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Title: My other car is.....? (Update-PIC)
Post by: John Hubertz on 16 February 2006, 04:32 AM
I just purchased my "better" daily driver - as you all know I have a Dodge AWD Caravan van, and I just finished a 2 month hunt for a replacement of my old and very plain 1998 Buick by buying a 1994 Lincoln Mark VIII. 

It made me curious - what other cars do members of the forum drive?  Not necessarily the full list, but what car is "yours" other then the W116.....

(laughs)  I know ozbenzhead loves his Opels....

Update:  I'm thinking the land of Oz may be unfamiliar with the Mark VIII - It was head-to-head with the BMW 840 coupe in the USA.  275 HP, 32 valve quad-cam 8, pneumatic suspension, relatively few electronics except auto-temp and seat memory.

Here's a picture of a matching car, but mine is opalescent seafoam metallic (a green that color-changes from turquoise to amber depending on ambient and reflected light - factory optional paint).

(http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f248/fullhappyfish/1996_DAE_PIRNAT_21.jpg)


John
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Curious George)
Post by: GSK11740 on 16 February 2006, 05:28 AM
Oh, these can get interesting! ;D

Ok, my daily driver is a '89 Chevy S-10 Blazer 4x4 that I have been systematically rebuilding for the last two years. I figure the whole thing will be "brand new" by the end of this year.

My other ride until recently is a '70 VW Bus Westfalia camper that once I get through with all my other projects I plan to restore to mostly original with a few minor changes. It's kind of in storage until I get done with my '79 300SD and then it's next on the restoration list.
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Curious George)
Post by: Denis on 16 February 2006, 06:06 AM
Hi fellows

My daily driver is a 1979 Mercedes-benz 220D with only 323 000 km : the best slow car ever built although I had it flat out for over two hours last year on a southern France autoroute. Being used to get to work, it usually sees little open road use and it was great to see how well it ran after the great cleanout.

If we were rational beings, we would say that the W123 diesels are amongst the best cars ever built on this planet.

Denis

Paris, France
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Curious George)
Post by: Tomi on 16 February 2006, 02:01 PM
my daily driver is a E220T -95 (chassis S124), which is great as a daily driver. My other daily driver is a Mitsubishi Pajero 2.5TD -88 (or montero they call in some parts of the world), which I use when going to the country or when it snows, nice to have a car that you dont need to worry about scratches, but it has taken some of my time to keep it going.

I agree that W123 could be the best benz built ever. I have one of these too a 230E -82 which I have restored for my son who gets a license in a week or so.

Edit: I forgot all about my SL which is a R107 350SL-71 with a 280 twincam -82 motor in it. Totally restored, not be myself but by pros. Thats the white one in the gallery with the body kit. It is just waiting for the summer. This winter I have bought a Nardi wood steering wheel for it.
Yes, I've heard that about the pajero name  ;D
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Curious George)
Post by: Mforcer on 16 February 2006, 02:50 PM
Other car? What nonsense is this? Who needs another car? There is no other car!  ;) ;D :P

I only have the one car. Don't drive that much. Live in the CBD and only have space for one car too. I would get a slightly newer Merc if I needed a daily driver though, maybe a W124.
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Curious George)
Post by: GSK11740 on 16 February 2006, 04:39 PM
Other car? What nonsense is this? Who needs another car? There is no other car!  ;) ;D :P

I only have the one car. Don't drive that much. Live in the CBD and only have space for one car too. I would get a slightly newer Merc if I needed a daily driver though, maybe a W124.

Normally, I would agree with you but when somebody lives in an area where the drivers are as bad as they are here, it's nice to have "disposable junk" to drive (and get hit in) instead of a beloved Mercedes that is being painstakingly restored. I told my wife that once I'm done fixing up my 300SD, I'm actually going to be afraid to take it out of the garage for fear of some idiot in a mini-van plowing into it because they are too busy playing with their cellphone or whatever instead of watching where they are going. That happens a lot around here!
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Curious George)
Post by: OzBenzHead on 16 February 2006, 06:16 PM
... a Mitsubishi Pajero ... (or montero they call in some parts of the world)

That re-naming was the result of a major marketing boo-boo in South American countries.

"Pajero" means, in Spanish/Portuguese, "traveller"; however, in Brazilian Portuguese it is also slang, meaning "wanker". It took Mitsu a while to figure why the Pajero just wasn't selling in Brazil! When they woke up, they renamed it.    ::) ::)
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Curious George)
Post by: oscar on 16 February 2006, 09:25 PM

"Pajero" means, in Spanish/Portuguese, "traveller"; however, in Brazilian Portuguese it is also slang, meaning "wanker".

HA! That's funny.   :D

What's my other car.... Our family car's a 2005 Ford Territory Ghia.  Great vehicle, even though it's a Ford. It's selling its pants off and taking marketshare from imported US Ford SUV's ie Escape and Explorer.

It's interesting that on a ford forum, when it was suggested that these cars be exported to the US, a comment was made about the size of the US market. ie, US Ford sells more F-series vehicles a month than what our (Aussie) combined factories could build. 
Ford US sell over 100,000 F-series trucks per month let alone any other model.   :o Faaaarrrrrk!!! (BTW That's aussie slang for Ford)
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Curious George)
Post by: Peter Anderson on 17 February 2006, 12:21 AM
After disposing of my 450SE, I decided to get a cheap and economical daily driver to suppliment my 280SE. I found a cheap '97 Peugeot 306 diesel (a small hatchback for those in the colonies  ;) ). It's very french looking, which if you've never been to france, means that it hasn't got a straight panel on it. However it is 1 owner and full service history from new. I have to say I'm looking forward to 50mpg! And best of all it's a car I really don't care about.

There are a few of those car name stories, such as Toyota selling the MR2 in France, which if said in French sounds like 'Em-Air-Duh' or merde - french for sh*t. Didn't make them change the name though.
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Curious George)
Post by: Denis on 17 February 2006, 12:50 AM
Yes Peter !

The 306 is a good little "disposable" car and your stylistic comment is quite correct  :(
Also, you beat me to the post on the Toyota MR2. It is even worse than you say as when you say "Toyota MR23 in French it is like saying "Toyota is shitty"  ;D

As a a sidenote, driving a W123 daily driver is good in Europe, people SEE your car and don't hit it, also, being BIGGER than most, they stay clear of it. A lane change with the W116 can easily knock of 2 or 3 Peugeot 306 should I so desire  ;D

Denis
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Curious George)
Post by: John Hubertz on 17 February 2006, 05:07 PM
Other car? What nonsense is this? Who needs another car? There is no other car!  ;) ;D :P

I only have the one car. Don't drive that much. Live in the CBD and only have space for one car too. I would get a slightly newer Merc if I needed a daily driver though, maybe a W124.

What is the CBD?

John
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Curious George)
Post by: Mforcer on 17 February 2006, 05:14 PM
Central Business District or in other words where street parking is non-existant :P ;)
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Update-PIC)
Post by: John Hubertz on 17 February 2006, 05:35 PM
We'll send you Texas as a parking lot if you wish....but you have to take "W" Bush and WW Bush with it....  and not return either.

John
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Update-PIC)
Post by: Mforcer on 17 February 2006, 06:52 PM
We'll send you Texas as a parking lot if you wish....but you have to take "W" Bush and WW Bush with it....  and not return either.

That sounds fair  ;) :P
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Update-PIC)
Post by: alabbasi on 17 February 2006, 07:42 PM
Daily Driver is a 97 Mercedes Benz E420. Lots of fun with a 32V V8.
Other cars that I spend my money on is a 73 280SEL

In the UK
89 BMW 318i (M40 engine) - 5 speed, manual windows, manual steering
71 Mercedes Benz 250CE - I have owned this car since I was 19.
                                     I want to bring this to the US and restore it.
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Update-PIC)
Post by: inc13 on 18 February 2006, 05:48 AM
My other car is Audi (R)S2 Avant,Turbo,4 wheel drive,6 speed manual gearbox,nearly all extras (exept leather),etc
Old engine pulled 420hp, 550 nm in dyno, new is not tested yet
(http://www.hot.ee/mustang71/audi2.jpg)



Another car what i have is jaguar xj6 4,0 , 1990  ,fully equipped

(http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/9796/p10100081jy.jpg)

(http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/6326/jag40bl.jpg)

(http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/3112/jag62ki.jpg)
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Update-PIC)
Post by: Tomi on 18 February 2006, 08:42 AM
71 Mercedes Benz 250CE - I have owned this car since I was 19.
                                     I want to bring this to the US and restore it.

Well that would be one of my dream cars, I would certainly restore such a classic car.

I also like the cat ( I mean the jaguar of course), my father has one of these and it is just so 'aristocratic'.
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Update-PIC)
Post by: Nilo AMG on 22 February 2006, 06:39 PM
     Interesting topic! Well, I have a 95 1.2 liter Renault Twingo as a daily driver! Small outside, very  large inside and returns 14km/l (7l/100km) in town! Great little car! I just love it!
      How do I attach the photo? Coulnd't figure it out!!

          Regards

                 Nilo
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Update-PIC)
Post by: oscar on 22 February 2006, 07:30 PM
Hi Nilo

From my understanding, you can't upload a photo directly to a post like you could before the forum update.  Now you have to have a web based album setup whereby the link of a photo is pasted between the (img) (img/) bits.  That link also has to be a clean link to the uploaded photo without frames, ads or artwork around the photo.  I tried a MSN album but any image link I pasted came up with the red cross ie no image.  I'm still looking at setting up one of these albums but until then you could always upload to the W116 gallery and link from there ....(I think).....

John how do you do it?
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Update-PIC)
Post by: Tomi on 23 February 2006, 12:05 AM
I just had to add these pics taken from a mercedes club meeting in Estonia -04
and my nice SL (but no W116's)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v368/aslak0/MB%20107/034.jpg)(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v368/aslak0/MB%20107/001.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v368/aslak0/MB%20107/020.jpg)

and the working horse, taken during a hunting trip
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v368/aslak0/pajero/tn_Pajeroatnight.jpg)

sorry for filling up the topic

Title: Re: My other car is.....?
Post by: editjunk on 23 February 2006, 05:29 PM
I would rather me and my family get hit in the W116 than pretty much anu other plastic coated car on the roads today. It's solid and that's just what you need to fend off these 4WD maniacs.
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Update-PIC)
Post by: Nutz on 24 February 2006, 12:39 AM

Mercedes

71 250
72 280SE 4.5
74 450SEL
75 450SEL
76 450SE Euro
77 450SEL
78 280SEL
78 280E Euro
79 450SEL 6.9
80 280E Euro
80 280CE Euro
86 190E 2.3

BMW

85 635CSi
74 2002
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Update-PIC)
Post by: michaeld on 24 February 2006, 01:48 AM
Well, I gues it's confession time.
My other car is a '94 Buick Skylark.  I thought it was ugly the day I bought it at a sale my credit union was having, and it has only grown more ugly with time.  It's actually been a pretty reliable car, however (can something be too ugly to die?).
I bought my 450 sel sight unseen from an ebay auction for 801.51.  I planned to do a few minor repairs as needed and then auction her on the slave block.  I didn't plan to keep her (there, I've said it!).  But then I started to fall in love.
At first it was easy to resist her charms.  She offered terrible gas mileage (I get about 13 mpg).  But as I drove it a couple of times, I started to really appreciate her.  I've always liked big V-8 cars (I bought the Skylark in a hurry when my '91 Lincoln Town Car was stolen).
So I thought, well, maybe I'll keep the MBz for awhile (you know, kind of like having a mistress on the side, only God doesn't mind so much if its just a second car). 
The bad mileage bothered me, yes, but I just enjoyed driving it so much that I started driving it more and more.  And I started to take it on longer and longer trips, which I swore I wouldn't do.
Now that I've had this Benz, I'm miserable if I drive the Skylark.  The engine is fine, but the struts aint so good, and I feel every bump in the road.  In the Benz, I swear I could drive OVER some cars and hardly notice the bump.
Now, like a mistress demanding I make an honest woman out of her (yes, you'd have thought I'd already exhausted that metaphor, wouldn't you?) I'm thinking of getting rid of my Skylark and keeping the 450 sel.  I hate the mpg, but I'm too addicted to the ride to go back.

I suppose 450se and I will just have to see you guys in your "mistresses" (okay, even I'm tired of the metaphor now!) and mutter, "Adulterers!" under our breath.  We're willing to look the other way and pretend we don't look down on your philandering ways, though. 
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Update-PIC)
Post by: OzBenzHead on 25 February 2006, 01:29 AM
We'll send you Texas as a parking lot if you wish....but you have to take "W" Bush and WW Bush with it....  and not return either.

No limits on what we may do to them?  We have a huge, empty centre populated only by Drop Bears ...   ;D
Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Update-PIC)
Post by: alabbasi on 25 February 2006, 08:19 AM
I have had an interesting life with this car. I bought it as a total basket case and rust bucket. It came with a rear quarter made from news paper and spark plug packets. Once we removed the front wing, we found that the wing was attached to a plastic bucket as the inner wing was rusted through. I bought it back once and it looked pretty decent. I need to do it again as its been sitting for a very long time.

71 Mercedes Benz 250CE - I have owned this car since I was 19.
                                     I want to bring this to the US and restore it.

Well that would be one of my dream cars, I would certainly restore such a classic car.

I also like the cat ( I mean the jaguar of course), my father has one of these and it is just so 'aristocratic'.


Here are some pictures taken back in 97.

(http://www.w108.org/gallery/albums/Alabbasis-71-250CE/250CE1.sized.jpg)
(http://www.w108.org/gallery/albums/Alabbasis-71-250CE/250CE2.sized.jpg)
(http://www.w108.org/gallery/albums/Alabbasis-71-250CE/250CE3.sized.jpg)

Title: Re: My other car is.....? (Update-PIC)
Post by: oscar on 26 February 2006, 04:21 AM
Al, nice coupe. I do like this coupe over a w123 type 280ce.  Anyway, now I can post pics (thanks John), here's our Ford territory.
(http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/7923/terry1hv.th.jpg) (http://img96.imageshack.us/my.php?image=terry1hv.jpg)

Actually it's not ours but our car's exactly the same.
Actually it's not ours it's the wife's car and because it's hers I've never thought about taking a photo of it.  No doubt if it was an ML, I'd have loads of pics.