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Started by WGB, 20 July 2008, 09:04 AM
Quote from: oscar on 23 July 2008, 09:27 AMQuote from: SELfor50 on 23 July 2008, 08:18 AMPS. Oscar, is that deadset? Govt employees can't lease a V8?? Do you have to use Ethanol fuel too? Contracting has it's bonuses i guess. Well actually, that was a NSW govt rule so not sure about Fed. When you talked of leasing I thought it must have been a novated lease arrangement that we're doing now. Guys at work have done it and noticed no difference in take home pay. Of course, the best part is just handing over that fuel card rather than a credit card.The V8 rule is ridiculous. You can get a 4WD, you can get a car that weighs well over two tonne, but you can't get a V8 sedan. Our Terri uses way more fuel than a V8 Statesman. No mention of Ethanol. You should be able to stipulate the fuel that the fuel-card or motocard for the car accepts, whether it be 91ron,98 ron or diesel. I haven't heard of anyone being limited to anything other than what their cars should take. However, if the leased car is on 91ron as per manufacturer and the card is for 91unleaded only, you might have to foot the bill if you use 98. I accidentally put 95ron isntead of 91 into a work commodore years ago and the caltex card wouldn't work, I had to fork out the $ but later I got reimbursed EDIT: Another rule change that came in for us is that we can lease used cars up till 9YO. Hence why a 2002-04 ML is appealing rather than comitting to a new car price. Is that what you can do too?
Quote from: SELfor50 on 23 July 2008, 08:18 AMPS. Oscar, is that deadset? Govt employees can't lease a V8?? Do you have to use Ethanol fuel too? Contracting has it's bonuses i guess.
Quote from: WGB on 20 July 2008, 08:11 PMQuote from: nathan on 20 July 2008, 09:10 AMBill,how fast were you going if you got 21l/100! if you had >100km open road driving, you shuold get about 16-17 per 100 if at 100kmh! I chose my words carefully as I was in a 110 area most of the time but of the 300 km - 200km was Metro Driving with only 100km at speed (and I was passing a lot) so 21 is about what I would expect.My ML 500 averages just under the 15L/100km for metro driving and can get as low as 11.8L/100 km on a run if I am careful with the passing manoeuvres. Tends to average low 12's on a normal run and I can neither confirm nor deny my true cruising speed.My wife's ML320 CDI averages 10.3 Litres/100km in metro running with 9.0 and lower at cruise and unlike the older ML270 she had before it has enough grunt to pass at speed.Bill
Quote from: nathan on 20 July 2008, 09:10 AMBill,how fast were you going if you got 21l/100! if you had >100km open road driving, you shuold get about 16-17 per 100 if at 100kmh!
Quote from: kolin on 25 August 2008, 01:27 AMwhat does it do when towing??
Quote from: Patrick Bateman on 07 September 2008, 06:32 PMI havent driven or run my 6.9 for any serious length of time since february, yesturday i started it for the first time in over 2 weeks. I for the first time ever heard the sewing machine sound of a seized lifter. It did disapear and correct itself after 2 minutes, but i wonder if its a sign of it being left sitting for months at a time.
Quote from: s class on 08 September 2008, 12:09 AMDue to the 280SE being incapacitated for a week due to rear brake repairs, last week I ran trusty rusty daily. It was good fun, despite the 23l/100km. I'm sure it could be better as I know the valve timing is off, and the injectors need replacing.
Quote from: TJ 450 on 08 September 2008, 11:24 AMAs for my 6.9, I'm quite certain it will need new lifters as they all seem to be stuck from lack of use. I get the impression they are beyond the help of things like ATF too, but the moment of truth will be when I start driving the car.
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