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Old 12-14-2012, 10:18 AM
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Who is this member 240D in Avondale or Goodyear AZ?

Is it a member on this forum who owns a 123 240D in Avondale or Goodyear AZ? Incredible thing happened on the way in to work this morning. I'm driving in at about 06:45, it's still dark but the unmistakable shape of a 123 flashes past me (I'm stopped at an intersection). I catch up with it and it's a 240D. The incredible thing about it is NO SMOKE! I mean not a hint. Even when he was pulling away from the lights. I weaved inandout of traffic a bit to get directly behind him and managed to do so at the last light before we climbed up an on ramp to the elevated freeway. I had my lights shining directly on the back of his car as he pulled off and floored it up the on ramp to the freeway. NO SMOKE! No a hint and that's with my headlights lighting up his rear end. I remember being afraid of driving my 240D at night because it was almost impossible to see thru the smokescreen I'd leave behind me. This car was incredible. The engine has to be perfect. I couldn't believe it but the car is out there and in operation. Whoever the owner is he is a very fortunate individual. I drove behind it on the freeway a bit and looked very carefully for some sign of smoke but nothing, nada, zip! Awesome car.

- Peter.

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Old 12-14-2012, 02:39 PM
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Insane as it sounds there are MB owners who have no idea of this forum. Ive run into 2 such people in my small town so far.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:57 PM
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Insane as it sounds there are MB owners who have no idea of this forum. Ive run into 2 such people in my small town so far.
I know. I was just hoping he might be one of us.

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Old 12-14-2012, 04:17 PM
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Don't stalk him or you might get shot. Maybe wave if you see him again and be real polite. They still hang horse thieves in AZ.
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Perhaps it's actually a gasser in drag.
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:45 PM
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Insane as it sounds there are MB owners who have no idea of this forum. Ive run into 2 such people in my small town so far.
LOL I'm not sure if some of the people driving old MBs and BMWs, that I have come across, even know what the Internet is....

Even people I work with -- and part of our job is to maintain a website -- are nonplussed by the idea of people driving old cars, and going online to get advice on how to maintain/fix them. For them the Net is a news source and shopping mall.
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:22 PM
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Perhaps it's actually a gasser in drag.
I thought of that but it wasn't going fast enough.

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Old 12-14-2012, 07:23 PM
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Even people I work with -- and part of our job is to maintain a website -- are nonplussed by the idea of people driving old cars, and going online to get advice on how to maintain/fix them. For them the Net is a news source and shopping mall.
I know what you mean. Most of my colleagues - and my wife - think I'm nuts.

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1981 240D 4spd stick. 347000 miles. Deceased Feb 14 2021
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1979 116 280S
1972 Cadillac Sedan DeVille
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:00 PM
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How can a 240d 'flash past you'?
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:12 PM
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How can a 240d 'flash past you'?
If it is on fire
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:11 PM
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I seem to remember a pretty enthusiastic member here w/ a 240D from that area of AZ...

Let's see if he shows.

FWIW, my 240D doesn't smoke either.
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:36 AM
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How can a 240d 'flash past you'?
It can if I'm sitting at an intersection and its crossing in front of me from left to right.

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1981 240D 4spd stick. 347000 miles. Deceased Feb 14 2021
2002 Kia Rio. Worst crap on four wheels
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1984 123 200
1979 116 280S
1972 Cadillac Sedan DeVille
1971 108 280S
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:06 AM
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It can if I'm sitting at an intersection and its crossing in front of me from left to right.

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