Well, you could say that a new Pontiac Sunfire could potentially last longer
than a 1990 Mercedes, but is it better? No. Same with
your '05, It could last longer because it is newer AND because it also could be
If performance is your criteria than yes. My '85 300SD did 190km/h and that was
enough for me. Acceleration was VERY good too. Why I
sold it I don't know...
That's my (and most people around the world I would say) definition of better.
HA! Are you trying to fool yourself or us? :-D The Sunfire will
flicker and die in a couple of years, parts first start falling off then
the serious stuff starts. I've a 2002 E-320 with 54,000 miles and it is
like knew in all respects. I traded in a 1996 E-320 with 110,000 miles
and the only problem I encountered was a failing rear window riser. The
previous owner's only complaint was, "When I turn the radio up up full
with full base, the driver's door rattles."
MB die hards should read Road & Track for November 2005 and get worried,
it almost sounds as if MB is slipping badly in design, quality, etc. BMW
is taking the front row seat that MB had.
I thought I picked a bad example. I drove a 1 year old Sunfire a couple of years
ago, it felt like a Lada. =)
Oh that's old news. Benz's motto is, or at least was, "The Best or Nothing". As
someone already said, since the mid 90's it's been
nothing. Though perhaps I'm saying that because I can't afford to pay cash for a
new one =)
I don't believe you are appreciating the folks and their mentality
who live in the Stuttgart area.... they are Schw"bisch, like myself. This
translates to design and execution for the long term and, moreover, this is
the reason that I'm primarily interested in the MB's in the first place. My
'89 300e has over 250k km on it and has in no serious way gone past it's
'design' life. If there is one, I would put say that I'm possibly half way
there; another 250k km and another 10 years or more. the only item that it
may have outlived is 'style'.... but hey, retro inevitably becomes popular
again. I just can't get over that you believe a 6 year old MB is near it's
design life. A popular saying comes to mind ...."more money.....s"
- cheers, guenter
On Thu, 22 Jun 2006 12:21:11 +0000 (UTC), email@example.com
(Guenter Scholz) wrote:
miles on than yours and it is still going, so you don't need to preach
to me about longevity, nonetheless in my opinion the MB diesels are on
borrowed time once they hit more than 300k miles. The question isn't
whether the engine will hold up, the problems are with every other
component that wasn't built for such a long life
True. 300K miles for a typically North American maintained benz is pushing it,
yes. Though I've spoken to 5 or 6 taxis drivers in
Germany with the w124's and they had 700K-900K kilometers with original
non-rebuilt engines and transmissions on them. Of course,
taxi drivers know how to maintain their cars.
The new CDI cannot be that bad - they recently put 100,000 miles on
each of several E classes in a month as a test, they ran the cars
continually around the track. I am sure others here remember this.
I hope to get this same engine ( but detuned ) when the new Sprinter
becomes available in the USA. Hopefully the price will not be
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