Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 280SE 280CE 560SEL
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RE: just bought a MB via ebay - am I mad?
I collected the car yesterday. What a bargain!
It's far from perfect - there is the usual (for this oceanic climate) minor rust bubbles here & there, but the engine is perfect with 52K miles on it, the transmission has no faults, it has a new set of tyres ($375) and the alloy wheels are undamaged, with an unused alloy spare. I'll try to post pics.
The collection was not without incident, though...
The seller lives at the top of a hill. I drove away to the nearest gas station, and as I pulled in beside a pump, clouds of smoke emerged from the left fron wheelarch. A taxi driver shouted 'your tyre's on fire!' so I jumped out, prepeared for the worst - it was a lot of smoke - but it gradually died away. I couldn't see anything burnt, so thought it might be a seized brake caliper overheating the rotor. I drove it away gingerly, stopping and starting, and it eventually freed up fine.
It was only later it occured to me that had it really caught fire, I was in a gas station, right next to the pump (and the shop door), and the consequences, could have been, err, interesting.
I'm on my way to buy a fire extinguisher now - perhaps you guys should do the same.