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These testimonials and quotes are from just a few of our happy PlantDrive™ customers...
April 20, 2017
We just received a phone order from a farmer on the Canadian Prairies who has been running his combine on WVO for 5 years, using our components and Consulting services. He puts about 225 hours per year on the combine and uses only about 150 litres of diesel fuel, the rest of the fuel is Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) . No issues. Cummins engine. He plans to convert a truck next.
April 11, 2017:"We do indeed still have the Jetta and it is going strong, other than some body corrosion issues we're waiting to hear back on from VW. It is a 2005 wagon and getting very close to turning over 300K." (converted PD system, 2-tank, conversion done in 2012)
January 14, 2017: "Hey ed. Just wanted to update, the truck is heating great now. I blocked off the rad and I also found out my rad is leaking coolant so I was driving with less than a fully charged system. That makes a huge difference. Topping up the rad and increasing my coolant temp has allowed me to run veggie even in -25C plus severe windchill temps. Maybe this will help someone else in the future... if someone is complaining about low oil temps get them to check their coolant levels. Thanks again." Wayne F., Manitoba, Canada.
"171,000 total. 111,000 veg. Bought at 30, converted at 60,000
"The best thing about (my car) is the (PlantDrive) vegoil system which has never given me a problem, even at 40 below. - Jason in BC, Canada, 2014, referring to his 2003 Jetta wagon, converted several years ago, 130,000 on WVO since conversion."
"Dear Mr. Beggs, I have successfully converted* a few VW, total about 600,000km on WVO. My last 2 conversions were 2001, and 2003 VWs TDI. Gerald B. (*using PlantDrive components)"
I’ve been considering a veg oil vehicle for more than ten years now. I even bought an old Syncro years ago and tried to find someone who could do a reasonable diesel engine replacement so I could then do a conversion. The Syncro VW project got scrapped as it was just too expensive for me at the time. When I moved to Vancouver a year ago a started seeing Delicas around town and that opened up a whole new possibility for me. Having found a good L400 as a base to build upon, I knew immediately I had to get it running on veg. I literally bought it three weeks ago and only now I feel like it’s ready to do some traveling being that it’s running on something other than fossil fuels.
It is amazing to me how quickly and reasonably priced this process was, and again I am grateful for the products you have made and represent.
Zack (Vancouver, BC)
Thanks for the info Ed, you can be assured that whatever I require in the future for WVO conversion, Plantdrive will be were I buy it from. I have bought two systems from you in the last 4 years with no problems. Regards, Rick (Nova Scotia, Canada)
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Colin Stewart has completed WVO conversion of my 1979 Mercedes 300D. I just wanted to let you know how much pleased I am with Colin's work. The installation work performed by Colin has been very clean and professional. As a matter of fact it looks like a factory installation. The 24 gallon tank that I've purchased from you which already looks like a piece of art, looks even better installed by Colin in my Mercedes. I've been driving my Mercedes for 5 days now, trips totalling to about 600 miles and 100% of which are on WVO, and I had absolutely NO issues with the system. The automated system works absolutely seemlessly and flawlessly. It's great feeling to be driving past all the gas stations for 600 miles now. And I love filling my oil tank with WVO even when I don't need to fill it up just because I really enjoy the process and the feeling of doing something great for the environment and being a better person for the planet. My car even helps me with my general health. I get occasional cough attacks caused by alergy to gasoline fumes when driving conventional gasoline vehicles. When I drive my Mercedes on WVO which emits nothing but natural products, my cough attacks went away and I notice that I breath much easier when driving my Mercedes on WVO.
In conclusion, I want to say that the quality of Colin's work has exceeded all of my expectations, definitely worth the money and as Colin's customer I feel great about the product. He even added such very special touches as washed and waxed my car and added the picture of my car on the cover of the WVO computer manual. I will recommend Colin's services to anyone who wishes or thinks about converting his or her vehicle to run on WVO.
Thank you, Andrey Romanenko, Lacey, WA
After 3 months of researching online, and reading every forum posting I could get my hands on, I decided to go with Plantdrive. There is one other well known competitor that I considered but never got a phone call after leaving two messages inquiring about the products. Customer support is what I was looking for and did not find it at the other dealer. I'm the kind of guy who does a lot of research before I jump into something and had many questions. I got a call back from Craig Reece within about 20 minutes of leaving my first message. He patiently answered all my questions and cleared up a lot of confusion caused by certain members in the online community who have their own systems or items for sale. The addition of the system was done by Tedd Abramson at VegAuto.com in Los Angeles. He and Miguel did a great job walking me through the specifics of my vehicle and I left their shop with a really clean installation.
Even when I made mistakes with poorly filtered oil, the whole Plantdrive team was there to walk me through the problem. I'm now 3 months into owning a veg powered 2003 Dodge truck and really believe that the product Plantdrive sells, and the customer support are as good as you are going to find. Feel free to contact me about the Dodge Cummins conversion.
Update, December 3, 2007: "25,000 miles on WVO and running strong!" Mike GardnerMaliburealestate@mac.com
If you buy any system to convert your diesel car, get the Plantdrive system. My system works great in my 2003 Jetta, I switched to WVO in less than 7 min and I was able to do the conversion and I am not a diesel mechanic. I never work on cars and found the instructions easy to follow and whenever I ran into a problem, I was able to get answers from Craig, Ed and Danny that were timely and helpful. I went with the NADA controller and asked to have the FTP buzzer added in. Danny was able to get me a wiring diagram that I was able to follow so that I could have this feature even though it was not included in the system I purchased. Many of my questions were answered by e-mail within the hour. Thanks, Plantdrive. Chris Ryan, West Chazy, NY
Craig, Wanted to take a second and comment on how satisfied I've been with my conversion. I'm moderately handy, yet given the dollar value of the newer F250 6.0L which I was converting I "REALLY" took my time to get it done. I invested over a year researching, starting to build my filtration rig, and then purchasing what was needed to convert the truck. And when it comes to this type of thing, I'm a very detailed person and didn't want to make any mistakes (although I gave myself some mental wiggle-room for learning curves). The way I've come to measure my success on WVO has been how many miles I can accomplish on a single tank of diesel (since my conversion is a two tank system). My normal before the conversion was about 320 miles per tank of diesel. My first tank after the conversion got me 894 miles before the fuel light. And at this point, I'm still on my second tank of diesel, I have more than half a tank left, I haven't filled up in about 6 weeks, and I'm over 1800 miles on that same tank of diesel! When I calculate the 'total miles driven per gallon of diesel purchased' I'm at over 100+ miles per gallon!....and that's CITY DRIVING! My installation wasn't perfect, and neither is my filtration process, but I'm getting better. And most important.....this process has TAUGHT ME HOW TO FISH per se! I'll drive wvo-convertable diesels from here forward! Thanks!
Will Stanton, Florida
Long Term Tdi WVO Use Report (by Ed Beggs)
I heard from our customer Joe Besslich in Belleville Ontario the other day, and he has 550,000 km on his 99 Jetta TDI and about 350,000 of that is on used cooking oil on our system, and has never had a minute's problem - loves it. UPDATE - at last count, when I saw Joe, he had somewhere north of 700,00 on the car and had just had it painted! He had to estimate the kilometers, as the odometer had quit by then, so he was tracking his oil changes based on the trip odometer, as I recall. He did all his own mechanical work on the car, I believe. It had cost him two Pollak valves (well, I gave them to him on warranty) and one injection pump. He was a heavy duty mechanic for the TTC in Toronto, and lived in Belleville and did the commute every day. Now retired, and I have lost track of him, but it was great to meet and visit. PS: He later told me he was likely responsible for those Pollak valve failures, as he had started being less careful, and switching the car over to veg before it (and the valve) was warmed up, so the valve was trying to switch with cold heavy oil in it.
From Greasecar Tech Forum
Plant Drive, I love you! Heh.. I've never before had so much glee in watching little green digits on an oil temp gauge climb. I went from having a base greasecar system that could barely reach temps of 125 after half an hour of driving to a system that was up to 175 about 8 minutes at idle. My engine temp although warm, even had a bit to go, so I think this is going to work great. The Vegtherm appears to rock thus far! Thank you so much. Your shipping was fast and cheap, your staff were helpful, prompt, and friendly, and your product delivers! I've never wanted to sound like a commercial before, but after struggling with the greasecar kit for over a week, I'm elated with my results now. Thanks again!
Successful SVO Installation (excerpt)
I completed the SVO kit installation earlier this week and completed one successful test run on store bought oil. Attached are a few photos. I was surprised at how well the truck ran when I switched over to SVO for the first time. I expected the engine to stall and not start again. There was only a slight hesitation, hardly noticeable, then the sweet smell of french fries. .... The engine does run quieter on the SVO. So quiet that I can hear a whine in the turbo charger that I couldn't hear before. Thank you Ed and Craig for all the support you provided. I was pleasantly surprised by how smoothly the installation went. Take care and thanks again! Brian Sexton
Single Tank for 100,000 Miles
I have driven my 85MB300TD wagon on WVO single tank with Neoterics (now PlantDrive) equipment for over 100,000 miles. Sometimes in the winter I add 30-50% petrodiesel when it is really cold here. So that means about 3 tanks of mixed WVO/petro. I have no tank heaters.
I try to run the block heater for 1/2 hr before starting when it is cold but that is not always possible because I live off-grid and don’t always have that much power to spare. I have suffered the indignity twice of having air leakage in the fuel system but Craig helped me diagnose that and it had nothing to do with WVO. I make 1200 mile trips and carry my fuel with me. The wagon has over 300,000 miles on it now and going strong. Single tanking has been a mostly trouble free and very reliable route for me. Chao, Robert
I'd have to say I've had great results with WVO/SVO. But I don't consider myself an expert. I can say that over the course of the last 7 months I've run my truck successfully on WVO with a kit I bought from Plant Drive. Craig and Ed have been most help full. I think the thing that I remember most is Ed's quote 'if it'll flow it'll go'. I think of that each time I flip the switch now.
There are 1000s of folks using WVO in vehicles all over the world many running on Plant Drive systems and other systems as well. I might add this truck I drive is a 2005 Ford F250. I bought new and converted it at 3900 miles. Now has 16,540 miles on it. If I can run WVO in my $41K truck everyday back and forth to work anyone can. Erick
I have one car with over 10,000 WVO miles, and another with over 8,000. Both are Neoteric/Plantdrive Mercedes single-tank systems with some minor customizations. While there were some initial problems with the installation (self-applied) and some air leaks due to leaky fittings (again, self-applied), both are running beautifully now, with standard regular maintenance. I pre-filter my oil, and only use good liquid oil, just like Craig says. And Craig and Ed have been nothing but responsive and helpful to all my issues. WVO will work like a charm if you do it right, and the Plantdrive system is bombproof. Use good thread sealant, and tighten your fittings well!Dean
Thanks for the Vegtherm, I got it Saturday morning and got it installed. We got the entire Greasecar kit installed in 8.5 hours!! I did not get the vegtherm electrically wired up until Sunday evening. With the vegtherm powered up this morning I had an increase of 30 degrees F in my oil temp at the injection pump compared to the day before. Keep in mind this is in 20 degree upstate NY driving at 65mph, I am sure it s pretty cold under the hood!! I am very glad I added the extra heat. Thanks, Michael
I had Craig install a 'the works' package on my 1999 E300 TD with 89,000 miles on it.Both Craig and Shane (the installer) paid very close attention to every aspect of the install. What I have report as far as operation is not much save for the the purging that has to be done at the end of the day. I've gone to a 'mile from home' plan and that seems to be the trick. It has started faithfully and runs quite nicely. When I'm doing better that 100+ on the highway on wvo I'm still quite incredulous that it's possible. I've saved already over $400 in fuel costs and oil filling on the road is not really that hard, you just have to keep asking the right people (hint: Asian restaurants) At home in SF I have regular customers that I pick it up from. I do suggest filtering it through a 50 gallon drum at home as it can be quite messy filling from the cubees. Get on the train, this is the future.
John Knutson, Account Manager, Stover Seed Company
I added my Vegtherm probably 2 months back or so, and I've been VERY impressed with the shortened switch over time. I had been getting about 70 miles per purchased gallon before the vegtherm. Just refilled my dinodiesel tank tonight - 10 gallons took me 2046 miles, so up to 204 miles per purchased gallon! And this is with the unusually cold weather here in Texas, which made me burn a lot more diesel than normal. Smiles, Eric
Just a note to thank you for your continued interest and advice over the last ????????????? gosh! it must be close to six years now, and that's a lot of water under the bridge, and a lot of oil in the tank. I estimate that I've driven my truck for at least 250,000 Km (likely more) on WVO. This includes our annual trip to Toronto (Pickering) , Ontario (six drums), and numerous trips to the Vancouver area to visit our kids and Grandchildren. No mechanical service, outside of expected parts replacements. It is interesting to note that I replaced such items as the injector pump and injectors at double the expected lifetime. The pump was replaced mostly for insurance because it was at about double it's expected milage, two of the injectors showed minimal streaking under test, but no carbon or other contamination, again, insurance. Lube oil usage remains at about a liter per 1000 km which is where it was when I switched to WVO. The truck runs smoothly with lots of power, and no black smoke..........................ever!! Austin Fulton, Peachland, BC
My 85 vw turbo diesel has had no problems running on used canola for the last 2 years., using the original neoteric kit(vegtherm, in-line filter) I probably drive 12-18,000 miles a year. Tom W
I just wanted to say hi and let you know my conversion is all done. The Toyota Landcruiser is purring along nicely now on Canola and I am completely thrilled! The VegTherm you sold me works great! Robert - Alberta, Canada
Thank you for coming all this way and giving us such a boost in moving veggie fuels forward on Salt Spring! I got a message tonight from a woman who got my name from a friend - she's a local kindergarden teacher who's looking into buying a hybrid or a diesel to convert and wants more information. You know, when you've got the kindergarden teachers on board - you've got it made!! Robin, BC, Canada
TDI in Montreal at -30c
I have put around 60,000km on my Jetta 2000 so far. I converted last year in November. I try to drive my car as much has possible on veg oil. I even put my vegtherm to activate as soon as I start the car, therefore, kinda forcing me to run on veg oil all the time. I sometimes buy fresh oil from Costo when I run out of used oil. I have had no problems with my system which is from plantdrive.com . I have tested it in -30c winter conditions and works like a charm. I have had more problems with my Jetta mechanically than with the system. I have changed my filter two time so far. The first filter had 40,000km before I changed it. I did that to see if the gauge on the vormax worked properly, and it did.
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