Hello and welcome to latest Newsletter. This newsletter we have some
interesting figures on cars sales, some great links for you and all the
other usual articles as well as a pile of interesting vehicles for sale.
Hope you enjoy it, John & Sandra Green.
M.B Spares & Service workshop for sale…..part 2
First to all of you who sent me e-mails supporting my move on the grounds
that health is worth more than wealth, and wishing me all the best for the
future, a huge thank-you. It is true that you don't really understand how
many friends you have and something like this happens.
So since the last Newsletter nothing exciting has happened, and I didn't
really expect anything to happen quickly. Selling off a specialist workshop
like this is a tricky undertaking as we need to find someone else with a
good understanding of both the automotive industry and Mercedes-Benz.
So for now it is business as usual, still booking in cars and still
fixing cars. Interestingly we seem to have a spike in business for our
Spare parts department, not sure if that is a chance thing or somehow
And if you think you would like to own a Mercedes-Benz workshop please
send me an e-mail.
Here is the summary again from the last Newsletter:
- Spare parts no change, business as usual.
- Workshop no change yet, but be advised it may be moving and have some new
- New restoration workshop coming sometime soon.
- Pre loved car sales to stay the same.
- No chance of me becoming a public servant.
Here is the current list of upcoming events. If you know of an event that
would be of interest to our Newsletter readers please
e-mail me with the details as you
will see below it does not necessarily have to be an exclusively
Mercedes-Benz related event.. The plan is not to put each clubs entire
calendar on here, just the major events. Here are a few that I know are
2nd March 2008 The
Mercedes-Benz club of
Victoria are holding their Concours d'Elegance to be held in
conjunction with the RACV Classic Showcase promoted by the AOMC at
Flemington Racecourse. Discounted Concours entry fee when paid on or before
February 4th. More details
here and the entry forms
16th March 2008. Shannons Wheels Expo is one of two major
annual events hosted by the Council of ACT Motor Clubs. Each March since
1982, hundreds of vehicle enthusiasts have participated in this trip down
memory lane which is an official part of the Canberra Festival supported by
Australian Capital Tourism It is held on the lawns of Old Parliament House,
Canberra and this year is being hosted by EJ-EH Holden Club ACT. This event
has traditionally been very well supported by the
of the ACT with over 50 cars on display.
6th April 2008 MBCNSW "MBCNSW Show & Shine
This event is an opportunity to display your Mercedes-Benz regardless of
vintage or condition. If you have never displayed your pride and joy, this
non-competitive event is for you. Come along and meet other enthusiasts of
the marque, if you know someone that has a Mercedes and isn't a club
member, get them to bring their car along. Registrars of various models
will be on hand to answer technical questions and what to look for when
purchasing a car.
You are invited to have lunch with fellow enthusiasts from 1:10pm at the
Canada Bay Club, a collared shirt and enclosed shoes will fulfil the dress
code for the club. So to all those club members and forum members, come
along and put a name to a face and bring your car - this is not a Concours
- it's simply a chance to meet and talk all things Mercedes-Benz. There
will be a "lucky gate prize" available to those bringing along their car
WHEN: 6th April 2008 From 10:00am till 1:00pm.
WHERE: Canada Bay Club, 4 William Street, Five Dock. Car park entered off
COST: $2.00 "lucky gate prize" entry per car.
ENQUIRIES TO: Mathew Kean W126/W202 Registrar 0434 005 650
LATEST INFO: http://www.mbcnsw.org.au/forum
18th - 22nd April 2008. As reported in
Newsletter 109the next Biannual rally for the
Mercedes-Benz clubs of Australia is being hosted by the Victorian club.
Maybe you will have attended or seen our reports from the ACT Rally held in
2006 which was a great success. This rally also is shaping up to be an
excellent time. Please have a look here for a general overview as supplied
by the Victorian club. If you are interested in attending the rally
application forms will be available from your local Mercedes-Benz club. A
listing of their contact details can be found here.
Links of the month.
Check this out for hours of fun. (please ignor the pictures on the left
of screen) there are 29 pages of sadness here including a lot of Benz's.
Some of the shots of cars in Iraq really make you wonder…
- Ok, so now that you are depressed from the last link
have a look at this one.
- Here is
a great page with info on various MB colour codes from the 70's and 80's.
It is part of a huge website that
some guy has done on his W123. It is all in German, but I am sure you will
get the point. Don't forget that you can plug the URL into the
translator to get a better idea of what it all about.
- Dirty computer screen??
Click here. If
you work in an office leave it running when you go to lunch.
- And finally
is a great TV commercial I doubt we will see here in Australia….
What are we doing?
Has been awhile since I have summarised a week in our workshop and as
several of you have commented that it is interesting to know what is going
on here is some of what we are up to this week.
- I guess the most important one to discuss is that we are fitting a used
engine to an A160 that broke its timing chain and destroyed the engine
whilst driving back from Sydney a few weeks ago. The timing chain is
turning out to be the weak link in these little cars. This is the first one
we have seen, but we have heard of several others breaking. So the lesson
is that if you have more than 100,000kms on you're a class it is time for a
timing chain. If you check your service book you will see there is no
service interval for these which is a pity.
- We are doing a head service on a W112 300SE sedan. This is the rare alloy
block with steel liners six cylinder engine from the 60's. Very difficult
to work on as the top face of the block is not flat and all parts have to
come from Germany.
- A full service on a beautiful 1974 450SEL. It is worth mentioning as many
people forget that these early V8's do not have hydraulic tappets and need
regular checking. If your V8 runs the older d-jetronic injection (up to mid
76) make sure you get them checked at least every 40000kms.
- Last week I fitted a new radiator to this 250SE
coupe that we restored some time ago. When we restored it we had the
radiator serviced, however recently it had started to run a little hotter.
This puzzled us as all looked OK. So we pulled the radiator out to find
that whilst it all looked solid the wavy cooling fins on the radiator had
started to pull away from the tubes the water ran in, so there was no
chance of heat transfer between them. So a new core was sourced and fitted
to the original tanks. Now it runs perfect. We even put the correct warning
stickers on the radiator this time…
- We have had quite a few W126's and W124's with transmission oil leaks
lately, the most common fault seems to be that the oil pan is belt. They
bend around where the six bolts go, and given that it is a rubber gasket it
can cope with some distortion, but this week we had one that had at least a
3mm bend on one corner.
- And then there is the Smart car we serviced, not too sure about these as
you have to suck the old oil out via the dipstick, there is no sump plug!
Car sales up 12%
Every wondered how many cars Mercedes-Benz sell?? Well here is part of a
press release from a few weeks ago.
·Mercedes-Benz brand delivered 82,300 passenger cars in January, an
increase of 12 percent
Sales of Mercedes-Benz in Germany rise by 13 percent
Deliveries of C-Class sedan and station wagon more than doubled in
Stuttgart - The Mercedes-Benz Cars division delivered 90,400 vehicles
to customers all over the world in January 2008 (January 2007: 77,700).
Sales of the Mercedes-Benz, AMG, Maybach, and smart brands thus rose by 16
percent to set a new record.
The Mercedes-Benz brand alone delivered a record-breaking 82,300
passenger cars in January, an increase of 12 percent on the figure for
January 2007 (73,500 vehicles).
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class was particularly successful in January:
in total, sales of the new sedan and station wagon doubled to 26,800 units
compared to January 2007 (13,400 units).
Sales of A-Class and B-Class models also developed positively at the
start of the year: in January Mercedes-Benz sold 17,000 units of these
series worldwide, a three-percent increase on the total recorded in the
same month last year (16,500 units) and the best result ever posted in this
segment in the month of January.
Cars for sale.
Not a lot to say since the last newsletter, the low mileage S320 showed up
and was a good as we had hoped, the pictures can be
seen here. These are great value cars now, selling for the same price
as what a god W126 was only a few years back. Also great values are the
first of the W210 models with the V6. Check out
this E320 for under $20k. We had a nice little
C200 come in and be sold before we could list it, if fact we could have
sold it twice as in the end we had two couples wanting to buy it….
So at the moment we have a great range of cars for sale. Don't forget
Sandra's Viano 7 seat van, this has been our
family transport for the last two years and is a great vehicle for a large
active family. It has been a wonderful car, over Christmas we drove to
Melbourne, across to Adelaide and back via the Hay plains averaging 9lts
per 100kms for the trip including driving around Melbourne and Adelaide.
Not bad for such a big car.
You can check out all the cars we have for sale
New cars into stock include:
E320 sedan 1998.
Cars sold include:
C200 Elegance Sedan
Also in stock we have:
280SE 3.5 coupe
S320 sedan 1993
450SEL sedan low mileage.
ML320 CDI with full options.
E220 cabriolet low mileage
sedan 1995 spec
W114 long wheel base sedan project
Somebody concerned about my sanity sent me this
20 Ways To Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity*
1. At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a
hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
2. Page yourself over the intercom. Don't disguise your voice.
3. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with
4. Put your rubbish bin on your desk and label it "IN".
5. Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten over
their caffeine addictions, switch to espresso.
6. In the memo field of all your cheques, write "For Smuggling Diamonds".
7. Finish all your sentences with "In Accordance With The Prophecy".
8. Don't use any punctuation.
9. As often as possible, skip rather than walk.
10. Order a diet water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.
11. Specify that your drive-through order is "To Go".
12. Sing along at the Opera.
13. Go to a Poetry Recital. And ask why the poems don't rhyme?
14. Put mosquito netting around your work area and play tropical sounds all
15. Five days in advance, tell your friends you can't attend their party
because you're not in the mood.
16. Have your co-workers address you by your wrestling name, Rock Bottom.
17. When the money comes out of the ATM, scream "I Won! I Won!"
18. When leaving the Zoo, start running towards the parking lot, yelling
"Run For Your Lives! They're loose!"
19. Tell your children over dinner, "due to the economy, we are going to
have to let one of you go."
20. And the final way to keep a healthy level of Insanity .
· Send this email to someone to make them smile
· Its called ... therapy.
So that's it for another newsletter. Hope you liked what you saw. If you
have any ideas or want to contribute any articles, pictures or other
here. Also, don't forget that you can check out the
old newsletters here
Thanks, John Green.