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Old 06-19-2006, 07:11 AM
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i think they are one of the handsomest benz bodies.

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Even better than that is washing one. I like little cars or big cars and usually nothing in the middle. I'm used to washing SELs, because that's what I like to drive, so when I wash my wife's 89 300CE, it takes no time at all. The outside surface is so small, yet the iside is very roomy.

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Old 06-19-2006, 10:23 AM
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I've come to think PPIs are a catch 22 - if you feel the need to have one, you shouldn't be buying the car.
Do you feel the same way about pre-nuptials? If you feel the need for one you shouldn't marry the girl (the guy)?
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Old 06-19-2006, 05:19 PM
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Do you feel the same way about pre-nuptials? If you feel the need for one you shouldn't marry the girl (the guy)?
The parallel would be not a pre-nuptial but a physical for an uninsurable future spouse in questionalble health. But the point is this - a 10 or 20 year old MB is a DIYer's car - period - because it otherwise lacks economic viability. With parts prices what they are I think it's a close economic call even for DIYers. If you can't even inspect a car yourself how are you going to take care of it over the long term? There could be exceptions to this - newer, more valuable cars, classic cars, aspiring DIYers, etc.
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Old 06-19-2006, 05:24 PM
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The parallel would be not a pre-nuptial but a physical for an uninsurable future spouse in questionalble health. But the point is this - a 10 or 20 year old MB is a DIYer's car - period - because it otherwise lacks economic viability. With parts prices what they are I think it's a close economic call even for DIYers. If you can't even inspect a car yourself how are you going to take care of it over the long term? There could be exceptions to this - newer, more valuable cars, classic cars, aspiring DIYers, etc.

I agree about the DIY part, but disagree on the economic viablility.... parts for a w124 in my mind are still dirt cheap. Not from the dealer, but from the various on line parts outlets.

Here's one example alone--- i pay 24 dollars a year in property taxes on my car. A 30k car would be costing me 6-7 dollars a year... That's money for repairs and maintainance that i don't have to pay in property taxes, let alone insurance (i don't have collison or comp) and a car payment.

I guess a transmission re-build is the only job i couldn't handle myself, but who can? The engines are virtually indestructible for the first 200-225k. Suspension rubber is fairly easy, no electronics... i guess i could go on and on.. but then again we own two and that's the reason.
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Old 06-19-2006, 08:59 PM
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Do you feel the same way about pre-nuptials? If you feel the need for one you shouldn't marry the girl (the guy)?
To be politically correct you should use the term person as opposed to girl or guy. Some folks and particularly here in California are in transition.
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Old 06-19-2006, 09:17 PM
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The parallel would be not a pre-nuptial but a physical for an uninsurable future spouse in questionalble health. But the point is this - a 10 or 20 year old MB is a DIYer's car - period - because it otherwise lacks economic viability. With parts prices what they are I think it's a close economic call even for DIYers. If you can't even inspect a car yourself how are you going to take care of it over the long term? There could be exceptions to this - newer, more valuable cars, classic cars, aspiring DIYers, etc.
I disagree. As a DIY you are a novice who is learning about cars and should have it checked by a professional. As an analogy, if you were in the old west and bought a gun from a gunslinger, would you challenge him, because you now have a gun and know something about them? As an example I was working on the A/C on my daughters 300SEL. High side was getting to 350 after charging and the aux fan wasn't comong on. I checked all electrical according to my MB ETMs. The pre resistor for the fan was burnt out. I replaced the resistor and every thing functions normally. I couldn't figure out what could burn out that hellacious wire wound resistor. Then I remembered that a couple of the MB stickers were missing from the radiator support. That was the answer according to Colombo. What caused the resistor to burn out?
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Old 06-19-2006, 10:21 PM
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To be politically correct you should use the term person as opposed to girl or guy. Some folks and particularly here in California are in transition.
OK, I don't care what anyone says, that's funny stuff right there...

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Now you sound like Larry the cable guy. Actually I must appologize for the grin. Actually I'm serious. These people are in pain and do not need ridicule.
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I agree about the DIY part, but disagree on the economic viablility.... parts for a w124 in my mind are still dirt cheap. Not from the dealer, but from the various on line parts outlets.
I actually agree that parts aren't that bad - just miffed that so many of them have gone up so much. Many dealer parts have doubled or tripled in the last 3-4 years.
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Old 06-20-2006, 01:18 AM
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Now you sound like Larry the cable guy. Actually I must appologize for the grin. Actually I'm serious. These people are in pain and do not need ridicule.
If you can't laugh at yourself (and I don't mean you, I mean the generic "yourself") ....

But OK, since it was your comment about my comment that prompted my comment (confused yet) then your retraction of the grin is OK.

We are all in transition, from one state of being to another.

I live in So. Calif. Nothing is as it seems to be, hence my signature line.
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Old 06-20-2006, 10:53 AM
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Old 06-20-2006, 09:00 PM
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get it, get it?

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get it, get it?

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ya usteda aketa atinla nea ighha choolsa ourfa earsya. illsta antca eadra oureya ignaturesa.

yi (sic) dusted(sic) latin en(sic) high school four years. Still cant read youre(sic) signature.

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Old 06-20-2006, 09:42 PM
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get it, get it?

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After 4 years of high school English I still can't speak english either....

But things are not always what they appear to be...

Did I get it???

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