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Discussion in 'Wheels, Wings, Mud, and Water' started by Judas Priest, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. E.Man

    E.Man Super Member

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    The aircon was cactus too which gave me a clue as to how maintained it was. Something from the 1980s with odd bits needing $$$ and no experienced mech = a "Do not Buy" here.
    Less than 100, 000 seems to be the magic number. I've read some bad news about BMWs not aging well.
    Some stuff just doesn't work in the sticks and people with 'exotics' end up having them trucked to Canberra 200km away for fixing !! (Limp home mode cos a wombat got too close !)
    The '02 'Commo' I got has just hit 300, 000 and the aircon is Chill and it's the last of the big wagons which is very useful in the country.
    Some discussion where our holdens will be coming from now. Kia or Opel ?
     
  2. Oldsansui441

    Oldsansui441 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Glad to hear you are enjoying your C200 still. l cut my teeth on these things, was an MB tech for many years. In my opinion the W202 series was a better car than the the W203 series that succeeded it.

    You said yours was a 94 model, these had the earlier injection system on them and had problems with the engine wiring harnesses becoming brittle and losing the insulation causing misfires etc, maybe something to keep in mind. Probably was a bigger problem here in Australia where the average temps are higher.

    In reference to the head gaskets, they used to leak oil from the front of head gasket area that was actually caused by the small bolts at the front losing their tension, MB revised the bolts and once fitted there were no more issues.
     
  3. Judas Priest

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    Thanks for the tips! I am aware of the problem with the wiring harness. I need to re do mine before the engine control unit gets damaged. I just keep puting (sp?) it off :(
     
  4. Oldsansui441

    Oldsansui441 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Your welcome, happy cruising in the C class :).
     
  5. blhagstrom

    blhagstrom Mad Scientist, fixer. Subscriber

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    The mid 90s was when the retards at MB decided that "some day these cars will be old and junk and should be easy on the environment", so they made the wiring harness biodegradable.
    The engine harness lives in the engine heat, so the degrading starts early.

    "The best or nothing" is their sales pitch these days.
    I guess they decide to be nothing.
    Frickin idiots.
     
  6. Oldsansui441

    Oldsansui441 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Exactly right, not sure what they were thinking, maybe the supplier cheaped out.

    Yeah their newer stuff is nice but l do miss my old 420SEL, they were great looking and cruising cars IMO.
     
  7. MarZutra

    MarZutra Super Member

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    kudos. mercedes makes great autos.
     
  8. blhagstrom

    blhagstrom Mad Scientist, fixer. Subscriber

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    THINKING!??!?!

    Dumb ass tree hugging, tofu farting, bicycle riding, snowflakes!

    Instead of THINKING, "Let's build a car that will last forever and be maintainable and repairable", they were THINKING, "Oh in a few years our latest and greatest F**K UP will be junk and we want the parts to easily return to nature".

    People will pay $60K, $70K, $80K for a pretty car that is DESIGNED TO ROT!

    I CAN NOT believe they actually got PAID for that crap!

    This planet has WAY too many idiots on it!
     
  9. Oldsansui441

    Oldsansui441 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I am hearing you, guess you have little time for some of the German engineering of years past. I will say they are a great company with excellent after sales backing compared to most other manufacturers l have dealt with, however you are paying a premium for this.
     
  10. blhagstrom

    blhagstrom Mad Scientist, fixer. Subscriber

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    I also have a 1972 350SL. The "Panzerwagon". THAT was designed and built by the MB company that WAS something. The 350SL will outlive me by a long ways.

    I owned and worked on a lot of vehicles over the years and it just frys my bacon some of the f**ked up things they do at times.
    100 years of "trying" to make motorized transportation and still can't seem to get their shit together.
    Always some dumb ass new thing. Never learn from the past.

    Toss in Gov't edicts to defy the laws of physics and its just a sorry state of BS.

    Hell, they can't even figure out to make them in pretty colors!
     
  11. WhiteSE

    WhiteSE Is Lute Gluten Free?? Subscriber

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    I love that car...If I ever found manual transmission one, I would be hard.to stop from buying it.
     
  12. Doc Zinger

    Doc Zinger Well-Known Member

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    An update, made a change of wheels, a few pics
     

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  13. Oldsansui441

    Oldsansui441 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Ah the 350SL's with D jetronic Bosch electronic injection and high comp engine. They are a very good old car. Haha, all car manufacturers do seem to have a philosophy of trying to re invent a way of doing something simple that has worked for years in it's current format.

    I like your SEC, very nice.
     
  14. Shadowdog

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    On rust and wiring degrading, the bean counters probably won then!
     

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