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Have been reading many of these forums in anticipation to buying. Currently am driving a '98 Ram 1500 4 X 4, 5.7 liter, 145k on the odometer. The most mpg I've gotten since new has been 13.5 mpg. Looking forward to the increased mpg with the ECODIESEL. Must sell the gas burner first. Haven't seen any info or reports of anyone burning Bio Fuel. Dodge literature says B20 is approved. Would Bio attain better mpg due to the increased lubricating ability? Any input would be appreciated!
 

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B20 sounds like fish oil. Did not know it was approved for use in the Ecodiesel. Thought it might cause the Diesel Particulate Filter to plug and create more regenerations. Also hear it is lousy for fuel mileage.


It's nasty, like too much of that stupid ethanol in gas. Why would you want to waste good money on that stuff?
 

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Welcome to the forum.

I believe bio fuel produces much less mpg that diesel.
 

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The next Titan Diesel is one reason I know some people are holding off on getting the ED, seems like Nissan has a nice truck on the way.
 

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I haven't heard anything about biofuel for the Ecodiesel. Seems weird to get a diesel truck and then want to use biofuel. If it did work better I would consider it though. Its nice to be nice to the environment.
 

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Does biofuel just add stuff to regular diesel or petrol fuel? Its not an entirely different thing, right?

I heard biofuel was bad because it requires so much more farm land in order to grow all that corn. Would create issues with food security if it was widespread.
 

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Corn based fuel is ethanol, which is NOT biodiesel.

Biodiesel is made using oils, not ethanol. Used oils, or oils from plants like rapeseed or oilseed, which generate a much higher quantity of fuel than say, the ethanol fuel used in 'flex fuel' gasoline engines.
 

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This is from the manual.

"A maximum blend of 5% biodiesel meeting ASTM
specification D-975 may be used with your diesel
engine without any adjustments to regular service
schedules."



Biodiesel, as the name implies, is made from organic oil, which can include waste French fry oil sold as salvage by McDonalds and other fast food places.



 

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anyone know why such a small amount of biodiesel is needed?
It's not needed. It means, if you want to use some bio-diesel, you can put up to 5% in without adjusting the engine.
 

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Taken from the 2014 Ram Pickup brochure:


THE INDUSTRY'S ONLY LIGHT-DUTY DIESEL
EXCLUSIVELY FROM THE RAM BRAND+





Efficiency
The innovative Ram 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine began with a block of compacted graphite iron and aluminum twin-cam heads. Then we added advanced clean diesel technology and B20 biodiesel capability. The result? The industry’s only light-duty diesel engine+ and the best fuel economy of any full-size pickup+.



MORE MILES PER GALLON

The best fuel economy of any full-size pickup
Some misnomers about Biodiesel are explained here:


http://www.afdc.energy.gov/uploads/publication/biodiesel_basics.pdf
 
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