Ode to German Machinery

  • conservativej...

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    Jul 10, 2011 7:43 PM GMT
    I made quick run down to PBI yesterday with a buddy in the PC12 to check out a run-about to leave here at the house, so I'll not have to depend on an old Jeep Wrangler for those anonymous excursions. I have to hand it to German carmakers. They truly know how to design and build an automobile.

    I decided on a 2012 SLK350 Roadster Convertible. While it is quite a bit flashier than the Wrangler, my bet would be it will not refuse to crank after sitting for 2 months.

    I highly recommend the guys at Mercedes-Benz of Palm Beach. This was my first experience with them and they made the process flow smoothly from test drive to check. They even delivered the car earliert this afternoon. (It won't quite fit in the cargo hold. icon_surprised.gif )

    Free enterprise still has hope on some shores.
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    Jul 10, 2011 7:48 PM GMT
    Congrats! That's a gorgeous car. Probably one of the very few MB cars I like these days. What color did you get?
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    Jul 10, 2011 7:49 PM GMT
    Sounds like you need a bigger airplane. icon_razz.gif
  • rnch

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    Jul 10, 2011 8:42 PM GMT
    my friend would regale me with tales of his german "ultimate driving machine" as i would give him rides, quite frequently, to and from his dealer's service department.



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    Jul 11, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    I could've had an amazing deal on a used Mercedes convertible coming off a 2 year lease with only 5000 miles on it but like BMW convertibles it couldn't climb steep icy roads, so I wound up with a new Audi Cabriolet with quattro, which had a roomier interior than either those or the other winter-performing convertibles (Volvo and Saab) - important for a big guy like me with a house on a hill and dogs in the backseat. When I retire to Mar-A-Lago I'll give your place a shot.
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    Jul 11, 2011 3:16 AM GMT
    conservativejock saidI made quick run down to PBI yesterday with a buddy in the PC12 to check out a run-about to leave here at the house, so I'll not have to depend on an old Jeep Wrangler for those anonymous excursions. I have to hand it to German carmakers. They truly know how to design and build an automobile.

    I decided on a 2012 SLK350 Roadster Convertible. While it is quite a bit flashier than the Wrangler, my bet would be it will not refuse to crank after sitting for 2 months.

    I highly recommend the guys at Mercedes-Benz of Palm Beach. This was my first experience with them and they made the process flow smoothly from test drive to check. They even delivered the car earliert this afternoon. (It won't quite fit in the cargo hold. icon_surprised.gif )

    Free enterprise still has hope on some shores.


    You flew in, arguably, one of the coolest planes ever made and you are talking about cars?

    Pilatus rock!!!
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    Jul 11, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    conservativejock saidI made quick run down to PBI yesterday with a buddy in the PC12 to check out a run-about to leave here at the house...

    ...I decided on a 2012 SLK350 Roadster Convertible.


    Reckon I ought to bop on down to Palm Beach and pick up one or two of them to replace my junker Subaru next week. icon_biggrin.gif

    Ribbing aside, that is a nice ride.
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    Jul 11, 2011 3:53 AM GMT
    Friendsrbetter said
    conservativejock said {{lookie what I got/did post}}

    Yeah... I might be just a bit envious... but even if I could afford either of those cars, I sure as hell wouldn't be bourgeois enough to post it on the internet.


    *cough*
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    Jul 11, 2011 8:33 PM GMT
    My nephew , who is a mechanic with a MB dealership , told me once , the only reliable MB are the one with a diesel engine .icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 11, 2011 8:53 PM GMT
    neffa saidMy nephew , who is a mechanic with a MB dealership , told me once , the only reliable MB are the one with a diesel engine .icon_smile.gif



    A 1972 220D just like mine was featured in this commercial; makes me cry every time...

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    Jul 11, 2011 8:57 PM GMT
    This one, however, makes me smile...

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    Jul 11, 2011 9:07 PM GMT
    and this one made me sit up...

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    Jul 11, 2011 10:32 PM GMT
    neffa saidMy nephew , who is a mechanic with a MB dealership , told me once , the only reliable MB are the one with a diesel engine .icon_smile.gif


    My dad used to say the only way you can drive a MB is to have two of them.
    One to drive while the other is in the shop. ...icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Jul 11, 2011 10:52 PM GMT
    Drive one of these:

    Maserati.jpg

    THEN I'll be impressed.
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    Jul 11, 2011 11:01 PM GMT
    I'd bet he would be more than willing get that Maserati AND to drop a cool $8M into a Maybach Exelero like the Birdman has:

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    http://www.topspeed.com/cars/maybach-exelero/ke2707.html
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    Jul 11, 2011 11:20 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidSounds like you need a bigger airplane. icon_razz.gif


    Now Paul, you know I would not be caught dead in a C130 cargo plane. An Airbus Beluga perhaps is a better idea?

    Hope all is well with you. It seems you are in Georgia this summer.

    There is a new bird on the way. Hopefuly late next year. Depedns on delays. It is one of those that takes flight from the grand old southern city of Savannah.

    Go figure.
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    Jul 11, 2011 11:22 PM GMT
    alphatrigger saidI'd bet he would be more than willing get that Maserati AND to drop a cool $8M into a Maybach Exelero like the Birdman has:

    may_exel_450_09.jpg

    http://www.topspeed.com/cars/maybach-exelero/ke2707.html
    Hail to the German car makers. There's nothing more beautiful than a BMW, Maybach, Mercedes or even an Audi. A nice car ain't a deal breaker, but damn is it ever a cherry on the cake. icon_cool.gif
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    Jul 11, 2011 11:39 PM GMT
    Mercedes is a fine car. Used to have one, and I did enjoy the lattes and scones in the service department waiting room for brief service when I did not want to bother with a loaner. But they have become so common, so everyday, that I just could not see myself keeping it.
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    Jul 11, 2011 11:46 PM GMT


    One of my favorites..... this was the Best M5.....

    Clive Owen + Madonna + M5 Prowess = fun / awesome
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    Jul 12, 2011 4:39 AM GMT
    Here's how my then new 99 C230k worked out for me.

    Just out of warranty the heater/ac fan died. They did repair it for free.

    Not long afterwards I was driving along the highway whereupon the left front turn signal popped out and flew away somewhere into the grassy meridian never to be seen again. That cost me something over $100 to replace.

    Next it was the whole front bumper that began to fall off followed by the cruise control stalk.

    Then the passenger side of the dual zone a/c wouldn't throw out any cool air and finally the whole a/c died in it's 6th year.. That cost me about $1600.

    One day I was sitting at a red light minding my own business whence the whole cabin quickly began filling with thick black smoke, I had to jump out of the car. When the smoke cleared I got in, the car was still running so I carefully drove about 2 miles to the dealership whereupon they found that the battery (in the trunk) had shorted and started a fire. Much of the plastic trunk interior was melted. No help from them.

    Then the windshield wiper motor died..guess how much to replace that... $1400.00,, yes one thousand, four hundred dollars.

    The worst is yet to come. In it's seventh year I seemed to be "losing" oil although there was no blue smoke or dripping on the floor. Prognosis.. the engine was shot and needed a rebuild or replacement to the tune of around $8,000.00..

    No thanks..

    It still sits in my driveway these past 3 years as a reminder of the piece of shit I wasted money on.. It's the only lemon car I've ever owned.
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    Jul 12, 2011 5:25 AM GMT
    conservativejock said
    paulflexes saidSounds like you need a bigger airplane. icon_razz.gif

    Now Paul, you know I would not be caught dead in a C130 cargo plane. An Airbus Beluga perhaps is a better idea?
    Hope all is well with you. It seems you are in Georgia this summer.
    There is a new bird on the way. Hopefuly late next year. Depedns on delays. It is one of those that takes flight from the grand old southern city of Savannah.
    Go figure.


    I'm sorry...can't hold my tongue anymore. You, sir, are a pompous ASS!!
    And who the hell are those other guys in the pics on your profile?? Certainly not you.
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    Jul 12, 2011 5:41 AM GMT
    neffa saidMy nephew , who is a mechanic with a MB dealership , told me once , the only reliable MB are the one with a diesel engine .icon_smile.gif


    truth. My w124 diesel has never ever left me on the side of the road. 21yrs, 250k miles, even with a blown turbo it still runs and drives.
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    Jul 12, 2011 5:42 AM GMT
    beneful1 saidHere's how my then new 99 C230k worked out for me.

    Just out of warranty the heater/ac fan died. They did repair it for free.

    Not long afterwards I was driving along the highway whereupon the left front turn signal popped out and flew away somewhere into the grassy meridian never to be seen again. That cost me something over $100 to replace.

    Next it was the whole front bumper that began to fall off followed by the cruise control stalk.

    Then the passenger side of the dual zone a/c wouldn't throw out any cool air and finally the whole a/c died in it's 6th year.. That cost me about $1600.

    One day I was sitting at a red light minding my own business whence the whole cabin quickly began filling with thick black smoke, I had to jump out of the car. When the smoke cleared I got in, the car was still running so I carefully drove about 2 miles to the dealership whereupon they found that the battery (in the trunk) had shorted and started a fire. Much of the plastic trunk interior was melted. No help from them.

    Then the windshield wiper motor died..guess how much to replace that... $1400.00,, yes one thousand, four hundred dollars.

    The worst is yet to come. In it's seventh year I seemed to be "losing" oil although there was no blue smoke or dripping on the floor. Prognosis.. the engine was shot and needed a rebuild or replacement to the tune of around $8,000.00..

    No thanks..

    It still sits in my driveway these past 3 years as a reminder of the piece of shit I wasted money on.. It's the only lemon car I've ever owned.


    lol... wouldnt it be better to sell it for parts?

    Ive never owned a Mercedes, but I've driven/owned many BMWs and Audis. The Bimmers seemed to have chronic issues, but were an absolute joy to drive.

    The Audis i've owned were/are both joys to drive and have been very reliable cars. Vorsprung Durch Technik, I guess icon_smile.gif
  • danisnotstr8

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    Jul 12, 2011 5:48 AM GMT
    Had you actually written an ode, this might be interesting.
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    Jul 12, 2011 5:52 AM GMT
    MarriedAdam saidThis one, however, makes me smile...



    Thanks for posting , it is hilarious icon_biggrin.gif