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Too bad about your sons' accident but he's ok so that's good. Well it's also a good thing you're here on the west coast were CL finds like the one you saw are typical. Lots of solid good running E's to pick from for cheap, along with other models of course. Later.

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The reality was that he doesn't care much. Never washed it unless I kicked him several weekends in the row, he drove with burned stop light for 2 weeks before I pushed him to work with me on it and so on.
I feel your pain. I bought my (now) 20 year-old a brand new Jetta for his 16th b'day (there is a long family story behind a new car for 16th b'day--not something I would have done). I had presence of mind enough to buy the heavy rubber floor mats to protect the carpet. He will run it through the car wash every now and again, but I've never seen him with a bucket and a hose. He burned out a tail light at school and called to ask where he should take it to have it repaired. I explained (loudly) that Auto Zone sold bulbs for about $3, and he could get in the trunk with the manual and figure out how to change it himself. You'd have thought I asked him to overhaul the motor.

Good luck, Kajtek. A diesel 124 will be hard to break or wear out.

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It never ceases to amaze me that you can buy an almost 25 year old car that has an airbag and abs!!!
But than no cupholders and no MP3 plug.
I am waiting for the insurance to send an adjuster and give us formal notice.
The $2100 W124 looks better and better. Similar models in the area go for double the price, so I hope I will not loose this one.
Than I can always buy older Toyota. The one with mechanical gas controller
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I feel your pain. I bought my (now) 20 year-old a brand new Jetta for his 16th b'day (there is a long family story behind a new car for 16th b'day--not something I would have done). I had presence of mind enough to buy the heavy rubber floor mats to protect the carpet. He will run it through the car wash every now and again, but I've never seen him with a bucket and a hose. He burned out a tail light at school and called to ask where he should take it to have it repaired. I explained (loudly) that Auto Zone sold bulbs for about $3, and he could get in the trunk with the manual and figure out how to change it himself. You'd have thought I asked him to overhaul the motor.

Good luck, Kajtek. A diesel 124 will be hard to break or wear out.
I grew up relatively poor, but the life was good and bought a house in snobbish neighborhood. Back in 1997 we put deposit on new ML320. It was hot car at the time and not only put a stress on family budget, but we had to wait 12 months for delivery.
So few weeks after our dream car arrived my oldest -than at high school come with the story "my friend got exact one for his 16-th"
The girl who made last accident drove alone on permit requiring adult supervision. After the accident she called home and her father arrived in Lexus, while mother in Mercedes, packed her up in it and they left the scene. When the police arrived they called the girl back and were considering arrest, but they didn't.
Try to teach your kids responsibility and values in such environment.
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Parents probably have political connections. Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious charge here. But if you are DUI and in an accident I'm advised to leave the scene and retrieve the car next day when sober because that is a more serious charge.

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Why not buy him a Unimog,
Sometimes we think alike.
Tomorrow I plan to start training him on my stick shift.
Might take the toy out of the bed for the lessons.

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Driving a stick shift opens up a whole world of perfectly safe Toyotas, maybe even a bit undervalued right now.
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Tomorrow I plan to start training him on my stick shift.
Might take the toy out of the bed for the lessons.

I was being a little sarchastic but there is truth in it. I learned to drive at the age of 16 in 1968 and cars back then had no ABS/ADS/AT/ etc you actually had to drive em yourself, it stood me in good stead for my career as a Tech.

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You are just few years older Eric, than I am, but I drove cars without all the mentioned gadgets back in Poland till I emigrated to US 25 years ago.
Still can operate tips on the brake, toes on the gas pedal when I need it.
Can't expect my kids to learn that.
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You are just few years older Eric, than I am, but I drove cars without all the mentioned gadgets back in Poland till I emigrated to US 25 years ago.
Still can operate tips on the brake, toes on the gas pedal when I need it.
Can't expect my kids to learn that.
OH my, yes you can. If you learned how to do it so can they, it takes a little patience but can do.

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