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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-16-2005, 01:02 AM
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RE: How to save Mercedes.

One thing that may never return is the quality of engineering. In my w126, everything makes sense. It's built in a very structured and organized fashion, so working on it is always a pleasure. No cut corners, no loose ends. Very solidly built. My 1985 Toyota Pickup with the 22r is reliable as hell too, but it is still built shoddy.

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Or we could change the subject line to "How to save the planet."

Basically the same car, but beefier glow plugs, in-line fuel heater, modified injectors, fuel pump, filters, etc. A one-tank SVO machine. And with a small bottle under the hood where you can fill in diesel purge. So I can just hit a button and clean off my injectors.

The price of diesel is now equal to that of bulk vegetable oil. Also, I believe that emissions from vegetable are not an issue. Veg oil price could drop if more farmers grew for oil. Why not subsidise that industry to make it viable? There's money to be made there.

I passed the army recruitment table set up outside the store as I bought my vegetable oil. There are some times when I just want to scream until I explode because nobody else gets it.
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Well I say more farmers make corn and whatnot that can be used for alcohol and someone make a way to make alcohol, or ethanol, viable to all gasoline engines.
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Although there is no net savings with soy diesel (you actually end up spending more…) it would be more environmentally friendly. New MB diesels is the ONLY reason I say interested in MB.
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Well I say more farmers make corn and whatnot that can be used for alcohol and someone make a way to make alcohol, or ethanol, viable to all gasoline engines.
Just to put things into prespective...

I currently run 20% B20 on my diesel truck. Problem with farmers growing corn for fuel is that the rest of the world starves. Even if all the farmers in the "World" growing corn decides to focus their crops on fuueling cars there will still be not enough to put a dent on just the total US consumption of diesel fuel.

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As far as Mercedes customer service goes:

My wife drives a C32 and we just found out that the dealership was charging her for oil changes and the dealership wasn't even changing the oil.
Yup 9 quartz of synthetic oil and filters all listed in the invoice yet her oil was dark as sludge only after 4 months and 2900 miles.

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Dabanana is so far off its not even funny. Dude, i sat in a new ML. It pissed me off. Its so sad to see a great thing die. But Mercedes-Benz, the manufacturer of cars "Engineered like no other car in the world" is dead. Dead, buried, and ****ing gone.

I have a W124, a 95 E300 diesel. It has very little in the way of modern luxuries, i'll admit. It has climate control (one zone), and heated seats, and a few other things. It has vinyl seats. Nah, it doesn't have much in the way of luxury.

What was so great about those old cars was that they felt like panzer tanks. From the way the doors opened and shut to the way the aumatic shift lever clumped through the gates, to the heft of the outrageously huge steering wheel, the cars oozed solidity. Nothing in the car felt like it was less than the very highest quality. And i mean not even one tiny bit of trim down theree behind the dashboard.

Cost cutting? Mercedes didn't know the meaning of the word. Any cost saving was acheived via sharing of parts. These were cars that were built to be taxi-cabs. No other car save rolls royce has a higher percentage of cars on the road. No other company bar none has a higher percentage of cars still giving comercial survice. They were built to last a life time. Such a cliche these days. Except they have lasted a life time. In some place in the world, there are still fintails used as taxis. In many places the New Generation sedans are still in use. Anybody who calls an old school mid-size benz a luxury car, or rates them on luxury content, is missing the point.

Glance around the cabin of a modern one. Cheap plastic here, crappy materials there, damped moving stuff where its not needed (whats wrong with a fixed grab handle?). It feels cheap. It feels light. It feels like every other car. And don't blame chrysler for this. The W202 one showed some signs of it. The W210 reeked of it. The W220 is a poster child for it. All before chrysler. The company died the day they decided that the W202 needed to cost $30k, and it didn't matter what it took to bring it down to that price point. End of discussion.
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Isn't life evolutionary? Things change, I love my brand new w203, its nicer than my MKIV Volkswagen and its a whole lot nicer than the 1969 Z28 I restored. But you really can't compare the two. Sorry the old Benz's may have been nice, but I never really liked them. I liked the prvious generation BMW's and don't like the new ones. Cars change and so do taste.

I prefer working on the new cars too. No guess work just plug in the scanner and fix whats wrong.[:)]

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