Date registered: Aug 2010
Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes Benz S430
Location: Murrieta, CA
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New member, old Mercedes Benz
...well, not really that old, but now out of warranty, finally!
My name is Art and I live in Southern California. I retired in 2006 and my wife and I moved to a less expensive home to reduce costs. I bought this car brand new for my wife some time back because she certainly deserved it. She loves her beauty (and me too)!
My dilemma is that we still have our 2001 Mercedes Benz S430 with custom chrome wheels and tires. Everything else was put on by the factory including that crappy GPS system which I will never pay $450 for the update.
The vehicle is "Almandine Black" (dark wine color) and still looks great except for a few dings and scratches which can only be seen up close. The interior is "Light Oyster" (very pale gray) with wood trim (I forget the trim color). It's been across the United States and back, but we drive mostly locally in Southern California. It has just under 72,000 miles on it and I hope we can get a lot more.
I will be taking over all the service and repair work myself now that it is out of warranty (as of May, 2009). I hope we can still afford to keep it because even after all these years, it still looks and runs great! But I've always been of the type to try and keep everything working as good as new. I was dumb enough to let the dealer take care of all the service (yeah, I know, ka-ching!) and repairs (because of the warranty).
I just put another set of tires on the rear (this car eats those low-profile custom tires). But this time they are new Michelin 40,000 mile tires that I hope last longer than any others I've had. The rear tires go faster than the fronts, averaging only 10,000 miles of various brands - Michelin, Bridgestone, Dunlop (twice), Hankook and now back to Michelin. The first set of Michelins lasted the best so far at about 18,000, then it was downhill ever since because since all the other brands did worse, I finally decided to go with these new Michelins with the 40,000 mile tread. They are too new to tell how they'll ride, but they aren't too bad so far. I don't think I'll get 40,000 but if I can get over 25,000 they will be the best and that's good.
Wish me luck everyone. I'll certainly be asking for lots of help!