|696 forum posts|
Apparently if you want to know something on the new Mercedes you have to say -something like - Hey Mercedes, where is the accelerator and it tells you.
If you say - Hey Mercedes, tell me a joke, it replies with - Sorry, my engineers were German.
42 forum posts
Mercedes are not like they used to be, Lots of plastic bits and electronics. They seem to go wrong more than the average car now especially the sprinter vans.
I don't like these cars without dipsticks either at all.
|Mike Poole||15/11/2018 08:47:32|
2048 forum posts
Just remind merc owners that they are German taxis
|Jon Lawes||15/11/2018 11:50:35|
318 forum posts
|I've never found the German sense of humour lacking. However they don't suffer fools gladly.|
|598 forum posts|
At least the indicators work, unlike BMWs
679 forum posts
It is about time that all German car manufactures stopped putting mainly useless gimmicks in their cars and concentrated on providing good honest products that give good value for money and reasonable priced servicing.
|vintage engineer||15/11/2018 13:33:09|
156 forum posts
Mercedes are absolute junk! Fortunately for me I profit from their poor quality. Heater plugs regularly cease and then snap off! Timing chain sprockets are made from cheap sintered crap and fall apart at about 50k stuffing the engine!
Making steel sprockets and removing heater plugs should pay for my holidays for the foreseeable future!
|2209 forum posts|
If you look at recent reliability data by the warranty companies all German brands are in the bottom half of the table whilst all Japanese and Korean cars are in the top half. In 2013 Audi were rated the second most unreliable car brand you could buy. As for Mercedes they seem more interested in adding electronic gimmicks than ensuring the car starts in the morning.
|696 forum posts|
German spare parts - worth searching the net . Washer pump went on our VW. Local agent said in stock , 12 months warranty £78 please.
Ebay search - large established motor trade supplier - vw water pump £5 , freepost, 3 years warranty .
Item arrived in a VW box with VAG stamped on it and on pump.
Works a treat,
|Speedy Builder5||15/11/2018 15:52:49|
|1801 forum posts|
HenryB.., Listening to the road traffic reports, I thought that most of the dipsticks were behind the wheel !
|Fowlers Fury||15/11/2018 16:26:06|
323 forum posts
Forget not that about 40 years ago the first new British talking car was a BL Maestro.
|Ron Laden||15/11/2018 16:48:59|
1308 forum posts
What is the difference between a hedgehog and a German made car..?
I will leave it to you guys for the answer.
Edited By Ron Laden on 15/11/2018 16:49:37
|An Other||15/11/2018 18:41:59|
|122 forum posts|
Mercs did seem to have a reliability problem some years ago. I used to commute daily between Darmstadt and Stuttgart (They build Mercs there), and it always seemed that the majority of cars which were stopped on the side of the autobahn (presumably broken down) were Mercedes of one type or another (followed by BMW).
Now I live in Romania, and literally thousands of Nth-hand Mercedes and BMWs have been brought in from Germany since the demise of Ceacescu, to replace the old Dacia(Renault) 1300's. They are almost all (or will become) deathtraps, because there are very limited repair facilities here (and the Romanian income is even more limited). Some of them are in horrendous condition (There is an 'MOT' check (ITP), but enforcement is virtually nil).
This problem will probably only get worse, given the technological complexity of modern cars. It isn't enough to be a mechanical engineer, you need electronic knowledge as well.
1198 forum posts
Does the hedgehog have lower emissions?
42 forum posts
I have seen on Bentleys and some porsches audi and vw printed on the parts. They are nothing like the Real Bentleys anymore.
|Nicholas Wheeler 1||15/11/2018 22:56:12|
|268 forum posts|
I used to get the same question, although my answer was slightly different:
I told them that we all went to the local Mercedes dealers on a daily basis, closely followed by BMW and Audi. The last year I worked, I went to Toyota dealers three times; one was a clutch wornout at 120,000 miles, another was an immobiliser issue and the third was a turbo fault on a diesel. The Korean manufacturers are pretty good too. My experience of modern German cars is that they are overengineered, under developed and surprisingly poorly built. Plus, they're horrible to work on.
|Trevor Drabble||15/11/2018 23:46:58|
197 forum posts
Many years ago , when the rear wiper motor on a VW Polo belonging to a work colleague failed I agreed to fix it for her . At that time it was a dealer-only part and so ordered one from local VW dealer . When on collection I complained at the £105 asking price I was told that if I thought that was expensive , then to remember that the same item was fitted throughout the VAG range ,and that the price increased according to which vehicle it was fitted to .
556 forum posts
Back in the day, and probably up to the end of the 80's, IMHO, i would say they were the most reliable car you could buy, and probably the best car made.
Talking to German taxi drivers in the 60-70-80's, i was told the common story of their cars (all Mercedes diesels) doing half a million kilometres before being pulled for a rebuild, (manual g/box left alone and in), then a further 500k, so a full million kms, before being sold off to the private market. And that's years of driving thru winters and salted roads too.
The phrase "they don't make them like they used to" springs to mind.
Edited By thaiguzzi on 16/11/2018 02:42:10
|Bill Phinn||16/11/2018 03:22:24|
|197 forum posts|
Some of these sold-off taxis ended up in Beirut, among other places, where their working life started in earnest.
"Beirut Merc" is a proverbial expression in my household for an old car that seems like it will go on forever.
Eta: Apologies for giving the impression that the image of the Beirut Merc was supplied by thaiguzzi.
Edited By Bill Phinn on 16/11/2018 03:23:59
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Edited By Bill Phinn on 16/11/2018 03:32:21
|john carruthers||16/11/2018 08:43:37|
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