:01 AM
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I have also either used his tutorials or studied them for future endeavors. I always like things with pictures.
Sadly, I am not at all impressed with the Freeze12 at all, but it's not like he manufacters it. He just has more luck with it than I have.
I appreciate your efforts DG.
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Old 07-18-2006, 09:22 AM
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Talking I have never met Diesel Giant but I imagine

....he looks like John Wayne, with a bit of Harrison Ford and Charles Lindbergh mixed in..
He's probably say 6' 8", always has a set of wrenches and Palm Pilot with him, or even a laptop and digital camera to help him write those terrific procedures.

Also he wears white cotton clothes to change out an engine and they never get one bit of dirt on them 'cause he doesnt sweat. What else could you say about such a knowledgeable guy with a name like Diesel Giant? If I had a Diesel Giant type name, I guess I would have to choose "Diesel All Over my Clothes" or "Diesel Wannabe"
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Old 07-24-2006, 05:04 PM
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Russ is the man! Got my wrenches from him Friday. And if he's reading this, the DVD's are VERY professional looking; nice job!
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Old 07-24-2006, 09:43 PM
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I stubled upon dieselgiants pages last night while cruising the forum. Excellent job! Thank you very much. I have been away from the forum for a couple of years now, but it's nice to know some things never change. Some of the most knowledgable folks on this site who are willing to share their knowledge. It's a beautiful thing.
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Old 07-24-2006, 11:27 PM
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I met Diesel Giant

He is as described above but add into the mix Boris Said. I was a few hours late trying to buy the last 300CD he sold. He is a very nice guy, I drove the car and found the car just as he described it. I was just a few hours late making up my mind. I use his site at least once per week. He has parts to complete all of the services he lists.
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Old 07-24-2006, 11:34 PM
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Hey, Diesel

Not having anything diesel at this point, I haven't had occassion to read this section of the forum very closely yet. I have been trying to find some information about what to look for in evaluating a diesle for purchase. I would like to buy one I think but don't really know enough to even make a preliminary decision.

I posted this question elsewhere, but haven't gotten any responses. I have seen some great model-specific check lists for gas Benzes. Can anyone here make any recommendations or refer me to somewhere that might get me started?
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Old 07-24-2006, 11:43 PM
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Diesel Giant - International Man Of Mystery!

I met Russell at the junkyard a couple of weeks ago. Very nice person, very personable, not 6' 8" and he wasn't wearing all white... no camera that I noticed... the wrenches were there though!

I agree about his website DIY pictorals and other offerings. Russ is certainly doing the "good" work. I've gotten great tips and completed my valve adjustments, started troubleshooting my Vac system, completed two timing chain installs and learned alot about my cars thanks to his site.

BTW - Russell - If your reading this, I've still got that alternator adjustment bolt and w123 fan shroud.....Let me know if you want them.
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How does Diesel Giants prices on the parts he sells compare with other online part sellers? Resonable or un-resonable prices?

I like the Pictorals also. But, I am more a fan of the Factory Service Manual CD set when I need info. It has saved me way more money than anything I have viewed on Diesel Giant. Even with me over paying Mercedesmanuals $53 for the same manual I could have gotten from the Mercedes Classic center for $27.
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Old 03-21-2010, 03:44 PM
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...But, I am more a fan of the Factory Service Manual CD set when I need info. It has saved me way more money than anything I have viewed on Diesel Giant. Even with me over paying Mercedesmanuals $53 for the same manual I could have gotten from the Mercedes Classic center for $27.
So how much is the CD set from DG?
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Old 03-21-2010, 04:57 PM
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His prices are usually waaaay more than you can get elsewhere on the web, including our fine forum sponsors here.
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Old 03-21-2010, 04:59 PM
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How does Diesel Giants prices on the parts he sells compare with other online part sellers? Resonable or un-resonable prices?

I like the Pictorals also. But, I am more a fan of the Factory Service Manual CD set when I need info. It has saved me way more money than anything I have viewed on Diesel Giant. Even with me over paying Mercedesmanuals $53 for the same manual I could have gotten from the Mercedes Classic center for $27.
Hi
As a new ( 2 years now) Mercedes Diesel owner, I bought the 123 Service Manual CDs, subscribed to Alldata, bought the Haynes Mercedes Diesel book - and have also found Diesel Giant's DIY Pictorials very helpful - especially the detail & encouragement provided.

The same is true of all the great DIY info & pictorials here at PeachParts.

Seems to me, when we can, we should support these good folks who are helping us.
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Old 03-21-2010, 05:08 PM
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He runs a shop, which makes most of his income. He charges such crazy prices on his website because it is a "supplemental" operation to his normal business, so he sells at super high prices, so every sale he makes is at great profit. I imagine he lures in a fair amount of people that don't realize how much less the stuff can be bought elsewhere....
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Very nice person, very personable,
A nice subjective report....all con artists have similar reports from the people who meet them.... not that the much loved Diesel Giant is a con artist... far from it...

But how about us looking at the evidence from DIESEL GIANTS OWN WORDS ?

Anyone see anything wrong/dishonest, contradictory of his own statements, violating EPA rules, etc... on HIS AC tutorial ?

hints:... he bashes R134a.... then tries to sell Freeze12...
Freeze12 is EIGHTY PERCENT 134a...

He calls it a ' direct drop in replacement for R12 and R134a' in direct violation of the EPA rules.

He does not mention that having anything except R134a or R12 in your car may cause you serious trouble finding an AC shop to work on your car... OR in selling your car with an alternative in it...

He does not mention that any leaks in a blend system will require a complete evacuation and refill... as compared to minor leaks and a single entity refrigerant like R134a or R12 only needing the amount lost. ( there is some designed loss to keep the compressor shaft lubed)

He says nothing about putting the special fittings on the car once you install the alternative Freeze12 ( WHICH HE SELLS, surprise,surprise ) ....another violation of EPA rules.

http://dieselgiant.com/repairyourac.htm
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Old 03-21-2010, 05:34 PM
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I would have to say DieselGiant's tutorials helped decide to get my 330D and the confidence to do some of the work myself! His prices are a little higher than some other online sellers, but he stands behind what he sells and is only a phone call way if you get into trouble, I have never had to call hm as his tutorials are very well done! Thanks Russ!
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