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03-21-2011 09:43 AM
eherlihy Welcome aboard McMikeJr...

Because you're new you missed the Austin Martin Rapide (la-te-da) popup too.... Then they figured out the kind of bilge rats that frequent this joint (us)....
03-21-2011 09:15 AM
Originally Posted by McMikeJr View Post
DOH! Open mouth, insert foot. It's been a while, can ya tell? :-)
No harm, no foul. Enjoy.
03-21-2011 09:13 AM
Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
Not so odd, this thread is going on a year old. Dates are in the upper left corner. Welcome aboard.
DOH! Open mouth, insert foot. It's been a while, can ya tell? :-)
03-21-2011 08:37 AM
Originally Posted by McMikeJr View Post
Odd, I haven't seen it. PC/Chrome.
Not so odd, this thread is going on a year old. Dates are in the upper left corner. Welcome aboard.
03-21-2011 07:34 AM
McMikeJr Odd, I haven't seen it. PC/Chrome.
05-27-2010 08:28 AM
cardiacpaul I as well had DeRigeur Nazi squad car.
a 1990 560SEL
A tub and a half, that one.
120 mph, 12 mpg.
35 mph, 12 mpg.
Sold it with over 300k miles on her. loved it. absolutely loved it.
An ex of mine said... "you look like an old jew in that car"....

"hello, now you know why we're divorced, I am an old jew, try to pay attention willya?"
05-27-2010 08:13 AM
administrator I've owned a few MB's over the years. loved ever one of them but hated the repair bills. Driving a new Jetta TDI now and averaging 44.5 MPG. Love the car.
05-26-2010 09:57 PM
bljones Many years ago I picked up an MB 300 6.3 sedan. Bigtime sleeper. Looked like your average early 70s mercedes four door sedan, but with a BIG honkin' v-8 under the hood. When it was in tune, it was very very sweet... and when it wasn't, it was just plain miserable. damn near impossible to work on unless you were factory trained and parts came in either of two flavours; unobtainable or soul-exchangeable.
05-26-2010 07:24 PM
Originally Posted by casioqv View Post
I've heard the W123 wagons are really good tow vehicles. Very low 1st gear, and self-leveling rear suspension.
I had a handful of 123 diesel sedans but never towed with them. I used to tow with my 124 gas wagon for the same reasons you mentioned. Great tow vehicle actually. European spec rates my wagon at towing something around 4200 lbs. US says "Don't tow, you'll die instantly" or something like that.

The S10 I use now isn't even rated at 4200 lbs! It does a better job at launching though. 4wd, higher tailpipe -- I don't need to use the 12' tongue extension anymore. Nice 745 by the way! I had a pair of 740s with odometers that added up to 570K miles.
05-26-2010 07:11 AM
eherlihy There sure seems to be a lot of passion over what we drive.. That could be a good idea for a new thread.

RE: My Audi A6 experience - Purchased new in January of 2000, one of the best driving cars that I ever owned. It was brought back to the dealer a number of times under 3 year warranty, and they usually provided a free loaner. Sometimes, however, they would be out of loaners, and rent me an Audi from Enterprise Car Rental.

As it got older, I wondered how a mechanic could preform a timing belt, or water pump replacement because you couldn't get to the front of the engine. I learned that the entire nose of the car had to be removed to reach the front of the engine. I paid $4K for both services, and a tune up, when the car reached 70K miles. I figured that should hold her for the next 70K miles. It didn't.

I also noticed that it seemed to go through $800 brake jobs quickly. Why did a brake job cost $800, you ask? Because the never turned rotors, they REPLACED them. That, and the dealer charged $125/hr to preform work on the car.

I went through the service receipts as I was preparing to sell the damn thing. Between 60K (when the warranty ended) and 106K when I sold it, I spent over $17K in service (not including tires) with the Audi dealer.

The straw that broke the camel's back is when the airbag light came on, and could not be reset unless you had both a new Audi Airbag Electronic Control Module (microprocessor), AND the Audi DEALER ONLY Airbag Electronic Control Module programmer. Audi will only sell this tool to authorized Audi Dealers. That should have cost me an additional $2700. However, I know a guy, that knows a guy that worked at an Audi dealer. He told me that he could take care of it for $1000 - IF I paid him in cash, which I gladly did. (I came to think of this as ransom)

Regarding the shop rate, The mechanic told me that the mechanics were paid between $20 and $40 per hour, and they were only paid when they had a car to fix. The dealer kept the rest ($85-$105 per hour). They were not paid for cleaning the shop, doing paperwork, or anything else.
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