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Old 06-18-2015, 09:29 AM
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Yeah, getting the AC to work again on the Cressida may be an easier task than the Benz, though the one on the Benz worked more recently than the other one, so who knows.

Yes, Greg, I need to show some love to the TD, now that I have more time to devote to it. The PO got a lot of the mechanicals addressed shortly before I acquired it, but I need to apply some good PM work to keep it running well. I've looked at the hitch solution and figure I could still manage that kind of under-the-car wrenching.

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The suspension on my Dodge was actually not too bad on the drive, I had new Gabriel shocks put on when I got it, and the 1500 pound camper on the back sure softened up that stiff 1ton suspension. I did get a good price for it, sold it with the camper so I wouldn't be stuck with it, and the out-of-town young couple who bought it intend on driving out west with it so it would be a perfect rig for them. I wish I'd had a rig like that when I was THEIR age.

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Old 06-23-2015, 01:46 PM
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That is a nice trailer hitch option, much better then what is offered for the sedans which bolt through the bumper (useless!).
I need to bring the 240 around for you to see sometime...I had it out last week for a bit, toured around and returned 42mpg (6.7L/100km) 430 miles on 45L. Very happy with that. It is just an occasional driver now, Mom has a Golf wagon TDI now as the main car.
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Old 06-28-2015, 09:35 AM
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That is a nice trailer hitch option, much better then what is offered for the sedans which bolt through the bumper (useless!).
I need to bring the 240 around for you to see sometime...I had it out last week for a bit, toured around and returned 42mpg (6.7L/100km) 430 miles on 45L. Very happy with that. It is just an occasional driver now, Mom has a Golf wagon TDI now as the main car.
Glad the 240D is still chugging along and working so well. That car still has a long life ahead of it, especially as an occasional driver. I enjoy driving the 300TD and it's obviously great to haul all kinds of stuff with it, but the Cressida is much easier to scoot around town in.
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Old 06-28-2015, 04:50 PM
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The best car I've ever owned was a Cressida. Handled great, great torque, upholstery was as tough as MB tex. Paint held it's shine forever. Suscumbed to wife and children pressure to replace it when it passed 200K miles. Still drove as well as the day I got it. I'd be surprised if you didn't get a lot more service out of that car. Hitch it up as I'd bet it would pull the trailer better than the MB.
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Old 06-28-2015, 11:05 PM
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I bought that Cressida about 4 years ago as a winter beater, because the alternative would have seen me drive my rust-free W123 during the winter (my other winter beater had suddenly given up the ghost). It has about 130,000 miles and drives very well. Hardly any rust on it and I'm in the rust belt. AC doesn't work but everything else does. I keep telling myself I'll need to buy another car once the Cressida gives up the ghost, but it just keeps going. The car owes me nothing and even though I have the money to buy something much newer and worth much more money, I keep telling myself "why?".
I should look into whether one can still get a hitch installed on it, as you suggest.
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Old 06-29-2015, 08:18 AM
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Sounds like you have everything you need. I'm in the same boat with a W123 and a Ninja 650. However, the urge for something new or different is understandable. In the last few weeks I've looked at a 126 diesel, a 210 diesel, a couple of Miatas, an older BMW 3-Series, and a ZX-6R. I'll probably change bikes in the next year or so, but I think I'll keep the 123 for a while longer.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:19 AM
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Yeah, I've never been someone who is satisfied with driving the same car(s) for many years. My GF buys a new car every 10-12 years. In that time span, I probably go through 3-4 used cars. Who knows who is ahead of the game (financially or otherwise) at the end of the day, but driving the same car for 10-12 years wouldn't work for me, plus I'm too cheap to buy a new car. I prefer to buy what used to be very nice and pricey cars, when they are almost fully depreciated, and try to keep them running as long as I can or desire. I'm approaching 60, so maybe at some point I'll just bite the bullet and get a new car and simplify my driving-wrenching. But what car to get?? I'm one of those guys who is stuck in thinking that "older cars were made better or more reliable", and new cars scare me with the complexity and black-box nature... In the meantime, I enjoy driving and keeping my old fine cars on the road...
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:36 AM
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I hear you. For years I drove Volvos and changed every 18 months to 3 years. This actually worked well as at the time they were insanely popular (and expensive used) around here. So I would buy out of town cheap, add some custom stuff and sell them on for around what I paid when I got bored.

With Mercedes the tipping point for boredom comes much later. With the w116 it was about 6-7 years. With my current w123 a new set of bigger wheels should take me to the 5-6 year mark.

By comparison, I have had various American-make cars as rentals over the years and never made it to a week without getting fed up with them.

One exception: Dodge Caliber I had for three weeks (insurance claim). Loved it except for the EVT, which made noises like a router boring through hardwood right at my feet.

Weird, eh? They have an awful rep as lousy cars, but I loved it apart from the tranny.
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I hear you. For years I drove Volvos and changed every 18 months to 3 years. This actually worked well as at the time they were insanely popular (and expensive used) around here. So I would buy out of town cheap, add some custom stuff and sell them on for around what I paid when I got bored.
I used to buy end-of-life junkers and get about a year out of them before they died. Then I slowed down a little with slightly newer cars and keeping them going. I'm 37 and I've had nine cars and two bikes. I didn't start riding until I was 33.

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With Mercedes the tipping point for boredom comes much later. With the w116 it was about 6-7 years. With my current w123 a new set of bigger wheels should take me to the 5-6 year mark.
With my 300D that I've had since '05, it was a tranny swap in '10, then a paint job a few years ago, then a brake upgrade at the beginning of this year, and finally opening up the exhaust after I did the brakes.

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By comparison, I have had various American-make cars as rentals over the years and never made it to a week without getting fed up with them.

One exception: Dodge Caliber I had for three weeks (insurance claim). Loved it except for the EVT, which made noises like a router boring through hardwood right at my feet.

Weird, eh? They have an awful rep as lousy cars, but I loved it apart from the tranny.
Interesting. Most rental cars I hate instantly. The most recent was a Nissan Altima that I might not have hated had the transmission possessed a manual mode or managed to downshift in something resembling a timely manner. The Prius I tried was so bad it was almost endearing and could have been fun with its grip-free tires if it came with a TC OFF button. The Caliber was a total POS. I can think of nothing good to say about it. Same goes for the Malibu. OTOH, I got a Kia Forte that I kind of liked along with a G6 right before they quit making Pontiacs.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:01 PM
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I drove a 240D auto for many years (clacker's family have it now), and loved owning that car and driving it in the summer, while many winter beaters and specialty cars came and went. I replaced the 240D with my first 300D (a wagon with turbo) and am still feeling a bit of a thrill when the turbo kicks in, so will likely be a while before I'm bored with it, plus it's so darn practical. I like driving the Cressy because it's also a RWD car, and I think that's one think I like about my 2 cars, the feel of driving RWD. Kias, Hyundais, Dodges, Malibus come and go, but these well designed and well built old cars keep serving faithfully, as long as we keep the rust from eating them up...

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