So get rid of the '01 and the dubious Caddy for a big SUV?

      From: Donald Snook <>
 To: Curt Raymond <>; Mercedes Discussion List 
 Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 10:29 AM
 Subject: RE: [MBZ] OT Consolidating the Fleet
My wife drives a 2006 Cadillac SRX.  I am not very confident about its long 
term reliability.  It has the 3.6L engine and they have a well documented 
design flaw.  They eat timing chains and consume a lot of oil.  It has 125,000 
miles and as long as we keep the oil topped up, it seems okay.  But, the timing 
chain issue is always in the background ticking away.  Other than the timing 
chain, it has been a relatively reliable vehicle.  My wife has been rear-ended 
in it TWICE -- once by a great big Ice Cream truck and another time by some 
kids in a Nissan Altima.  It totaled the Altima.  She is convinced that her car 
saved her from injury.  Maybe she is right.  

Don Snook 

-----Original Message-----
From: Curt Raymond [] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 12:21 PM
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Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT Consolidating the Fleet

Whats the wife drive? Wasn't she a lover of big SUVs?
I feel like if you're going to drive an older car you ought to have a spare in 
case things go wrong. Also if you're going to drive an older car long term you 
need to fix everything that goes wrong immediately. Otherwise you fall out of 
love with the car and each additional thing that needs fixing becomes "aww man, 
another thing thats wrong." if you fix each thing then you only have one thing 
wrong at a time.
So my advice is to fix everything on the '01 and the pickup and drive the '01 
some. If you fall back in love with it then keep 'em all. If you don't then 
sell the '01, keep the 2000 and the pickup and drive 'em both until the wheels 
fall off, then reconsider.
You could sell the '01 now but as you've already estimated you'll take a bath 
on it, only bottom feeders buy cars that already have a problem.

      From: Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes <>
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Cc: Andrew Strasfogel <>; Donald Snook 
 Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 1:15 PM
 Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT Consolidating the Fleet
Your life would be 1/5 as complicated if only you hadn't married.

On Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 12:58 PM, Donald Snook via Mercedes <> wrote:

> I currently have three vehicles and I want to eliminate some.
> I have:
> 2000 BMW 740iL 227,xxx miles
> 2001 BMW 740iL Sport 131,000 miles
> 1992 Ford F-150 148,000
> I am considering a few scenarios.
> First, sell all three vehicles (or trade in two of them and sell the
> other) and get one vehicle that meets all my needs.
> Second, sell the 01 BMW and the truck and keep the 00 BMW and drive it 
> until the wheels fall off.
> Third, sell the 01 BMW, and keep the truck and the 00 BMW.
> Considerations:
> The 2000 740iL runs great. Its very comfortable. In fact, I think it 
> is more comfortable than the 01. But, it has 227K miles and needs a 
> rear bumper (has a big crack and chunk missing from the bottom). It 
> isn't worth much with the miles. It is still a very clean car. It has 
> the security glass windows that are starting to delaminate a little, 
> so it looks like I have fog inside two of the windows. It doesn't 
> bother me much. It is my daily driver.  If I tried to sell the car, it 
> wouldn't bring much and is probably worth more to me to just drive it.
> The 01 740iL is a beautiful car in Royal Rot and it is a sport with 
> the staggered M-Par wheels and great looking sand colored interior. It 
> is a very nice car, but in the time I have had it, 3 of the power 
> windows have screwed up. I think I need the replacement metal wheels for the 
> regulators.
> The regulators are still going up and down but the windows don't move. 
> It also has the trifecta (ABS, Traction, etc) lights on. I do not know 
> if it is the one wheel speed sensor that has not been replaced yet or 
> if its the ABS box (whatever it is called). The suspension is 
> excellent (front and
> rear) as everything has been replaced by the previous owner or me in 
> the last 20,000 miles. This car still has pretty good value. But, in 
> order to sell it for what it is really worth, I am going to have to at 
> least fix the three windows.
> 1992 Ford F-150 XLT. Its super clean and rust free and runs great. Has 
> 4 new tires, and I used it a couple months ago to tow a trailer and 
> 4,000 pound car on a 600 mile trip and it impressed the hell out of me 
> and had no trouble. I rarely use it, but it is always handy to have a 
> truck. Its V8 2wd regular cab. Runs great, but needs a compressor for 
> the a/c. Here's the snag on it. I bought it a few years ago, and I 
> can't find the title. In fact, I couldn't find the title when I tried to 
> register it the first time.
> So, I will have to get the small dealer I bought it from to apply for 
> lost title and then get it from him. Not a big deal, I just haven't done it 
> yet.
> I have 5 kids. But, 3 of them are grown and have their own kids. We go 
> and visit the other kids and grandkids pretty frequently. It is a four 
> hour drive one way. We usually take my 00 BMW. But, sometimes we have 
> to bring a couple extra kids. 5 people in the 7 series isn't bad, but 
> it gets crowded quick and I am wondering about a big SUV. I don't 
> really care about gas mileage for my daily driver because my office is 
> 5 miles from my house and I put less than 15,000 miles on my cars in a year.
> Don Snook
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