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Old 12-07-2012, 02:20 AM
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I didn't know him personally, and never really needed to call. However I never needed any other site but this one and pelican parts to keep my Benz's running while I owned them.

My condolences to the family and friends


-1983 VW Rabbit LS Diesel (5speed, VNT/Giles build)
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:29 AM
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I'm very saddened to hear this news. My heartfelt condolences go out to Phil's family and friends.

I've been a member of this forum for almost 12 years, and spoke to Phil quite a few times by phone and via email over the years. I can't count the number of times Phil answered all of my questions and sold me the parts that I needed.

Just reading through this thread I'm left wondering how many people Phil touched and helped... merely through this forum. All of these passionate DIY Mercedes owners... and all of us struggling to keep our labor of love running like the original engineers designed them. Without this forum, and without Phil, I can only wonder how many of us would have figured out how to diagnose and repair our own vehicles. I certainly know that most of the work I did on my own vehicle would have simply not been possible without this forum, without Phil, and without this great community that Phil created and fostered.

Thanks a million! God Bless. And while my financial contribution maybe small, my heart weighs large right now.
1989 260E (276K miles)
1995 E320 (50K miles)
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:43 AM
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RIP Phil. The MB community has suffered a tremendous loss.
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81 MB 300SD, 82 MB 300D Turbo (sold), 04 Lincoln Town Car Ultimate

Sooner or later every car falls apart, ours does it later!
-German Narrator in a MB Promotion Film about the then brand new W123.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:00 AM
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I am really sorry to hear this news about Phil, my condolences to everyone who knew him.
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2000 C230 Kompressor
1988 190e 2.3 - 225K miles, owned for 7 years. I cannot say enough good things about this car. Very well built, even at 225 it ran like new.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:22 AM
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After six days working on it, I finally managed to complete sending e-mail notices.

More than a few of you will get a copy.

It is brief, and directs everyone to this thread.

Feel free to call me with questions.

ASE Master Mechanic

Prototype R&D/testing:
Thermal & Aerodynamic System Engineering (TASE) Senior vehicle instrumentation technician.
Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH).
Heat exchanger durability.
HV-A/C Climate Control.
Vehicle build.
Fleet Durability
Technical Quality Auditor.
Automotive Technical Writer

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1984 190D
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:56 AM
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Just got to know about the news by mail now, I'm very saddened. Phil was very helpful and went out his way in helping unseen customers like me, not sure if I will ever deal with wonderful person like him. R.I.P Phil
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:51 AM
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The man was a gem, knew his craft and I sensed actaully cared about whatever the latest drama was with my beast....RIP. Will miss him.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:56 AM
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God bless Phil and his family. He has helped me out a few times in the past.
1984 300d 360,000mi(sold, I miss it!)
1984 300D
1973 450se
1995 E300
2006 E350 4matic
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:02 AM
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I will miss him.
85 300SD, 400K+, anthracite gray
97 S320, 275K black
02 E320 4matic Wagon, 175K green
88 Dodge W100, 165K, 4wd beast
none, at the moment
83 300SD white, 350K+
84 300SD silver, 275K
00 C230 Kompressor, 200K+
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:02 AM
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He was a great guy. His posts and emails always showed he was thoughtful, caring, and a cheerful person. He will be dearly missed by all.
1983 300d Blue w/ tan interior 250,000
1973 Super Beetle Electric conversion
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:44 AM
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I am heartbroken to learn of your fathers passing Jennifer. Phil was a great man. I understand from your message Phil was genuine and a great father as well.

Don't know how Phil made time to call me and clarify orders whether or not I had questions but that is just what Phil did. I knew he was very busy as he would relate some of the things he had going at Peach. Phil called me on a number of occasions to answer questions about Mercedes parts or to diagnose.

Wow he was amazing. He would make time to study the terrible Mercedes parts illustrations and help decifer the smallest details and parts in order. He was extremely personable on the phone and would pick up our conversation as if I was an old friend even though many months may have passed.

Boy will I miss Phil and his friendly voice Jennifer. Can hear his voice announcing himself after calling me.
I cannot begin to imagine the tremendous loss to you. I am very fortunate to have known him in this forum and that he shared himself like he did.

You have been very Blessed by God to have been given Phil as your daddy!
'96 C220 138,000mi, '95 E300D 239,000 mi., '87 300TD 214,000mi '88 6.2 Turbo Diesel Chevy Conversion Van 253,000 mi.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:24 PM
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This breaks my heart. Phil was the absolute best at what he did. I developed a real affection for Phil over the years for the many times he helped me with, for me, tough and important problems.
My best to the crew at Peach Parts and my deepest condolences to his family and friends.
David Sears
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:51 PM
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Phil gone?

I can't imagine this board or FastLane without Phil. He seemed to be the guy that knew how it all worked. We've got Roy, and for that I'm very thankful. I'll miss Phil. We once spoke about why anyone would want an 80s oil burner. His remark when I told him I was going to hang onto a 300SD was 'That big roof and the shape of the car give it presence. Of course if you don't replace the seat foam it'll look like an old mans face'.

He had a sense of humor and enjoyed talking to us as much as we needed a knowledgeable voice on the other end. I'll miss him.

Mike Moon
1981 300SD
290,000 miles
'83 300SD 460,000 miles (+ 3 years w/odo not working)
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:49 PM
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Just returned to the USA, saw whunter's email and am truly saddened. I found this website 17 or so years ago and I can honestly say Phil made it the only commercial website I have maintained a connection to past my first purchase. Never too busy, never heard "no" or "can't do that" from him over all those years. Phil was a special individual. My sympathies to his family and all the rest of us who will miss him. I know I will miss him, along with my two sons who have also come to depend on his friendly and helpful ways.

1986 Euro 190E 2.3-16 (291,000 miles),
1998 E300D TurboDiesel, 231,000 miles -purchased with 45,000,
1988 300E 5-speed 252,000 miles,
1983 240D 4-speed, purchased w/136,000, now with 222,000 miles.
2009 ML320CDI Bluetec, 89,000 miles

1971 220D (250,000 miles plus, sold to father-in-law),
1975 240D (245,000 miles - died of body rot),
1991 350SD (176,560 miles, weakest Benz I have owned),
1999 C230 Sport (45,400 miles),
1982 240D (321,000 miles, put to sleep)
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:18 PM
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Rest In Peice my friend

Phil was a terrific guidance for me as a new owner of a classic Mercedes-Benz
300-E Sportline. My prayers and sympathy go our to his son and his new wife.

He will be miss by many especially me. He was always patience with me and directed me to help solve my problems, I never meet Phil , but from what I read about him, I would of considered him a family member and a substitute dad. I lost my parents when they were very young. I really never got to know my father so con consider your self lucky to have had this man around you for so long.

mortality can can not be measured by how long we live , "but what we give back to other and how how we live life to its fullest". George Bernard Shaw once said and I think it fitting about Phil{ There are something in life which cannot be learned quickly, and time which is all we have , must be paid heavily for their acquiring. they are the very simplest of things and because
it take a person's live to know them the little new that a person gets from life is very costly and the only heritage they have to leave}
Rest In peace my friend.
Bob Geco

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