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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-23-2007, 02:57 AM
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please kindly i need this (w123 )manual as afree download
thanks in advance
Doubt you'll get the entire thing downloaded, would take quite some time even on high speed. $20 at mbusa.com
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Wait, you actually thought you might be hurt and were "happy to be alive" after a crash at a whopping 25mph?
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Wait, you actually thought you might be hurt and were "happy to be alive" after a crash at a whopping 25mph?
So you revive this after a few years just to say that? If you had been in a similar crash I'm sure you'd be happy to be alive regardless.

When the accident happened, he was very young, and the accident involved a lamp post, which means all of the passive safety built into the w123 was focused on that small spot. Meaning, the damage was significant.

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Wait, you actually thought you might be hurt and were "happy to be alive" after a crash at a whopping 25mph?
Holy thread resurrection!

Have you studied physics lately? A crash into an object at 25-30mph can exert 30-40Gs upon a car's occupant. The original poster has every right to believe he would've been hurt if in another car or if not for the passive safety features. Don't believe me? Try the same accident w/o a seatbelt in a Corolla and report the results.

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I'm not sure why the age of this thread is relevant, I saw "W123 saved my life" and upon reading it was shocked to discover what had actually happened. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around this one...

In fact I have studied physics lately! I'm currently a student at WMU, actually I'm sitting in the library typing this.

And as far as being in a similar accident goes, unfortunately my best friend from high school is the most reckless driver I've even seen and I've been involved in 3 comparable accidents with him driving! One in an S10 that involved him sliding into a lamp post that hit the door on my side at about 35 in the winter, another involving a head on collision with a tree in a Focus at 45mph, and the third being him attempting to drift thru a gas station parking lot (smart guy, this one) and running head on into a pole cemented into the ground. This isn't counting the 5 or so others that involved him hitting another vehicle but for the sake of being "comparable" I'll leave them out.

This all occurred between the time he got his license at 16 and 19 years of age to give you an idea of what a jackass my buddy is. Now I don't really care to hear about how stupid I was to get back in the car with this idiot behind the wheel as I'm fully aware, thanks. Just stating that the title is a little misleading...

I thought extreme sensitivity was reserved for the Saab forum anyway.

That being said, I'm done coming off like an asshole for having to explain myself.
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It is really nice to read these stories about how people's lives were saved driving these cars. This is something that you can't say with a lot of older cars that were actually much more prone to deaths during accidents.

JBurdon,1270, it sounds like your friend needs to get his license suspended. I feel bad for his insurance company as it sounds like they have their hands full with him.
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for the thread starter:

well, you are lucky. thanks to God and to the W123

even without airbags, your case proved that safety and reliability are mercedes-benz ability.
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Wait, you actually thought you might be hurt and were "happy to be alive" after a crash at a whopping 25mph?
I had a friend who was killed in a very similar accident. He was riding passenger in his mother's 1993 Honda Civic, and they hit a telephone pole head-on at 30mph. It literally pushed the engine into him. His mother suffered a broken wrist, a broken leg, and severe whiplash.

The Mercedes in question was much older, and had much less sophisticated safety features than the Civic... I would feel lucky to survive a similar crash in a 70's Benz...

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