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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-28-2011, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, everyone, for the great replies. The pontiac van has now become my worst nightmare! Moving ahead with with the 240D as a family car. Now, to deal with some rust....
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Hi, while it's true that the van in the video is not a safe choice, I would like to clear up the misconception here that a car that stays solid in an accident is necessarily the safer car. Crumple zones and all the little bits that break off your car in an accident are dissipating energy that would otherwise be transferred to the occupants. In a W123, there are fewer things to absorb the impact so while the car appears in better shape, the driver and passengers would likely suffer more injuries than a comparative crash in a more modern E-class for example.
Sure when we compare different vehicle types by different manufacturers its easy to say we would pick the Benz, but given the choice between an older MB and it's newest cousin, I'll guarantee that the newer car will protect you best. Let's also not forget that the best way to survive an accident is to avoid having one in the first place. Not always possible but modern upgrades to brakes, handling and so forth in a modern MB might be the difference between you telling your wife "whew, I had a close call on the freeway today" and "sorry honey, I totaled the Benz!"
None of this is to say you shouldn't put kids in your 240D, just clearing up some misinformation. Be safe.


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Fix the rust and enjoy the 240D. I've owned 5 wagons and a 240D. All served me well and will do the same for you. Good and safe driving!
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