Regarding biodiesel, 2 other things come to mind:
- Biodiesel has better inherent lubricity than conventional diesel. Makes it beneficial for things like fuel pumps and upper cyl lubrication.
Despite the limitations several people have mentioned above, bd has a very loyal patronage among the VW TDI crowd, even many of the hi-performance minded guys.
- On the TDI's there was an issue where the fuel lines could soften over long term exposure to the biodiesel. It's not that bd is caustic or anything (in fact you could drink straight bd, not that i'm recommending it), just that the hoses weren't developed w/ anything other than conventional fuel in mind. The fix has been $3 worth of tubing from the hobby shop and 10 minutes under the hood.
I only cite this as a caution, in case similar fuel lines are in use on the CRD engine too. (Tho' if they're factory-filling them w/ B5, then I doubt it's an issue)
Although I find myself at odds w/ Greenies on nearly everything, I'm thrilled by the economic and environmental sense that bd makes. When owning a fuel efficient vehicle makes sense for me again, I'll be driving a diesel and burning bd.
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Last edited by redshift42; 03-04-2005 at 02:12 AM.