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Old 12-24-2011, 12:53 PM
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Diesel Holiday Trips

Who's taking there diesel on a road trip this year?
We'll be driving the TDI this year, but the 240 is getting new rear springs, and subframe bushings after Christmas some time

I'll be running about 300 miles round trip on the 25th and about 200 miles round trip on the 26th. Not too far but that's 4 Christmases in 2 days...we'll be pooped.

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Old 12-24-2011, 01:04 PM
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We are leaving this afternoon to Carson City, Nv. 280 miles or so. that is a 6hr trip going over the Sierra from Ca to Nv. climbing to 7740ft. from sea level, then down the 4500ft where Carson City is. and this is in the loaded down 240D.

Merry Christmas every one.

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1) Not much power
2) Even less power
3) Not nearly enough power!! 240D w/auto

Anyone that thinks a 240D is slow drives too fast.

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Old 12-24-2011, 01:07 PM
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We are leaving this afternoon to Carson City, Nv. 280 miles or so. that is a 6hr trip going over the Sierra from Ca to Nv. climbing to 7740ft. from sea level, then down the 4500ft where Carson City is. and this is in the loaded down 240D.

Merry Christmas every one.

Charlie
Heh! Hope you aren't on a tight schedule!
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:39 PM
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My parents are visiting my brothers and I (near Nashville, TN) from Gainesville, Florida area. They arrived last week and will stay until New Years. That's an approximate 600 mile drive each way. They took their 85 300D (the one w/ 254k).
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Old 12-24-2011, 02:23 PM
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Talking moving east

We did.

The car left Washington State on the 18th and arrived in the Boston area on the 23rd. The kids and I left Washington on the 20th and arrived in Boston on the 21st (non-stop red-eye flight). My wife has been here all month. Once we got the car off the truck, we took it to a car wash and then drove up to Vermont. It started up this morning at 9 degrees just like it does in Washington at 45 degrees.
No we didn’t have the car shipped out to the east coast just to drive it up to VT for the holidays. We are moving back to the land of rust, poor car has never been driven in salt until this morning. Sure wish it had ASD.

The best thing about the move: we are selling the Honda and keeping the 300TD
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:48 PM
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We are leaving this afternoon to Carson City, Nv. 280 miles or so. that is a 6hr trip going over the Sierra from Ca to Nv. climbing to 7740ft. from sea level, then down the 4500ft where Carson City is. and this is in the loaded down 240D.

Merry Christmas every one.

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Old 12-24-2011, 09:16 PM
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Had to take the 80 series Landcruiser from Denver to Flagstaff/Lake Havasu since we were towing the Sea Pearl Trimaran.
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:54 AM
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We did, we left this AM for our Daughter's home across the lake, Morse Reservior. We took "Butter Cup", our lovely 83 240D with the 617Turbo 4 speed. Kept the road speed low, maybe 55 for a mile, rest of it at a comfortable 35/40. We went around the north side of the lake on the return trip. It is a beautiful day in central Indiana, no snow, green grass everywhere with an expected high temperature today of 44 F. Lack of snow made it difficult for Santa Claus and we saw him heading north, with empty sleigh.. The reindeer were tired and crossing Bear Slide Golf Course, Santa had to get out and push for a little ways. I think they were crossing a sand trap. Well, I didn't check our mileage, probably in the range of 30 miles and I am sure I did it on one gallon of fuel. A little noisy with a high engine load at low speed and much more noticeable with two people in the car. Above 55 mph it is so sweet. I still have to work on it to get that sweetness down to 35 mph in 4th gear. The transmission shifts like it is full of very liquid honey now that I have changed it to Mercon Dextron. Mobil One 10 - 40 did not work at all in that transmission. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Old 12-25-2011, 01:37 PM
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I have a trip sheduled Jan 21, 8-9 hrs round trip. Mom's 90th birthday lunch in Pentiction B.C., 4 hr trip through the mountains, hoping it won't be snowing.
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Old 12-25-2011, 01:44 PM
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I've driven both my 1968 200D and 1980 300SD from Washington to Utah, and back. This summer I plan to drive my 300SD from Washington to Arizona when I move.
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Old 12-25-2011, 03:50 PM
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I have a trip sheduled Jan 21, 8-9 hrs round trip. Mom's 90th birthday lunch in Pentiction B.C., 4 hr trip through the mountains, hoping it won't be snowing.
We did that trip this summer. Well to Kelona, but the same route most of the way. I would suggest bringing chains, but you all ready know that.
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Old 12-25-2011, 08:31 PM
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The Christmas Gathering Photo

Well, here's the photo of all our cars gathered for Christmas Dinner. From Left to Right: 1987 190D Turbo, 1985 300D (#1), 1992 300D, the unfortunate Infiniti that got in the way- not ours, 1985 300CD, 1985 300D (#2), and last but not least my 1987 300D.

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Old 12-25-2011, 11:27 PM
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Heh! Hope you aren't on a tight schedule!
Well not exactly, but did need to be here. My Dad is back in the hospital, 4th time since about Nov 5th. which started off with a heart attack . got through that and now it is dizzy spells and weakness in his legs. so not the best joyfull Christmas time. but that is just life. he is 90.

we left home at 8PM, and arrived in Carson City at 1AM, which is good time, and what it usually takes in the 85 300D. 283 miles by the GPS. no snow, but very cold and dry which is unusual for this time of year in the Sierra. they should have quite a few feet of snow and all the ski resorts open. there is the man made snow being made at some of them.

On the way up we pulled off in Placerville, one of the old mining towns from the 49 gold rush era, and refered to as, "Hangtown". there was not one place open, being Christmas eve had something to do with it. they closed up the town, rolled up the sidewalks, and went home.

We saw a Mc Donalds in South Shore (Tahoe) that was open and we pulled off for coffee, 11:30pm. got out of the car, and it was like walking into a meat locker. asked the girl behind the counter what the temp was. she checked and it was 10deg.

Once you get to Stateline, there is a line across the street, and on the Nevada side it is lighted up, and there are the Casino`s. Harras, Harveys and the rest of them.
Once you get to Spooner summit, a little over 7K ft, then it is a long down grade refered to as "Spooner grade". they have about 4 runaway truck ramps. so gives you an idea of the long grade.

Iam almost to the bottom, and look at the temp, and it is the first line above 100deg F. I have the old farenhidt gauge. usually runs rock solid at 175deg. so that give you some indication of how cold it was. then the engine is not working to create heat. so could be the thermostat is the problem also.
but running around today and this evening it was right at 175. something to check when we get back.

Any one saying these 240D`s are gutless and slow, are right to some degree. but I have no complaints on ours. even with 330K miles. sure it poops out on some of the long grades, and not the acceleration of a V8. but for what it is, a pretty incredable car.

Charlie
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there were three HP ratings on the OM616...

1) Not much power
2) Even less power
3) Not nearly enough power!! 240D w/auto

Anyone that thinks a 240D is slow drives too fast.

80 240D Naturally Exasperated, 4-Spd 388k DD 150mph spedo 3:58 Diff

We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:32 PM
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Watch that 'roundabout!
We didn`t go that way this time, but no I will not forget that thing.
But I do look up that side street to see if one of those A** H*** cop`s are laying in wait.

Charlie
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there were three HP ratings on the OM616...

1) Not much power
2) Even less power
3) Not nearly enough power!! 240D w/auto

Anyone that thinks a 240D is slow drives too fast.

80 240D Naturally Exasperated, 4-Spd 388k DD 150mph spedo 3:58 Diff

We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:20 PM
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Made annual Christmas trip to Huntington, WV from Indianapolis in my 1983 SD. Had my two grown children and wife with me, along with a trunk full of gifts and luggage. Purred like a kitten at 65 to 70 mph with zero problems. 275 miles each way. Left on the 23rd and returned on the 27th. No snow and mid 40's temperature. If there had been snow or salt, would not have driven the SD, as it has only been in the snow twice in its 29 year old life.

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