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My old faithful Mercedes let me down big style tonight! :cry:
Launching off from rest the autobox let go (with a bang) and the result -no drive in either forward or reverse.
It is in a specialist shop and will be looked at tomorrow.
I have a feeling that it may be a parting of the ways after 10 years of otherwise uneventful motoring.
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Normanb, tough luck ole M8; I had a 2001 Mazda go out on me not long ago and the tab was $1500. And that wasn't for a complete rebuild...just replacing a couple of parts. Was about a 6 hour job pulling the transmission out. Was only 2000 miles over the warranty and Mazda USA wouldn't honor a darn bit of it. The independant shop I took it to said "yeh, I see a lot of these since they started using Ford transmissions"..used to never see one! Your Mercedes is prob a rear wheel drive isn't it? If so, it will be a lot less labor getting it out. Will be keeping my fingers crossed for you.
 

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The way I look at it: fix it and keep it. Having no monthly payments (I assume its paid off) is always better! My car is paid off and I have no major problems even though its now almost 8 years old with 130,000 miles on it. Before that I had a Jaguar which was paid off but the repairs were costing more per month than a car payment! From a purely financial perspective, my way (no car payments) means more money available for Burgman accessories :D
 

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At 160,000+ miles and nearly eight years of ownership (bought '95 new in '97) my SVX has been the most reliable car I've ever owned. Other owners have been plagued by transmission problems. I probably shouldn't say it here, but I'd rather part with my Burgman than with my Subaru. I only recently replaced the first cv boot. Unbelievable!

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At 160,000+ miles and nearly eight years of ownership (bought '95 new in '97) my SVX has been the most reliable car I've ever owned. Other owners have been plagued by transmission problems. I probably shouldn't say it here, but I'd rather part with my Burgman than with my Subaru. I only recently replaced the first cv boot. Unbelievable!

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I've always had at least one Subie in my driveway for the last 20 years. My wife won't drive anything else. Most reliable cars I've owned and love 'em in the snow. :lol:
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our little 1993 Ford Tempo(Go-Go) is up to over 160K Miles and never a problem. I hope my 2004 Toyota Matrix is as reliable.

I hope your Merc, Norm, gets well soon and at a price not too dear.


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$700 (US equivalent) and fixed!
It tuned out it was not the autobox at all!
The nearside half shaft (between differential and wheel) had failed - sanpped clean in two! :shock: .
Oh well - as mentioned thats probably the same as a months payment on a new car and I never even loaned on this one from the outset- all those years ago.

I am pleased - wife is less so :wink: she would like me to get a 'more modern car' - but you know - I tend to bond with my vehicles and tend to run them until they leave me no economic option - and then they get crushed!
 

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Glad to hear that it turned out reasonably well!

My dad had a 1957 Hudson Hornet - last year of manufacture for Hudson. It had a 327 cui V-8 with a 4 speed auto. A rather powerful beast for it's time. I think the half shaft was snapped on that car four times - it just wasn't strong enough to handle the horsepower. My dad snapped it once. The other times... :roll:

Suffice it to say I kept a spare supply of them hidden in the back of the garage. I got rather good at replacing them quickly.
 

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I tend to bond with my vehicles and tend to run them until they leave me no economic option - and then they get crushed!
I've thought once my truck got to the point where is was not logical to keep fixing it, I'd get it crushed and use it as a coffee table. Anything to keep it "in the family" :p
 

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I was pondering if I should replace my daughter's tires with Michelin Hydro Edge since this would double the resale value of her 1994 Ford Escort, which she owned since new and drove it from high school through medical school. Her Escort had just turned 100k miles and these new tires are warrantied for 90k miles.

After reading the above posts and knowing the Escort has never given us a problem, I'll spring for the best tires then. Maybe we'll one day reach the 200k mile treshold. Besides, this car gives us peace of mind when we park it at malls, no one wants to dent an old car around here. 8) Did I just coined the phrase "Mall-car" :twisted:
 

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NormanB said:
I tend to bond with my vehicles and tend to run them until they leave me no economic option - and then they get crushed!
LOL!!!
Love'em 'till you crush 'em eh? You're a brute Norm.



Peace.
 

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Bleeder said:
NormanB said:
I tend to bond with my vehicles and tend to run them until they leave me no economic option - and then they get crushed!
LOL!!!
Love'em 'till you crush 'em eh? You're a brute Norm.



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Oh Hello there stranger :?: :wink: - being doing any productive meddling with the svelte?
 

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I was pondering if I should replace my daughter's tires with Michelin Hydro Edge since this would double the resale value of her 1994 Ford Escort, which she owned since new and drove it from high school through medical school. Her Escort had just turned 100k miles and these new tires are warrantied for 90k miles.
The Michelin Hydro-Edge is a great tire. I put a set on my '98 Lincoln Continental (FWD) last March and they live uo to their ads. They are quiet, ride and handle well and really hold the road in wet weather (at least at reasonable speeds). I have put about 6,000 miles on them and they still look new.
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NormanB said:
Bleeder said:
NormanB said:
I tend to bond with my vehicles and tend to run them until they leave me no economic option - and then they get crushed!
LOL!!!
Love'em 'till you crush 'em eh? You're a brute Norm.



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Oh Hello there stranger :?: :wink: - being doing any productive meddling with the svelte?
Nope, the bits are still on a shelf in the shop, saw'em there yesterday. I know I know. What can I say? I'll get to it eventually.

Hope all is well and truly smooth sailing for you and yours Norman B.



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