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Old 06-22-2002, 02:14 PM
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MB Quailty - little things

I have just begun my MB adventure, a 95 W124 with 104kmi. I'm up to 107kmi in a month - a delight to drive. But when I went to put my new plates on the car, I found that the lead anchors mounted in the trunk which receive the license bolts turn freely and I can't seat the bolts. And now its another little thing to fix.

So far - turn signal combination relay, both aux fans, now the lead anchors - the kind of things that I'm not used to worring about in my Jap cars. (Car has good records and past care) Is this my destiny?

Still smiling
95 W124 107kmi, and going for 250k!
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Old 06-22-2002, 02:50 PM
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I don't wanna spoil your fun,I hope the previous owner already replaced the wiring harness...
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Old 06-22-2002, 08:27 PM
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Welcome to the MB experience!

There are a lot of posts here about the difference in quality between MBs and other makes, and opinions go both ways but seem predominately to come down in favor of MB, all things considered.

Your car, like mine, is in its adolescence, just over 100k miles. There are things that go lame on you at this time of life, sort of like growing pains in humans. Engine mounts, water pumps, sway bar bushings, and the list goes on, but the W124 cars have great "bones" and the basic engine and transmission will give you lots of happy miles if it was well maintained before you got it (and you will certainly do a great job of maintaining it, since you are taking the time and trouble to come to this site to learn more about 'em).

The other thing that I've noticed with mine is that repairs seem to come in groups. You'll go 15-20k miles without a hitch then 3 things will go lame, and you'll wonder "What next?" but if you tough it out, usually things will smooth out again for a good long while.
'93 400E
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Old 06-24-2002, 01:05 AM
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It can be a bummer to start spending now and replacing lots of stuff. But once its done, you'd find a real fine car to own for a long long time (without much fuss and other $$$ replacement).
... Kerry

126 tailed by a 203, 129 leading the pack.
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