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How much have you spent on your W116?

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flutes

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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #30 on: 13 August 2010, 05:32 AM »
MT can rationalise my spending easily in terms of what I would be spending on a lease of a "new" car were I to drive something more modern.  A simple equation really - if I had a new car, I'd be spending probably 10k per year on lease or loan payments, versus what I spend now on the 450.

Sadly, my wife (Flutette?) doesn't see it that way, and doesn't understand such rational logic.  She sees any spending that isn't automatic via lease/loan repayment as discretionary and therefore feels justified in her logic of $2k w116 spend = $2k dress/shoes spend.  Note here that the amount we "spend" on her Alfa each year is substantially more than I would ever spend on the Merc.  And you don't see me going and buying an equivalent value of new suits just for the hell of it....
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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #31 on: 13 August 2010, 01:56 PM »
Koan it's my wife adding them up that concerns me.

Good point, I'll hide the box :)

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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #32 on: 13 August 2010, 01:58 PM »
As far as I'm concerned, that's given me a few hundred extra leverage dollars when it comes to my next paypal order.  She'll say "what the..." to which I'll say "I bet that crackpot never told you that expense was coming" ;D

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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #33 on: 13 August 2010, 07:19 PM »
I've just escorted her indoors and the offspring to the Brisbane show yesterday, man what a tedious day it was too. It cost about $350 at the show, which I thought wasn't too bad considering but then I found out that even such a simple outing as this incurs necessary spending on clothing and accoutrements beforehand, so add a further few hundred and the whole affair has set me back about $600. And I was feeling guilty for spending $300 on new plug leads, dis cap and rotor and sundry filters, pahhh. There's no justice. I must say I would crack it massively at hearing about bloody clairvoyants Oscar...
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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #34 on: 13 August 2010, 08:45 PM »
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Would you believe earlier in the week, oscarette and one of her colleagues paid an undisclosed sum to get a clairvoyant reading during her lunch hour "for fun" .

Unfortunately, we have tons of those here. There is an old historical city about a 15 minute trek from where I live (see: Cassadaga 'Spiritualist' Camp. The entire city are psychic readers and wizards or what have you. I'm sure that Harry Potter theme park thing in Orlando has only increased their business. The things people will pay for  ::)
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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #35 on: 13 August 2010, 09:18 PM »
Wouldn't that be fascinating to know how much I have actually spent on cars over the years....... perhaps a clairvoyant could tell me!! Still it would be less than some mates have lost in depreciation on cars, or beer, or the bookie etc - they haven't got much from me on any of these things.  I think the sadest cases are when people have thought they would keep a car forever and done no expense spared restos and then circumstances have forced a sale way below cost. But not knocking people who spend a lot on good restos - if you keep it and enjoy it and it works without breaking down and patching then it is well worth it.
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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #36 on: 29 August 2010, 07:13 PM »
not done the numbers until now! since past 3-4 months
 paid 3000 for it, 1300 for shipping interstate, 200 for battery, 1600 for rear exhaust, brake lines, rewiring headlights, wipers, brakepads, 1500 for car alarm, spark plugs,filters and servicing, fuel pump and fuel lines, about 1300 for all door, windshield rubbers and windshield.
so far around $9000!
things that need fixing-( anyone got vague ideas of costs for these?) may need new valve stem seals, drivers seat base repaired, re skinned dash, front exhaust, slight play at tie end rods.
Im hoping the most pricey stuff is sorted!

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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #37 on: 30 August 2010, 05:38 AM »
GF, you will be surprised how cheap the tie rod ends are - $20 from imparts I think. Valve stem seals wont cost the earth, but how many miles? - might need guides too and the head would need to come off for that and that will cost a bit - but often just the seals will do it and they can be done is situ. A passenger seat base will do work and they are not impossible to find a good one. W126 is the same so I would say just keep your eyes out. I should probably collect them whenever I see a good one at upullit here. Some people repair with various things and a US company does a repair kit, but I figure while good ones are still available might as well go that way. Also they are pretty easy to fit. Also dash is not impossible to find, well at least I found one in Melbourne. Also I am guessing it is a 280 and the front exhaust is the 'y' thing leaking. Based on experience I would highly recommend finding an exhaust place that will fit 2 separate pipes for you - in Adelaide there is a place that did mine for $150 - no more Y issues, better flow, performance, economy - although I fixed a few things at the same time. LHD cars have 2 separate pipes, but RHD used the y to get around the steering box, but clever exhaust people can still squeeze them in there.

And $9k is a bargain for all the car a good 116 is - just enjoy it though and don't try and sell it!
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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #38 on: 30 August 2010, 06:29 AM »
All prices in Euros
This is what I recall by heart

Purchase 450SEL                               4800
New tyres Kuhmo 205/70-14               320
Used fluid coupling radiator fan             30
New radiator core                                270
New expansion tank cap                         4
New oel cap                                             4
Used SLS pump                                      30
New cam chain, guides, tensioner        360
New shocks, new SLS accumulators   1200
Front wheel bearing incl. work             200
New 4" Blaupunkt speakers                   45
New exhaust mid and rear MB              550
New mid bearing, bracket propshaft     100
Used seatbelts rear                                40
Used shifter knob Zebrano                      13 (for sale! Mint cond.)
Light bulbs                                             100
Oil service filters, plugs etc etc               500
Wiper blades incl headlight wipers          50
Gasoline 28000km                                  ....

Total (but there must be more...)          8616 (ouch!)
« Last Edit: 30 August 2010, 06:45 AM by arman »
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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #39 on: 30 August 2010, 08:19 AM »
Well if you want to start counting fuel/gasoline, I've driven about 260 000km in my 280SE.  At 15 litres per 100km, that's about 39000 litres...., or 419 tanks....

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flutes

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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #40 on: 31 August 2010, 05:30 PM »
And labour?  If I take my corporate charge-out rate * number of hours spent tinkering...
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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #41 on: 31 August 2010, 11:20 PM »
Well if you want to start counting fuel/gasoline, I've driven about 260 000km in my 280SE.  At 15 litres per 100km, that's about 39000 litres...., or 419 tanks....

That would be about $50,000 AUD worth of fuel if purchased here, now!

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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #42 on: 01 September 2010, 01:47 AM »
Well if you want to start counting fuel/gasoline, I've driven about 260 000km in my 280SE.  At 15 litres per 100km, that's about 39000 litres...., or 419 tanks....

you take the cake Ryan,

I think of anyone in the world you have and continue to put more kilometers onto your 116 that anyone else, thats dedication!

since 2003 when i purchased my car i have done far, far less than 10,000km's

SELfor50

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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #43 on: 01 September 2010, 04:59 AM »
Far too much to count and at least a few 10's of thousands in the coming months........ i rather drive and see the odomoter tick over than count the money spent.  ::)
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Re: How much have you spent on your W116?
« Reply #44 on: 01 September 2010, 02:17 PM »
Purchase
450SEL  - $1000
K&N Air Filter - $41
New Set of Bulbs - $24
Misc Fluids - $40
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Things to Buy
Window Seals - 100 for two, installation 150 for both possibly = 250
Driver side floor pan and the price to put it in god knows how much thats going to be....
other things I will list later


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