80 000 Km 50 000 miles on WVO

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80 000 Km 50 000 miles on WVO

Postby Zulu » Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:39 am

Hi all you fellow WVO/SVO lads.... My Mercedes 300D 84, has now completed 42 000Km on WVO, single tank with FPHE, what a pleasure to drive all these KMs. Have done a few trips from the South of South Africa to the north, been on a few car shows and just generally enjoy it. I seem to use a few glow plugs though, more than normal on diesel I cannot say, because I have driven the car for about 10km on diesel and then it got the grease in the tank.

The only real problem I had was with the ignition, so I just hacked it off, bought a scrapped car and took the ignition out of there and put it in my car, bought a new barrel and keys and then it was OK.

Looking forward to doing many more KMs with the car.
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Postby jburke » Sat Oct 31, 2009 9:24 am

Congrats Zulu.
I'm a little worried about your glow plugs.
A friend w '85 M-B just had is g.p. relay stay on and the g.p.s. burned out dropping metal into the cylinders and causing wear that lost compression.

Was the tip burned? Perhaps by unburned wvo?
If the tips looked ok, then there is no wvo problem to worry about.

How is S.Africa to live?
Are they taking immigrants?
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Postby Zulu » Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:06 am

jburke wrote:How is S.Africa to live?
Are they taking immigrants?


Hi, the tips are sort of rusted, but this happened on my previous 300D as well and I sold that one 15 months ago on 50 000WVOkm and it was still running the last I heard on almost 100 000Km!!!

They always take people here. We get such bad press about crime and violence, but it is an absolutely great place to stay. Hurricanes and tornados are not an issue. We have mild winters, probably one or 5 days where the temp goes down to 5 degrees C...(Then you use a kettle of water to start!!!) and best of all, WVO is ZAR2 per litre... about $1 per Gallon... and there is tons of it... all we do not have is the OM 617 952 engines(5cyl turbos)
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Postby RECYCLER » Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:19 pm

Good to hear the distances you have achieved. I have a 30ft(yeah it's the U.S. system of ineffiecient measurement) converted skoolie with a two tank system(I live at 10,000ft...brrrr)that has almost 10,000 miles on it since the conversion. I have had no problems(sound of knuckles knocking on wood) and hope to keep it that way. Enjoy the S. African weather for we don't get much of that up here for 10 months of the year! I wish you the best of luck in your WVO/SVO travels. RECYCLER
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Postby Zulu » Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:54 am

Well, had to update the heading to 52000Km, cause that is where I am now. The car is still running beautifully, starts 1st time every time. This December did some good milage with a trailer at the back, 6 foot with all our holiday stuff in.

Yesterday I drove 500Km there and back to collect a 240D engine that we want to build into a W123 that has a stuffed engine. The rest of the car is fine but just needs an engine.

Well done Car...
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Postby Zulu » Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:25 am

WOW, seems like ages since I have been here. My 300D is now on 72 000Km and going well. Total KM for the car is 401500. Had an issue with the 6 bolts holding the pulley at the bottom. They broke off, but sorted that out myself, less than R10($2) and my right brake hose for some or other reason rubbed against the wheel and it wore through, fortunately it was under very mild braking that it finally broke, and close to home, just got another pipe and my car is now running as sweet as can be.
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Postby coachgeo » Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:14 am

much much congratulations
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Postby Zulu » Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:18 am

Update, now on 80 000Km or 50 000 Miles. Had to replace the starter and need to change a side shaft. It is cheaper to get a 2nd hand one at the scrappy than have the boots replaced. Oh, and the springs need to be replaced at the back, from all the cubies of WVO that I collect etc... cost R700 or in your guys money, about $90, coming up into summer, and time to travel, will probably drive all round the country in the holidays.... oh it is nice to drive a WVO merc...
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Postby coachgeo » Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:29 am

Zulu wrote:Update, now on 80 000Km or 50 000 Miles. .... oh it is nice to drive a WVO merc...
How often do you change engine oil? How often do you run fuel injector cleaner and or remove and clean the injectors?
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Postby Zulu » Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:31 am

Hey, I chnge the oil every 5000 KM and have NEVER taken the injectors out. Do go through a few glow plugs though. In the 80 000 KM must have changed 10.
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Re: 80 000 Km 50 000 miles on WVO

Postby composer_v » Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:28 am

Ok, I know this tread is old, what is FPHE (first post). Flat Plate Heat Exchanger? Thanks.
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Re: 80 000 Km 50 000 miles on WVO

Postby SunWizard » Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:21 am

composer_v wrote:Ok, I know this tread is old, what is FPHE (first post). Flat Plate Heat Exchanger? Thanks.

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