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How much did you drive your W116 this year?

Started by ptashek, 12 December 2020, 04:43 PM

peterr991


mynameiseric1


Rolo

I'd like to add one more comment to this thread about using a W116 as a daily driver.  I think this is the first generation Benz that is drive-worthy by current standards.  I look at the cars in the MB Club magazine and think, wow how cool.  Then I remember how much better the the 116s are to drive compared to W108 and W180 that I learned to drive in.  Brakes, power and handling (on the right tires) are all more than acceptable.  Not acceptable sometimes, noise, wind and road, and suspension reaction to small bumps.

raueda1

Unit No. 932 is now being put up for the winter, so 2021 driving season is done.  I managed about 10,000 miles all told including a 7000 mile X-country trip.  From about May through October the car was pretty much my daily driver.   And I even had the pleasure of being spotted on the road and posted to FB! (special thanks to rumb for spotting the post!)  https://www.facebook.com/groups/40038665900/posts/10159305123020901

I'm endlessly impressed how well the car drove, what a joy!  I was averaged 13-14 mpg for the season with a few tanks that managed 15.  Absolutely no hiccoughs.  Most of the little stuff has been fixed/repaired/upgraded.  Locks hold vacuum for several weeks, a big improvement over several minutes.  And suspension doesn't drop at all any more, even after weeks of hot-cold temperature swings.  The only casualty was some front tire edge wear and defunct cruise control.  I'll deal with that stuff next year.  Really a great season!
-Dave
Now:  1976 6.9 Euro, 2015 GL550
Before that:  1966 230S, 1964 220SE coupe, 1977 Carrera 3.0

rumb

'68 250S
'77 6.9 Euro
'91 300SE,
'98 SL500
'14 CLS550,
'16 AMG GTS

Nabstud

That's awesome, ~16,000km for maybe 6months driving, could you get a better classic car as a daily? Maybe something more fuel efficient haha
1975 280S - Australian delivered

daantjie

Dave that is impressive indeed.  Maybe start a fun challenge showing your odometer on 1 Jan and then again on 31 Dec.  I will lose for sure as I don't drive mine much.  I know, I know...
Daniel
1977 450 SEL 6.9 - Astralsilber

raueda1

Quote from: daantjie on 03 December 2021, 10:12 AM
Dave that is impressive indeed.  Maybe start a fun challenge showing your odometer on 1 Jan and then again on 31 Dec.  I will lose for sure as I don't drive mine much.  I know, I know...
Fun idea, I'll do it!  But Utah to New England is bloody far, so I'm not likely to repeat it.  But next season's plans include a massive SW desert and mountain loop, California coast tour, Oregon/Wash loop and maybe Canadian Rockies.  My partner loves this stuff.  Especially when odd stuff happens, such as guy waiting for us to come out of a highway rest stop in Iowa who tried to buy the car on the spot.  ;D

As for a more practical driver.....   well, yeah.  But in fact my local driving is almost nothing so I'm untroubled. And anyway, the Big Benz is solid and safe!  That's it, a matter of safety!
Quote from: mynameiseric1 on 10 July 2021, 05:44 PM
1979 450sel.  8213 miles in 2020.
-Dave
Now:  1976 6.9 Euro, 2015 GL550
Before that:  1966 230S, 1964 220SE coupe, 1977 Carrera 3.0

ACC2

I managed about 5,500km this year, but I go on binges up to 8,000-9,000 when I get in a road trip mood. I like to drive my 116 year round and have snow tires for it. W116 300SDs make great winter cars!

ptashek

For me this year was even worse than 2020 - made barely 282 miles in the W116, and 3400 between the two W124s.
1993 "Pearl Blue" W124 280TE
1988 "Arctic White" W124 200T
1979 "Icon Gold" W116 450SE