Coming home from work a few months ago some girl in Mommy and Daddy's SUV made a left on a green light with no arrow, the kind of intersection where you have to yield to oncoming traffic. She didn't and drove diagonally into the front of my 190E. Her larger, higher and likely heavier SUV spun 270 degrees as it appeared to bounce off the front of my car and clear up onto the curb of the intersection. Amazingly she managed to grip her cute teal sleeved cell phone throughout all this
and the traffic cop ticketed her for her ace driving. My car was towed to a body shop where her slacker insurance company took 2 1/2 weeks to send someone to even look over the car to put their 2 cents in about fixing it. They also BS'ed me into picking up a rental car on the premise that they would pick up the tap lickety split. After being stuck driving the crappiest of cars from a failed automaker (2008 Pontiac G6 GT) for a couple weeks they finally got off their @sses and sent a assessor to look at my car where the body shop guy noted the frame damage and their man noted the $7000 worth of repair work and this I performed the last rites for my car and emptied out the trunk and snagged all the floormats.
Around this time the loaner car was really earning its stripes as the lamest car I have ever had to drive when the bald tires it came on slid me into a raised turn lane curb despite making an uber-slow right turn in the rain. With this the rental car place swapped me back for a 2010 Ford Focus SES, which looked and handled astonishingly well for being a Ford. The Focus showed off its Euro pedigree as the layouts of many of the controls were in the same places and forms Mercedes uses. After a few more weeks of driving this car my damage settlement came through and State Farm shafted me again by issuing me a sum about $1000 under what it would take to find a similar 190E like Blackie, so I got creative and bought an '81 Cadillac Deville sedan with but 70,400 miles on it as an interim car to tide me over until the second half of my claim was resolved. Fast forward to two days ago where I got a proper amount of money to cover expenses and I purchased another handsome black 1992 2.6
While it was unfathomably sad to lose my favorite vehicle and the most durable car I have ever owned (I briefly owned a '78 Caprice for a bit when I was 20, don't ask
) my fondness for the car shot through the roof when at the end of the day my Benz paid the ultimate price and kept me safe.