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Newsletter No.014 New Sprinter range, 190SL site,

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M.B Spares & Service

14 Lyell st Fyshwick ACT 2609 Ph (02) 6239 1099

Supporting Australia's Classic Mercedes-Benz Owners

Newsletter Number 14

Merry Christmas

and a happy New Year

Newsletter number 14 and still going strong! I hope that this time next year we will be able to say the same about newsletter number 40? 2000 has been a great year for all of us at M.B Spares and Service and we hope it has been for you as well. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our newsletter friends. Any questions? Or you want to get off the list? E-mail me here.

John Green.

Whats the time?

We have a new feature in our showroom! Can you work out what the significance of the four clocks are? We are going to add a fifth clock soon. Not long after we put them up a learned friend of mine came in looked up and asked why ?????? was missing. I will give a $50.00 gift voucher to anybody who can e-mail me with the correct answer including what the fifth clock should be.

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Mercedes-Benz Club News.

Lots of new this week on the local Mercedes-Benz Clubs. The NSW and ACT club both have new e-mail address's. They are and The ACT club address is already online and hopefully by the time you read this the NSW club address will be as well.

The NSW club also has a new website. Look them up here. Still being developed, but when finished will be a great asset to there club members. You can check out up coming events and pictures from past events.

Link of the week

Everything you ever wanted to know about the 190SL can be found here. This is a great site for anybody who aspires to owning one of these magnificent roadsters. The Picture of the Month is worth checking out each month to use as wallpaper on your screen. Also check out there 2000 Convention and read all about "Jims hassles"

Cars for SALE.

The 300SEL didn't last long. It was purchased by a customer who has traded a 1981 380SE that we imported a few years back from Hong Kong. It is now being sold (see below). The 1958 220S Roundie has also been sold to a car collector in Perth. It was an excellent example as it had been restored for use as a wedding car but never used.

230E Sedan 1986 model.

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Very well presented car with good service history. Has electric seats with memory on the drivers side. Also has cruise control, electric windows and alloy wheels. Long NSW rego. Diamond Blue with Gray MB-tex interior. $16990.00 More details

319 Van 1963 model. 

Wow what a find!!  Is fitted out as a camper van. 1.9lt diesel engine with four speed manual transmission.  All body moulds are there, would be a very easy restoration. $3990.00AUDMore details

380SE sedan 1981 model.

380SE-brown.jpg - 52.00 KAs traded special. Has travelled only 114000mls and has every option you could imagine. These include ABS brakes and Sunroof. $9990.00AUDMore details


A160 Classic sedan 1999 model.

A160-blue.jpg - 60.17 K Excellent condition . Has travelled only 21000kms. Excellent fuel consumption. Avant Garde Alloys. Still under MB warranty $29990.00AUDMore details


450SLC Coupe 1978 model. 450SLC-white.jpg - 28.61 K

Excellent V8 coupe, excellent mechanical condition White with brown velour interior, 15" Alloy wheelsPOAMore details


450SL Roadster 1974 model.  450SL-silver74.jpg - 53.63 K

Very neat car, silver with black leather. Recent respray, mech excellent, only two owners with full history,suit collector. $23500.00More details

They dont make them like they used to.

We dont tend to pay much attention to the Mercedes-Benz range of commercial vehicles but the press release for the new SPRINTER range caugth my attention. This is from Daimler-Chrysler Asia Pacific:

The new range of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans sees the intelligent fusion of exciting new features with tried and tested principles, setting new standards in reliability, efficiency and driver comfort.

The optimised exterior design gives the Sprinter an even more attractive appearance, while the interior offers more comfort and a new feeling of spaciousness. The new CDI diesel engines provide a wide performance range combined with the right level of economic efficiency.

The introduction of Common Rail Technology into the Sprinter range means smarter diesel engines. The fuel injection point and quantity can be acutely controlled to maximise performance and fuel economy. Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) turbochargers are included in the 313CDI and 413CDI models. VTG enables more control over the turbocharger’s air intake, resulting in lower emissions and minimising turbocharger lag. The CAN bus network enables fast electronic data exchange for optimum control of the engine and major components.

An extended and restyled front-end with new headlights, improved air intake and non-slip steps integrated into the front bumper bar for easy windshield cleaning. The new Sprinter features a more ergonomic, passenger car-like interior to keep the driver fresh and focused. A joystick style gear-shift located on the dash for more comfortable gear shifting and more through-cab space. The Sprinter has a heating and ventilation system that breathes new life into the driver’s workplace.

Doesn't sound like a delivery van does it? No more rattly-smelly diesel engines. The new vans share the same Common Rail Injection system as the E270D sedan and have no injection pump. Everything is computor controled, there is even a system that stops the engine after 3 seconds at a red traffic light and starts it again when the clutch pedal is depressed.There is a great site here to check them out further. Make sure to watch the vidio and use the profiler to work out which Sprinter suits you best. (try to get the 115kw petrol engine)

Bargain of the week.

One of our newsletter friends has the ultimate find for a Mercedes Concours fanatic sitting in his garage. An "as new" set of 14" alloys with the old style Michelin 205/70-14 XVZ tyres on them. Any body who dreams of winning the concouse with a latre 70's or early 80's W116,W126 or W107 needs these. Contact Martin for more details.

So thats it for the second of our new look newsletters. Hope you liked what you saw. If you have any ideas or want to contribute any articals, pictures or other material please e-mail me here. Also dont forget that you can check out the old newsletters here

Thanks, John Green.