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I am shopping a diesel Benz...

I only drive 7 miles each way to work on a daily basis...Are these short trips likely to be problematic on a diesel engine?
Thanks in advance,
Chris
 

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I don't see any reason that there would be a problem.
 

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They won't be...I'm only 1.1 miles between office and home. And I've been doing it for 4 years. There's probably weeks, even a month or so that I'll only do that route. Never had a problem.
 

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My only concern is getting 9 qts of oil hot enough to burn off water and fuel. I have an Audi allroad with a 4.2 that also uses 9 quarts of oil and has an oil temp guage. I'm surprised at how long it takes to get the oil to 250 degrees. I think as long as you take a long drive every few weeks you should be OK. Our E300 does mostly short trips also and we make sure to use it for a long drive or a full days errands every so often.

Bob 98 E300
 
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