Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help




Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Discussions > Off-Topic Discussion

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-26-2002, 06:03 PM
3 MB's and counting!
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 1,825
Very Frustrated!

Ok....I think you all know that I am 19 and go to school and have a part time job. Today I had a nervous breakdown in the car because of the gasoline payments I have to make to feed this tank I drive. The car was passed down to me from my father and was greatful for that and also greatful that it is quite reliable and took me where i needed to go. This year I have transferred to a different school and it is a little bit farther but not much from my older school (its 25km from home one way) but I cannot take these gas payments anymore, thats all I work for! I mean $55 a week for me is too much!!

I am thinking of selling this thing because today I couldnt take it anymore when I watch this gauge go closer and closer to R! Its a nice car and stuff but this is not economical and the performance it delivers is not acceptable and cannot handle "headwinds" on the highway at all....the economy is in red the whole time while my face goes red at the same time from frustration that my wallet will be empty by the end of the week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARRRGHHH!!!

I think Honda is calling my name! $20 for 400km doesnt sound to bad for me!



thanks for letting me vent!
__________________
99 C43
98 S420
99 C230K
01 C240
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-26-2002, 06:27 PM
engatwork's Avatar
busy
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Soperton, Ga. USA
Posts: 12,275
get the Honda

you will not go wrong as far as gas mileage is concerned.
__________________
Jim
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-26-2002, 08:55 PM
Glen's Avatar
...auto enthusiast
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Carlsbad, CA USA
Posts: 1,187
So you're paying roughly $220 per month on gas vs. about $80 with a Honda? And I presume you have no car payment? And possibly just liability insurance. Guess what? Your monthly car payment will probably be over $300 plus gas and insurance for that Honda.

Do the math. It's ALWAYS cheaper to keep an older car running then buying a new one...consider depreciation too. So, the question is what do you really want?
__________________
Glen Tokuhara
Beauty & the Beast and the wagon that could!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-26-2002, 09:22 PM
BlueBabyBenz's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 151
Glen has it right. The gasoline costs will pale in comparison with the car payment of the Honda.

What about the option of carpooling with other students?

Transit?

What school is it, by the way, and where in T.O. do you live?
__________________
MB 1986 190D in my past
MB 1987 300E on the street
MB 1994 'Smoke Silver' E420 in my driveway
1999 Mazda Miata in the fun stable
1964 E-Type Jaguar Coupe- Sold
1970 E-Type Jaguar Coupe- Sold
1968 Corvair Monza Conv. with Turbo Transplant- Sold
1986 Merkur Xr4ti- abandoned
various mundane American autos

If I'd known then what I know now...

Hell, I'd probably still have done it anyways.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-26-2002, 10:48 PM
S Class
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Just curious?

How many miles does your car go on a tank of gas Benzonline?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-26-2002, 11:27 PM
sflori
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Benzonline,

I did something similar to what people are advising you to do, but with reverse cars.

Several years ago I had a nice newer Honda CRX SI with car payments that were killing me on a $20,000 or so annual salary. I sold the Honda, paid it off, and bought my 240-D from my brother with an extra $500 left over to upgrade the stereo. I lost the monthly payment and the comprehenive insurance and loved the car.

I think you should sell your Benz (sorry, you'll have money later in life to get a newer one) and buy a dependable used car such as a Honda or a Toyota. I'd go with the Honda myself, having owned both in previous lives. Don't take on a car payment, you'll be worse for wear than the gas payments you're making now. If you have NO cash for a used car, you could get a personal loan for an older (over four years) car from a bank. The rates are higher, so talk it over with your parents. My first ever "real loan " from a bank was for $3000 for an '83 Celica. The three year loan gave me monthly payments of about $100 or so. Not too hard.

Good luck. Remember, advice here may be great, but your parents will give you the best. Talk to them. Who knows, maybe you can "work something out" for some extra gas cash every month.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-26-2002, 11:29 PM
Benzman500
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
AS I JUST TOLD YOU HONDAS BAD BAD BAD!
Pay the gas if you ever get in a wreck you will be glad.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-26-2002, 11:31 PM
3 MB's and counting!
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 1,825
My dad pays for insurance and I pay for gas and I think the same thing would go for the civic but I may have changed my mind again to keep it. I fill it with gas that costs me 85 cents per litre cause its premium and I do 500km which is about 80%highway during the tank consumption. Sounds good but still!
__________________
99 C43
98 S420
99 C230K
01 C240
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-27-2002, 02:11 AM
This space for sale
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 3,350
I too was/am getting ticked off with the gas payment and I have supposedly the most effecient w126. I am considering finding a w123 diesel which I hear has good gas milage, easy to maintain, and still has the Mercedes name tag But i can't consider it yet untill some place decides to finally hire me!!!!!!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-27-2002, 12:40 PM
3 MB's and counting!
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 1,825
I am stuck now and not really sure what to do but maybe I will just keep this thing and somehow manage. Its hard to let it go but frustration of not having much money is worse. I think i will just put more hours at my work. My parents help me out but I am a person where I dont like to borrow or get money from people cause then I feel like I "owe" them all the time.
__________________
99 C43
98 S420
99 C230K
01 C240
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 10-27-2002, 05:11 PM
3 MB's and counting!
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 1,825
maybe it would be cheaper if I didnt wait till the tank got to empty every week? I just came back from filling gas and I was filling it from half and it costed me $35.
__________________
99 C43
98 S420
99 C230K
01 C240
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 10-27-2002, 05:19 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 157
I have a similiar situation. I live in Toronto (GTA), and go to university in Waterloo, about 150 - 170km. So during the week I'm here in Waterloo, but I like to come home on most weekends. This costs me around $30 round trip, thats around 90 bucks if I go 3 times a month. I make around $50 - $100 a month selling computers, and this usually doesnt cover it. Sometimes my mom will pay if she really wants to see me
So far I've never been stranded here, but its just a matter of time before I have a bad month, and run out of gas $.

The most improtant thing is to buy gas on monday and tuesday, I buy 87 octane, and save 6 cents a litre (I usually buy 50 litres, so it becomes sgnificant) if I buy mon/tues vs fri/sat/sun.

Since your trips are frequent, but fairly long, a diesel would suit you great.

And if you dont mind me asking, what school do you go to?
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 10-27-2002, 05:26 PM
3 MB's and counting!
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 1,825
I live in Etobicoke which is the west side of Toronto and I go to Sheridan College in Brampton for Mechanical Engineering Design and Drafting.

You must be a genius in math if you're at U of Waterloo!
__________________
99 C43
98 S420
99 C230K
01 C240
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 10-27-2002, 05:30 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 157
Heh, I wish I was a genius in math

But sadly I'm not, so I'm here for accounting, not engineering.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 10-27-2002, 05:34 PM
Kuan's Avatar
unband
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: At the Birkebeiner
Posts: 3,811
Someone help him drop in a 0.7:1 final drive.

Kuan
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page