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I'm a Portuguese citizen born in Mozambique in '72 and grew up in Portugal, Australia and Macau (about 40km from HK).
I live and work in Portugal as a welding robot operator.
I bought an '86 190 Diesel 1.8L 8v I4 (W201)and am extremely happy with the comfort and performance of a car that was made when I was 14.
The look of a Mercedes too me, a a kid always reasoned with classy and stately.
But when the 190 came out, it was like "whoaaa". How the look of the grill and star was still there, but with more aerodynamic lines... Like a smoothed out brick Like Star Wars on Wheels.
I thought to myself "This is the car Darth Vader would drive!"
During the '90s I'd stand in the rain for 20 minutes if need be because "If I'm gonna pay the same fare, I'll go home in a Mercedes, thank you very much".
A woman I dated in the 90' has a father who was (and still is to this day) a taxi driver in Figueira da Foz, Portugal. He drove an '82 300 D (W123) and I used to help him change the oil in his garage. I used to drive it 'round the block and parked back up. Until then, the easiest car I had driven and parked had been a Mini-Cooper, but that car... So much bigger but so much easier to drive than any car I had ever driven. In spite of the city street being extremely narrow (medieval Europe has it's modern quirks) and the garage door being narrow as well, I reversed parked it on my 1st attempt and felt as if I had been driving it all my life.
"I want one of these things", I thought. And 20 years later I got one (not a w123 though).
Of course I got the weakest engine version of the whole deal and am very looking forward to somehow replacing the plaid fabric on the upholstery (Mrs Vader doesn't dig on it either).
I am also looking forward to know how to properly maintain and possibly improve performance and mileage of the car without doing anything as costly as engine replacement altogether.
Now that I'm near 40, I bought a car that was made when I was 14.
As most of us feel, this is not the 21st century we had dreamed of when we were growing up, but at least I got Darth Vader's car.

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