Date registered: Jul 2005
Vehicle: '83 380SL
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OK guys, time for a reality check. Cars need to be taken care to last, no matter how well built they are. Just because you see one neglected example of a model line does not mean the whole line is junk, come on.
And to say that a car with 225,000 miles is a shining example of the longevity of a line, even though it was neglected by the "last owner", is totally misleading without knowing just how long that person owned the car - not very long, I'll wager.
What longevity comes down to at the end of the day is just how much an owner is willing to invest in a car to keep it on the road. Most cars end up simply becoming too expensive to maintain after a certain point, and that's why they end up in the junkyard.
Toward this end, two points need to be made. First, the increading complexity of cars in the 90's simply means that there is more "stuff" in them to maintain, at a potentially much higher cost to the owner.
Secondly, the sad fact is that MB did abandon it's "over-engineering" philisophy to a large extent. This change was no doubt driven by the need to create lighter, more fuel efficient mechanical systems. Sheetmetal thickness was reduced, components were lightened, and so the life-expectancy of these systems was consequently also reduced.
By way of an example, my SL roadster weighs two tons. This is totally unacceptable by today's energy conservation lobby. Part of that weight, however, is for a transmission that fellow owners rate at 160,000 miles before major service. That was the "build quality" that made MB's famous.
Last edited by C230Kto380SL; 02-07-2007 at 02:10 AM.