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No on the ML, I'm gonna stay away from POS's. A sprinter would be great, but they are a bit expensive. Right now I want something cheaper since I'm starting out, and eventually move to something better once I can. I'm not too canny on the xB, because it's a foolish little car that just seems so gimmicky.

I believe I'm going to go with an 80's volvo 240 wagon, get it painted black (and cheaply, since I can do all the prep and wet sanding myself) and use that until I can get a steller 123 or 124 wagon (or a sprinter, eurovan, etc).

If anybody wants a detail in the socal area, let me know. I'm very good with the w126's, since I detail mine far more often than it needs to be.

I believe my prices will be about $100 and up. Maybe $50 for a quick wash and wax. I'm not going to be an alternative to car washes, I'm above that. Guess I'll have to test the market before being so bold though.

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There are plenty of these people in Singapore... Well Dan it's a very tiring job do detailing.... You do get customers thou.

I think a volvo or w123 te would be cheaper.

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RE: Suggestions for a new work mobile

Hi Dan,

Merry Christmas!

Having set Volvo in your sites, and if I had any input here, I'd recommend considering the 700 or 900 series wagon over the 240, as the later generation is just a more modern car. By that I mean more comfortable, better on fuel generally, better brakes, better sound system, and the heater & A/C is exponentially better on the later versions.

The 240 was basically an updated 1973 140 series design which Volvo hung a lot of stuff onto to keep the car 'current'. (That's the shorthand version anyway.)

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I agree with "PA300SD"'s choice...

Let this be something you work towards since it's got a benz engine. In the mean time go with a cargo panel minivan...will give you more space and easy access to equipment. It's popular here among business like yours who provide mobile service for dealerships as well as others here at the capital.



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Hi!

I'd suggest an older Audi Avant.

Depending on your budget, there are several ways your could go.

These cars are well equipped, interesting, lots of space, tonnes of parts available, reliable, not too bad on fuel, safe, excellent galvinization, easy to work on and most importantly, they do not have the resale value of the older Benz's - you can get a very nice one for very little money.

-88 Audi 5000CS turbo quattro wagon
-89-91 Audi 200 turbo quattro wagon
-92-94 Audi 100CS quattro wagon
-95-97 Audi A6 2.8 quattro wagon

You'd be keeping it German, these cars are large and have guts to boot.

For you, I think the 1991 Audi 200 tq wagon is your cup of tea. It's a high performance wagon with a turbocharged 20-valve I5 217 hp engine, 0-62 in 6.6, 18 mpg city, 5-speed, awd, lots of space, interesting, wonderful interior.

Attached are various pictures of said wagons in order they appeared in the list.

Good luck!

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No on the ML, I'm gonna stay away from POS's. A sprinter would be great, but they are a bit expensive. Right now I want something cheaper since I'm starting out, and eventually move to something better once I can. I'm not too canny on the xB, because it's a foolish little car that just seems so gimmicky.

I believe I'm going to go with an 80's volvo 240 wagon, get it painted black (and cheaply, since I can do all the prep and wet sanding myself) and use that until I can get a steller 123 or 124 wagon (or a sprinter, eurovan, etc).

If anybody wants a detail in the socal area, let me know. I'm very good with the w126's, since I detail mine far more often than it needs to be.

I believe my prices will be about $100 and up. Maybe $50 for a quick wash and wax. I'm not going to be an alternative to car washes, I'm above that. Guess I'll have to test the market before being so bold though.
An ML 320 is much better than any Volvo and as far as a POS the Sprinter is a real good example of that. We got about 30 sprinters where I work this year and they are the out of service much more than any other vehicle we have.

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Get a Volvo .. I can see u driving to a job like this ..[:D] cuz your late
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w108, I'm really liking the 200 wagon. Silver would be beautiful, but they seem to be somewhat rare. The A6 looks like a good choice too. Thank you very much for that post, it was exactly what I'm looking for... something out of the ordinary.

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Hey, not a problem.

They are great, but misunderstood vehicles. A lot of people write them off because of the bogus 60 minutes report. A smart buyer can take advantage of that to get a very nice vehicle for a bargain.

200 wagons are rare, but they do pop up. My friend has one. Keep in mind that only the 1991 model with quattro had the 20-valve engine - if you find a 1989 or 1990 with quattro, it'll be a 10-valver. This was meant to be the "sporty" alternative to Audi's V8 sedan at the time. I've driven both and owned a V8 - these are true German autobahn cruisers and are quick and fast. My friend brought his '91 200 tq wagon to the track 2 years ago and surprised a lot of people heh. He has his chipped to about 280 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque. He used a Wetterauer chip.

Here's a brochure: http://members.aol.com/c1j1miller/brochure.html
http://www.audiworld.com/model/historical/91/200.shtml
http://www.edmunds.com/used/1991/audi/200/17825/prices.html

The A6 wagon is also a good bet. Everyone thinks the A6 in 1998 was the first generation A6, but they are wrong, it's the second. The A6 that was from 1995 - 1997 was on the Audi 100 platform. You get a decent but lazy V6, lots of room, lots of equiptment and a very nice interior. These wagons are not common, but they are not the most rare vehicles. You can get a beautiful one for cheap as well. Check out eBay for some of these vehicles.

A6:
http://www.audiworld.com/model/historical/97/a6.shtml
http://www.edmunds.com/used/1997/audi/a6/18100/prices.html

If you have any questions, feel free to ask...I know tonnes about these cars and have always owned an Audi. I've owned 5, 6 and 8 cylinder Audi's from the earlier ones and was a DIYer on them all.

Good luck! And notice the prices on the Edmunds true market value. Very reasonable!

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