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A member at last!!

I have been lurking around the forum for over a year now and have finally taken the plunge into buying a new to me Merc. It is a 2001 S430 with just over 96000 miles and a 100% Florida car so no salty Michigan (where I live) winters ever! My previous car was a 1991 BMW e32 750il which I sold in July 2011. I was an active member of Bimmerboard and posted many repair narratives with pictures.
As you can imagine, owning an older car especially one as complicated as a 750il one would go broke using the dealer to maintain it. So as a consequence and to make ownership possible, I bought the tools and learned to do the many tortuous repair jobs that would have cost a fortune to have done at the dealership. The work space is so tight on the V12 that you could rarely go directly at any repair. Your tools for most any job always consisted of extensions and universals and you had to attack from two directions. The write ups and picture post instructionals on Bimmerboard saved my bacon over and over again and I returned the favor by taking and posting pictures of my repairs and commenting if I had something worthwhile to add. It’s really true that a picture is worth a thousand words.
During my year +of lurking here and there, I determined that the W220 Mercedes is a much admired car with a strong and dedicated following. I am hoping for a minimum of problems but I will be willing to share my triumphs and failures with the group if I do encounter an issue.
Just a couple of questions, (don’t laugh). Do we pronounce MERC as Merse or Merk? (I’ve been puzzling that one for some time). Also, Benzworld and MBworld are the two forums that I registered on, are there any others that I should check out and become a part of? I do have the free account available at EPC-net Online That site by the way was invaluable in my car search. You just plug in the VIN # and you get the DATA card with the delivery date, options etc. Also the complete parts catalog with part numbers and pictures are there as well VIN specific. How cool is that!
My car is still in Florida as of now waiting for me but I should be down there shortly.

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