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Old 12-17-2005, 04:10 PM
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"Inexpensive wheels

Here are the most affordable 2006 models sold in the United States:

Model Sticker price
Chevrolet Aveo $9,455
Kia Rio $10,570
Scion xA $12,730
Saturn Ion $12,925
Nissan Sentra $13,100
Suzuki Reno $13,199
Ford Focus $13,450
Hyundai Elantra $13,675
Suzuki Forenza $13,699
Mazda3 $13,710
Toyota Tacoma $13,780
Chevrolet Cobalt $13,900
Suzuki Aerio $13,999

Source: www.edmunds.com

KOFI MYLER/Detroit Free Press"


This is a price list of all the 2006 low priced cars, that was in reference to the $10000. NEW CHINESE CARS, that will make their Debut at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show, in January. This was taken from an article in today's, 12-17-2005, Detroit Free Press.

Veloce, your restoration costs will seem excessive compared to the new wave of cars from China, and elsewhere.

I think you have done well! You have a new 1984 MB 300 Turbodiesel that is beautiful and re-newed for that $10000. You have a perpetual car that you can greasel and run on wvo or who knows what in the future.
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Old 12-17-2005, 04:21 PM
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aveo sucks we have one
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Old 12-17-2005, 04:26 PM
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Here are the most affordable 2006 models...
Funny, I made a similar comparison back in September. I was all set to spend the last Thursday and Friday of the month finding out just how cheap I could get an '05 Aveo. I was hoping for $6700-7000 plus tax.
That Tuesday a 190DT was wrecked by a teenager. I thought about it for a bit, and decided I'd much rather have a 201 turbo with 200k on it than a new Aveo. I picked up the car that weekend and started looking for a straight chassis and 5 speed. Ended up buying a 2.3-16 with ACC, CC, and SLS issues. Total cost with everything fixed should be around $4-5k, and I will have lots of parts and a good 16v engine to sell to recoup my costs.
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Old 12-17-2005, 04:39 PM
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We think alike!

Before I had the car refreshed, I thought long and hard. There was a point when I felt as though I may as well buy a different car. I had for a moment forgotten just how much I love my 300DT- All I was seeing for that short period of time was a 20 year old car with 2 dented doors, faded wheels with an odometer approaching 200K miles. The rest of the car looked as it does in the picture, but I was jaded. I looked at various other cars from BMW 2002ti's to Volvo S70 R's, and everything in between. Few of those car had a fully documented and detailed history as my w123 either. After that I realized that there is no other car besides my 300D that feels "right". I know the car inside and out, and its eaxctly what I want. SO I went ahead and invested the money into my 300D turbo and havent looked back.
She'll be with me for a long long time.
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Old 12-17-2005, 08:22 PM
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Man if you love that car then $7600 is money well spent. Yeah, you can save money hunting around, but you really get what you pay for. It looks great! Keep it running safe and running well. Keep the neighbor away from it, too.

The only time that the money spent on a car you love isn't worth it is if it has significant rust. A lot of people out there wouldn't dream of spending those cosmetic dallars on a w123, but a lot of those people probably have a w123 that is hiding rust or not worth the efforts and they know it. Rust = worth nothing to me. But I have driven many a rusty car around from A to B, and been thankful for them.

Let us know when you want to sell it!
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Old 12-17-2005, 08:35 PM
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Thanks!

Luckily my 300DT has been in CA all its life, garaged from day one to the present. The CA climate has preserved the car exceptionally well. The car has zero structural rust, and suffers from only a tiny amt of surface rust on the rear muffler....

The girl whom backed into me was in a rush to get to class one early morning and pulled out in reverse not looking behind her as I passed by (we have a shared driveway). I have since moved, so I dont have to be worried about her anymore, just the other 85% of crack head drivers on the road. LOL I now live within blocks from work and shopping so I drive the car less frequently than I ever have in the past. Good thing I guess, just gotta keep up on maintenance to keep things from rotting out.. try to drive it to keep it lubricated and run her on the freeway when I do use it... loves going 85MPH +!

Pagoda, you should check out the link to the body shop that did my work, they are all about the older SL Mercedes-Benz... lots of neat SL reading, they also sell SL collectables- literature, parts etc., not to mention beautiful SL's on premises & consignment. www.oursl.com

Happy Motoring!
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I know about the place and the site and people. Enjoy.
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That thing is sweeeet!
Congrats.

Pretty steep price tag.
That sucks about the neighbor girl.
I hope you got some insurance out of it?
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Old 12-17-2005, 09:07 PM
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Thanks RA!, yeah luckily I got some insurance money for the job, not much though! Ins. companies arent W123 friendly!
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Old 12-17-2005, 09:45 PM
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Thanks RA!, yeah luckily I got some insurance money for the job, not much though! Ins. companies arent W123 friendly!
I have three words for you:
Stated Value Policy

Or better yet:
Full Replacement Coverage (they buy you a 320 CDI? It might not be available on older cars)
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Yummy!
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Ara T.- Funny, now that the wheels are nice I find myself cleaning them at least once a day when I use the car for the day...
Have you tried Kleen Wheels? It's a disc behind your wheel that keeps the brake dust on the back side of them.
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Old 01-02-2006, 12:17 PM
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Have you tried Kleen Wheels? It's a disc behind your wheel that keeps the brake dust on the back side of them.
I have Kleen Wheels on the 240D (from the PO) and they do seem to keep the alloys cleaner. I found that the best solution (on the 300D) was to have the wheels powder coated then clear coated. The nice smooth finish is much easier to clean.
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NICE!

I've been threatening to have the 300SD smoothed out and painted for at least a couple of years, but a lot of other things distracted my attention (and my money) from it....

However, your car is re-inspiring me.

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Old 01-02-2006, 10:43 PM
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Looks great! Just finished the front end work on RagDoll and had her aligned. Paint shop soon, but I'm considering getting the A/C worked on before cosmetics. While its still cool out.....hmmmm
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