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Old 12-18-2005, 10:32 AM
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what are we gonna do when these cars wear out?

Folks, I've been pondering something...I keep reading posts about the electronics on newer M-B's that never work, and how difficult they are to work on. I get the sick feeling that the cars we have now, 123's, 124's and 126's are the last generation that we as individuals will be able to do DIY repairs on. What then? The new Daimler-Chrysler cars are not engineered the same, and I doubt they will run hundreds of thousands of miles... Do you really want to be the guy with a 10-year-old car that needs a $250 zenon headlamp bulb or $1250 headlamp ass'y? I'm not even 40 yet, and am trying to get to a point where I own all my cars outright. Where am I going to be in 10-20-30 years automotively? When a 220 is 20 years old, will it even run?
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Old 12-18-2005, 10:46 AM
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I'm a lot older than you so I'll give you the wisdom of years, rather specific knowledge of cars.

In the long run, on average. We're screwed.

Hope that helps in your automotive conjecture.
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Old 12-18-2005, 10:49 AM
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im going to try my best and keep my w123 on the road forever.. and when i have a nice house with a big garage im going to hoard as many as i can maybe a w124 or two
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Old 12-18-2005, 10:55 AM
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gee thanks Bots...your optimism overwhelms me.
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You either make payments on a new car with warranty, or you pay for repairs on an older vehicle. And in many cases you end up doing both. They figured it out so you won't get any more freebies. Its just capitalism at work. DIYers are a dieing breed. Many highschools abandoned auto shop class, so theres not much hope for the upcoming generation either.
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I blame the parents for bring up pansies, and lawyers itching to sue if some jackass drops a car on himself because of his dumbass...

But hey, the prices of DIY cars will go down then, if nobody can fix them, right?

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Old 12-18-2005, 12:56 PM
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I wonder if people were saying the same thing a while back when mechanical and then electronic fuel injection and air conditioning and power windows came out?
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What is the simplest, most solid car being built these days? Nothing stands out, except maybe a crew cab pickup.
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Old 12-18-2005, 04:31 PM
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I think that would be Toyota, except for the Prius.
Hence, their reliability?

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I'll still have my Harley................
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I'll still have my Harley................
How much oil does it leak for ya?

I'm more of the honda ACE person...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v644/NathanEbert/shadow04.jpg

Anyways new cars scare me... My moms 04 grand prix is making a whining noise. Engine variabal, most pronounced durning turns... but it sounds like its comming from the alt. Could also be from the P/S pump. The noise went away after I changed the oil, but came back after a test drive WOT sprint after it warmed up (0-35 mph)

But its cold as ______ here (-13 with wind chill). and it doesnt (didnt) have issues untill it got cold

I just dont know about new cars, or old cars... Mabey I should take the bus

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Old 12-18-2005, 09:45 PM
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How much oil does it leak for ya?

I'm more of the honda ACE person...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v644/NathanEbert/shadow04.jpg

Anyways new cars scare me... My moms 04 grand prix is making a whining noise. Engine variabal, most pronounced durning turns... but it sounds like its comming from the alt. Could also be from the P/S pump. The noise went away after I changed the oil, but came back after a test drive WOT sprint after it warmed up (0-35 mph)

But its cold as ______ here (-13 with wind chill). and it doesnt (didnt) have issues untill it got cold

I just dont know about new cars, or old cars... Mabey I should take the bus

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Doesn't leak a drop. Actually what most people consider a leak on the older ones was actually a built in chain oiler....and what drippled is what was spashed inside the cover that runs down later....

Mine is plugged.....I oil it myself..
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Old 12-18-2005, 10:33 PM
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DIY newer cars?

We will all learn to use the scanners. Often.
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Exactly, DIY may still exist but you will be needing the scanner to tell you which part to replace.

Its actually probably easier to fix!
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BHD, We could argue shaft vs chain

U got a windshield? ridding pilon with it off I got smoked with a june bug (right in the visor)... It went back on after that


Its looking like we got a bad belt tentioner... $125ish
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