MB Spares Newsletter No.128 August 2012
Welcome to the latest MB Spares Newsletter. The big news this newsletter is
the launch of our Facebook page. Also in this month's newsletter you will
read news of a very significant buy out of OEM parts, a change of mind on
the future of Hybrid cars and an invitation to attend the Mercedes-Benz
Club of the ACT Concours.
MB Spares on Facebook.
Guess it was about time. MB Spares has just published its own Facebook
page. You can find it at:
We have loaded up some pictures that show a brief history of MB Spares from
its early days in the garage of our home in Jerrabomberra though to our
current facilities in Fyshwick. Click on the "Like" button to subscribe to
An Australian Mercedes!
Did you know that Mercedes-Benz vehicles were assembled here in Australia?
Australian Motor Industries assembled kit form Mercedes-Benz vehicles from
1959 till 1965 in port Melbourne. You can read the
story about this interesting chapter in Australia's motoring history
and about a rare Australian assembled 190Db we have for sale
A car is only original once.
Thanks to all of you who e-mailed in comments on my article in the
July Newsletteron the unnecessary restoration
of some cars. I have often thought about posting up some of my "opinions"
in the Newsletters, so you can look forward to a few more. You will find an
interesting conundrum below.
One man's junk is another man's treasure.
Over the 18 years MB Spares has been in business we have always been on the
lookout for obsolete parts being sold off by various European parts
wholesalers and authorised Mercedes-Benz dealerships here in Australia.
What is deemed unsaleable by an authorised dealership is prime market for
MB Spares. The mufflers listed in the last Newsletter and now on our
site are a good example.
Last month we purchased a significant quantity of parts from one of
Australia's largest wholesalers representing companies such as ATE, Bosch,
Lemforder and Sachs. See the top two pictures in the R/H margin (you can
click on them to blow them up and again to reduce back down), there were 7
full pallets of stock ranging from W115 240D engine gasket kits to lower
control arms for the W163 ML series. At the base of this Newsletter I have
included a complete list of the parts we brought. Not sure what we will do
with the 1130 sump plug gaskets, that's a lot of oil changes….
By the time you read this, we should have all the parts catalogued and
listed on our inventory. So have a read and see if there is anything that
interests you. Enquiries to this
The Pagoda turns 50.
Entrants for the 50th anniversary birthday party of the W113 pagoda are now
up to 29 out of the aimed for 50! You can
see the entrants
car on their website.
MB Spares is proud to be sponsoring this event and looks forward to seeing
many of our customers over the weekend.
Mercedes-Benz Club of ACT Concours.
The Mercedes-Benz club of the ACT will be holding its 37thAnnual
Concours on the 23rd of September 2012. The location is again on
the Patrick White Lawns between the National Library and the southern shore
of Lake Burley Griffin. This is a great event and not to be missed. For
those of you thinking of entering a W123, you need not worry, we have sold
last year's Outright winning Entry. You will however have to wait to see
what we turn up with this year….
Information on the event can be
found here on the MBCACT website. Entry is available to Members of any
Mercedes-Benz Club in Australia. The entry form can be
Employment opportunity filled (sort of)
Well we have sort of filled the position! Last weekend I joked to a friend
of my son, who had just resigned from his job at McDonalds, that we had a
job opening for a qualified Mechanic. To my surprise he rang me at home a
few days later to take me up on the offer. Now obviously he is not
qualified, but is prepared to trail working for us with a view to signing
up as an apprentice for the 2013 intake.
So, whilst we have an extra hand on staff for now, we are still open to
looking for extra staff in the workshop. If you are interested or maybe
know someone who might be interested
please let me know.
Filters that nobody changes!
Last Newsletter we covered the cabin filters in a series on filters that
nobody changes. I hope all of you with post 1993 cars have checked to see
when it was changed last. This time we will look at power steering filters.
Every Mercedes-Benz vehicle fitted with power steering has a filter in the
system. But, how many of you know where it is or when it was changed last?
MB Spares recommends changing them every 40000kms. Here is a breakdown of
where they are and how to find them. For more advice call our sales team on
1300 787 300.
- 60's and early 70's models. The filter for these is inside the reservoir.
You will find the reservoir either remotely mounted to the body or on top
of the power steering pump. To access the filter you need to lift out a
metal plate at the base of the reservoir.
- Late 70's to the mid 90's. Power steering pumps on these models have an
integral reservoir and so the filter is inside the pump. It lifts out as an
- Late 90's onwards. Now this one is tricky. Believe it or not
Mercedes-Benz integrated the filter permanently into the reservoir! The
result of this is that to change the filter you need to replace the entire
assembly! Initially many workshops thought there was no filter, but after
some careful inspection there is a fine gauze filter inside the reservoir.
The sign that the filter is blocking is a noise from the power steering
pump. We even know of cases where the pump was replaced when all it needed
was a new reservoir…
Power steering fluid changes are relatively straight forward you simply
disconnect the return line and run the engine pouring fresh fluid into the
reservoir until it runs clean. A job best down with two people.
We stock filters and seals for all models, so go and check your service
Cars for Sale.
Well the E280CDI didn't last long! We had a chap come in looking to trade
up from his 300CE and was looking for a CLK500, we wanted something with
"more grunt". Problem was the wife wanted four doors. The E280CDI was the
obvious choice, one test drive and it was sold.
The modern Mercedes-Benz diesels with the common rail injection (that's
what CDI stands for) make so much torque at low revs that you think you are
driving a V8. The chap with the 300CE didn't believe me until I offered him
a test drive. The CLK500 he was dreaming of has 460Nm of torque at 2700rpm,
the E280CDI has 440Nm which is less than the CLK500, but as it arrives at
only 1400rpm the pull into the back of the seat is even more noticeable.
TheC220CDI wagonwe have for sale has the same
CDI system and is one of the best wagons I have driven.
Here is a list of the cars currently for sale, including a rather
- Jaguar X-type
-CLK320 Sport coupe, only 72000kms
- C180Kompressor Sport Coupe
- C220 CDI wagon
- 300SEL 6.3 Sedan
- 220SEb sedan, rare floor change manual
-190Db, rare Diesel Roundie with a documented
Each one has its location listed with some here in Canberra and the others
with an associate of ours in Sydney. If you are interested in any
information please feel free toe-mail usor
contact the mobile number on the cars listing.
Is the Toyota Prius Green?
Well is it?? If you listen to the likes of Jeremy Clarkson and others you
will find plenty of reasons why they are not Green. Many test drive reports
claim that the fuel consumption figures Toyota claim are just not
achievable in the real world and prospective "Green" car buyers would be
better off with a Golf Diesel or similar.
One of the biggest environmental problems is the issue with the actual
production of the batteries. The nickel batteries that hybrids use are not
considered environmentally friendly. The nickel for the Prius is produced
in Sudbury, Ontario. It has been reported the area surrounding the plant is
devoid of any life for miles as a result of the mining activities. Toyota
produces 1,000 tons of Nickel annually from this mine specifically for the
Prius batteries. The nickel is then sent off to a refinery in Europe and
then off to China and finally it ends up in finished form in Japan. The
amount of energy used to ship the raw components and then the finished
products an entire lap of the world puts a big dint in the green footprint
of each car produced.
The United Kingdom Government Car Service requested information from Toyota
about the net cost in terms of emissions to build a Prius, in response they
were sent a brochure. This was picked up by Andrew English who writes for
The telegraph who quotes a GCS spokesman as saying ""It looks more like
a flier. Toyota admits that building the Prius expends more energy, but
then says that's compensated by its better fuel consumption, and that the
lifetime CO2 saving is 43 per cent. It's a bit of sweeping statement."
So, what's my point? Well, I was amongst the scoffers who claimed the
effort to produce these new Hybrid cars was a total waste of time. But
having reflected on this recently I have come to realise that the current
crop of Hybrids is something that we need. Why, because unless they
continue to develop the technology they will never get it right. Use this
as an example:
Mercedes-Benz developed the first diesel power
in 1936. It was very noisy, smelly and at a guess belched black smoke.
Then after the second world war they came up with the OM636 engine in the
170D, follow this all the way forward to the current batch of CDI engines,
especially the ones mentioned above in the cars for sale section, and you
can see the huge increase in technology. Much of it learnt progressively as
the models were developed and refined.
So to all you people who still think Hybrids are a waste of time, I
challenge you to consider them essential to the long term development of
the Motor car. Possibly Hybrid is not the future, but also possibly they
will find the future by working on Hybrids.
Interesting Mercedes-Benz links.
What happens when you mix a 1961 190SL with a 2004 SL600.
can find out here. I love the third picture.
this is nothing to do with Mercedes-Benz but it is well worth
If you have a few hours to spare
you might like this one.
Click on the model of your choice and then check out the picture files.
Whoever set this site up has collected an amazing collection of nearly
every modified Mercedes-Benz from the last few decades.
This one also has nothing to do with Mercedes-Benz, but is quite awesome in
a different kind of way. How much does it cost to
close down San
Franciscofor a morning??
Last one is also nothing to do with Mercedes-Benz, but it is a
exampleof the German ingenuity that we love so much.
And if you have anything that you feel is newsworthy or just plain
interesting please forward it to us via the