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Old 04-29-2003, 09:10 AM
Mike Stone
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Mercedes Abuse by Owner

I paid a visit to my local M/B garage the other day to find the mechanics gathered around a C-Class Saloon having an in-depth conversation.

The C-Class was owned by a local independant Taxi driver who bought it a bit over a year ago and had since done just over 60k miles in it.

He had arranged for it to be towed the garage because it would not start. He also said it had become rather noisy in the last month of driving it.

Having checked everything they could think of they finally lifted the cylinder head because it was very tight to bar over.

You would not believe the state of the oil ways in the head. They were solid with what looked like tar.

They then had tried to drain the oil in the sump but the outlet kept blocking with again looked like lumps of tar.
With the sump pan off they had to use a scraper to remove the gunk on the sides and bottom.

The decided to phone the owner and inquired as to when he had last had a service.

The answer -never - and he added "The engine never seemed to burn any oil either"

When questioned about the "Service Required" indication he said "I was too busy to get it done"

The oil filter was so hard that it cracked when hit with a hammer.

Next time I visited I enquired as to the outcome.

It took a specialist industrial company 4 days to clean out the head in a ultrasonic bath filled with solvent. They said they had never seen anything like it.

On checking the oil pump was also replaced as a precaution.

The bores and valve gear looked OK.

They flushed the engine oil system using a variety of solvents some of which were left in for 24 Hrs. (Literally filled up the engine with the solvent)

Finally the bit moment - Hit the starter.

The engine fired up immediatly and ran without noise with no apparent problem.
After running for a couple of hours they replaced the oil again.

We all agreed the man was an "Animal" and should not be allowed to own a Mercedes.

His penalty - a bill for about $2200.00

Who say's they do not build M/B's tough any more.


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Old 04-29-2003, 10:59 PM
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I wonder if it would be cheaper to go with oil changes at 60,000 mile intervals and just invest in the engine solvent soaking system for $2,200....
Paul S.

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Old 04-29-2003, 11:54 PM
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That is a crazy story thanks for sharing it.
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Old 04-30-2003, 12:00 AM
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Do you remeber the year and engine?

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Old 04-30-2003, 02:30 AM
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A similar situation came to my attention when my '88 was at the dealer for some warranty work back in about 1990 A late model 190E 2.3 was is the service lane with several people gathered around listening to a tick in the engine. My service advisor later told my that the car had 25K miles and the owner had never changed the oil. I never did ask if they honored the warranty, but such utter neglect of required maintenance would be solid grounds to deny a claim.

Some people would be better off if they had their time prior to the 20th century.

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Old 04-30-2003, 06:43 AM
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I certainly understand your comment regarding the century, but it would not have helped such a stupid person. Had that person lived 100 years ago, they would not have fed or groomed their horse and the outcome would have the same effect.

Stupidity is stupidity at any point in history.

Have a great day,
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Old 04-30-2003, 09:14 AM
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Did you get the VIN??????

So I can put it on my "do not buy list"....
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92 Blown Buick Ultra Pimpmobile 220K and adding 1K per week

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Old 04-30-2003, 04:11 PM
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Originally posted by jaspers
Mike, how do you get your E320CDi to do 0-60 in 7.8secs?
Do you live on a very steep hill?
Our 1998 E300 did the 0-60 dash in the low 8's, and the 606 3.0L turbo engine was down on both HP and torque compared to the 3.2L in that wagon. The E300 was nearly as quick as the more powerful E320 thanks to "grunt."

Remember, those foot-pounds rival an aspro E55!
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Old 04-30-2003, 05:05 PM
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The owner should be in jail for neglect and abuse.
May be attempted murder also.
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Old 04-30-2003, 05:38 PM
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got similiar story.

my sisiter lives half the year in the states, the other half in asia. when i was living in her house, i would regularly drive her cars around, but since i moved out, i guess no one was taking care of their cars. she has a 2000 740 il. i guess she didn't do anything to the car for an entire 6 month period while she was gone. i went to visit her, took a look at the car and almost fainted. the hood squeeked open, cobwebs everywhere, dead snails everywhere, what looked like an abandoned birds nest. i pulled out the dip stick and there was this resin looking thing, reminded me of my college years cleaning my bong.

i was like wtf. sister said oh well. "lease is over in a couple months anyways". guess thats true.
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Old 04-30-2003, 08:21 PM
Mike Stone
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Jaspers Query on my 320CDI 0- 60 Time (I don't live at the top of a very steep Hill)

Jaspers queried my 0 - 60 time of 7.8 Seconds under the eroneous impression that I lived at the top of a very steep hill !!!

I have put an explanation on the Diesel Forum under -
"My E320 CDi Estate 0 - 60 time (7.8) Explained "
for anyone interested in the technical details of how I know this is an honest figure.

Read and Enjoy.


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