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Old 06-14-2000, 10:22 AM
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What kind of gas mileage do you get?

'85 300TD 190k
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Old 06-14-2000, 10:40 AM
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I am new to my MB and don't know what mileage I get. Just curious about others.


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Old 06-14-2000, 10:54 AM
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I have a 1985 500seleuro 5.0 gas and i get 20-23 wich is way above average

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Old 06-14-2000, 11:11 AM
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I keep very detailed fuel consumption records for my 85 300D, 177k miles.

At present, I am getting 23-24mpg and I drive a mix of 75% highway 25% city with the air-conditioning on. It rises to 24-25mpg or so if the a/c is off.

Best mileage I ever got was 26.1 this spring on a long trip. Worst was this winter when I got 21.5 a couple of times.

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Old 06-14-2000, 01:28 PM
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I've had my 83 300D for about 8 month's and have gotten about 21 to 25 MPG. That's mostly in town.

Keith Schuster
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auto\hydraulic mechanic 20 yrs
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Old 06-14-2000, 06:23 PM
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I have a 1991 300D 2.5 and get about 35-40 mpg.
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Old 06-14-2000, 07:24 PM
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I don't know what kind of diesel mileage I get yet, but I'll let you all know when I've measured it! I think it's at least 20 miles/gallon.

How slow do you have to drive to get that kind of efficiency, Benzman? I'd buy a gasoline model if I knew I'd get efficiency like that!

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1984 300SD
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Old 06-14-2000, 07:43 PM
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I am getting 25/26 on the highway with my gasoline '95 E320, automatic. To get this milage I do not let the rpm get much above around 2500 (65 mph) and always use the cruise. I was quote surprised to get this kind of mileage and am pretty pleased with it. I will say that it feels pretty good when I kick it to pass and the engine gets "on the cam".
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Old 06-14-2000, 08:01 PM
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I have a '99 E300 with 18K miles and I get 33-35 MPG driving at 75 MPH on road trips and about 30 MPG in town. I live in Florida, so the A/C is on most of the time.
Great engine, the only time you know it's a diesel is when you fuel up!!

The '98 ML320 gets 21 MPG on road trips and 19 in town. (About 16 MPG towing a 21 ft boat.) It's not a diesel, but I wish it were!!

My '83 300D gets 25 MPG on trips running at 70-75 with the A/C on and 23 in town. It's a diesel and you know it all the time!!

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Old 06-14-2000, 08:09 PM
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25 to 30 mpg in my 83 300D. 25 on the road at 75/80 mph and 30 at 55 mph.
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Old 06-14-2000, 08:47 PM
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When it was still running, I would get around 21-22mpg at around 80-90mph. approx. 3500-4000 rpm (A/C on)

03/83 300D 184k
07/73 280 160k

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Old 06-16-2000, 01:49 PM
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Just made a 300 Mile run in my 87 300SDL (6 cyl-turbodiesel). Got 29 MPG @ 75-80 MPH.

Tom Kanis
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Old 06-17-2000, 09:47 AM
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I graphed my fuel consumption on the diesel for the last 2+ years. The average was 26.5 mpg. We live 13 miles from the nearest town so we do mostly highway 60 mph driving. It is slightly lower in the winter, probably warm-up time. Lots of variability due to foamy fill-ups with early shut-off. Max of 30 mpg - Min of 21 mpg. I just replaced the injectors and am hoping to due a little better over the next year.

83 300D, 238K miles
86 300TE Euro, 125K miles
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Old 06-17-2000, 04:25 PM
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Mine is probably a good worst-case example of city mileage. I've averaged 19.76 mpg over the past 11 months, but my drive to work is exactly two miles each way, and I probably have a good 400 lb load wherever I go (me, infant car seat, as well as a baby stroller, tool kit, and various fluids I carry in the trunk). On the one (mostly) highway trip I was able to get a real mpg figure I was over 25 mpg. Worst single tank was 14.5 mpg with a bad thermostat that wouldn't let the coolant warm up past 60 deg. celcius.

Robert W. Roe
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Old 06-17-2000, 05:10 PM
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My (wife's) 300D gets about 20 or 21 in town, where it is driven most of the time, and around 24 on the highway last time I checked it.... I don't get to drive it much!

My 240D has been as high as 38, but that was two years ago on a long trip - all interstate, and no A/C running. The average is around 32, with half city/country and half highway driving.

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