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bigstraight6



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick wrote:
The E Class that came along after mine has a poor reputation build-quality wise, thats why I'd only consider another W124 (old shape). I've seen lots of the later cars with rusty arches and tailgates, plus the interiors aren't up to much either - shame really. I just wish Jag did an XJR Estate, that would do me fine Smile

R


Yes, the build quality on those later E class Mercs is very poor, there is also a safety issue with front subframes rusting out unseen due to being 'hidden' by a plastic shroud Shocked the W124 is a much better car, but I think one of the best quality Mercs is the circa 1982-1993 190, superbly made cars these!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bigstraight6: interesting I'd not heard about corroding subframes on the later cars, very poor!

UJ: yup I've had estates for some time, best/easiest way to carry proper car parts around!

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick: For carting stuff around, I prefer Pickups myself, but the trouble is, there arent any good ones any more....looks like a future project of mine is going to be restoring the one I have now.....just wish it was quieter!

So I suppose a drop in the quality of new cars isnt just restricted to Mercedes....
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think all modern cars are the same, designed to keel over at 10 years old and be thrown away.

Erindoors' S40 Volvo is now playing up. The car was locked at work using the remote, which actuates the immobiliser and alarm. However it wouldnt open again using the remote (flat battery probably), so it was opened on the key which of course set the alarm off. Erindoors drove home with the alarm going and lights flashing (!), we finally managed to shut the damn thing up when it was back here using the key. We dug out a spare key & fob and that opens and closes the car normally, but the immobiliser won't switch itself off so the car is dead in the drive now. I might try disconnecting the battery and leaving it for a few hours, see if it'll reset, although then we'll have to go to Volvo just to get the code for the radio. If I could disable the alarm and immobiliser I would, its too much aggro. I couldn't care less if someone stole the car, I just want it to start, drive and stop.

I don't suppose Volvos are any worse than the other rubbish being sold nowadays, they all seem to be as bad in their own way(s), ie designed to work for so long, then be rendered useless thanks to a failure of some poorly designed, and often unnecessary, piece of electronic junk that costs pennies to produce.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe you have a point there Rick. I was at our version of the MoT this morning confusing them with one of mine.

This ten year thing turned up in the conversation. The tester pointed out that generally speaking, there arent many problems with most cars today until they are of that age, then everything seems to happen....
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