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Old 01-04-2018, 01:02 PM
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Yup, and there’ll be a fee of O2 ingested and CO2 emitted so even WVO won’t be economical.
And, we will have to be conserving all planetary mass due to overpopulation/sprawl. So be sure to keep your restroom receipts!


In all seriousness, though. I'll drive a diesel as long as I can (until the government confiscates them via black helicopters or I lose the physical/mental ability to do so).

Honestly, I don't know what I'd do driving in city traffic or parking lots without pedestrians looking at my car like it's about to explode.
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Old 01-04-2018, 03:00 PM
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I have no plans to wrench ever again in my life but keeping the 240D is likely. It's such a curiosity at this point that it's entertaining to drive, so I'll drive it as long as the car looks good and doesn't require lots of maintenance.

This Benz honestly requires far more maintenance that my 2012 Chrysler, so this thing is not low maintenance compared to a new car but is sure is cheap to keep compared to my 1969 Chevy!
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Old 01-04-2018, 03:30 PM
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Honestly, I don't know what I'd do driving in city traffic or parking lots without pedestrians looking at my car like it's about to explode.
HAHA that made me laugh! I can so relate. I had two 602s that clacked like crazy, but ran super good. I had some lady run away from it in a Wal-Mart parking lot and tell me i should shut it off my engine is about to blow up! me and my girlfriend started laughing
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Old 01-04-2018, 05:33 PM
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Car should have gone from simple, economical diesels straight into electrics. I was just at the scrap yard and you see so much metal from todays cars. Whole cars, piles of cast metals. So much work, such a waste.
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Old 01-04-2018, 07:17 PM
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Electrics will never be viable beyond niches for the uber-wealthy. The battery technology is a joke and will only be able to continue to be cheap until the Chinese are forced to say "uncle" because of their horrific environmental degradation trying to make them. You'll see highly efficient gas engines and even hybrids take up more and more of the market share.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/business/batteries/graphite-mining-pollution-in-china/

The next stage for combustion will be hydrogen or some sort of fuel cell.

And even then, petrochemicals as a fuel and for plastic manufacturing aren't going anywhere.
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Old 01-04-2018, 08:31 PM
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:51 PM
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As long as parts remain available.

I daily drive my S430 and have for over a year. I still have the SDs but with constant heat and AC issues, they are no longer dailies. Maybe if someone starts selling a monovalve that isn't complete trash, I would be happier.
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Old 01-05-2018, 12:47 AM
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Until rust, collision, or gov't regulation take them, I think I have my perfect set of vehicles and don't plan to sell any of them. Regardless of the occasion or situation, I've got keys to an appropriate ride.
- 2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
- 1997 MB E300 Diesel
- 1966 MB 230SL

I'm learning more and more all the time about maintenance and repair on these three, so why waste that knowledge? I'll keep them as long as I can.

Side topic: Some people skoff at the electric cars. The owner of a Tesla can't fix much, but the car is relatively simple and reliable. Their scheduled maintenance is a dealer inspection every 24 months. Does your Mercedes go 2 years between inspections? Not scheduled work, mind you, just inspection!
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Old 01-05-2018, 01:11 PM
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Until rust, collision, or gov't regulation take them, I think I have my perfect set of vehicles and don't plan to sell any of them. Regardless of the occasion or situation, I've got keys to an appropriate ride.
- 2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
- 1997 MB E300 Diesel
- 1966 MB 230SL

I'm learning more and more all the time about maintenance and repair on these three, so why waste that knowledge? I'll keep them as long as I can.

Side topic: Some people skoff at the electric cars. The owner of a Tesla can't fix much, but the car is relatively simple and reliable. Their scheduled maintenance is a dealer inspection every 24 months. Does your Mercedes go 2 years between inspections? Not scheduled work, mind you, just inspection!
The W210s are notorious rust buckets on wheels. It doesn't take much for their weak points well chronicled here to get out of hand. In the Rust Belt, year around use would be a distaster, IMHO. I would strongly consider leaving the 210 fold, if driven 365 in the Rust Belt.

Electric vehicles are awesome these days. The Tesla is one bada** mofo! It won't be long until their (electric vehicles) widespread use is in the general population of car drivers.
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Old 01-05-2018, 01:16 PM
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As long as parts remain available.

I daily drive my S430 and have for over a year. I still have the SDs but with constant heat and AC issues, they are no longer dailies. Maybe if someone starts selling a monovalve that isn't complete trash, I would be happier.
The SDs of the vintage you own are terrific cars, mechanical conditions notwithstanding. You just have to keep their condition up. Ask me how I know!
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Old 01-05-2018, 01:38 PM
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Old 01-05-2018, 02:49 PM
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The W210s are notorious rust buckets on wheels. It doesn't take much for their weak points well chronicled here to get out of hand. In the Rust Belt, year around use would be a distaster, IMHO. I would strongly consider leaving the 210 fold, if driven 365 in the Rust Belt.
I know what you mean. I'm driving the Jeep, or the wife's Volvo XC60, when there's salt on the road. When the Jeep body or frame rusts, there are always replacement parts and repair techniques.
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Old 01-06-2018, 02:22 AM
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I you really just want to keep and old car from dying of rust but can't (ever) spend a bunch of money on it, just coat the affected surfaces with a good corrosion inhibitor.

Clean it well, treat it with some kind of metal prep like ospho, then paint or spray some serious gunk on there like fluid film, lps3, rustlick, or even better CRC SP-400.


I ended up buying the 5-gal of crc from Zoro (with a 20%off code & free shipped). They don't make sp400 in a 1 gallon (wtf) and the spray can version is terrible - super toxic, have to wear a respirator, doesn't last at all. The liquid version is super easy to work with a goes a long way.
I have way more than I wanted but hey, it's forever we're talking about

https://www.zoro.com/crc-corrosion-inhibitor-5-gal-03286/i/G1497246/
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Old 01-06-2018, 02:24 AM
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All this talk of rust, what’s that?
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Old 01-07-2018, 12:30 AM
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I plan to keep my 240D indefinitely. It's simple enough that I can do most repairs myself (though I really need to ensure that I have a true garage in my next life phase to be able to do that work out of the weather!). Now that I've had a transmission swap done, almost all the big-ticket items have occurred and been dealt with: engine, transmission, front end. The body, while not perfect, is not a rust bucket; it could certainly stand some attention, though. One major subsystem that will eventually need attention is the rear drive axles.

And I should say that I do truly love to drive my manual transmission 240D. It's no rocket, but it is steady and comfortable and reasonably nimble as a car. There's just something so damn satisfying about driving a well-tuned diesel Mercedes of the W123 era.

Paradoxically, I just bought a new hybrid Camry, and I'm in the process of transferring my W201 to another forum member. In the past I've counted on at least one of my diesel Mercedes to be running well at any particular moment, and usually that is true. The whole 240D transmission problem meant that the 240D went out of commission at just the time of year that I usually drive it the most - winter - because the manual transmission of the W201 is very stiff in the cold, and exacerbates a shoulder problem that I've had for years. Also, the whole way that the transmission swap was handled by my usual shop kind of turned me off, and since I don't enjoy working on the W201 I decided it was time to let it go. So I'll commute down to the farm in the Camry each week with its creature comforts, and drive the 240D to work. And now I'll have a car that my family will actually want to travel in - though the espresso drive through that I take my daughter to won't start her drink when they hear the clatter of the diesel any longer!
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