Ive just acquired my first Merc, a 1975 450 SLC. (My previous 2
cars were 1.3ltr fords so fuel was not really an issue) I know this car is
not exactly 'easy' on juice but Im intriged to know if ppl on the list are
doing much better and also to find out what the best consumption is amongst
all the Mercs. Im fairly new to the car so Im still driving it like a dick,
seems theres not too much point having a car like this unless you drive like
a dick once in a while...Anyway, the BEST Ive managed fuel wise is 6.2Km /
ltr (sea level) Is this par for the course? Whos getting better? Anyone got
a merc doing less (please :))
Exactly what type of attitude does this term imply? Does it have
anything to do with age? If so, if I were a reader of your post and I am
say, age 81, I would expect the term to imply driving with a limp and wimpy
attitude. So I'm not exactly sure what type of driving you are doing.
If you are driving "comfortable" - - that is, both feet flat on the
floor - - then that is an entirely different situation. Perhaps you could
explain the philosophy behind the term "ganga" ?
In the back yard, under the oak.
with the net bringing us disparate types together from all
the far flung corners one forgets that vernacular is not universal. Let me
When I say driving like a Dick, I do infact mean driving like a prick :) I
wonder if the terminology is similar in your part of the world? In essence
it would mean trying to get the car to 220-240kmh as quickly as possible at
any oportunity. Putting pedal to metal at any traffic interchange when the
lights turn green to watch people disapear in ones rear view mirror. Driving
in said manner I can expect about 4kms/ltr...although I have had a bit
worse.On my current tank of gas Im "old manning" it for a bit, accelerate
very gradualy, stick to 60ks in urban areas and less than 120 on the
freeway. I will report back on my findings although it is very tricky to not
let the 'prick' in me creep in, but I will endevour to be a feather foot for
In terms of Ganga Im sure I dont know what you mean however, if you are
infact refering to Ganja I can certainly illuminate you 8). It is in fact
called Dagga here and liberal use should help me with the "old manning" on
this tank...."Whoa, it feels so fast..."
-tom <---In a dark office in raining Cape Town
With a harsher pronunciation to most things, as it is a Dutch derived
language, such as. "Dit es lakkar dagga..."
(4 months in Jo'burg on business... If they had
jobs, I would have stayed)
PS: MS Spell Check had MAJOR issues with this post!
From the current replies to my post I would have to assume Merc
drivers are a bunch of Pot heads. Not something I ever would have imagined
but have to admit Im happy to go with. Maybe if I just sit round and puff
weed Ill use less petrol 8). Al Bolton, thanks for your reply, Im a little
jealous that your 5ltr is getting better stats than my 4.5 but Im doing very
well on this tank "Old manning" it and will report back shortly...I think I
may even squeeze another 60-80Kms out of a tank going easy.
Lekker has imprinted itself on my mind, as it figures in a very popular song
(in my day, that is) in the versevthat features Durban, which is described
as a "lekker place for a holiday".
(Plus it's not far off the German "lecker" with similar meaning.)
NB: To reply directly replace "nospam" with "schmetterling"
You lived in Durban too? You certainly get around.
So if I go to South Africa and I ask for dacha I
will have to be careful that I do not ask a
Russian because he will think I am looking for a
large country house?
( emoticon of amusement )
Now I understand! Thanks for the explanation.
Yes I did mean ganja. Is it expensive there? Maybe
some day I will visit and see for myself. I hear
the beaches are nice.
Can you get in much trouble doing 240 KM in South
Africa? What if you are doing 240KM and your eyes
are red and squinty?
Beaches are nice, women are awesome and everything is cheap! That job
was just about the best 4 months of my life. About the only drawback is
that the Tequila sucks, but I had some shipped over.
My rent car was a BMW 318i. (about US $25 a day... Told you it was
cheap.) I was constantly driving like Tom w/o weed. :-) The 240km speed
limiter on the 318 is very smooth when it cuts in. }8-) However, a lot of
the Dagga is cut. Be careful what you buy. Also, the drug raids there are
not fun. Mostly a lot of people die...
To get slightly back on topic, my 84 500SEC gets about 14 in town, 18 on
the highway under 80mph, and much less over 80mph. Fact is, these cars
bring out the foot, and the foot is expensive. :-)
Well, after driving like a pussy (can I say that here?( let me
explain, driving very slowly, sticking to the speed limit and be all round
Mr Moderate)) for the entire tank (90ltrs) I managed to get 5.9Kms/ltr
*sigh* I guess if I want economy I need to get a smart car or maybe just
regress to a scooter.
Naahhh, I think Lee was being a little melodramatic re death and raids. You
gotta be an idiot to get involved in a drug raid buying weed. Most garages
(which I seem to visit a lot more often than Id wish to) sell the stuff.
Costs are around the $10/Oz level for a street deal (not bad eh 8)) No one
cuts the stuff (that I know of) as whatever you are cutting with probably
costs more than the weed!
Very nice indeed, better (warmer) on the Indian ocean side.
One should do but our police services are badly stretched at the moment and
they have a hard job dealing with most of the rapes, murders and in transit
heists that happen most days
TO be honest I tend to go at about 40 when wasted, its a natural speed
retardent, unlike alcohol! You can always just claim you were doing 240 with
the windows down hence the red eyes....
Back to topic...what is the most economical Merc then, is it these A class
-tom<---Back in a dark airconditioned office for the start of summer
Sad, isn't it? Some things just cost money, but are worth it. :-)
Just giving a contrast to the US. Here, getting caught in a raid is
somewhat likely, with little consequences if you can afford an attorney. In
Jo'burg, getting caught in a raid is highly unlikely, but much worse for
you. I was there for the big Scorpion sting on the high-rise where
something like 14 "suspects" were killed. My girlfriend at the time knew
one of them... Just a warning that anyone from the US "Isn't in Kansas
anymore." :-) (Something Americans never seem to learn soon enough) I
don't mention the carjacking, because it was not nearly as bad as the hype I
had heard before I went.
Thank you for the warning.
It still sounds good. I think
I can avoid the bad parts of
town. Maybe I can get the
concierge to get me the cannabis -
( strictly for medicinal purposes of course ).
Even if I give him a big tip
I will still save money over
the USA price. ( and back on topic!)
armored mercedes is the best
My 5L 500SE will do around 15 mpg (UK Gallon) at times, when driven around
town. That's about the same as you are getting (kms/l). If I drive it hard
out of town I get BETTER consumption (around 20 mpg, say 8kms/l) but it's
hard to drive it hard as it has a habit of going very fast indeed!
On a long run, on the motorway say, I can often achieve 25-28mpg, or 9-10
kms/l). I would say you MAY be using a bit too much fuel, but then I can
only guess how you are driving! A 420 is NOT an economical car...
Al Bolton, G4VSQ
1988 Mercedes 260E 155,000 miles
1990 Mercedes 500SE 129,000 miles
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