Re: [MBZ] Cheap V-12 Anyone?

2008-04-28 Thread John M McIntosh
Mmm, flag staff, side markers. Has to be from Japan. But if it's in
American, then isn't it in violation of some import law?
Note that it would be fine to have in Canada, but wonder if the
american owner who ran it hot and fast on 16  year old tranny fluid,
bother to change any other fluids? Let alone of course there must be
some USA government official breathing down someone's neck...

On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 8:03 PM, LarryT [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Even though it has no Reverse, it should be worth more than the price in
  parts.  Assuming someone wants to go to the trouble to disassemble the
  important stuff -

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Re: [MBZ] 124 Diesel vs. Gasoline

2008-04-16 Thread John M McIntosh
My 89 300TE averaged 17.81 MPG (USA) on california premium across  
50,397 miles of driving, mostly city, still highway wasn't anything  
close to claims.

  claim is 17 (city),21 (highway) ,19 (mixed)

18.6 mpg when running on non-california gas for 21,374 miles, but more  
highway miles.

This compares to my numbers (all  50K miles of recording)

24.2  MPG for 83 300TDtclaim is 22 (city),25 (highway) ,? (mixed)
25.9   MPG for 92 300TDt   claim is 23 (city),27 (highway) ,25 (mixed)
16.6  MPG for 93  500SEL  claim is 13 (city),17 (highway) ,15 (mixed)


On Apr 16, 2008, at 8:02 PM, E M wrote:

 my 300E required premium, so keep that in mind with the M103.  I  
 keep all
 the gas tabs, but never worked out the cost.  I'm a bit heavy  
 footed, and
 mine gets more in town than highway driving, with lots of quick 0-90  
 kph
 bursts.  I'd guess high teens, low 20s for mileage.

 Ed
 300E




John
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Re: [MBZ] question for haley and all the anti government nut jobs

2008-04-14 Thread John M McIntosh

On Apr 14, 2008, at 9:01 AM, Gary Hurst wrote:

 i didn't have a driver's license for years until i bought a house.   
 they
 owuldn't let me close until i had one, so i got one.

 i used to just use my costco card for id

Hah, you realize of course the terrorist  they arrested in Port  
Angeles on his
way from Canada to blow up LAX with his car trunk full of glassware  
containing interesting
chemicals had raised the suspicion of the USA customs official by  
showing his
Costco Card when asked for ID.

That might be fine to show a Costco cashier but I bet if you tried  
that on a homeland security dude it
would trigger that:  Oh we've seen that before reflex?


 i'm sure america is much safer against terror now that i have a  
 license.  or
 maybe it is because america is the terror now?  no, that isn't working
 either.


 hm



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Re: [MBZ] OT...TV Broadband cable tracing question

2008-04-12 Thread John M McIntosh
Well the fluke non-contact voltage tester is  $30 I believe.  Also if  
you look at say
http://ca.fluke.com/caen/promotions/demoEquipment/default.asp?pagestep=2locale=caen
(canada, but usa should have a site)
you can sometimes nab quite a decent fluke product for *much* less.

On Apr 11, 2008, at 11:08 PM, archer wrote:
 I just checked my Stanley stud finder which only seems to signal the  
 presence of metal.  I imagine that Fluke non-contact voltage tester  
 is fairly expensive.  Might be able to do something with the nine  
 volt current.

 Just happened to think that I have several old CB radios which have  
 antenna jacks.  Could hook the distribution box end of the cable up  
 to one CB and search with the other; using 12v power supplies on  
 both ends.
 Thanks,
 Gerry

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Re: [MBZ] OT...TV Broadband cable tracing question

2008-04-11 Thread John M McIntosh
Would one of those stud finders that also know about electrical lines  
work.
Also my Fluke non-contact voltage tester also makes lots of claims  
about sensing things
maybe if you run 9V thru the wire...

Still I think the walkie-talkies make sense.

On Apr 11, 2008, at 10:09 PM, archer wrote:

 My son has a cable distribution center that was installed when his  
 house was
 built.  Cables were run to all the rooms in the house but the  
 installers
 forgot to put a broadband jack in one room.  He had verified that  
 the cable
 had been run to that room when the house was under construction, and  
 he
 knows approximately where it ends, but he doesn't want to tear into  
 the wall
 in order to find it.

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[MBZ] w124 door check strap

2008-03-31 Thread John M McIntosh
Wife goes out to 92 wagon, clack clack, comes back in complains door  
is busted..

Sure enough door check strap makes wicked clacking noise, also it  
jumps about in the door.

Drop by dealer to get a new one, clue if it's in stock there you  
wonder how long they last.

In looking the old one is not the original, the originals are painted.  
However the broken one was made in 92,
and had broken both ears off. Don't these usually have the check balls  
fail?  Versus breaking the ears.

Take door apart, replace, reassemble door completely. Check things.  
Grrr bottom front hook is not in place, oh fine

Take door apart again, grab teenager this time to help ensure *all*  
hooks are in place. That took 15 minutes
and three attempts.  Reassemble, find out I've busted seat switch nub.  
Grrr..  Attempt to glue, then recall
I've a spare switch so I steal parts from it.

Door check stop now happy, makes nice snicking grease related sounds  
now.

John
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1990's 300TDt  218k Kilometers (mobil 1 Delvac)
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Re: [MBZ] Various Little 190D Questions

2008-03-10 Thread John M McIntosh

On Mar 10, 2008, at 8:22 AM, Alex Chamberlain wrote:

  After another five years they checked
 again with the same results.  At some point the powers that be decided
 that airbags don't expire after all---they have an indefinite shelf
 life.  The short version is, don't worry about it.

 Alex Chamberlain
 '87 300D Turbo et al.


The long version is:

I had noted according to the sticker on the door pillar my airbag on  
my w124 has expired and the ones in my w140 are due to expire next  
year. In the past Mercedes has extended the life of the air bag so I  
asked Mercedes Benz canada for their official response on this.

They told me:

For W163,w168,r170,w203,w210,c215,w220 etc airbag life is lifetime.
For w124,w126,w129,w140,w201,w202 airbags require replacement after 15  
years,

Quote from their letter:
The consequence of not replacing a expired airbag is that its proper  
functioning CAN NOT be assured in the event a collision might occur...



John
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1990's 300TDt  172k Kilometers (mobil 1 Delvac)
1993 500SEL 180k Kilometers (mobil 1 Delvac)



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Re: [MBZ] Various Little 190D Questions

2008-03-10 Thread John M McIntosh
The *fun* thing here for you americans is to go away and ask your  
insurance company
for *their* opinion  Maybe a rate change, or denial of coverage is  
in order?


On Mar 10, 2008, at 12:52 PM, Mitch Haley wrote:



 Alex Chamberlain wrote:
 But that's just a CYA legal safeguard.  The airbag is probably a good
 bit less likely to malfunction than most other components of said  
 201.
 How complicated can it be?  It's just a bag of Jiffy Pop with a model
 rocket engine inside.

 The fact that they seem to be accepting liability for the same bag  
 in a
 14 year old W124 says something for the long term reliability.

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Re: [MBZ] PHX CL '97 E320

2008-03-10 Thread John M McIntosh
Actually things up here are 20-30% more expensive, versus 50%

However there are choices, would you like that airline ticket in usa  
for $1000USA or in cdn for *cough* $1200 cdn?
Oh that's fine I'll charge it for the $1000 usa which might become  
$995 cdn when everthing settles...

On Mar 10, 2008, at 2:43 PM, Mitch Haley wrote:

 E M wrote:

 few thousand off what I've seen asked for others similar.

 But aren't you in Canuckistan, where the dollar was worthless
 years before the greenback was worthless, and everything still
 costs 50% more even though we now have dollar parity?

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Re: [MBZ] RE OT: The World Has Plenty of Oil

2008-03-05 Thread John M McIntosh

On Mar 5, 2008, at 3:33 PM, R A Bennell wrote:

 them want you to believe. For example, the older Toyota 4Runners  
 were never rated very well because their record
 wasn't very good with accidents - lots of injuries. However, my  
 understanding is that they tended to be driven by
 people much younger than me who drove them a whole lot wilder than I  
 did and suffered the consequences when things
 went bad. If you drive like a nut, then you are going to hit hard  
 and get hurt when you make a mistake.



Here on Vancouver Island I believe the number ONE choice for stolen  
vehicles last year was the 4Runner. Usually of course the people
stealing it would trash, crash, burn etc it after done, if they didn't  
kill themselves first.

So that would skew the statistics a bit.

John
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Re: [MBZ] 190D status

2008-03-02 Thread John M McIntosh

On Mar 2, 2008, at 12:53 PM, Jim Cathey wrote:

 Heartbreak.  The engine runs OK, but idles rough and blows a lot of
 white smoke.  Could the timing be off?

In the past having a had an IP set with wrong timing, can't remember  
if too far before, or after
I can say it nicely produces large volumes of white smoke.  The tech  
in question was confused
between what to do with a 603 versus 617 and I think, (the 83 wagon  
isn't here right now)
doesn't the timing notice on the front rail give two values depending  
on how you measure?

John
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Re: [MBZ] OT Apple iTouch question?

2008-03-01 Thread John M McIntosh
As a macintosh developer for the past 24 years I assure you the  
developer
community is *itching* to solve all these problems of the lack of AIM  
and skype etc
on an iphone and itouch.  Plus do the next big $$ thing in this new  
mobile
computing market place that Apple has been fostering upon the public.


On Mar 1, 2008, at 3:25 PM, LWB250 wrote:

 E-mail is already on it, but instant messaging is not,
 and there has been a real outpouring of negative
 feedback to Cupertino over this omission.  Again, with
 the SDK coming out in a week, I am sure this will no
 longer be an issue, since it's one of the major items
 on the customer wish-list.  For that matter, there is
 a good possibility that one of the developers that is
 on the SDK team may already have an IM application to
 launch.  Keep an eye on Apple's web site for more
 details.

John
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Re: [MBZ] OT: The eco debate

2008-02-27 Thread John M McIntosh
Er, well looking at the history books, climate change issues, everyone  
dies.

Problem today is lots more people, and life expectancy of 80 years  
versus 25.
So much more worry, plus expectation that government will fix it.

On Feb 27, 2008, at 9:30 AM, Loren Faeth wrote:

 Ever heard of Noah?
 Whatever the name, large scale climate change  has been going on
 for eons, and whatever humans do will not stop it.  Get over it.
 Humans are insignificant in the face of nature, or God, whichever way
 you choose to view it.

 Where I live has been tropical, arctic and temperate over the long
 term.  All that was without human input.
 Read the scientific data.  The proof is there.

John 

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Re: [MBZ] Our Political System

2008-02-26 Thread John M McIntosh

On Feb 26, 2008, at 3:35 PM, Jeff Zedic wrote:

 Ok, so here's a loud-mouthed foreigner spouting off of your system of
 government. I'd like to here what the Americans on the list would  
 like to
 fix in their system.

I'm sure all the canadians on the list would like to see the americans  
just get their election over with
so we don't have to endure endless media focus on them out the USA  
sadly for the next
8-10 months..  However I guess when they spend BILLIONS on advertising  
you get what you wish for


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Re: [MBZ] OT: garage lighting

2008-02-25 Thread John M McIntosh
T12 tsk, should consider T8
Which is what your government demands...

http://www.va.gov/facmgt/consulting/t8lamps.asp


On Feb 25, 2008, at 12:21 PM, Mitch Haley wrote:


 I think I found the lights my friend uses. No wonder it's like a  
 sunny day
 at the beach, he's got over a kilowatt of fluorescent in a two car
 garage. Just the center fixture alone is 220W.

 96 T12 high output, 110W per bulb, electronic ballast, starts at  
 -20F, $104
 for a two light fixture at Mickey Carr, item number 1602K23.
 http://www.mcmaster.com/

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Re: [MBZ] Canadian single payer health care

2008-02-24 Thread John M McIntosh
Tsk, should have hop a $199 west jet plane to BC and gone visiting

http://www.findprivateclinics.ca/British_Columbia/Diagnostic_Imaging/Radiology/MRI_Scan/lc-2-0-82-0.html

For the most part the canadian health system sorts people by need,  
versus $$$.
Personal experience also indicates it's by who you know, but I'm not  
sure that's any different than any other service offering.

Oh yes it's election/silly session in the USA, aren't the democrats  
saying health care for all, and the republicans say another 100 years  
of war in iraq?

Or do I have my cue cards mixed up?


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Re: [MBZ] Canadian single payer health care

2008-02-24 Thread John M McIntosh
There has to be some irony when a Canadian and New Zealander are  
discussing
the merits or lack of for universal health care in the USA, quite a  
slow night on the list.


On Feb 24, 2008, at 10:37 PM, Hendrik  Fay wrote:

 Be fair, from what I remember they said another 100 years of war in  
 the
 middle east or until there is no more oil in the middle east,  
 whichever
 occurs first.
 Also you seem to have missed the fine print in the Democrat spin which
 was health care for all (who can pay big bucks to get the doctors off
 the golf course)

 Hendrik

 John M McIntosh wrote:

 Oh yes it's election/silly session in the USA, aren't the democrats
 saying health care for all, and the republicans say another 100 years
 of war in iraq?

 Or do I have my cue cards mixed up?

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Re: [MBZ] Whoa look at the price of fuel

2008-02-23 Thread John M McIntosh
usually because of the heat from office equipment/lights etc the issue  
is keeping the heat
down.

I once worked as a consultant in a Sprint owned 20 story building,  
during the weekend coding
madness the temp would climb to 90F+   We finally said this is crazy  
how much does it cost
to run the building A/C?  Was turned off to *save* money, cause who  
was in the building anyway
Besides 100 contractors burning overtime...

Manager when away talked to the building owners. Came back and said  
$57 per day
We charged the $114 for each weekend to the pizza/food account.

I have also worked in smart building armed with a key  flashlight so  
that we could
turn the lights back on via the main electrical panel when the  
system's motion detectors
and clock decide there shouldn't be any more staff present, no just a  
few consultants
grinding away at 10:30 at night...  Not enough movement to retrip the  
sensors...


So maybe they stop the a/c and heat with the lamps

On Feb 22, 2008, at 10:59 AM, E M wrote:

 At night, I have a clear view from the back of my house of 4 gov  
 buildings,
 all with every single light turned on, 24 hours a day.  Bet they  
 keep it
 nice and toasty too.

 Ed
 300E


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Re: [MBZ] OT: CF Bulbs Burning Out

2008-02-23 Thread John M McIntosh

On Feb 23, 2008, at 3:52 PM, Craig McCluskey wrote:

 I told him that he could call the utility company  they will fix the
 over voltage problem by moving a tap on his line transformer at no
 charge.

 That's the least they should do.


Speaking of which it's always good to phone your electrical utility and
ask them about any incentives to buy CFLs   Sometimes they actually
have programs which they fail to properly advertise,  if you ask we
can tell you otherwise silence...

Here on vancouver island they shelved their plans for a another power  
plant after
doing a big (advertised) push for CFL usage and provided coupons,  
recycling 500W
quartz standing lamps etc.  That effort decreased power usage, and was  
way
cheaper than say oh the price of doing the environmental study for the  
generator plant

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Re: [MBZ] W140 HVAC

2008-02-21 Thread John M McIntosh
it looks like according to the ETM that
brown/red  is to pin 1
grey/red (2 wires) is to pin 2 middle?
brown/violet is to pin 3

I think pin 2 is ground, then pin 1  3 left/right
To confirm you can of course once the car is hot
turn one side hot, other side cold and put punch the EC (economy) button
and if you have the proper left/right connection the correct side will  
get hot
since the duovalve is controlling hot water flow to left/right sides  
individually

But likely the connector has very very tiny printing on it for the pin  
numbers

On Feb 21, 2008, at 8:36 PM, Tarek Elshenawy wrote:

 Does anyone know or can anyone verify on their vehicle the pin-out  
 of the
 three socket connector on the monovalve (duovalve)? There are four  
 wires
 leading to the connector; however I am uncertain as to which wires  
 double
 up, not to mention which wire goes to each corresponding pin.

 Long story short, the new connector housing and female pins  
 (sockets) are on
 the way from the dealership. I just need to know which two wires  
 need to be
 soldered together and the order the sockets are placed in the  
 connector.
 Thanks in advance.

 Tarek

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Re: [MBZ] 300TE

2008-02-17 Thread John M McIntosh
Currently owning a 92 300TDt and having owned a 89 300TE I can say I'm  
bias.
Fine cars, with mb-tex you don't need those sheepskin covers, it's  
indestructible.

An E320 wagon is hot stuff, very fast, good milage, work horse, my  
wife has
filled them with dirt, 700 lb of lumber, oh endless list of crimes...   
Likely you can find
one with all the maintenance done.

As for the 4matic ones, I understand once the previous owner has  
suffered thru the 7 odd revisions
to the transfer case they are acceptable. In looking check with the  
dealer to ensure you've the last
revision, otherwise you'll be out $$$ for a new one someday soon.

If you want something very modern a C class wagon 2003ish era is very  
nice, real rocket.
Ensure of course the owner has had all the 2000 era mercedes issues  
fixed.

On Feb 17, 2008, at 7:37 PM, Zeitgeist wrote:

 Well, I have a 124 wagon, and as an alternative.


John
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Re: [MBZ] Climate control 1980 300D

2008-02-16 Thread John M McIntosh

On Feb 15, 2008, at 7:20 PM, Peter Frederick wrote:

 and the W126 cars are very very nice.  The W140 chassis is also quite
 nice, but suffers from expensive electronics problems, to the point
 no one wants them.


I'll note once you stick in the revised (double/triple/etc) part the  
stability improves greatly.
However the general stigma impacts the price. You just need to find  
one for which the owner
has paid the price of fixing it all and buy it cheap.

Then it's golden, and yes mine is not for sale...

John
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Re: [MBZ] OT....Steam trains

2008-02-16 Thread John M McIntosh
Ah CNR I see.  My uncle was a chief engineer with them in blue river,  
then station master in north battleford before he
retired. I you look at the headlamp he was responsible for the ones  
that rotated so the beam would light up the
track to the left/right on turns in the rockies so the crew would have  
a chance to see the washed out track/bridge or pending Moose on curves

Oddly those are hyped features on the new mercedes of this era...




On Feb 16, 2008, at 4:12 PM, E M wrote:

 Gerry,

 Here is a pic of the train.  I was lucky enough to be allowed on  
 this very
 train while it was undergoing some restoration.  They would do over  
 100 mph
 (160 kph) on a straight run.  Sitting in the cab and looking down  
 the length
 of it, I can tell you, it must have been an amazing experience at  
 speed!  I
 still have an old iron pan that was used to cook breakfast on,  
 during those
 long runs from Canada to the US.  I was told, they would attach a long
 handle to the pan, open the furnace doors and hold it right inside.   
 The
 heat must have been incredible during the hot summer months.

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/grantmac/413632532/sizes/o/

 Photo not taken by me, credit to the photographer who posted it.

 Ed
 300E


John
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Re: [MBZ] Otter/Beaver

2008-02-09 Thread John M McIntosh
Ah, well actually I live just 3 miles from Viking air here on  
Vancouver island who now own the rights
to the original de Havilland designs. They have suggested they are  
looking into building new
DHC-3 Otter and possibly the DHC-2 Beaver following strong market  
demand for both aircraft.

 From my dinning room we sometimes get 100 ft viewpoints of float  
plane (illegal flight paths) and you
can certainly tell the turbo based ones from the original radial  
engines (did I mention they are loud?).
Somewhere in my wife's address book is the cell number of the chief  
pilot of Kenmore Air used
when his staff blow over our house at 75 feet.



On Feb 8, 2008, at 9:14 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Love the Ferrari and the Otter behind the Speedster

 That's a you-should-excuse-the-expression DHC Beaver. Kenmore Air  
 Harbor
 (largest seaplane base in the continental US) turns out brand new  
 ones using
 ex-military fuselages from the '40s. Near a million bucks now, I  
 hear. They also
 have a fleet of turbine Otters that fly in scheduled service from  
 Kenmore and
 downtown Seattle to the San Juans and up into Canada daily.

 RLE

John
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Re: [MBZ] this is nice

2008-02-07 Thread John M McIntosh

On Feb 7, 2008, at 10:57 AM, E M wrote:

 I'm in Canada.  Toyota offer cars almost as good economy, but more  
 space and
 just more car in general.  While advertised starting at 12, I've  
 never seen
 one for that.  Used they sell for more here.

 Ed
 300E



Ah, well pricing in canada was much higher, in fact a fully optioned  
out model could run upwards of $24K
Something about canada niche market, sell a few 100, oh look sell  
10,000 why change price?

Pricing now is less, but more than USA. Our smart dealer had some  
material about why buying the
higher priced cdn model was better than buying cheaper USA model




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Re: [MBZ] Wish it was warmer

2008-01-30 Thread John M McIntosh

On Jan 30, 2008, at 11:10 AM, Rich Thomas wrote:

 How can that be?  There are stringent gun control laws there, no?  You
 must be mistaken, the law was meant to take care of that problem.

Ah, yes well it did take care of the domestic violence by gun, and  
suicide by gun, just compare
vancouver versus seattle. Mind of course people find other ways.

But I can say if you walk downtown at the wrong time of night you  
won't get shot,
stabbed to death or beaten with a baseball bat, but shot, no..


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Re: [MBZ] Gerry the Mechanical geezer and Smart Cars

2008-01-21 Thread John M McIntosh

On Jan 21, 2008, at 1:03 PM, archer wrote:
 ---
 Perhaps we can get opinions on the Smart Cars from some of our  
 European
 members since they are common there.
 Gerry

Well given there are thousands of them in canada now, the canadians  
could comment?

I  driven one a few times, plus friends have them.

(a) these are diesel, you americans are getting higher HP gas ones.

(b) acceleration if fine, perhaps even better than my 83 300TDt,  
certainly in the city.

(c) top speed is upwards of 70 mph, which exceeds all posted  
regulations here.
Mind I note cruising at 100 mph north of LA in my S-class  means of  
course reality between the posted limit and what americans actually do  
is quite different.
But of course here in BC if the limit is 50 and you're caught doing 70  
ish mph the laws invoked to harass teenage kid racers are *quite*  
draconian and do apply to
the average joe.

(d) 70 mpg for the diesel, my friends use them for commuting their 50  
miles per day, *lots* of money returned to their pocket when they  
turned in the
keys for the SUV/vans that got 18-20 mpg. Did I mention the *lots*?

(e) It took two months after they first were for sale before someone  
trashed one at speed. A security guard (lost control, read fell  
asleep) at 2:00am one morning doing I'd guess about  60mph  and  
dropped one off a 20 foot high embankment to some mature cottonwood  
trees.  he walked away but the car after bouncing the in trees tops,  
rolling etc was a write off. The city fire dept asked and got  
permission to cut it into bits with their rescue equipment because  
they were concerned their stock cutters/chisels etc wouldn't work well  
with the high tensile steel trident frame.

Dislikes

(a) if you are use to another 10 feet or car behind you, then the  
first time some fellow in his monster SUV whizzs up to a stop sign  
behind you
your heart leaps as the grill fills your entire rear-view mirror.

(b) it's diesel (hah kidding), tough you won't get diesel ones  
anymore... sigh

(c) if you smack one in an intersection, then as designed the plastic  
panels tend to explode, directing energy elsewhere. This makes a much  
larger
mess in the intersection for you to run over later in the day.


John
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[MBZ] McD Coffee

2008-01-06 Thread John M McIntosh
Wasn't someone talking about McD's  Coffee?

OLATHE, Kan. -- This fall, a McDonald's here added a position to its  
crew: barista.
McDonald's is setting out to poach Starbucks customers with the  
biggest addition to its menu in 30 years. Starting this year, the  
company's nearly 14,000 U.S. locations will install coffee bars with  
baristas serving cappuccinos, lattes, mochas and the Frappe, similar  
to Starbucks' ice-blended Frappuccino.

Internal documents from 2007 say the program, which also will add  
smoothies and bottled beverages, will add $1 billion to McDonald's  
annual sales of $21.6 billion.





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Re: [MBZ] Coffee is hot

2008-01-04 Thread John M McIntosh

On Jan 4, 2008, at 9:37 AM, R A Bennell wrote:


 The one really good thing about McD is that it is pretty consistent.

Also they have aggressive food safety rules which is not to be sneezed  
at, chances of dropping in at a random one and getting food poisoning  
is low.
Sadly pick your random restaurant in any town america and chances  
might be good, let alone issues like hepatitis exposure.

  in some countries (ie russia) they own the process from the field to  
the frier.
Similar safety also at Red Lobster, met the food safety officer on a  
plane flight one day, her job was to eat out alot, then take samples,  
temp measurements and review all the records
at each restaurant in the chain.

John
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Re: [MBZ] Mercedes Discussion List: coffee is hot, milkshakes are cold, and it's all about profit

2008-01-04 Thread John M McIntosh
let's see, well being from victoria bc

mmm Coke bottle says...
carbonated water, sugar/ glucose-fructose, carmel

Nope no mention of CORN. Mind we don't have a corn lobby that ensures  
the government pays for the entire cost of making the corn,
thus making sugar from corn *free* for large corporations, well maybe  
not, but I won't be surprised.

On Jan 4, 2008, at 2:02 PM, Kevin Kraly wrote:

 While I was in Canada participating in the Victoria B.C. Dragon Boat
 Festival, I noticed quite a difference in their coke compared to  
 ours here
 in the states.  It tasted so much better and more like the coke of  
 old.  I
 never thought that there was a change in the taste of coke over the  
 years
 until then.  For that matter, the Canadian Sprite is also much  
 better too,
 eh?


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Re: [MBZ] OT HDTV

2008-01-03 Thread John M McIntosh

On Jan 3, 2008, at 5:07 PM, John Freer wrote:
 Again, I don't know how MB is handling their customers with contracts
 already in place.

I think buried on their site is a document that talks about it. For  
most of the
cars you can convert from analog to digital for a fee.. How much you  
pay depends on
the effort required, and the kickbacks you get. I think at the high  
end it was $1700 or something
but that gave you lifetime free access to the service.  I thought I  
saw a note from someone opting for
that because given mercedes owner's usual desire to hang onto cars  
forever it made economical sense.


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Re: [MBZ] Stella Awards

2007-12-31 Thread John M McIntosh
Ah, well I was looking at the Grohe UK catalog which has all sorts of  
nice
things as compared to usa catalog and *was* wondering why the wall hung
toilet assemblies looked more like a structure you'd find on front of  
a fork lift.

On Dec 31, 2007, at 3:00 PM, LWB250 wrote:

 ///

 One of my favorites was the 600-700 pound guy that sat
 on a wall-hung toilet, which, as you might expect,
 tore out of the wall.  We settled, and as a result,
 re-engineered our wall hung toilets to hold nothing
 short of a small car, I believe.  Naturally, the
 additional costs were passed on to the consumer

 Dan

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Re: [MBZ] The death of high fidelity

2007-12-30 Thread John M McIntosh
Ah, mmm I'm sure there must be a bottle of fixer buried in the  
basement storage I can go breath.

Speaking of billboards, 10 years back I worked on some software for a  
fellow that specialized in computerized color
separation. During the conversion of his software we discovered that  
all postscript printers we could lay our hands on would only do  +/-  
32767 pixels.  Ya that's 109 inches, but there was this fellow who had  
a postscript based paint gun
for doing bill boards.   Mmm 100 feet at 50 dpi, well that's 60,000  
pixels  Client mutter all sorts of words when we asked about  
running some 100 foot *test* samples...


On Dec 30, 2007, at 11:27 AM, OK Don wrote:

 The largest print we made was 4X8 feet - we turned one of the
 enlargers horizontally, projected the 35mm neg onto the RC paper


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Re: [MBZ] ok mac heads

2007-12-30 Thread John M McIntosh
I read somewhere there is a market for used cell phones (well I'm not  
sure you get paid for them).

Apparently they are refurbished or recycled. If refurbished they are  
then sold into third world countries
where cell phones are likely the only way to get phone service. See  
other diesel lists notes about STEALING copper wire, aka telephone  
lines

Let's see NYTimes archives...

Ah yes, link to

http://www.recellular.com/recycling/donatePhones.asp


mmm even a program to get phones to usa military folks, and Wal-mart  
takes them (who knew)...


PS, mac head since 1984...





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Re: [MBZ] how the world has changed

2007-12-27 Thread John M McIntosh

On Dec 27, 2007, at 3:34 PM, Tom Hargrave wrote:

 I believe we are insanely over protective and it's caused by the  
 information
 age we live in.

Ya, has all sorts of fallout. When we were in california, wanted to  
buy a bike for our 6 year old. Couldn't find one!
Why well because bike riding on the street ISNT safe, therefore no  
kids rode bikes, thus no market for bikes. Oh a bit older and you  
could buy mini-mountain bikes for $$$ because that is family  
supervised activity in some park somewhere...




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Re: [MBZ] Strange Smell from Crankcase - Snake Oil Suspicion

2007-12-15 Thread John M McIntosh

On Dec 15, 2007, at 2:50 AM, Zoltan Finks wrote:

 This smell sound familiar? Boy, that sentence sounds weird - rather  
 - looks
 weird.

 Any thoughts?

 Brian

some evil telfon based product?

I'd say you've some gallons of really cheap CF rated oil you'll need  
to buy and run for 20 miles or so to
help flush out what ever it is before you stick in some decent oil for  
longer term (thousand? mile) usage.
likely change that new filter too? Mind be interesting to see what's  
in it...

John
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Re: [MBZ] 99 430E

2007-12-14 Thread John M McIntosh
Ah, hadn't thought of that.
I'll note the W140 hydraulic tank comes with a magnet in the Filter.
It's noted in the parts manual as a Spacer however it's just a  
cylindrical ring magnet which is dropped in the
filter.

Therefore I tossed one in the 92 and 83 wagon filter's too when I  
changed their fluid last summer.

On Dec 14, 2007, at 5:18 PM, dave walton wrote:

 I've not tried that. When placed inside the pan, they pull an amazing
 amount of crud out of what otherwise appears to be clean fluid. Same
 thing happens when I put them on the older power steering filters -
 although I've yet to find the PS filter on the 99. The pan is ferrous.
 I've not yet had an issue with them moving around when placed inside.

 -Dave Walton

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Re: [MBZ] EMERGENCY HOUSE HEAT

2007-12-14 Thread John M McIntosh
I was watching a home improvement show where they showed an  
alternative to
this for the sump pump. It's a special pump which uses pressurized  
water to suck in water then off
to the waste line.  When the power is off and the sump pump called for  
it opens the water line and away it goes...

wastes *lots* of drinkable water, but does provide sump pump action in  
a power failure.
was not cheap $700.

On Dec 14, 2007, at 6:07 PM, Timothy Robinson wrote:

 So...Check the current your furnace (blower) demands. Buy a small  
 inverter.
 I got a 1,500W one online for about $69.00 a few years ago for sump  
 pump
 (just in case). Get a deep cell battery. You're set. I keep the  
 battery on a
 trickle charge. Before investing in the generator I'd use the  
 inverter in
 power outtages and recharge the battery with one of the crs if  
 necessary.

John
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Re: [MBZ] OT: Emergency House Heat

2007-12-11 Thread John M McIntosh

On Dec 11, 2007, at 8:21 PM, OK Don wrote:

 I've been pondering alternative ways to heat the house when the power
 is out, given our all electric house.

Well I've a fireplace insert and a 6.5 Kw generator.

However I note for about $100 you can buy a variety of Kerosene or  
propane or natural gas heaters approved for indoor use.

which seems a bit better than jury-rigging a car etc and dealing with  
exhaust fumes.



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Re: [MBZ] I'm iced up!

2007-12-10 Thread John M McIntosh

On Dec 10, 2007, at 3:25 PM, Curt Raymond wrote:

 I looked at a little radient heater at the hardware store that can  
 double as a cooker, something like 14,000 BTU on high IIRC. Ahh here  
 it is http://www.mrheater.com/productdetails_extended.asp?catid=42id=22
 I know it says outdoor use only but I'd guess thats to keep the law  
 away. Seems like it'd be a big help if there were no power.

 -Curt

Careful  now, a few people die every year because of carbon monoxide  
poisoning due to running propane/gas powered heaters inside their
nicely sealed houses.

John
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Re: [MBZ] B200

2007-12-10 Thread John M McIntosh

On Dec 10, 2007, at 8:47 PM, Steve MacSween wrote:

 It's very comfortable and the driving position is excellent, road  
 view of a
 minivan but does not feel like you are in one when you are behind  
 the wheel.

Have driven one and I can agree, also I've driven the turbo model with  
the variable continuous transmission masking as a 6 or 7 speed tranny.
Which is weird to drive because under max acceleration on an on-ramp  
it goes to near redline (likely max HP or torque) and just stays  
there
Needless to say merging happens really fast.


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Re: [MBZ] I'm iced up!

2007-12-09 Thread John M McIntosh

On Dec 8, 2007, at 6:05 PM, Wonko the Sane wrote:

 It is cold. Currently +9F outside.

Well 30F here, balmy. However I was pleased to see on my fluke meter  
this am
all glow plugs on the 83 measured 0.5 ohms.  Starts nicely...

Well I *was* looking for an excuse to buy a nice ratcheting wrench set  
for christmas, guess I check the 93 in the morning (hoping...)



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Re: [MBZ] Our Cars ROCK! GPS

2007-12-09 Thread John M McIntosh
I think it was a river, and a ferry. He missed the point of the ferry  
and drove down the ramp into the river.

I've a garmin (older) but they shipped me a 2007 map in Oct which  
seems quite accurate, certainly had all the new roads in Edmonton that  
were missing from the 2005 version.
A friend used it to drive down the west coast to SF and LA to visit  
wineries last summer and told me it was extremely accurate and to be  
trusted. The only time they fail to follow it's
advice cost them a 20 mile detour to the next overpass.

When looking consider screen size and controllability. On a car trip  
you want to be able to easily  yell or touch for gasoline stations of  
your choice, or find place  to eat  espresso etc.
For some reason this is always done while driving (very unsafe).



On Dec 9, 2007, at 9:17 PM, Hendrik  Fay wrote:

 Reminds me of the story of the elderly German gentleman who drove  
 into a
 lake because the GPS ordered him to go that way.

John
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Re: [MBZ] IowaQ quotes

2007-12-07 Thread John M McIntosh
Ya, I've that on the 93 and 92 wagon. Field tested both the other day,  
er much easier in the 500 to abuse that lamp when wet out.

Best favourite here is when my wife came home after driving 30 miles  
(50Km) and said oh ya
the coolant lamp was on the whole way. (sigh). Oh no oops I mean the  
low windshield washer fluid lamp.

Still wondering if she would keep driving with the low coolant lamp on  
tho.


On Dec 7, 2007, at 1:07 PM, John Robbins wrote:

 Luther wrote:
 Speaking of the carhere's a quote from IowaQ.
 Me
 do you have this thing floored?
 Don
 No, I didn't want to loose the people behind me.


 Note, the people behind us were: Regina, driving a w140 420SEL and
 Kaleb in John Robins '91? 300D 2.5.  There's no way a 240D at full
 throttle could loose either of those drivers in those cars-especially
 in the 12 block town of Jefferson, IA! :D


 My personal favorite is when Regina figured out what the exclamation
 point indicator meant in the W140. Regina talking about driver her  
 W140
 SD: Oh! That thing lights up all the time! It always went away pretty
 quickly so I didn't think it was worth mentioning [directed at Kaleb]

 For those in the dark it is the traction control light telling you  
 that
 you're loosing traction.  :)

 John

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Re: [MBZ] Lug nut removal mistake

2007-12-04 Thread John M McIntosh
As a teenager I recall removal of a single lug nut from a 69 cadillac  
out on the farm that took all day.

After rounding the nut off via crude use of vice-grips and a 4 foot  
length of piping, I believe we resorted to using a hack saw and cold  
chisel to split the nut.
Sadly there was no welding torch handy otherwise we would have tried a  
bit of heat first.  No guns, but likely one would have been used on the
idiot who air torqued it to infinity and beyond when they had  
installed the new tires.



Now I have only knowledgeable folks install lug nuts with a torque  
wrench, and then I double-check them when I get the vehicle home.

On Dec 4, 2007, at 2:58 PM, R A Bennell wrote:

 But they don't say if he got the wheel off. They say he was hit by  
 debris from the wheel but do not say if he was
 successful.
 I really hope the poor devil got the wheel off so he doesn't have to  
 do that again. (But I do understand his
 frustration. I've been tempted on occasion to do things I know I  
 will regret when working on vehicles.)

 Randy

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Re: [MBZ] OT, HD again, has anybody ever jewed down a big box store?

2007-12-02 Thread John M McIntosh

On Dec 2, 2007, at 3:31 PM, Kaleb C. Striplin wrote:

 Well I figured out which TV I thought I might want.

Although we hate Consumer Reports for their Mercedes reviews, they  
*do* point out yes you can
negotiate a better deal on items at your box store. Given that in a  
given geographical region a manufacture might have
a dozen vendors selling the item all at the same or different price  
points, then really greed enters the equation.

Unless of course the item isn't available etc.


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Re: [MBZ] Marshall's passing?????

2007-12-01 Thread John M McIntosh

 through losing Marshall and then two days later her son, we don't
 expect to outlive our children


They were talking today on the radio how parents today likely WILL  
outlive their teenagers,
at  least in the USA because of the teenager's low exercise rates,  
obesity, health choices, etc.
This situation  has not occurred before.



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Re: [MBZ] Changing glow plugs?

2007-11-27 Thread John M McIntosh
So what resistance did you measure? Some meters might not give  
accurate readings?
Well mind given your other comments likely they are bad.

Disconnect the wires, don't drop the nuts, use one of those racheting  
wenches.
If there is not a problem with carbon buildup they should just  
unscrew. Otherwise you
are into fun to ensure you don't break the tips off.


My copy of the Beru glow plug manual notes:

Observe the breakage torque when dismantling glow plugs.
On no account carry on turning - the glow plug could
otherwise break. Instead, proceed according to the 3-point
programme: heat up - release -unscrew:

1. Heat up: Run the engine until it is warm or apply
current to the intact glow plug through a separate cable
for 4-5 minutes - this heats up the glow plug and burns
it free.

2. Release: Apply a generous quantity of anti-rust agent or
multi-functional oil to the base of the thread and leave
to work in for approx. 5 minutes.

3. Unscrew: Then start a new attempt to unscrew the plug
and use suitable tools to release the glow plug from the
cylinder head. (Do not exceed the maximum release tor-
que - see table below. Make sure you stop before you
reach the breakage torque, if necessary start a new
attempt by applying heat.)

After the old glow plugs have been removed, make sure you
clean the thread, the pin seat and the glow plug channel
with a suitable tool.

Glow plug thread Breakage torque
8 mm 20 Nm
10 mm 35 Nm
12 mm 45 Nm

Observe the torque specified by the manufacturer when
screwing in a new glow plug:

Note: The tightening torque of the connecting nut must be taken
into account when dealing with glow plugs with screw connection:
The Beru ring-ratchet-spanner
(order no. 0 890 100 002): ideal  to dismantle and assemble glow  
plugs, even in very tricky spots.

Glow plug thread Tightening torque
M 4 2 Nm
M 5 3 Nm
M 8 10 Nm
M 10 12–15 Nm
M 12 20–22 Nm


Also see
http://www.beru.com/english/produkte/gluehkerzen/einbautipps.php


On Nov 27, 2007, at 7:55 PM, Chris Lane wrote:

 Today I went outside with my newly liberated meter, and found that 3  
 of my 5
 glow plugs seem to be bad.  My glow plug light stopped working a  
 little
 while back, and I have not been able to check that out until now.  I
 measured the impedance of each one at the relay.  So, I'm figuring  
 that I
 should just change them all.  The relay seemed ok, as much as I  
 could check
 it out today.
 So my question is, is there anything funky about replacing them?   
 Spark
 plugs are no problem, unless they are in a Toyota Previa (In which  
 case you
 have to take out the passenger seat, and open the floor of the van  
 to get to
 them).  Its in an 82 300SD, so a 617.  All five of them seem like they
 should be fairly easy to get to.  The 5th one looks like the  
 trickiest, just
 because of the oil filter housing, but there should be plenty of  
 space.  Are
 there any special tools that are needed to replace them?  Do I just
 diconnect the wires, and get the appropriate sized wrench and start  
 removing
 them, and then reverse the operation to install the new ones?
 Thanks,
 Chris
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Re: [MBZ] question about CD-ROM repair manuals

2007-11-21 Thread John M McIntosh

On Nov 21, 2007, at 6:34 PM, OK Don wrote:

 The original CDs from MB are scanned copies of the paper manuals - at
 least the one's I have. Yes - most of the one's on eBay are copies of
 the MB manuals.

A friend of mine bought some and the quality was subnormal. He brought  
them by to try various CDROM readers I had
to see if we could read them.  One drive did, so he was happy.   
Obviously the cheapest drives and media is used I'd expect.




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Re: [MBZ] gmail question some of you might know the answer to

2007-11-20 Thread John M McIntosh
Well there are other ways to know if the email was opened.

Google shows for example
http://www.returnreceipt.com
http://www.msgtag.com/Mail_Receipt_.html

These use the feature called web bugs  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_bug
to let some server know when the mail was opened.   Users with better  
security knowledge may prevent this from working.

I suspect some of them likely exploit the poor security on windows  
which might let them run programs by just open the email.


On Nov 20, 2007, at 7:49 AM, Gary Hurst wrote:

 suppose you send someone a lot of emails every day and they claim to  
 be
 never receiving 5% of them or so.  now you don't know if they are  
 really not
 getting them or just getting them and losing track of them.  how  
 does one
 set google mail up to get verfication of receipt of the emal?
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Re: [MBZ] One laptop per child

2007-11-20 Thread John M McIntosh

On Nov 20, 2007, at 9:08 AM, archer wrote:

 Gerry wrote:
 I was going to do this but finally realized that the screen would  
 have print
 that was too small for me to read with poor visual acuity.  Instead  
 I simply
 sent a  $200 donation.
 These laptops are interesting so I thought someone on the list might  
 like to
 have one while making a tax deductible donation at the same time.
 
 The mission of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is to empower the  
 children of
 developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to  
 every
 school-age child.

  Ya, and the list connection would be that I worked on the software  
for this all summer long.
However we were not ready to make the cutoff in Sept. Still Etoys is  
another product I've
had history in building which shipped with the laptop.

I'll note the keyboard is really small, the screen resolution really  
high, which means it's hard for older folks to read.
Still it's very durable (no moving parts), has a roating/flipable  
screen you can read outside (B/W), an unbelievable wireless range,  
comes with
a mozilla browser and not a single line of code from Microsoft.

John
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Re: [MBZ] well, i've finally done it

2007-11-17 Thread John M McIntosh
Mmm timely, since I spent all afternoon replacing the rear seat belts  
in my w140, so let me cross post this since it explains how Mercedes  
manages the locking of the belt.


Last month I got a set of rear seat belts for my W140 sedan, dealer  
had a garage sale where I bought a few dozen parts thus getting a  
great deal, so today I decided to replace then. There was virtually no  
tension in the belts when in comfort mode, so people complained the  
seat belt just laid there.

I very carefully broke one clip housing(oh well) when removing the  
cover and managed to dropped the spring clip into the speaker  
compartment below(sigh), plus the right side belt assembly was a pain  
to get out, no idea why, new one just slipped in the housing, and the  
left side slipped in and out.

My new seat belts were made in Poland and dated 2005, and 2007. I  
guess this speaks to the problem when you can buy a part for a car  
last made in 1999 and they've made the replacement last May. Just to  
understand things I took one apart. In the top plastic housing there  
are two steel clock springs, a large one, and a small one. There is an  
electromagnetic plunger that is activated in comfort mode to pull a  
cam to engage a ratchet so that the large spring cannot rewind the  
belt. Leaving only the small wound steel spring to tension the belt.  
Apparently this is the part that fails, the small coiled clock spring  
looses it's tension over time, thus no or weak rewinding.

Now in the bottom plastic housing is a complicated piece of plastic  
engineering where a large metal ball in a cup assembly allows a  
ratchet wheel to move only if the ball is at the bottom of the cup.  
Otherwise the weighted pivot lever can't pivot down enough to  
disengage the racket. Now if the ball is mostly not in the bottom of  
the cup the lever engages a lightweight cam, the cam wheel is  
connected to a spring assembly which then rotates and engages an  
internal larger sized cam which interfaces to another ratchet which  
stops the out movement of the belt. I think the use of the two cams  
here is to ensure the force on the heaver cam won't force the ball  
assembly closed thus disengaging the cam, thus the reel movement  
doesn't directly interface with the lightweight cam assembly.

This seems to imply if your car is on a steep slope, you couldn't pull  
the rear belts out. Anyone know if this is true?

Obviously in a rollover the steel ball isn't going to be in the right  
place so the belt won't come out, same for a side collision or rear  
one because velocity changes are going to keep the ball out of the  
bottom of the cup.

In a frontal collision the heavy dual metal cam pivots forward to  
latch into the metal ratchet.


PS 35 Nm is the bolt tension, and they also looked like they had red  
threadlocker applied? The maintenance DVD doesn't say anything, just  
gives the Nm, I used blue threadlocker just in case. I'd doubt it's  
red otherwise you couldn't disassemble so must be some factory product.

On Nov 17, 2007, at 12:29 PM, Sunil Hari wrote:

 In my new-to-me 1988 Saab 900 turbo, I've somehow managed to lock both
 seatbelts (shoulder and lap) in the retracted position.

John
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1990's 300TDt  211k Kilometers (mobil 1 Delvac)
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Re: [MBZ] Stop me please

2007-11-15 Thread John M McIntosh
Ensure you get the one that came with the 2 cycle engine so you can  
attempt to train everyone to ensure they mix in the 2 cycle oil
at the gas station, and don't forget

On Nov 15, 2007, at 7:12 AM, Curt Raymond wrote:

 You had me right up until you mentioned all new cars looking the  
 same...
  Makes me want a cool old Saab all that much more. The 95 is totally  
 unlike cars today...

  I found some old Saab ads on YouTube last night, one toutes the  
 95's Powerful 42hp engine. I almost snorted my tea...

  -Curt


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Re: [MBZ] euro car question

2007-11-13 Thread John M McIntosh
The build sheet based on the VIN does (kinda)

my 83 -  Dealer Nato members sales (401)
my 92 300TDt - Freiburg branch (236)
my 92 S - Canada (701)


On Nov 13, 2007, at 8:57 AM, Kaleb C. Striplin ((CAT)) wrote:

 Is there a way to tell what country a euro car was originally sold  
 in, or produced for?  Will the VIN number or something reveal that?

 ---
 Kaleb C. Striplin
 Cox Auto Trader
 730-Tulsa FSBO Supervisor
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Re: [MBZ] What was the last real Mercedes?

2007-11-10 Thread John M McIntosh
I think the pricing on w140 is undervalued because of the stigma of  
concern about repairs.
This may result in great deals if you can find one that has the  
following fixed

engine wiring harness
evaporator
vacuum pump

lurking transmission issues
beware of the sealed no fluid change ones.

for the 3 litre
head gasket

for the diesel
The factory rebuild engine was installed when?


for the v12
throttle actuators, but if you buy one of these add 10K to any  
estimate for repairs.


On Nov 10, 2007, at 10:48 AM, Steve MacSween wrote:

 on 11/10/07 13:14, Peter Frederick at [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 First run of W140s, except the electronics.

 Can you define 'first run' for me (I was off the list for quite a  
 while and
 the 140 talk seems to have gained momentum in that time)

 This talk of 140s has me drooling. Always liked the look, but heard  
 nothing
 but 'run away, run away'. Some deals floating about in the area  
 now. No one
 buys them here. Local wholesaler has had one in his driveway for 18  
 months.

 I have heard good things about the lower-spec ones they sold in  
 Europe.

 Mac

John
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Re: [MBZ] Diesels Vs Hybrids

2007-11-09 Thread John M McIntosh
I'm not sure this is quite true, I was reading somewhere they are  
forced to buy equipment from elsewhere and that
equipment meets current nasty first world environmental standards  
(such as they are), thus emissions are much
lower than oh say any usa coal fired plant given perhaps they are all  
30 years old.


On Nov 9, 2007, at 9:16 AM, LarryT wrote:

 Hi Allan -
 You're right - the Chinese will open the flue on the smoke stack  
 and let
 'er rip!


John
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Re: [MBZ] xenon bulbs burned purple...

2007-11-09 Thread John M McIntosh
Depending on what you have for lamps/lens the higher wattage bulbs  
could melt things because of higher heat.
Normally this is not a problem for mercedes assembles that are not  
USA specific.

You are running 20% higher wattage thru the wires, normally this is  
not a problem for mercedes, but your milage may vary depending on
the year. This might require installing relays and running extra  
wiring, likely I would do that for my w123 since the wiring there is
technically marginal for current flow.  But technically it's not  
needed to be done.

now if you run 100W bulbs the two issues above become much higher/ 
riskier


On Nov 9, 2007, at 2:06 PM, Christopher McCann wrote:

 but at the expense/risk of
 running higher wattage.

 What is the expense/risk? Higher wattage bulbs don't last as long?

 Thanks,

 Chris



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Re: [MBZ] Diesels Vs Hybrids

2007-11-08 Thread John M McIntosh

On Nov 8, 2007, at 8:02 AM, LarryT wrote:

 Along with the electrical consumption req'd to make steel is the power
 needed to make Aluminum - used in ever increasing amounts to save  
 weight and
 increase mpg's.  Alum needs much more electricity than steel.

Up here in the Pacific NW during the time when Enron was screwing the  
electrical rates in California
one of the smelters actually sent everyone home for a year fully paid  
because they found it was much
more $$$ to resell their allotment of electricity bought years before  
to California at the daily spot rate.

*very profitable* on lots of MegaWatts

John
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Re: [MBZ] OT: Canadian Postal Money Order

2007-11-08 Thread John M McIntosh

On Nov 8, 2007, at 10:22 AM, Loren Faeth wrote:

 Yeah, But I am not miffed at you.  It has been fun corresponding with
 you. I am miffed at the bank, cause it was in US dollars.  Like I
 said, the US and Canada are so little different, some of this border
 stuff seems really stupid.  We have most favored nation and free
 trade with china.  I don't ever recall hearing that our most nearly
 alike countries, like Canada and OZ have that status.


Try wiring euros to europe

My canadian bank cheerfully charged me 30E for that ($44 usa).

This after snagging a good % for converting from cnd to euros in the  
first part...



John
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Re: [MBZ] Bio

2007-11-08 Thread John M McIntosh

On Nov 8, 2007, at 6:48 PM, ernest breakfield wrote:

 what does the cost of Corn have to do with BioDiesel? i'd never  
 heard of
 anyone anywhere using Corn for BioDiesel; it's far too low-yield and
 doesn't make good enough fuel to even bother with. i've only heard of
 Corn being used (in the US) for making Ethanol, not BioDiesel.


That would be E85 or E15? or the 10% ethanol used in top tier gasoline .
Lots of gasoline being consumed in the USA.
Lots of kickbacks to make and consume E85...

 it's far too low-yield and
 doesn't make good enough fuel to even bother with.

Why should that stop any USA congressman?


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Re: [MBZ] Mobil 1 5w50

2007-11-08 Thread John M McIntosh
Being in Quebec your local Esso agent (see phone book) should have  
anything and everything Mobil.
Mind you need to buy a box of 4 by 4L jugs of Delvac 1.


On Nov 8, 2007, at 9:20 PM, Steve MacSween wrote:

 Anyone know any reason I ought not to use this for winter in an OM617?

 I asked about M1 winter grades a while back and the consensus was  
 more or
 less 5w40. However, whoever does the stocking here in Canada sits  
 on their
 brains as far as I can tell. 15w40 or 5w40 are not even available  
 on special
 order. Duh.

 I've checked both WalMart and Crappy Tire.

 If I want Delvac 5w40 I will have to drive to Ogdensburg NY to the  
 WallyMart
 there.

 Thanks

 -- 
 Mac
 Steve MacSween
 Aylmer, Quebec (Canada)
 Mercedes: '82 300sd / '82 240d (x2) / '60 220s
 Volvo: '87 245 (waiting for OM616 transplant)
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Re: [MBZ] xenon bulbs burned purple...

2007-11-07 Thread John M McIntosh

On Nov 7, 2007, at 6:29 AM, Christopher McCann wrote:

 Got it. I thought of upgrading the SD to HID (High Int. Dis.), but  
 it was too expensive, so I upgraded to H4/HB2/9003, which has made  
 a world of difference.

I'll note if you use H4 you have a choice of now using
Philips X-Treme Power H4
or
Osram Night Breaker H4

Both I think use the concept of reflecting infrared lighwaves back to  
the filament making it burn hotter.
I'll note this is fairly new to car bulbs but is has been used in  
Philips 90W IR outdoor bulbs for awhile now.

Osram also makes a Hyper H4 which is 70/65w versus the 60/55w  
normally found.  In my reading the Hyper bulbs
get the nod for the brightest bulb, but at the expense/risk of  
running higher wattage. Otherwise apparently the Philips are
the brightest H4 bulbs at the moment using normal wattage.



 Do the HID bulbs last SUPER long? That would justify the price, in  
 my mind.

Yes regular tungsten based bulbs are rated in 100 of hours using a  
standardized test procedure.
HID bulbs are rated in thousands of hours, thus for example my burned  
out bulb is the original one used in a
car which had day time running headlamps for a 10 year period.  They  
speak of the bulb life as the life of the car
we mercedes owners know that means heh? 7 years or something...

I note that on the island here I always see Smart cars running with  
burn out headlamps since they are DRL and use H7 high intensity bulbs  
which have
a low hundreds of hours rating and of course replacement of the bulb  
is a non-trivial affair. You can get bulbs which have higher hour  
ratings but
they produce less light




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Re: [MBZ] 1994 E320 Wagon Questions

2007-11-07 Thread John M McIntosh
Well unless you live in Canada and want a 92 or earlier w124 diesel  
from Europe or Japan (where most benz except the G-wagons seem to be  
left hand drive).

Pricing runs 9 to 12K Canadian FOB Japan, you'll need to figure out  
how much that is in worthless greenbacks tho.


On Nov 7, 2007, at 10:47 AM, Kaleb C. Striplin, work wrote:

 87 was the only year for a diesel 124 wagon

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Re: [MBZ] W140 FM antenna question, once more

2007-11-07 Thread John M McIntosh
Well that depends on of course the year, but since you've a diesel  
it's an 92/93?

In looking at the manual
With bumper/rear window antenna
the rear bumper is designed for FM reception, the signal is routed  
via the FM bumper antenna amplifier installed on
the left side in the thrunk to the AM rear window antenna amplifier  
on the left C pillar.
The integrated rear window antenna is designed for AM reception and  
routed to the left C pillar

Other docs talk of the FM bumper antenna amplifier which is located  
under the lower left wheelhouse cover.

Well at yet more that talk about converting the integrated antenna to  
a tri-band mast by disconnecting the AM and FM amp feeds
and redirecting to the tri-band aware mask.

First tho I'd remove the driver sides wheel well cover and see if  
there is a FM antenna amplifer down there in the bumper corner.

On Nov 7, 2007, at 4:52 PM, Walt Lasher wrote:

 Subject:   W140 FM antenna question AGAIN

 My FM is intermittently fuzzy, where is the FM antenna located,
 Is it in
 the regular antenna or in the rear bumper?
 I think I need to check the connections.

 Walt Lasher
 W140  S350
 Everett, WA

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[MBZ] xenon bulbs burned purple...

2007-11-06 Thread John M McIntosh
Sure work on the trunk and rear seats, and the front of the sedan  
feels wanted...

On the way home this morning, when I walk around the car to close the  
gate. Gee the driver's side xenon lamp is
PURPLE, not blue, PURPLE...  Wife takes car out at lunch, comes back  
and no light on driver side.

Sigh.

Fortunately earlier this summer I had picked up a busted xenon  
headlamp set on ebay and determined the xenon ballests, ignitor pairs  
and two bulbs were
fine.  I hadn't bothered to swap the bulbs, so drag that out of  
storage, try one. Mmm blue, versus the passenger side which is more  
warmer.
Apparently as the bulbs age they tend to go warmer in color, less  
blue.  Swap in the other bulb, both blue. Ah likely both bulbs coming  
from a
florida car have seen little use. Unlike the original bulbs which  
were from a Canadian car thus daylight running lamps and always on.

Well at least I didn't have to shell out $100 for a bulb, or  
disassemble a headlamp to replace something.

John
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Re: [MBZ] 1994 E320 Wagon Questions

2007-11-06 Thread John M McIntosh
If it has the ASD feature like my 92 300TDt then it should have two  
return lines to the hydraulic reservoir, screwed on top of the tank.

one line is the return feed from the suspension system
2nd line is the return feed from the ASD system.

without ASD there will only be one line.

On Nov 6, 2007, at 2:33 PM, Donald Snook wrote:

 I am looking at a 124 Wagon.  It is a 1994 with 132,000 miles.  The  
 evap
 has been replaced. The car is in fantastic shape.  Does this model  
 have
 the wiring harness problem or does that start in 95 with the  
 wagon.   It
 is for sale for $8500 - which is WAY too high.  However, the car is
 practically spotless. It is white with a blue interior (there seem  
 to be
 a lot of them in this combination) Really nice interior. The rear
 suspension is in good shape and the hydraulic fluid was flushed and
 filled.  It is NOT a 4-Matic, but I do think it has the ASD (or  
 whatever
 the traction control acronym is).   My questions are:



 1.What is a reasonable price for this car in excellent shape with
 a big book of service records and a $3000 evap already done.
 2.Any other problems specific to these cars that I should check?

 3.Does the M104 engine have head gasket failures like the 103?



 Donald H. Snook

 2001 Ford Expedition (but still looking for a nice Benz Wagon)

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Re: [MBZ] xenon bulbs burned purple...

2007-11-06 Thread John M McIntosh
No these are High Intensity Discharge bulbs with xenon gas  type  
D2R   http://www.kfztech.de/images/kfztechnik/elo/xenon2.jpg

your bulbs are tungsten fired bulbs with Xenon gas  type HB2/9003/H4   
http://www.rallylights.com/hella/H4.asp

To confuse you my w140 came with H4/H3 (1993), then I upgraded the  
assembly to H7/H1/H1( new for 1995), then tripped over a set of  
Xenons  (cheap) D2R( new for 1997?)

A philips D2R bulb costs on the order of $145 (more/less depending on  
who claims to make it... )



On Nov 6, 2007, at 4:41 PM, Christopher McCann wrote:

 Are these HID?

 I picked up a pair of Hella Xenon bulbs (H2 9003), for under $50  
 the other day.

 Chris


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[MBZ] working on the w140

2007-11-05 Thread John M McIntosh
Early this summer we replaced the distributor caps, rotors, wires,  
plugs etc. on the w140. Occasionally it would have a slight miss,  
that they felt was
perhaps due to the EGR valve which wouldn't hold a vacuum.  Oddly the  
dealer said this part wasn't available anymore. A week back I ordered  
one from Rusty (thanks)
plus the gasket, I suspect the parts guy mistyped the part number  
since not only was it available the price he quote me was complete  
fiction.

That arrived and I replaced it today. The service manual makes the  
job sound easy, the EGR is located on front of the top of the engine  
block, however
the hard U shaped A/C tube is mounted right in front of it and it  
seems you need a very small diameter hex socket/extension in order to  
get between the tube and the rim
of the EGR to tighten the forward screw/bolt  (real pain given it's  
sitting right here...)

The old EGR actually would open but leak like crazy, the vacuum setup  
being a gas engine has a draw from the intake manifold via a nipple  
screwed into the manfold right
beside the EGR, then off to a generic vent valve the same as the ones  
you find for the overpressure hose on the ALDA.  According to the  
manual the EGR operates
according to the engine maps when the temp is  49C and the engine  
RPM  3800, to introduce exhaust into the intake manifold to reduce  
oxygen to reduce combustion temps to reduce NxO .  I guess I see how  
it affects any misfires, normally when in use it it would draw a bit  
of air then hold the vacuum, so perhaps continuous drawing air had  
side-effects.

After this I decided to tackle why the trunk closes funny or doesn't  
close.   Actually it would pop open even when locked!

After reviewing the docs it seems there is adjustments to mate the  
lid eye-latch to the vacuum assembly, then the lock assembly mates to  
the latch. Once you mate the dual parts together  you need to adjust  
both the eye-latch on the lid which moves in 4 directions and the  
lock assembly latch on the lower frame which moves up/down, if you  
transverse align  the lower latch the manual says the lock mech will  
malfuction. I guess that means pop open unexpectedly.

After removing the cover plate I discover in fact one bolt holding  
the lower latch assembly is tight, the other is just hanging there.  
Oh well of course it's funky since it's allowing the latch to move  
transversally thus malfunctioning.

Oddly it seems you need a small adult to climb into the trunk to  
adjust everything since everything is visible and accessible from in  
there. Alas one was not handy  I resorted to using a video camera  
to record how everything mated, and spent a good hour attempting to  
get everything alighted and the height correct.  100% better, still I  
think I need to compare it to another w140 to understand if just  
closing the trunk slowly by hand should make the eye-latch activate  
and close things. You have to thunk it close, but now it closes each  
time, before it would bounce at least 75%of the time, given it was  
flexing the lower assembly that isn't unexpected, well and pop open  
unexpectedly.


Tomorrow if the sun is still co-operating I'm going to replace both  
rear seatbelt assemblies since the weak comfort spring takeup is  
faulty in both seats.


John
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Re: [MBZ] center console wood 140

2007-11-01 Thread John M McIntosh
This depends on the year.
There is a thread here
http://www.mercedesshop.com/shopforum/showthread.php?t=161283

If you have a two piece console wood piece there are two screws  
located in the ash tray holding the lower part edge onto the console  
frame, they run horizontal to the wood, not vertical or offset.  
Beware of stripping the nice plastic  threads then it becomes  
impossible to remove the screws thus impossible to remove the lower  
part.


On Nov 1, 2007, at 11:52 AM, Kaleb C. Striplin ((CAT)) wrote:

 Anybody know how to remove the center console wood on a 140?  I  
 cant seem to figure it out. It looks like the ash tray needs to  
 come out but I cant seem to get it out either.  Looks like ther are  
 a couple of screws holding the shifter wood, but looks like maybe  
 the climate control wood has to come out first, which I cant figure  
 out how to get that out either.  Help.

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Re: [MBZ] Am I seeing TVs in front seats of cars?

2007-11-01 Thread John M McIntosh

On Nov 1, 2007, at 11:22 AM, John Robbins wrote:

 Alex Chamberlain wrote:
 I think TV screens in the back seat to pacify the rug-rats as a
 substitute for effective parenting are lame too, but that's another
 topic.


Oddly this has had an interesting effect on kids today.  Because we  
have graduated driver training here, meaning the
licensing for teens is not a joke and it's actually hard to get a  
license we parent have found that since the kids are
hauled about in comfort with video, etc etc, they have *no* incentive  
to get their license, why bother driving that's distracting...

PS teenage girls seem immune from this btw, it seems to be a male  
thing which us Dads find so bizarre.

Oh and I understand Command video consoles in Europe actually give  
you TV reception too... Mind there they
understand the issues of driving and distractions.

John
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Re: [MBZ] OT things you notice on a bicycle

2007-11-01 Thread John M McIntosh

On Nov 1, 2007, at 1:52 PM, Loren Faeth wrote:

 I think bicycles belong on sidewalks, terrorizing pedestrians as  
 they should.

Ah, well here the city has decided (at great expense) that taking  
your major four lane road, then turning it into
a bike route by adding two bike lanes, and a traffic calming center  
median barriers/gardens.  This of course turns that
4 lane road into 2 lanes... Then they wonder why traffic flow is  
congested?


John
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Re: [MBZ] 1992 300SE ??

2007-10-24 Thread John M McIntosh
Ah from wikipedia

 The 1996 model W210 E-Class carried over the 4-speed automatic  
transmission from the previous W124 generation E-Class. In 1997,  
Mercedes installed in the E-class its newer, electronically- 
controlled model 722.6 5-speed automatic transmission that first saw  
duty in 1996 in the V8-powered W140 S-class models. The 722.6  
transmission now powers numerous Daimler-Chrysler vehicles. The 4- 
speed and 5-speed transmissions are both fairly robust, although the  
4-speed has a slight edge in durability. The 5-speed transmission is  
sealed for life. Mercedes-Benz engineered the transmission fluid  
to last as long as the transmission's expected lifetime. Many owners  
do not share Mercedes' expectations for the transmission's lifetime.  
Since the frequency of fluid changes directly affects the length of a  
transmission's usable lifetime, many owners and repair shops  
recommend renewing the fluid every 60,000 to 100,000 miles.

On Oct 24, 2007, at 2:02 PM, Kaleb C. Striplin, work wrote:

 no, completely different, its a 5 speed trans.

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Re: [MBZ] OT: would you buy a rental car?

2007-10-16 Thread John M McIntosh
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rental+car 
+abusesearch=Search

Still they would be newer, they likely had regular approved service,  
how would you know the treatment
was *any* different than a car from some used car lot which has no  
history...

Is there some large difference in pricing driving this decsion?

On Oct 16, 2007, at 8:58 AM, Allan Streib wrote:

 Couple of people I know have been happy with cars they bought from
 Enterprise.  I've also heard horror stories about the things people do
 to rental cars.  Any opinions?

 Allan
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 1983 300D
 1966 230

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Re: [MBZ] Low Sulfur Fuel Lubricity...Am I Nuts?

2007-10-16 Thread John M McIntosh

On Oct 16, 2007, at 8:35 AM, ernest breakfield wrote:

'twould be interesting if we were ever able to find out the  
 details of these IP trashings; for example, are we talking about  
 homebrew BioD, or some otherwise sub-standard BioD?


of course if they were running unheated (S/W)VO, they were just  
 asking for trouble.


This would be home brew BioD and I'll certainly bet (S/W)VO

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Re: [MBZ] Low Sulfur Fuel Lubricity...Am I Nuts?

2007-10-15 Thread John M McIntosh

On Oct 15, 2007, at 2:35 PM, ernest breakfield wrote:


 of course, there are lots of stories of people who take  
 advantage of
 these motors durability and manage to get away with running all  
 kinds of
 things in them for a *while*, but it never seems to last for the long
 run. i've seen the inside of some relatively low-mileage 617s that ran
 unheated VO, and they were pretty gunked up.

Well up here in Canada where we've Diesel Powered Smarts the fellows  
in the back room at the mercedes dealership tell me
they've sent off quite a few IP where the owner has run questionable  
biodiesel or SVO and trashed things...

I'll assume since the iP is only for 3 cyls, why it must only be 1/2  
the price of a om603 pump eh? Certainly if it's sitting in a box
waiting to be shipped somewhere that can't be cheap

Evidence shows those new fangled IPs aren't as forgiving as the ones  
in a 617. Exposing anything with bluetec in the name to such
fuels gives me the shivers...


John
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Re: [MBZ] OT, generator

2007-10-15 Thread John M McIntosh
Well regardless of what they imply by american flags etc, I'll note  
it looks the same as any other diesel generator made in China. Some  
vendors supply GFCI outlets and remote starting btw, and some for a  
few bucks more come with sound insulating covers.  Like say

http://cgi.ebay.com/LONGEVITY-6500-WATT-SILENT-DIESEL-6-5KW- 
GENERATOR-6000_W0QQitemZ280162269729QQihZ018QQcategoryZ106437QQssPageNam 
eZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I have a 6500 Kw gas generator (honda powered) I bought in 1999 and I  
know from experience  (50 straight hours last winter) that it will  
power, oh say some lights, the entertainment system, the office  
computers, a space heater or a hot plate, the fully automagic  
espresso coffee machine, and the fridge.

So lights, TV, some heat, fridge, excellent coffee, minimal cooking.  
But no hot water.  Still it's better than the neighbours who in the  
28F weather had to flee to hotels.

As pointed out you need a 10Kw + unit to really provide central gas  
heating and likely hot water, add in a stove (that's more...)


On Oct 15, 2007, at 4:52 PM, Kaleb C. Striplin wrote:

 What do you all think about this little generator?  Will it power a
 house in a blackout?

 http://cgi.ebay.com/6500-Watt-Generator-10-hp-Diesel-Electric- 
 Start_W0QQitemZ260171250393QQihZ016QQcategoryZ106437QQssPageNameZWDVWQ 
 QrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


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Re: [MBZ] overused shorthand

2007-10-02 Thread John M McIntosh
No it's earlier than that

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She_(novel)


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 Star Trek
 series

 Star Trek? Oh my goodness gracious sakes.

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Re: [MBZ] transmission toasted? 1981 300SD

2007-09-17 Thread John M McIntosh
I'll note if you have a early W140 transmission (pre 95? non- 
electronic) then if you ask mercedes for a rebuilt one, you will find  
out they don't have
any in stock, thus require your core to rebuild it at their approved  
rebuild centre, helpfully located elsewhere in the country.

Interestingly although they shipped mine via truck freight to the  
rebuild center, once rebuilt it became part of *official* inventory and
thus was eligible for free air freight shipping back.


On Sep 17, 2007, at 7:06 AM, Rusty Cullens wrote:

 Actually, my rebuilder pays the freight and 8 hours labor on his
 transmissions. Of course I have only had 3 warranties in 32 years,  
 so it is
 not a real concern of mine.


 Rusty Cullens
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Re: [MBZ] My latest score

2007-09-16 Thread John M McIntosh

On Sep 15, 2007, at 6:37 PM, tom savage wrote:

 Kaleb C. Striplin wrote:
 I didnt think you liked 140's.  Did you sell one that was your  
 parents
 or something?  So tell about the new one you bought?  Also tell about
 this old beat up 95?  They getting rid of it?

 I've warmed up considerably to 140s lately, especially as they keep
 getting cheaper.  The one I more or less inherited was sold a  
 couple of
 years ago.  '95 S320 #2 will be for sale as soon as I clean it up and
 replace a wheel bearing.  80k miles and one owner but not properly
 maintained.

Was waiting for the ferry 2 weeks back  and talked to a fellow w140  
owner.
He bought his 92 300sel (or is that 320) from his ford dealer for  
$4900. Then
wandered over to the mercedes dealer and spent another $3500 to  
replace/fix
everything from wiring harness to ignition system/caps/rotors/wires   
brake pads/etc.
Didn't appear to have any A/C issues.

I'll note 80's w123 diesel sell up here in the NW (or at least try  
to) for that much btw

I likely spent upwards of $3K on mine this summer when we did the 90k  
mile service and
replaced all the ignition components ($400ish for sparkplug (Beru  
wires,etc...))

 I don't know if the evaporator issue was ever truly fixed as I've  
 heard
 of '97s losing them, but they did get better over time.

I believe they migrated to using the evaporator from the E class with  
a baffle.
That seemed to solve the problem. Earlier replacements just stuck in  
the same
oem defective evaporator which of course would fail again.


John
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1990's 300TDt  205k Kilometers (mobil 1 Delvac)
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Re: [MBZ] Blinker relay

2007-09-16 Thread John M McIntosh
Well in my 83 300TD it was located on the driver's side of the  
transmission stick shift under the wood console.

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 Hello, I'm new to the list, but not new to Benz ownership.  I've got
 an 85 300D turbo.  I lost blinkers both turn and emergency and would
 like to replace the blinker relay, but can't find it.  Anyone happen
 to know where to look for the relay?

 Thanks,
 -- 
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 Smack Dab in the middle of the US
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Re: [MBZ] Second chance ebay offers

2007-09-10 Thread John M McIntosh

On Sep 10, 2007, at 7:47 AM, Jim Cathey wrote:

 There'll be another bus along in awhile
 if you don't get it.  Bid what you think is a fair price, and forget
 about it.  Just MHO.

The ebay automatic search function is also great way to find a part  
without endless checking on your part.
For example my S class had a bad Xenon ballast, (about $500 from  
dealer).

Be patient, after 4 months of searching up popped a sale of broken  
set of xenon lamps with buy it now, $200 later I've two sets of  
ballasts  ignitors plus bulbs. Dealer pricing about $2300.  Rusty  
will sell for less, but likely not for $200.

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Re: [MBZ] Air cells W124

2007-09-05 Thread John M McIntosh
It thought it was more a function of time, relating to how long it  
takes for the nitrogen in the sphere to
leak thru/past the rubber housing.   Wondering about the spheres in  
my 93 500SEL...

On Sep 4, 2007, at 11:36 PM, Peter Merle wrote:

 How long do these normally last when vehicle is drived on normal  
 hard
 surface . I have recently purchased the W124 with slef leverling rear
 suspension and it appears the air cell's have failed - rear suspesion
 very hard and jittery. According to previous owners maintainance  
 records
 this was last done only some 6 km prior.
 PEter

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Re: [MBZ] Airport Express

2007-08-26 Thread John M McIntosh
Also the Airport Express has optical audio out, and you can then  
setup your itunes app to beam music to the airport, then onwards to  
your A/V system.
Thus I've a gigabyte hub,  airport express lurking in the A/V  
cabinet so I can get internet access downstairs, but also beam music  
to the amp.

On Aug 25, 2007, at 8:13 PM, archer wrote:

 Airport Express looks like it plugs into a 110v socket?

 That's all. Plug your printer into it plus the cable from the  
 cable modem.
 No
 configuring at all unless you want to make your network secure.
 RLE
 -
 Interesting.  If I didn't have several Linksys hubs already, I'd  
 try it.
 $18 is pretty cheap for anything from Apple.  They must be changing  
 their
 pricing policies.  The high price of their stuff has been what's  
 always
 deterred me from trying it.
 Gerry


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Re: [MBZ] OT: Wheaton Van Lines

2007-08-24 Thread John M McIntosh

On Aug 24, 2007, at 10:28 AM, andrew strasfogel wrote:

 We had insurance and they still only reimbursed us $.45 per pound,
 regardless of the items' value.  The industry is pathologically
 under-regulated.


Don't get my wife started on this... 5 boxes or so gone...
They didn't write down exactly what was in the box cause it said  
(bedroom 4d)
and even tho you have 'full' insurance since there is no record of  
what it was, then mmm
0.45 lb...

At least today you can digitally photograph everything that goes into  
the boxes...
Assuming they will accept that evidence versus wanting a hand written  
record, so get it in writing that you
can use photographs.






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Re: [MBZ] NYC- was- Mann Oil Filters Coming Apart

2007-08-16 Thread John M McIntosh

On Aug 14, 2007, at 2:36 PM, Tom Hargrave wrote:

 She cooks like a typical home cook and that's her appeal. 95  
 percent of
 America's kitchens would fail their own state's health inspection.  
 And I
 can run down a list of the greatest home violations.

Our local health authority offers courses in food safety to the  
public for a nominal fee.
They are really for training restaurant workers, however anyone can  
take them.
Cheap, takes a day.

Very educational, also beneficial since you can wander into a  
restaurant and decide if the
staff is out to poison you before you order anything...


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Re: [MBZ] OT Mac G3 parts

2007-08-16 Thread John M McIntosh

On Aug 15, 2007, at 7:53 PM, Loren Faeth wrote:

 TO Wonko:  Yes it is 266 Mhz, but unlike 266 on windows, a 266 G3
 will run OS 9 or OS 10, illustrator and other Adobe software just
 fine.  IN fact these will replace G3 233 machines that are performing
 satisfactorily.  They were just so cheap, that I told them they
 should get into these and add some drive space and dvd
 capability.  These also have way more memory that their old machines.

Actually a few weeks back I updated a friends G3 266Mhz powermac from  
9.2.2 to 10.3 with XPostFacto
I could have updated to 10.4 I understand but needed the optional CD  
set since 10.4 is DVD, and
all I had was a 10.3.x CD set.


http://eshop.macsales.com/OSXCenter/XPostFacto/


I'll note with 384MB (or so) of RAM the machine ran 10.3.x just fine.  
Slow but given it was a free obsolete computer
minus the new operating system cost it was quite the bargin. Plus  
given it had a pci video card means it now runs
two monitors too. 

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Re: [MBZ] thoughts on diesel clatter

2007-08-16 Thread John M McIntosh

On Aug 11, 2007, at 8:36 PM, Wonko the Sane wrote:

 A Diesel Purge treatment will fix this. My 240D engine is very good  
 about
 telling me when it is time to run on Purge for a half hour.

Ok, back home after doing that mountain driving. In the reverse route  
the grades are 4-6% versus 8% so couldn't run flat out because that  
exceeded the 110+10% km/hr speed limit, as mentioned earlier at 8% I  
could only hold it at 120 km/hr, however coasting down that same  
grade we hit 146 km/hr according to the GPS. (gas cars coast much  
faster btw)

I did manage to raise the temp to about 110C over a 6% grade covering  
25 km, versus the 100C on the shorter 8% grade. Tomorrow I'll
run a Diesel Purge treatment and see what happens to the noise and  
have my garage check the exhaust system for issues. I recall they  
mentioned a small hole or something last time it was in, perhaps it's  
much bigger now.

As a bonus I saw a Unimog (euro plates I think, box on back) east of  
Vancouver, roaring along at 70 km/hr on highway #1, plus a late 80's  
w124 300TE/fourmatic with cargo rack and carrier.


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[MBZ] thoughts on diesel clatter

2007-08-11 Thread John M McIntosh
Well since my 500SEL is busy having a rebuilt transmission installed  
I was forced to cart four people across the rockies up the Coquihalla  
Highway  5 to 8% grade for nearly 3000 feet of altitude in the 92  
wagon.  For reference the OM603 will only do 75 mph flat out up the  
8% grade, water temp rose from 85C to 100C.  That and another 500  
miles of mountain driving and 250 miles of flat land.

After all this my wife noticed the clatter is *much* louder at idle,  
much more clatter/bearings bouncing/burbling kinda noise.

I wondering if I knocked loose lots of carbon (mind our normal  
driving over the last 40K miles has been highway), and it's causing all
this racket? Well that or blew a exhaust gasket (don't think so) or  
muffler joint.

PS Saturday night in a unnamed rednecked city, never seen so many  
chipped dodge ram 3500s. When they stomp the throttle at the
intersections, billowing clouds of black diesel smoke, same on the  
highway, mind at 80 mph it's lots of roar and smoke, not much  
acceleration, no need to check blind spots you sure can hear them.

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Re: [MBZ] Tools and Quality

2007-08-03 Thread John M McIntosh
Ya, consumer reports sawed a bunch in half a year back or so.
They said the 12 year ones were seriously different inside.
Better quality, better durability, better engineering.  In fact price  
versus what you got was way better.

But I do recall they said the  3 versus the 5 year ones were the same.

This did not stop my 12 year GE one from leaking in the first six  
months.
On the other hand they replaced it at no costs for anything that  
afternoon.

On Aug 3, 2007, at 6:15 PM, LWB250 wrote:

 Having just purchased and installed a water heater
 last weekend, I would beg to differ with you on
 that

 Yes, the warranty does work out to about $10/year as
 you move up the scale, however, there are also
 differences in construction and components as well.

 For instance, the 6 year warranty heater I considered
 had plain copper elements.  The 12 year warranty
 heater ($70 more) had stainless steel.  It also had a
 solid state controller that monitors usage and
 learns the usage patterns, using them to turn down
 the heater when there is no demand expected (like in
 the middle of the night.)

 I have no idea what the value of the additional items
 is from a manufacturing standpoint, suffice to say
 that they are probably worth the difference.

 Dan

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Re: [MBZ] Tools and Quality

2007-08-03 Thread John M McIntosh

On Aug 3, 2007, at 7:37 PM, LWB250 wrote:



 That also doesn't factor in the cost savings in energy
 efficiency.  While I can't imagine water heater
 technology has gotten to the point of really major
 gains in efficiency over the last 10 years, with other
 appliances it is definitely a consideration.

Actually they pointed out the insulation was better on the 12 year  
ones, thus decreasing the
carbon footprint.


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Re: [MBZ] what wheels fit a W126

2007-07-30 Thread John M McIntosh
When my son was doing blacksmithing we shipped an Anvil that way.   
The little
girl at the desk said, oh let me carry the package out for you...  We  
said, I don't think
let the two of us come in back to carry it.   220lb or something...

Cheap and we certainly weren't concerned if it was packed well... .


On Jul 30, 2007, at 4:23 PM, E M wrote:

 I've head some people say you can ship such items on GreyHound  
 buses for
 much less than FedEx and others.  If you have a terminal near you,  
 may be
 worth giving them a call and getting a quote.

 Ed
 300E

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Re: [MBZ] $400,000 Sprinter

2007-07-23 Thread John M McIntosh
Mmm, my dealer had one in which my wife lusted after, it was ony $80k  
ish (used) I think it was  $120k or so to the original buyer
so I'd think $400K is a lot of gold faucets or something.

Still it looked quite nice, like a normal sprinter van until you got  
closer and saw it had another 4 feet or so of length on the back
as compared to the other sprinters I see running about.

On Jul 23, 2007, at 2:17 PM, John Robbins wrote:

 http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2007-07-22-sprinter_N.htm

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Re: [MBZ] vista

2007-07-17 Thread John M McIntosh
Ya, own is 100%
NPD reported figures for January 2007, reporting on a quarter  
billion dollars of MP3 players:
  NPD’s numbers only cover retailers that supply it with data, which  
excludes Apple, Costco, online sales, and mail order outlets.

1. Apple 72.7%
2. Sandisk 8.9%
3. Microsoft 3.2%
4. Creative Labs 2.9%
5. Samsung 2.0%



Oddly Apple sells lots of ipods at their Apple stores, plus at  
costco, and online so likely that 72.7% is higher for the few  
gazzillion ipods sold thru their channels not counted here.


On Jul 17, 2007, at 3:41 PM, Peter Frederick wrote:

 Apple doesn't own the music player business, and the EU is going to  
 force them to open up services -- at that point, there are several  
 other manufacturers that sell good ones (some of my friends already  
 have them).  Cell phones, we shall wait and see, that one I don't  
 think will work so well.

 Peter


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Re: [MBZ] IPod sales

2007-07-17 Thread John M McIntosh
You report market share numbers, then say you don't count the numbers  
from apple's stores or apple online sales, or costco. So where do the  
numbers come from then? Staples? Craig's list? obsolete product sales  
from tiger distributing?

If you don't count sold items from Apple's normal retail channels  
then is that 72.7% bigger? Likely...

On Jul 17, 2007, at 4:56 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Oddly Apple sells lots of ipods at their Apple stores, plus at  
 costco,
 and online so likely that 72.7% is higher for the few gazzillion  
 ipods sold
 thru their channels not counted here.

 What's odd about it? As of some time late last year, Apple reported  
 Ipod
 sales at 100 million units.

 I don't own one.

 RLE

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Re: [MBZ] Brake Lines

2007-07-16 Thread John M McIntosh
This isn't so much a made in china thing, it's an issue with quality  
control and expectations from
the buyer. It's not as if Sear actually had factories making this  
stuff (did they? Perhaps 100 years back?), they sent engineering  
specs (maybe not?) out
and had USA companies build the stuff, then should have had QA  
confirm it was upto the engineering specs.
Well maybe Sears tossed all their engineers so no-one is qualified to  
do that type of work, likely again too.

Now they have factories in China make it, So where is the weak link,  
are the specs if they even exist crummy to begin with, or
is there no quality checking? likely too.


mmm, yet another example. I friend of mine bought some garage/shop  
cabinetry from Sears. the sides are particle board, he now has
6 sets he is returning today. All six sets have fractures on the  
particle boards. Why? Well he thinks they stacked them oh say 1000
deep on some freighter so the weight fractured the ones at the bottom.

Oh another diesel board a trucker there was complaining that taking  
supplies to Japan car plants in Alabama was the worst because they
would reject the shipment if the plastic wrap wasn't to the  
specification. Why? Well if the supplier couldn't follow the  
instructions for wrapping
the box, why would you think they read the specs for metallurgy  
involved?

So if the spec says don't stack more than 50 deep, likely written on  
the box too, then you get them stacked 500 deep, why would you
accept that? Apparently Sears does...

On Jul 16, 2007, at 1:51 PM, E M wrote:

 I went to Sears with the hope I'd find US made stuff too.  All the  
 socket
 sets and wrenches were made in China.  I walked out with my money  
 in my
 pocket.

John
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Re: [MBZ] Brake Lines

2007-07-16 Thread John M McIntosh

On Jul 16, 2007, at 3:57 PM, E M wrote:

 Let me throw this out; I've never known a North American company to  
 set up shop in China, or to switch to suppliers from China because  
 they were trying to improve quality or offer a better product.  I'm  
 sure there is quality control in China, but the quality is  
 controlled at a made in China level.  I still think the good old US  
 has some of the highest quality standards in the world, be it a  
 wrench, auto part, garmet, or food product.  Perhpas if all these  
 stores keep selling junk long enough,  todays junk will become  
 the new accepted standard.  That would be ashame!  Then again, what  
 do I know, Walmart seems to be doing ok, so the people have spoken  
 with their wallets. :-)

 If I seem to be waving the stars and stripes at times, just to let  
 you all know, I'm not even American, but I recognise a good thing  
 when I see it! :-)

 Ed
 300E

Sadly this becomes a junk $10 wrench, versus a quality forever $50  
wrench. Well the risk is?
Sadly that becomes a junk $30 tire that blows up, versus a $80 tire  
that likely will not. Way more risk, but not for the Chinese factory  
for some reason.

As I type this on an apple mac book pro which *is* made in china and  
apparently has a degree of quality control standards since it has the  
lowest historical repair issues for computers as collected by  
Consumer Reports.


PS should get oil in there too, managed to mention CR, macs, and  
tires all in one msg.


John
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Re: [MBZ] vista

2007-07-16 Thread John M McIntosh

On Jul 16, 2007, at 8:50 PM, Peter Frederick wrote:

 Wozniak and Jobs made an epic miscalculation

Ya, but they are going to own the music player (that I think they do  
already?)
and cell phone business. You wait...
Oddly all of their solutions in this area are Microsoft free zones too.
Oddly the consumer is extremely happy about that.

I'll refrain from counting my computers, so that only leaves three  
for other family members, but there
are 3 ipods and 4 cell phone which like will likely morph into 3  
iphones at some point, and
the ipods being resold (not at worthless windows crappy computer  
prices I might add, good resell value on these).
Or maybe not, spares or dropped in cars etc.


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Re: [MBZ] Cheap tires

2007-07-15 Thread John M McIntosh

On Jul 14, 2007, at 7:52 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 On another tire note, I have informed the new car manager at Phil  
 Smart MB in
 Seattle that my new C300, due in about ninety days, had damned well  
 better
 not have Continental tires on it. I don't want Michelins, either,  
 but of the
 two.

Oddly up here in the pacific NW when the dealer hands me the keys to  
the B200 loaner
it has Continental SUMMER tires on it. I really have to wonder what's  
going to happen
when winter and some snow arrives.  Perhaps they'll smile and tell  
all the new owners
oh we've a deal on winter tires and steel rims for you...

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Re: [MBZ] reifen

2007-07-15 Thread John M McIntosh

On Jul 15, 2007, at 1:46 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 I don't know what a B200 is but MB's OE tires are all season  
 which means
 they're not so good at anything.

 RLE

We being in Canada we get stuff way before the USA, perhaps as a  
trial run to see if they should
bother with the not-invented here USA market.

http://www.theanswerisb.ca/

The fact it comes with summer tires is interesting because it does  
snow up here and as you see
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp? 
tireMake=ContinentaltireModel=ContiSportContact+2
Those won't take you up the driveway on the first bit of snow.


As mentioned earlier it had a CVT transmission hiding as a 7 speed  
tranny. You could bury the
pedel and it would go to 6,500 rpm and sit there as it climbed to 70  
mph on an onramp.


John
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Re: [MBZ] tires, again

2007-07-13 Thread John M McIntosh

On Jul 13, 2007, at 11:14 AM, LWB250 wrote:

 I think Michelins are highly overrated.  I have
 Goodyears on my car and they have outlasted every
 Michelin I've ever owned.

Although I've Michelins on the two diesel wagons, and a set of  
Yokohama Avids on the S class I did note Consumer reports  they  
really liked the Goodyear tires in mostly no snow conditions http:// 
www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=GoodyeartireModel=Assurance 
+TripleTred
But I've not tried them, perhaps my next tire set.

The S-Class usually had Michelins, the continental tire I want isn't  
offered in north america (europe only), I tried W rated Kumos but  
send the 4 back to tirerack since the guys doing the force balancing  
said they were all faulty and wouldn't balance. The last of Michelins  
I had on it when out of round, so were replaced earlier this year  
with Yokohama, undecided if ok yet, rubber certainly is way softer  
tho, reports say they are crummy in snow but the rule here is if it  
snows (rare event)) the s-class stays in the garage because the other  
clueless never driven in snow drivers might whack it no matter what  
tires it has on it.

Fortunately the W123 and W124 are less picky about tires.

John
1983 300TDt  386k Kilometers (mobil 1 Delvac)
1990's 300TDt  198k Kilometers (mobil 1 Delvac)
1993 500SEL 194k Kilometers (mobil 1 Delvac)



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