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Old 07-24-2009, 06:18 PM
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Unemployed diesel owners?

How many are unemployed, and/or cutting back/not repairing your car?.

Which defered repair is bugging you the most?
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:28 PM
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Rear axles and swapping the entire front end from the 85 parts car to the CD
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:55 PM
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Under-employed, here. I don't have money to spend on car repairs right now, unless absolutely necessary. Time is also an issue since most of my time right now goes to taking care of my dad and grandfather, both of whom have Alzheimer's, and in the case of my Father, Cancer. My Mercedes mostly sits idle, while I use my Camry Hybrid for long trips and when I need cold A/C. That's #1 on my wish list for my Mercedes, fixing the A/C system. Since I don't know how extensive the job will be, I haven't dug into it yet.

I have a box full of parts waiting to be installed, that I have accumulated over the last 2 years. #2 on my wish list is sealing the body leaks. I have a full set of door, sunroof, trunk and window seals waiting to go on; a hood pad, shocks and a headliner panel for the sunroof.

Probably the only parts I'll be buying soon are brake pads and brake hoses. I'd forgotten about that since brakes aren't a real high priority on a 240D.
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:56 PM
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not unemployed just dont make enough. Either its a shifter bushing issue or a NSS because I have to jump the starter to start it everytime.
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:06 PM
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just recently laid off.... even contemplating the idea of selling my beloved 300sd to pay the bills... anyone interested?
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:09 PM
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unemployed yes but Im not driving my diesel but currently driving my toyota and attending toyota t ten
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:23 PM
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unemployed, but not stopping work on the diesel!
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:31 PM
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After 30 years, my ex-company closed its plants in the So. Cal. In October of 2007 – so, I was unemployed for the rest of that year; I was unemployed for the entire 2008 calendar year and a couple of months into 2009.
Fortunately, I was given a very generous severance package; in addition to 10 weeks of vacation time they owed me - all this augmented by unemployment benefits.
I was doing just fine until the petrol companies got greedy in 2008 and raised their diesel fuel prices to five bucks a gallon. That really put a dent in my budget. Had to cut back in a lot of things, including my trusted Indy mechanic – I’ve been doing all the repairs myself…thanks to you folks and this great forum.
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:27 PM
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Unemployed, keeping them maintained tho. Nothing to put off.
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:49 PM
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How many are unemployed, and/or cutting back/not repairing your car?.

Which deferred repair is bugging you the most?
Employed, but too busy to work on the SD....

Repairs that have been waiting, with parts already purchased - RF Upper control arm, Oil Cooler lines, Fuel line replacement (both send and return, rotted, patched, rotted again...have 50' spool of line...

Tomorrow - at the crack of 10AM, the SD goes in the air, and it might not come down again until Monday morning. All three of those jobs are on the docket, and with a little luck, some air tools, and the help of my brother, they WILL ALL BE DONE!!!!

I'll post an update later this weekend...
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:35 PM
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Unemployed since feb of this year. Watching the chilluns keeps me from getting under the hood too much. A friend finished work on our geo, but now I can't get him on the phone. Once it's in the driveway and reliable, work on the 240 can start:
Mad oil use w/ good compression: swap or pull head and go from there. Donor engine on stand.
R&R leaky heater core- parts on bench.
Rear body & paint work. Rear clip in garage.
Trim repair
Glove box repair
get the radio to work.
Reinstall window squirts
LF wheel bearing

Besides that, great car, fun to drive.
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:49 PM
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Tomorrow - at the crack of 10AM, the SD goes in the air, and it might not come down again until Monday morning. All three of those jobs are on the docket, and with a little luck, some air tools, and the help of my brother, they WILL ALL BE DONE!!!!

I'll post an update later this weekend...
May The Force be with you!
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:51 PM
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Unemployed, but doing more vehicular work than ever.... 300E is all set for now (though it could use new front struts/mounts...)....my diesel needs a transmission, which I am doing this coming week. Once that is complete, my dad's SD needs a timing chain, my brother's car needs an upper control arm, and possibly ball joints.....the list goes on. At least some of the stuff I get paid to do.
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:15 PM
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I have the opposite problem, and just complaining a little. Just went through a re-org, layoff, and managed to stay. Now I have 6 days a week work ( on a 5 day salary). No time to work on the car and considering getting rid of it, cause no time available in the foreseeable future. Need something that does 750 + miles a week with little upkeep. 8(

Good luck to everyone on finding new employment. Times are tough out there.
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:39 PM
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Well the bank of canada our equivelant to your federal reserve. Has announced the recession was over today in canada. Their credibility is highly suspect as the basis of this optimisim was not clarified enough.

Seeing is believing as far as I am concerned. I am just not seeing any particular resurgence in any important sector. Maybe I am missing something?

If it turns out to be just more government BS any credibility even if there is any left will be lost. The worse may yet be ahead as the real estate prices are dropping back quickly now and credit is getting even tighter.

Really how can a pile of new jobs really take place with the import of goods problem always growing? It still looks like a potential growing and continuing mess to me. I really feel badly about the amount of average people that have really suffered during this period.
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