MB Spares 6.0 website launched.
On the 1st of November 1996 MB Spares launched Australia's
first Mercedes-Benz dedicated internet page. This even predated
Mercedes-Benz Australia who launched their page some six months later.
Since then we have had five significant generations of our website, with
the now superseded version being launched in August 2007. Here are some
highlights from the new version:
- New look home page with scrolling banners
and much easier navigation.
- Our New site also has a mobile friendly version which will launch
automatically if you search for MB Spares using your mobile device.
- The selections for subscribers to notify of what cars you are
interested in have been overhauled with over 10 different chassis
versions being added. To modify your subscription
details hover your mouse over the person icon in the top r/h corner
of the site and then click edit my profile. You can select three
different vehicles that you dream about owning and two that you are
interested in hearing about parts specials for.
With some of our subscribers having filled in the subscription form over
8 years ago, we would urge you all to check over your subscription
- The major change is the addition of the "What's the difference" page. Anyone who has
been to one of our Sausages and Spanners nights, or other Mercedes-Benz
club events we have run, will have heard our theory that Mercedes-Benz do
not make cars, they assemble them. This new page introduces you to the
brands that Mercedes-Benz uses to supply parts for their cars. These are
the same brands as what we stock at prices that are significantly better
than the Mercedes-Benz authorised dealerships.
- Still no online store, and yes this is a highlight. In
2002 we launched MB Spares 2.0 which did include an online store, but
took it down 6 months later. The reasons behind this are explained here. All the modern technology that
allows us to offer you the most amazing online shopping experience does
not help you interpret the correct parts for your vehicle. On an almost
weekly basis we are contacted by people asking if we would be interested
in buying parts they incorrectly ordered online. Or tracing down faults
caused by incorrect parts fitted.
- Complete rewrite of the Mercedes-Benz clubs page. You will see that the
Mercedes-Benz club of NSW details are missing. This hopefully will be
- The contact forms have been rewritten to include
fields for VIN/chassis number, model and year.
- New look to the cars for sale pages. We now can display up to
10 pictures for each car.
- Many of the pages have survived from day one and had broken links in
them and other information that has become inaccurate over time.
These pages have been checked over and the mistakes corrected. No
doubt we will have missed a few and are quite happy if anyone would like
to point them out to us.
- We now have a site map and an easier to use search function. There is a
great deal of information on our website and even we have trouble finding
it at times, so hopefully this will assist everyone with using the site.
Cars for sale.
Fresh into stock are the following vehicles. The E240 and E320 have both
come from the same owner and are genuine one owner low mileage cars. The
used cars salesman's call of "one owner", "never damaged" and "never
driven in the rain" have always amused us. It is very dangerous to make
statements like this in the modern litigious world if you can't back them
up. So we are very carefully about making such statements, however in
this car we can 100% confirm the one owner status about these vehicles.
E240 Elegance only 47000kms
Peking to Paris entrant.
MB Spares is building one of the entrants in the 2016 Peking to Paris
endurance rally and last month we took it on a small test drive.
The aim was to drive to Camron Corner and back via Louth, Tilpa, White
Cliffs and Tibooburra, but after reaching White Cliffs in poured rain and
the roads were closed. We still managed to do a 2700km test drive
over 5 days after detouring via Broken Hill to get home.
Pictures of the build and the test drive can be found here. Scroll
down for pictures of the test drive.
Cars for dismantling
C200K sports coupe, bad side damage
ML320 luxury, light front and rear damage, very good mechanicals
E240T, gearbox damaged, good engine
C240T, 460000kms! Good front panels
300SEL, been in a swamp
280E W114 sedan
As discussed in the previous newsletters with Facebook being so easy to update compared to
typing a newsletter and with us having limited spare time we are doing a
summary for the Newsletters readers of what has been going on our
Facebook site. Click on the links to see the pictures.
- We are rebuilding a
4 speed full syncro ZF gearbox from a 1938 model Mercedes-Benz. Full
syncro boxes were cutting edge technology in the 30's and it is a very
- We are
restoring the chassis for a 300d . Here is the
steering box and the
parts awaiting fitting.
- C200k Sports Coupe, with a
very lucky owner.
- We tracked down so
Australian Army spec G wagons.
pivot bush overhaul on a 280SE 4.5 (that's not a typo)
- The oddball job for the year is going to be this
F100 Longbed truck that we did an mechanical restoration on.
headlamp upgrade on a W123 300D
Front suspension and
brake overhaul for a W128 220SE coupe
- And finally we have the winner for
worst brake disc wear we have ever seen.
So that's it for this Newsletter, be good, drive safely and look after
John & Sandra Green.