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I have found two places that will do a gas to diesel conversion on a Volvo 245.<p>1. <A HREF="http://portland.wweek.com/buyselltrade/classifieds/View...e=autos%20for%20sale" TARGET="_blank">http://portland.wweek.com/buys...0sale</A> (not much info. The place is called Mercy Motive, and their site <A HREF="http://www.mercymotive.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.mercymotive.com</A> is not up, yet)<p>2. <A HREF="http://www.thegreencarco.com/conversions.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.thegreencarco.com/conversions.html</A><p>Anyone have any experience with either of these? Do they sound reasonable to you, or is this sort of conversion just begging for complications and failures, frequent and expensive, down the road? And, here's the big one...regardless of what they might tell me, as they are both not located in CA, will I be able to title a vehicle with one of these conversions in my home state of CA?<p>The conversions sound great (well, the greencarco conversion sounds great, and the Mercy Motive conversion is a great price but the info is skimpy), but I was hoping to get advice and guidance on what I might be getting into if I do this conversion.<p>I will be calling them to ask questions in the near future and will post anything I discover. In the meantime, I'd love to her your thoughts. On a side note, anyone know of any CA-based companies doing these conversions?<p>Thanks.
 

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Re: Thinking of doing this gas to diesel conversion...need advice... (ventureforth)

I think the idea is fantastic, though I do not know about the price. At an expected rating of 30-35 mpg with biodiesel, and a cost of $14-$16K for the conversion, it would take years for the savings you get on fuel to break even on the investment. My 1992 245 gas engine has gotten 33mpg, which was before I added a better exhaust and KN air filter. I love 240s as much if not more than the next guy, but at the price they are asking, it would make more sense to get a Jetta TDI and run the biodiesel on that (though most manufacturers will only allow 5% biodiesel blend in their warranties).
 
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