Since Smarts have not been certified for the US and there is no US model
(even though they are sold in Canada) I would like to see a photo of an SFO
I just don't know of its history as a model line. Shops don't really see
them as most are still under warranty and dealers prolly won't be honest enough
to give the straight scoop on issues. I am not so sure I trust a few people's
nasty notes on their woes (some being self-induced as they
This is all stuff that is not unreasonable on a 20 yr old car.
Seems to me that a normal owner who gave a damn would fix these items as
they came along and not drive the car into the ground. That's what Honda
My brother's SDL should go almost 800 miles.
He has a two gallon bladder, then?
The vast majority of comments about 202 series C class cars have been
VERY favorable. I can't think of any really serious complaints and MOST
of the comments have commented that it was about the most reliable car
they had ever owned!
Since the original post talked about buying a car that may
The car doesn't have be old to develop this fault. My '85 190E started the
click-click routine when it was nearly new and it was an AC component behind
glove box. Seems like it was called a changeover valve but that may be wrong.
Just one of dozens of warranty claims.
Why not just remove
Oil at 75F is thinner than oil at -10F, but I guess you are referring to
when oil gets very thin, lets say at 220F?
210-220deg is just fine. And I'm not talking synthetic, either.
Um, owls don't do that, actually. Rather than passing what's left down
south, it just comes back up the way it came in. Usually lots of fur and
bones from its dinners. Or, at least, that's what the owls out here do,
So then, owls have no, how you say in your language ummm, asshole? Must
I went to look at the 1964 220SE coupe advertised in the paper, and it
turned out to be a Euro 280SE coupe with 4-speed manual. Took a bunch of
pictures - what do you think of it?
It's a rustbucket. If everything you CAN see is rusty, just imagine what you
cannot see. Compare the left and right
after which you'll have saved up the $20 G or so it will take for a decent
It will be closer to four times that much. You did say restoration and not
fix-up didn't you?
For cryin' out loud, Roger Penske is the owner of Detroit Diesel. Well
publicized buy a few years back.
What is the best procedure for storing a diesel?
Just change the oil before putting it away.
Will the tires develop flat spots if I leave it parked 3 months in the
garage this winter?
Probably. Ten miles of driving will normalize them.
Should I take the battery into the warm house or leave it
The Brits aways did DESIGN some of the best airframes in the world.
Excluding the Comet and the Viscount.
Example: in today's paper there is a 78 450SEL advertised which cost
AU$20,000 to restore and the seller wants AU$7,200 ono
Given the current fuel prices I doubt that he/she will get the asking price.
I seriously doubt that the cost of fuel is a factor at all. Collectors do not
buy cars to
There was a Renault Alpina
Alpine. Pronounced al-peen. Tail-heavy rear engine V-6 911 wannabe.
Just Google Renault Alpine. Alpina may be the Polish pronunciation.
I got tagged pretty hard in the rear end of my 85
300CD this AM. Car towed to the body shop will wait
for estimates. Pushed the Drivers rear quater panel
past 90 degrees up to the wheel well.trunk trashed,
rear bumper mangled, basically the whole rear corner
is gone. .
My friend JB's '99 CLK500
, Everything from the rear window forward is in
Maybe. Is the sunroof opening square or a slight parallelogram? If the body
is twisted it will show up there.
Here's my $.02 if you want it. Let your car warm up for 5 minutes or so in
the warm weather and 10 minutes in the really cold stuff. Just because the
oil pressure guage shows pressure it doesn't always mean EVERYTHING in the
engine is oiled yet. My best friends father used to do a demonstration
Guess it pays to periodically check the torque on the wheel nuts,
especially with alloy
Don't bother. It's obvious that the last knucklehead to install that wheel
left the nuts finger tight.
Alloy wheel bolts or nuts don't loosen as long as they are torqued properly
to begin with.
The 911 video is an English production from Top Gear, the magazine and the TV
show of the same name (recently seen on Discovery for a month or two).
Clarkson is very well known in England.
I thought it was a very good way to get the last bit of use out of an old
rustbucket Carrera 3.0.
OK Don wrote: Learn something new every day. I thought the newer systems
had over 100psi in the rail
You might say that. Common rail diesel fuel pressures range from 1350 BAR to
1600 BAR. Nearly 24000 psi.
My old '78 300D's injectors popped at 1750 psi and that's decades ago.
LeMans Audi R8 demo run @ Rally de Catalonia in Spain
Turn up your sound on this one.
A most powerful car. I presume it has an automatic transmission.
Derated now to 550hp. It has a six-speed sequential Ricardo gearbox. Watch
the driver's right hand.
The numbers may be found here:
You're right, from the way he is started and the lack of other cars, it
does seem like an exhibition run. Particularly since there are cars and
motorhomes parked at the side of the road along the route.
It's a hillclimb.
Well, a good eyeball examination is usually wise before spending the
money. It may be that you can patch up the existing cord,
somebody could well have yanked hard on it and cut into the insulation on a
sharpish edge of sheet metal. Cutting the cord there and splicing it back
I posted in re: repairing vs replacing a rotted out block heater power cord:
Boy oh boy, is this bum advice. The cost of that cord is inconsequential.
The cost is not huge, no. (Though it is a significant percentage of the
cost of that car.)
How much can a five foot power cord cost? Is this a
and someone called in while my tongue was on the ring piece of copper.
THAT left a mark (when I fell off the ladder and hit the floor).
BTDT. 105V AC 20hz.
Yea, Mitch, I read all that. I was just wondering what Kleb said to him to
get that you guys don't pull any punches comment.
The tone of the posts was nowhere as benign as Mitch claims. I read them all
and thought they were smartassed and uncalled for considering he is unknown to
all on this
I always thought the term lug nut dated back to when wire wheels were
held on with one big center nut, which had lugs on the side so you could
whack it with a mallet to loosen it.
Those are called knockoffs. These days center-lock wheels (that's what they
are called) are held on by a large
In a similar vein, I wonder what people with cars listed on EBay would
think if they could see what is said about their pridejoy, and about
on this list?
Yes, I wonder. It's similar in a way when ugly men in a group criticize a
passing female (what a pig, etc...) who may look
Well if I had a car that had 1 million on it and MB gave me a new car,
you can bet the new one would never make it to 1 million.
I decided to pass up this golden opportunity.
What sort of mileage will a 2.3 get? Thinking about getting one for a
work car and would like to get a 190D but they are scarce and when you
do find one they go for insane money. The 2.3's should be cheap and had
the added advantage of using it when diesel prices are high.
My '85 190Es
I have never heard of any MB with a lock up converter, unless the newer
The newer ones do. And not just on fifth gear.
,Which newer ones? In which models? Anything that might fit older cars?
Not the electronically managed five-speeds like mine. Lockup on fourth and
fifth. Doesn't seem to have done much for mileage which is about the same as my
old diesel chugger. OK, I lied. It's about
1 mpg worse. BTW, regular
,Denise McCluggage says:...
Keep in mind that the lady is getting on a bit
I figured Mercedes would come out with one of those systems eventually
-- since BMW did it, they need one too. I still think it's a terrible idea.
The magazine reviews are saying that although the BMW system was a pain,
Mercedes has gotten this one right. In any case, those buying (leasing) a
I think it would be nice of some chinese company or whatever licensed to
start making brand new 126's, 123, and even 115's
What you fail to consider that to sell these things in the US, they would
have to meet today's NHTSA safety standards. And they couldn't.
This CHP website, although not revealing weather conditions, gives a look at
weather caused incidents at times
I bet Jimmy Buffet is bummed, assuming he still owns that Albatross he
used to tool around in.
The Widgeon, Goose, Mallard and Albatross are completely different airframes
and it's the Mallard that has the problem.
The albatross was the flying boat with the side drop-down landing gear?
My dad flew in those, SR.
Actually, all four of Grumman's flying boats used that gear design.
The Gold Monkey airplane was a Goose and the Fantasy Island plane was a
Wheels are cool, brakes fine - I maintain this car religiously.
So, then, you dress like the Pope or just a Nun when changing oil and such?
According to an Atom owner I spoke to at a DE event last year here in
Seattle, the car is imported without a drivetrain which comes along later.
it's a kit car.
The driver is open to the elements and if it isn't the wind, it's the rain.
I used to go to an exhaust shop that had a big sign behind the desk that
said, If you don't ask me to remove your catalytic converter, I won't
ask you to pay the $2500 fine.
When my Porsche was new in 1984 it was having driveability problems due to
it's emission equipment. The dealer knew what
You want something that puts a smile on your face? Buy an Atom or a Colnago
C40 or a 15 year old Mercedes!
Having inspected one in the metal and talked to the driver and read the
roadtest (below), I concluded that at 35 to 46K, I would rather buy a real car.
don't know what a Colnago C40 is
Jeepers, the ePay mileage disease is spreading!!! 39MPG??
The thing can't even make 29mpg, for crying out loud. After 120K miles and
seven years in a '78 300D, I will say that the car is doggy, performance-wise,
but the coupe body is attractive. One problem is headroom. When I bought my
I prefer the back up till you feel the bump method of reversing, which is
not a problem with steel bumpers:-)..
Guys like you are the reason I can't park my cars on the street.
That's because you're too TALL - don't blame the car ;)
At 72 with a 30 inseam, I'm about average. The seats were lowered for a
And do SLKs really come with different size rims on the front and back
like the seller implies? I never heard of any Mercedes like that from
the factory. Seems uncharacteristically impractical.
You are uninformed. Almost any MB with AMG wheels has wider wheels in back.
As one example, I have a
I rented a copy from the public library about 25 years ago.
The Pope is staying at your friend's home also? Holy Genuflection!
Maybe you two can do some of that religiously done maintenance I read about
from time to time.
You've mentioned the most used verse in Nuclear Power...
Would that be RUN!!?
Not spelled nucular, despite what G. Bush thinks.
Dogleg? Hmmm. I've owned three cars with that shift pattern and have never
heard the term before. That's left and back for first (toward the driver),
That console appears to have been attacked by wolverines. Loved the radio
Not that any would open their purses far enough to buy one of these, of
course, but even so.
DETROIT SHOW: DaimlerChrysler plans big diesel boost
DaimlerChrysler plans to achieve a breakthrough in North America's
barely-existent diesel car market by launching a new range of Mercedes-Benz
So, don't beat me up too hard. I bought a '91 190E 2.6 gasser this week.
has 99k. Everything works on it.
Looking at the pictures, I notice that the nameplates on the trunk lid are
reversed which means the lid was replaced after the last accident. 190E goes on
the left side.
changed out the rear lamps on Gump so that she would have rear fogs,and
maybe get rid of the water seeping in
I replaced the inadequate stock taillight units on my '72 250 with the later
ribbed lens style but I had to space the bumper out a bit for clearance. I
wired the inner unused reflector
It's a Word file. People with Macs that do not wish to
have anything to do with Bill Gates getting any richer
or Microsoft's wretched virus-ware don't do Word. Got
PDF? RTF? HTML? Text-only?.
What's a Word file? Nothing here. Any semi-productive Mac user that sends
Some guys like to saw it off with a loop of fishing line
behind the badge. Almost impossible to bend or break the
badge that way.
Dental floss works well, also. I used it to remove them from my 190E 2.6's
lid. Of, course there is always then the danger that someone might think it was
1. Should I use Mobil 1?
Yes, if for no other reason than extended drain intervals. Don't use it to
try to break in a new engine. It is just too slippery.
Mercedes and Porsche have been using M1 0W40 as factory fill for nearly five
years with no break-in problems.
Has anyone had luck with Craigslist?
Yes. Sold a pair of snow tires on 124 wheels that I'd been trying to get rid
of for 15 years. Of course, the price had something to do with it and the
condition of sale was buyer picks up.
I asked a highway patrolman to run the vin on the car that I am buying
Did he do that? That's cause for dismissal for cops in my state.
What, checking to see if a car is reported stolen is a crime?
Checking vehicle data for a private citizen is prohibited.
The early ('68-69) 220Ds seemed to have some serious cylinder wear
Interesting you should say that. One of the senior techs at my dealer told me
recently that when the 220D's were new, he changed a lot of their engines
under warranty. I didn't ask him why at the
Most important, both of mine smoked like crazy at high atltitude as they
had no altitude compensation.
Well, don't think just because that feature is provided that it does much.
When my '78 300D was new, I drove it to Snowmass Colorado in July and at the
8000 foot elevation it was not only on
Decent except for the mismatched paint on the left quarter panel and LF
fender. And the hood star's installed backwards. The icky brown cord upholstery
doesn't do much for it.
A Diesel Rules Sebring!
Yes. Too bad the engine and the fuel it ran on are worlds away from present
My Mulrooney sticker
The former Canadian PM??
On 3/22/06, [EMAIL PROTECTED] [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
My Mulrooney sticker
That was Mulroney pronounced Mulrooney. According to CTV.
Perhaps you mericans make a habit of welding up sunroofs.
Bondo is a helluva lot cheaper than new gaskets.
So then this means that Mobil 1 (only MB approved, of course) will be
packaged in Rosenthal crystal decanters?
Closer inspection will reveal they are plastic and made in China.
(P.S. - even though I wore a 'chute in the Citabria, never was tempted
to jump out with it!).
Nor did I.
Ceteris paribus is a Latin phrase, literally translated as with other
things [being] the same, and usually rendered in English as all other
things being equal. A prediction, or a statement about causal or logical
connections between two states of affairs, is qualified by ceteris paribus
Where is Citabria and what were you doing there?
It's not a country, it's an airplane. Spelled backwards, Airbatic. A
taildragger built for aerobatics.
No, not stunts.
I recall reading the RT road test of the 220D/8. They weren't very
Well, I wonder why. Their test of the W116 280S called it like it was, also.
If you watch some of the speacial features on the discs you'll find that
Margaret Thatcher watched the show religiously as it gave her insights
into how the civil service thought and operated.
So, she dressed up as the Archbishop of Canterbury to watch the show?
Didn't they call it the most over enginered 55 Chevy on the planet,
or something to that effect? I recall reading the RT road test of the
220D/8. They weren't very
I would like to have back my '55 BelAir 2d hardtop 265 V8 (ivory blue) AND
my '72 250/8 (white/red tex). The
I went to wire the unused rear fog lights in my '82 240D/3.0 as extra
brake lights and found that there are no sockets there.
Does anyone have a couple of extra brake light sockets for a W123?
You should be able to find what you want at any german car graveyard since
the sockets are fairly
That's a great website. So, my '72 250 had an M130 engine. Who knew? And
only 130PS. And the quoted top speed of 112mph is what mine would do after a
five mile flat out run. If the14mpg was mentioned on the data sheet, I couldn't
I notice that sixty
LOUISVILLE, Ky. ? The cost of developing and adding 2007
emissions-compliant engines and filtration systems will add $4,500 to
$6,000 to Freightliner LLC's medium-duty trucks, the company's chief
executive said last week.
This seems to suggest that these manufacturers have not done one damned
No, they are $695.00
Pls verify at $695. Does that include CPR?
From AvWeb flash today:
Overheard while being vectored to the ILS 10 at KMSY the other day:
Approach: Jet 123, maintain 9,000.
Jet 123: Um, ok, we're gonna go through it.
Approach: That's ok, climb and maintain 10,000.
Jet 123: Uh, we're on our way back down to 9,000, now.
Approach: Well, 10 is
Its not the case with 201s. The gas-filled hood stay provides the
first stop and one latch at the left hinge releases it from the full
And on the 202, it's a little spring release on the left. The 203 uses a red
button on the left strut which requires a strong thumb to
A simple hosing off of the wheels about once a month is all that is
required to keep the wheels looking good.
A simple hosing off??? What's your idea of looking good', anyway? Water does
not wash off brake dust.
this is why we need to keep the engine clean and check for leaks. Or just
normal behavior for the new mercedes
MBs don't have engineered in oil leaks anymore. And you don't have to worry
about running the oil level an inch down
Temp for one 2 week period at Sondrestromfjord, Greenland
Sonderstrom. Gee, on my first European trip, we landed at Sondrestrom to
refuel on the way from Vancouver to Dusseldorf. 727-100
Thrilling approach up the dead-end fjord. Like flying down a curved hallway.
PF tells us:
Note to the uninitiated -- I have NEVER had a board or component failure on
a Mac (up to 15 years old) other than on monitor blowing and
a dead MB from repeated lightening strikes on my phone line, and in that case
I only lost the serial ports, everything else works fine!
SMART CANCELS EVERYTHING
When bosses at DaimlerChrysler's up shit creek brand Smart warned that tough
decisions were needed if the company was to make a profit, many industry
observers were unsurprised when these decisions included killing the ailing
Roadster model and last week's
That car is just about a duplicate of one that was owned by an Uncle of mine
in San Mateo from '79 to about '92 when they bought a new Camry for my Aunt.
Mileage was about 125K and it sold for $3500. Never been hit and almost
always out of the California sunlight. That's 14 years ago.
I had to
Pity he had the bad taste to install those chrome fender lip mustaches. Ruins
Now if it was a 600, well then...
What's all this dithering about the two types of lights on that W123 website?
There were two types of light assemblies. The one with the two round ones,
under glass, was for the lower end models. The other was for the 280E and
I ordered a set of lamps for my '78 300D and the
I spied a vehicle this evening that I didn't know was being made. It was a
new vehicle, but it had the front end styling of an old Toyota Land Cruiser
- you know, the type that were small and Jeep-like. I didn't feel like
turning around to pull over and look at it close up. Vintage Land Cruisers
Ok diesel heads, check this out. I just went to South Georgia this past
weekend in my newly acquired 1995 C280. Drove it 542 miles. I got 27.1
MPG and burned zero oil. Not too bad.
Precisely what my '95 C280 did. Excellent car.
When my '78 300D was only two years old, the servo sprung a big leak. Made it
the eight miles home and paid $118 for a new one which I installed myself, of
The underhood failures continued. The water pump, the radiator, the AC
condenser, the power steering pump, the aux heater pump,
I bet you were using the dreaded green antifreeze!.
I didn't know from chopped liver in those days about that stuff. I did buy
from the dealer, though, since it was maybe $7 per gallon.
1980 was pre-everything, remember.
My 201s have them starting in 1984. The units used in later models
('89+) seem much more robust.
My '85 190E had one but it was in deg Celsius, for cryin' out loud. So I
complained to the dealer that the readout fails, comes back and fails again.
Try to prove it doesn't was my reasoning.
I believe that hitting the button on mine (86 2.3-16v and 87 2.5 turbo)
them from C to F.
Button? What button? No such buttons on my '85 or '89 201s.
Limited slip was a standard option on the 6.9.
You mean it was standard equipment? Then it wasn't optional.
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