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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-20-2005, 03:29 AM Thread Starter
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Against common sense!

Hi Guys, just went for hours through the whole forum but couldn't find my special problem.

I bought 6 month ago a 190 E 230 (1984) with 2000000.00 miles on it from my good friend I know for 40 years.

It was his car for the last 5 years and he had bought it from one of his customers who couldn't pay the repair bill.

My friend has a European Car Repair Shop in Hollywood.
And that's where my stupidity started. Don't ever buy a car from a "friend" I've been told all my life.

So first of all my "best" friend lied to me when he told me that the car would make 20 miles per gallon in town and 29 on the highway. So far it never made a mile over 15 per gallon in town or on the freeway

. Next thing the windshield cracked during a rainstorm when I put the defrost/ heat on. The heat is always on. Then the drive shaft fell appart after I drove for the first 100 miles on the Freeway. Cost me $ 150 for towing it back to my "Friends" shop.

The engine always was shaking from the day I bought the car and my mechanic friend told me that this was going to get better after I would drive the car for a while since it had been standing around for a couple of month. Well, the real reason was worn out engine rubber parts that hold the engine (sorry you can see I am not so good with the terminology)

Well, fine I knew I didn't buy a new car (I am poor and retired and handycapped)

Then the gas gauge started going wildly up and down during driving times. Next the hood opener broke of and while I had the car at my friends shop for repairing all these MINOR problems some one put small little holes on my tire walls. So I needed 4 new tires.

Otherwise it's a nice driving car. When I start it in the mornings I need to let it idle for about 3 minutes otherwise it stalls or doesn't speed up when I step on the gas. I can live with that.

But for the last 3 month it has a real loud squeaking noise coming from the left rear tire area. It squeaks while I drive, it squeaks when I get out of the car or when I push it down in that area in the back. So I went to my mechanic friend he told me that it probably was squeaking because of low humidity. Duh? This is California.

Well, he fiddeled around with a can of W 40 and sprayed the area. Needless to say that didn't do the job. It still squeaks even though some times it doesn't for a few days.

Meanwhile I had 2 other mechanics crawling under the car to find the problem but no one knows the problem. The friendship with my "Best" friend is pretty much at the end and so I am at the end of my witts. Then I found this forum.
I hope some one can give me an suggestion, please.

P.S. The A/C gave up and the heat is always on especially on the left and right dash board vents. So I close them. Since we have 94 degrees outside I don't need any heat.

I hope you liked my little story. It's all my own fault I know, I should never have bought an old car like that ( I had an motorcycle accident and can't ride any more)but I thought since my friend was a mechanic I would be in good shape.
But I guess mechanics are just mechanics and mainly dishonest, even with their good friends.

Sincerely Volker from Hollywood Calfornia.

So if you ever come to Hollywood stay away from a company called "German, Italian, Motor Car Company.
I've seen my "friend" screw over most of his customers over the years, just didn't think he would do the same to me.
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RE: Against common sense!

sorry to hear this happen, but I'm aware that this happensd all the time. Buying a used car is like buying the last guys headaches.

Teh squeeking noise you are hearing is probably the brakes. The pads have a little piece on them which rub the dics when they are getting worn down. Seems to me liek it's time to change your brake pads.

Message (PM) me if ther is anything further I can help you with.
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the noise on the rear of your vehicle might caused by a support joint worn out. try to ask the mechanic to check the rear lower wishbone link to the wheel carrier. if the rubber seal is broken, this will produced a squeaking noise when the level changes since the lubricating grease is gone. One way to check this is to lift (two post lift) the vehicle up and try to move the wheels upwards, have another guy check the all the links, there shouldn't be any play from the links.

for your a/c problem, you might have a refrigerant leak on a/c system, or a water heater valve leak.
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Sorry to read about your experience,but everything is relative.If you got the car for a reasonable price,just bite the bullet and find a good specialist and spend a few bucks having the car checked and serviced.Try to find a qualified Merc mechanic who does private work.Funnily enough,i had a friend in Hollywood who did just that,but sadly he died a few years ago.Shame.

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I'll try not to be too hard on you, after all it was your friend and you seem to be taking enough lumps for yourself!

Screwing over people is a sickness that has no boundries. I watched a family member screw people for years with his unfashionable rebuild shop. He actually took a Toyota Supra that was decimated on the front end and cut the front end frame components apart in little 4 inch pieces, place a 1/2 inch bolt across them and weld them back together. He had a string of pieces and bolts all across the front end. He could have bought a new part but what the hell, it was in his blood to SCREW! I would have hated to be the person who had that POS! I took it to the alignment shop for him and they told me to leave! They said they had never seen such a mess come from him and they showed me what he did! I drove about 25mph back to his shop for fear it would fall apart before I got back! He managed to get his recycled garbage past our state inspector because he knew him! What did we do? My wife and I bought a POS from him anyway! Same here. Didn't think he would screw me but he did! The car weighed 300 lbs. more than at factory because of all the bondo in it! That car leaked from the first day I got it until I sold it to a lady who pulled out in front of me. Best damn wreck I ever had!

Lesson goes that if you see someone screw someone else, they'll do it to you. They have no honor!

I'm sorry you have the money pit. I've been there and offer my sympathy.[:(]
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Hi, I just wanted to thank all you guys for your advise and I will take it and do it. I'll be back here, I hope in the near future and report. Thanks again and save driving, until than Volker
P.S. I am so greatful for all these messages. Thanks.[:)]
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