Date registered: Dec 2002
Vehicle: 1985 300GD LWB 5 Speed
Location: Washington State, USA
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RE: I HATE MY G- PLEASE HELP!! "This too shall pass..."
Just to address the emotional side of owning an older G. I have a 1980 diesel that I have owned now for nearly six years. I am almost done with renewals and "repairs", but maintain a list of things that I need to address. The list is very short at this point, however there were a few months, perhaps a year or more, during which time I had to go out to the garage in the middle of the night and just look at her special beauty in order to appreaciate what exactly I was trying to do. My 'love' of old MB vehicles offered me the only source of direction, and the fact that I did not need to depend upon the G as my daily driver helped to reduce the urgency of it all.
That fact alone gave me the psychological room to pace the resolution of my frustration and Angst, although there were a few nights where white knuckle driving nightmares had a most disquiting and damping effect on my excitment about the vehicle. But, in time, that all went away as I found this forum and the excellent level of dedication to helping one another began to help. I will tell you that I would likely have not kept my G had it not been for the members of this forum and the support of Europa. Folks like Dave, Harald, Dutch, Brent, Mike, Thomas von Deutschland, many others; and the crew at Europa.
While a little more expensive than some other MB vehicle projects I have done, (do not count the black with grey wool interior and about one-half of a years allotment of walnut from the Black Forest - 1961 300d ("d" for diplomatic") limo (bought from the Turk Embassey in Bonn, Germany, or the 280SE Coupe project). So, things could be a lot worse when it comes to MB autos. At least parts for the Gwagen are still around.
Take comfort in the fact that this phase will get better, especially if you enlist in a philosophy of life that is a stange (perhaps) combination of Zen/Hinduism (whatever falls off must not be too important...yet..; And, an intentionally developed obsessive-compulsive preventative repair schedule - which can be developed once you get past your crises. (And try not to break that which is not yet broken.)
Most importantly, ask here before you panic or give up on anything.
Oh, one more thing, you mention the attraction to a Landrover. I have had a love affair with old LandRover vehicles...always from a distance. I am happy that I have never allowed myself to buy one. Most owners of LR will tell you the strangest of tales about failures. Many of these stories are new vehicles that would routinely not start, or suffer failures that totally disabled them. One friend always carried her hiking gear (with weapon) in the car because she has had to hike home or to relative safety on so many occasions, thanks to the many failures of her 2002 Disco. She traded it last week and bought the VW Toureag. She seems happier, but she did renew her weapons carry permit.
Good luck, and repeat the unending mantra... "This (whatever the problem is) too shall pass...".