For You Mercedes Guys

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Some friends of ours have a friend who let them borrow this for the weekend.

This was about 7 months ago. I’m just now getting around to posting the photos.

Honestly can’t remember what year the car is; all I remember is that it’s 1960s era.

Engine is not original.

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That's when MB were built to last, then one did buy indeed a long lasting and reliable motor car, today MB is only a symbol of ...look how much I can afford.:cool:
 

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That's when MB were built to last, then one did buy indeed a long lasting and reliable motor car, today MB is only a symbol of ...look how much I can afford.:cool:
Oh, I dunno about that!

Sure, some people want the status.

However, there are some Mercedes models that offer a combination of features that aren’t available with other brands. And there are enthusiasts who certainly buy those models.
 
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Doesn't Mercedes have the ability to make parts for old models as they still have all the molds, stamps/dies...?
I've also heard that. Both Mercedes and BMW apparently make it a point to offer parts for old models.

I suspect these older models would be easier to keep in the very long term (for 30 or 40 years) than new cars with all their semi-reliable electronic features.
 
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I've also heard that. Both Mercedes and BMW apparently make it a point to offer parts for old models.

I suspect these older models would be easier to keep in the very long term (for 30 or 40 years) than new cars with all their semi-reliable electronic features.
They have a classic parts center.


I'm not sure sure I'd want to drive my 14 year old E-350 for another 16-26 years. I mean everything pretty much still works, but doesn't have the newer stuff like Android auto, collision prevention, autonomous cruise control etc. I may only keep it a couple more years while the prices return back to normal.
 
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They have a classic parts center.


I'm not sure sure I'd want to drive my 14 year old E-350 for another 16-26 years. I mean everything pretty much still works, but doesn't have the newer stuff like Android auto, collision prevention, autonomous cruise control etc. I may only keep it a couple more years while the prices return back to normal.
My Tesla has a lot of collision prevention, lane keeping, autonomous cruise control, etc. features. That's the very stuff I worry about in the long run. If it ever stops working properly it will be a real bear to track down the problem.

ABS, traction control and stability control are bad enough.
 
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Doesn't Mercedes have the ability to make parts for old models as they still have all the molds, stamps/dies...?
and in some cases they can 3d Print them.
There was a Wheeler Dealers episode that featured their Cali. center a few years back, they were able to print vaccum pods, or actuators, or some such for an old Merc they were working on. they were either for the HVAC blend doors, or the windows, or something.... everything was vacuum operated in that car.
 
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My Tesla has a lot of collision prevention, lane keeping, autonomous cruise control, etc. features. That's the very stuff I worry about in the long run. If it ever stops working properly it will be a real bear to track down the problem.

ABS, traction control and stability control are bad enough.
I think your battery pack will probably go before you have issues with those items. Mercedes has had autonomous cruise control in the E class since 2003 although it was very rare to find it as an option. They don't appear to go bad that often. I have things like parktronic, but those distance sensors are only around $30-$40 each although it's a bear to remove the bumper to replace them. They have failed yet though. But the advantage with new cars is that you have scanners that will pinpoint the problem for you. I did have a problem with stability control at one point, scanner pointed to the steering angle sensor in the steering wheel. Mechanic just followed the youtube video on how to replace it. Pretty straightforward.
 

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Doesn't Mercedes have the ability to make parts for old models as they still have all the molds, stamps/dies...?
I can still get a lot of rather obscure parts for my 40 year old cars. There are some things that have become NLA even for the w123, which was common and is still in use the world over. But yes, fundamentally good parts coverage.
 
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... I did have a problem with stability control at one point, scanner pointed to the steering angle sensor in the steering wheel. Mechanic just followed the youtube video on how to replace it. Pretty straightforward.
The traction control on my 2000 BMW 528i failed, followed shortly thereafter by dash lights for Brakes and ABS (though the brakes still worked fine) followed by the speedometer/odometer only working for the first part of my morning and afternoon commutes. A well known local BMW specialist repair place quoted me a couple thousand dollars for a repair. I did some reading and found out that a failed ABS module can do most of what was happening. Had my old module rebuilt for a couple hundred dollars, replaced it myself and all the problems resolved.

It worked out well but I had to do the leg work myself. I suppose the repair place would have fixed it too but for a big price.

The point being that you might have to do some of the work if you want to keep an older car and not break the bank.

PS The person who did the quote was no longer working at the repair place (a couple of months later) when I was in for some other issue and told them about my experience. It sounded as though they had figured out that he was either not that good at his job or not in tune with their philosophy. Either way he no longer worked there.
 
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