Russ Maki rinard at
Fri May 3 12:03:22 EDT 2002

I have to come to the defense of the old 5-cyl Benz turbos. An '80s-era
Mercedes diesel can get carboned up when driven a lot in city traffic --
that's what makes them smoke. A car in good repair that gets a lot of
high-rev highway use won't have that problem.

BTW, I'm always intrgued to note that the top gearing on my '82 300cd seems
very similar to that in my '87 4000q.

Russ Maki
Ixonia, Wis

> From: "TM" <t44tq at>
> To: "'Ed Birch'" <edwbirch at>, <quattro at>
> Subject: RE: New TDI
> Date: Thu, 2 May 2002 21:27:55 -0400
> I remember
> one time following a MB 300SD on the highway and it was quite obvious
> every time he
> stepped on the gas- big black cloud came out behind the car.
> Taka

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