You ship them from Bremerhaven, a number of choices there
If you speak German and are knowleadgeable about these cars then it is
definitely worth it. It's harder now that many cars are going
to eastern Europe, though those are usually the cheaper ones. For 4000EU+ you
can find a really nice car.
Now if you're not familiar with Europe or the languages then it will be hard.
Interesting, thank you for all the information..,
I took German in high school and university though that was a long time
ago now. And I suspect I would alway be asking "bitte sprechen etwas
langsamer". So I guess I will restrict my search to Canadian cars. It
would be nice to source a 15 year old low Km wagon though.
I have an auto broker acquaintance looking for one for me and he keeps
trying to sell me a Subaru since he can't find any.
he stated the following:
"All pretty well had the same response. Parts are
very expensive and you will have to find a good diesel mechanic.
Because Mercedes stopped shipping diesel models to North America over 15
ago and even before that not many diesels were sold, makes it very
to get even used parts.
They all suggest Subaru, Volvo, or small SUV'S like Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4"
He may have a point? any comments on parts availability in North America?
I have and independent mechanic in Savannah, Georgia and he uses only
German parts. He has no problem finding anything for my 23 yr old "Big
Blue". The folks in Atlanta have no problem finding parts. I think you
are hearing the scales being tipped to get something the seller wants to
sell you. Afterall, the internet is world-wide and according to the UPS
guys, they ship around the world. So if Germany has the parts,...there
Just my $.02 worth. BTW I had that same story told to me by a guy who
wanted to sell me a car. Sorry, I didn't buy it then and I don't now.
Of course that is with the understanding that some vehicles do have
parts that are difficult to locate, but that applies to other than MB's
Yes I suspected he was trying to sell me something he could easily get
rather than do the legwork.
I wonder why there are so few diesel cars for North America. I have had
a couple Diesel Landcruisers now and love them thought there is now
nothing relatively recent except for VW (which I loathe).
Years ago I owned a Scriocco, VW. I really liked it, especially for the
gas mileage. It's the ONLY formerly owned car I wish I had now.
Granted it doesn't provide the comfort of a Benz, but then again it
wasn't intend to. I do wish I had THAT car back. :( Sorry it's gone.
I agree it would be fun (even if I come back empty handed it would be
fun! (I hear German beer is nice)) + I have enough flight points to go
to Germany 7 times :).
Do you know what paperwork is required on the German Side to make
importation smooth? Or a link to this info?
Where are all the diesels? why are these not more common and why can't I
get newer ones here in Canada?
Probably because the manufacturers don't want to make old-technology engines
to suit the sulfurous and varied fuel in NA?
Should change when clean fuel becomes available across NA - that's quite
soon, isn't it?
For direct contact replace nospam with schmetterling
"smoked salmon" <"Noemail"@forme.org> wrote in message
Yes I think the low Sulfur diesel deadline is 2007 or 2008 - Though
presumably engines meeting the required specs could be built now?
Apparently MB is bringing a Diesel M, and R class to Canada later
this year for the 2007 model year. (They currently have the E320 CDi and
the Smart fortwo CDi for sale in Canada) I can't afford a new E320Cdi
I think I will try to source a 15 year old 300TD 6cyl from EU.
There's a 1991 300D (3.0 liter, 6 cyl non turbo) for sale at
http://www.nijkamp-klassiekers.nl (Click Voorraad for the list of cars).
Only 40.000 km, for a whopping 12500 EURO's.
This place has a good reputation. They seek out well preserved low
mileage cars from Germany to sell on the Dutch market.
Our three weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...
and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope....
The second-one from top (1699 EUR) was a former taxi -
so it`s 40.000 to 150.000 km a year, the former for
one-driver operation, more-driver operation typically
is around 120.000 km.
So it's VERY clear that car has _at least_ half a million kms,
maybe more than 1 million, it`s 17 years old!
That's what's behind "Kilometerstand nicht nachweisbar"
(mileage not approved).
And with the red 250TD is stated:
"Tacho ist schon gewechselt worden gesamtlaufleistung ca 250 Tkm"
(odometer has been replaced, total mileage ca 250.000 km)
means it could also be 500.000 km - or more!
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