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Hi all, I'm an Aussie who's been living in Lima, Peru for almost a year. Car prices are crazy here but I wanted something strong but simple so I've purchased my 1st benz - a W124 200 Carby model. It's a great car, not what I'd own in my country (prefer a 6cyl) but practical here. How the locals buy cars is beyond me, resale is crazy and wages are low. Mine's a 1986 model, the oldest car I've ever owned but it drives well with just under 200k on the clock. I have 2 problems however; most annoying is the driver window (25A) fuse blows the moment I turn the ignition - infuriating. Any ideas? Second, the dash lights work ok but are a bit dim, I noticed this on a relative's 190E back in Oz a few years ago and also on a W123 model a friend had - is that a Merc issue? But any help on the window fuse would be super! Btw after a week of driving in Lima I can see it's a different world being on the road here, I've lived in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra, London, Manchester driven in Europe and done a few trips with my rellies from DC to New York but there's nothing like Latin driving...
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Well I got the window fixed this weekend. As they say "anything is possible in Peru." I was recommended to go to an electrician through a family member, it was an amazing experience and a bit different to the auto electricians back home. A main polluted road, crazy traffic, loads of cars parked at the elctrician on saturday evening. peruvians close their shops when there's no more business every centimo counts! Anyway this bloke knew his way around the car, sorted the electrics over about 2 hours and improvised a new switch from another benz. cost was negotiated (as everything is here) to 30 Soles - about $11 Aussie or USD. my advice in Sth America, don't be just another stupid gringo, the locals are smart but they will try to fleece you but avoid being arrogant or superior in any way and they can be really helpful. that's my experience here in all walks of life. the biggest adventure however is the driving, back home honking the horn at someone is becoming dangerous as you're not sure if the person who cuts in is loaded up on antidepressants and keeps a knife or gun in the glovebox. In Lima it's normal to honk away, no one cares much and despite the mayhem you don't see the genuine road rage we have. The one thing that's quite refreshing here is the lack of genuine anger.
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