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Which German?

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Which German?

Audi
1
7%
BMW
9
60%
Mercedes Benz
3
20%
Never!
2
13%
 
Total votes : 15

Re: Which German?

Postby FarmerPug » Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:36 pm

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Re: Which German?

Postby mjb » Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:21 pm

<steve_earwig> I think this forum is more about keeping our cars going with minimal outlay than giving our cars more reason to go bang
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Re: Which German?

Postby FarmerPug » Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:40 pm

Mercs rust problems were all during their phase when they were making rubbish, but now they are building good stuff would anyone consider a new merc over a new bmw.
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Re: Which German?

Postby waue1978 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:55 pm

2000/X Peugeot 406 110 HDi LX Family 93k to 2000/W BMW 530D SE Auto 84k to 2003/03 Peugeot Partner Hdi Escapade 98k to 2003/53 Vauxhall Zafira DTi Elegance 74k

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Re: Which German?

Postby FarmerPug » Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:19 pm

doesnt bmw diesel engines have a tendancy to consume turbos, merc diesels are known for being strong and dependable and the old ones work well with veg oil. And the big e class estate is HUGE.
My 1988 e class estate did start to rust a bit, where it had been hit, where the aeriel was removed on the wheel arches, and that was it not bad for a 20 year old, it had sat for a year when i bought it, i put a battery in it and it started on the first turn of the key.
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Re: Which German?

Postby waue1978 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:00 pm

From http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/bm ... ection=bad

Turbo trouble with early 530ds caused by ECU programme allowing higher boost than safe for turbo. Cured by replacing turbo, reprogramming ECU and thoroughly cleaning turbo inlet manifold and pipework because a blockage can cause the engine to run on its sump oil and self-destruct.

& if you get one late enough to avoid that:

Inlet manifold swirl flap of 530d prone to breaking off and being ingested by the engine, wrecking it. www.pmwltd.co.uk has a solution for this, which is a billet aluminium blanking plate that is substituted for the swirl flap. Well worth doing because it could save the cost of a new engine or having to scrap the car. Only cars from 2001 to 2004 are affected. So early E39 cars (from 1996 to 2000) are not affected. Some 2000 models may be affected, but very few. If you're not sure you can locate the air intake manifold (black plastic on the passenger side of the engine bay) and your hand fits underneath. If you feel a metal rod running the length of it underneath this manifold, then you do have swirl flaps. No rod, no swirl flaps, nothing to worry about.


525d = no such probs! :wink:
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Re: Which German?

Postby mjb » Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:45 pm

<steve_earwig> I think this forum is more about keeping our cars going with minimal outlay than giving our cars more reason to go bang
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Re: Which German?

Postby Gary406 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 3:52 pm

:shock: :shock:
that would put any buyer off if they never owned a 406 before, shocking

working used speedos ? gold dust , what the hell :lol: hundreds online
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Re: Which German?

Postby steve_earwig » Thu Dec 02, 2010 3:57 pm

And it isn't the speedo that goes anyway.
Talking bollocks sin©e 2007

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Re: Which German?

Postby rwb » Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:32 pm

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Re: Which German?

Postby FarmerPug » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:01 pm

i like the way it says replacement of brake disks pads and shoes costs £450, WHERE does it cost that much is this if you get them made out of gold and ask prince charles to put them in for you in a lexus dealership. I got all that for £130, attempted it myself gave up on the front pads and connecting the rear handbrake cables, so i paid my cousin £20 and got him a chip and a 6 pack of bud. Still didnt cost £130.
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Re: Which German?

Postby rwb » Fri Dec 03, 2010 5:06 pm

Discs and pads all round, handbrake shoes cost me £250 plus another £250 to fit.
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Re: Which German?

Postby FarmerPug » Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:40 pm

Thats quite expensive, wouldnt you give it a go yourself?
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Re: Which German?

Postby rwb » Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:47 pm

:(

I'd love to be able to a fraction of the stuff you lot get up to :mrgreen:

I have no experience, and if I mess up then there's nobody I can ask for help. Therefore I'm apprehensive about doing anything at all.
And I have only very basic tools, and have to work outside the flat,... (excuses, excuses)
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Re: Which German?

Postby rwb » Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:48 pm

Just reading that back: they're crap excuses. I should get my arse in gear.
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