I had a rather unique experience the other day with the w210, I decided to take it to a local "reccomended" indy body shop. It actually has the word "collision" in their name so I wasn't really prepared to be sent packing simpily because I was wanting to see how much it would cost to have the 6 rust spots I have going on repaired.
The guy who was in the office was watching me through the window as I pulled in, and he was already standing up at the door as I approached. We exchanged hellos, and when he asked what he could do to help me today, I said I have 5-6 rust spots, none were larger than 3" diameter and were just surface, not holes and I was wanting an estimate of repair cost.
He promptly told me "sorry, but rust cannot he fixed; once it starts its pretty much game over"...
I wanted to say "What about all those old cars I see on TV shows that look like hunks of pure rust that they somehow turn into these awesome Foose machines?". My poor old car may be rough, but its doesn't look like it was brought up from the titanic site?
I kinda stood there like an idiot for a minute, and I finally said so there's nothing you can do to help me, and he simply said nope. I said as I went out the door that I guess I'll just take my money elsewhere. Didn't make a difference, he seemed very content that I was going on my way, and he even walked outside as I was pulling out of the lot to move a smashed chevy tahoe SUV up to their service bays staging lane. I wasn't inside the office for more than 2 minutes total I bet.
So another strike for the Rough Benz. I had some plans for the car and even decided my next car will be a 2006 E55 (no s600 right now), but the way people locally are treating me I'm not so sure another Benz is the best option for me. I'm almost certain the Indy body shop guy trembled, or rather scoffed when he saw my ~2000 model Benz roll onto their lot judging from his reaction.
-Im starting to learn through experience that this car seems to be very hated in the area I live, the foothills of the appalachain mountains in the southern US (Tennessee...) I get Ill looks from all kinds of people, old any young alike. I drove it to the store awhile back and I was only inside for about 15 min, and when I came back my hood star was flopped over and wouldn't stand up by itself anymore. I am now trying to rig the hood open switch to a tension switch that will set the siren off if somebody tried to break my new star.
It may not make a difference as I could see bystanders around here taking amusement at someone yanking a hood star off a merc ("OMG kids will be kids and it's not like a "marcedes" owner can't afford to buy another hood ornament" is the feeling you get here....). Only the police would 100% take it as vandalism. On the other hand, mess with one of the stinky bro'd out 10" smoke stacked dodge diesel pickups that "roll coal" with witnesses around and you are going to jail. They are the "Mercedes" of my area; you are doing good when you drive one of those around here.