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Old 20th August 2011, 16:54   #31
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post.
and what a true car indeed. You have also been very lucky to get such an immaculate example. Hope she serves you well.
just a small Q what type of HU does she have?
I have always loved the W124 in my search for a mature Mercedes, i was looking out for a W124 but then we ended up with a W115. Loved her too, but in the end maintaining her was getting too much so we had to let her go.
I do hope you manage to find a reliable and knowledgeable independent garage, who will maintain her in her already mint condition.
Wishing you many miles of joyful motoring with your beauty.
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@Achtung Englander, Mein Gott! beautifully penned with some nice images (apologies, i read way too many Commando comics). More pics of the car please. And, how much rupees should one expect to be put back to acquire one of these?

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You need to detach the trim and undo three screws - 5 min job. I did it for a w124 230E
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The OVRMs do fold if you push them, though they look like they are firmly attached to the body they are hinged but the hinge is hidden behind a sleeve.
Thanks for the clarification! I had always thought that the outer shell is fixed, while the inner glass moves. I was wondering how do these survive in Indian traffic conditions!
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just a small Q what type of HU does she have?
Hello mdsaab, thank you for your kind compliments, what is an HU ?

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@Achtung Englander, Mein Gott! beautifully penned with some nice images (apologies, i read way too many Commando comics). More pics of the car please. And, how much rupees should one expect to be put back to acquire one of these?

- adnan
For you, ze war iss over!!!!

More pics will be coming but only in a couple of weeks, so watch out for them. I see there are a few similar cars in the classified ads section of team-bhp, not sure how comparable they are exactly.

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Hello mdsaab, thank you for your kind compliments, what is an HU ?
HU = Head Unit
The radio/cd player in the dashboard.
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Achtung: A great write-up of a wonderful car. It is true that though one does see a number of Mercs on the road, the ones one tends to remember are like yours - classic.

Please keep posting, refreshing wit. And welcome to the Team!

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Also, if you don't mind, can you please let us know where exactly is this workshop located in Koramangala and how to reach this place.
Is this the place?

http://maps.google.com/maps/place?um...30152072920745

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Congratulations buddy Could you please tell us the price of purchase and the maintenance costs till now? I am considering W124 too, but the diesel version as my pocket would burn if I try to fuel a petrol car which would average around 8kmpl (You are really lucky for that) or even lesser in the city
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Achtung: A great write-up of a wonderful car. It is true that though one does see a number of Mercs on the road, the ones one tends to remember are like yours - classic.
Is this the place?

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Yes I think that is the place, to be honest I am usually lost by the time my driver finds the place, but Venkatapuram sounds familiar
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Great Car Achtung >> This is one of my favourites. And they are available at around 5 lakhs for a decent piece.
BTW, What tyres do you have on the car?
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Great Car Achtung >> This is one of my favourites. And they are available at around 5 lakhs for a decent piece.
BTW, What tyres do you have on the car?
Goodyear Excellence - I find they are much quieter and better at absorbing bumps than the previous lower profile Michelins, without compromising grip
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W124 are the last genertion of quality durable cars. Though not better than W123 but still good to own and drive. The generation of Mercedes cars after W124 don't have the DNA of the Mercedes Benz original engineering. I am also looking out for an E250 D with Automatic Transmission in a nice condition and not at a very superficial price.
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just a small Q what type of HU does she have?
Hello MD Saab,

I had a look today - the head unit is a Blaupunkt Hamburg, and it has a 10 CD changer in the boot (which works fine )
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Now, what a machine. It has become a rarity nowadays. Impeccably maintained.
Congrats for owning such a beauty.
We demand more snaps, particularly of the boot and the engine bay.
Many thanks. I will be adding lots of photos this weekend.
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So, I have been requested to add some more detailed interior pictures, etc.

Here are some of the interior, though I had to reduce the image size to make them less than 1MB :

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Front seat (obviously!!) - not baggy like some I have seen because it is lower mileage It goes up and down as well as back, forward and tilt, and the seat base can be tilted too

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back seats are cosy and there are 3 safety belts plus headrests for 2 passengers.

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back door (I was asked for photos so here you go!) - has an opening compartment for goodness knows what, wood strip and electric window switch. The door handle is nice solid metal

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view over the steering wheel. Attachment on the wheel is remote for the stereo (or should I say ICE (in-car entertainment) ???)

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And the central console, with window controls and electric mirror controls. Cool box is for refreshing drinks and is not part of the original equipment

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More interior photos now : front seats,

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Back seats with armrest down. As I am 6 foot 3, the front seats are quite far back.

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Back parcel shelf, first aid compartment under the lid in view. Mercedes Benz were the first with a number of safety features like airbags, anti-lock brakes and (probably) first aid kits.

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Here is a view from the driver's seat. I see I have not cleaned the passenger carpet!!!!! Aaaaaarrrrgh!!!!

In the next instalment we will find out what lurks in the first aid kit, what's in the stepney, what tyres the car has and there is a challenge for W124 experts out there..... coming soon....
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Hello again!!

More interior pictures now. I failed to upload one last time, so we will start with that. Also - mysteries of the first aid box revealed, plus - the stepney

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Here's the central console with Baupunkt Hamburg, which offers the rarely seen feature of a cassette hole thingy!! Though it does have a 10 disc auto-changer too. No iPod connectivity

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This is what is in the first aid kit. Ready for action

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This car has a rear window blind (fully manual operation)

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The stepney (is that the right spelling?) is a J K tyre, probably an original and hence a collectors item. I was told that they are speed limiters as they have no grip. Holds air well though. There is a hefty jack in there too, and on the right you can see the disc changer. Remember those??

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Cover for spare wheel - I just realised this is upside down - apologies

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The boot lid contains a handy warning triangle, as an alternative to a few leaves from a tree ...... This boot is bigger than in the latest e-class as the 2 huge suitcases that just fit in here won't go in the latest model. In fact I can put my bike in there....

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My bike - I remove the wheels and saddle, then wrap up the frame in one of those mats made of plastic straws, which by the way are amazingly cheap and make excellent protective covers. The wrapped up frame fits almost exactly into the boot, which means I don't need a bike rack. My bike has front suspension and hydraulic disc brakes too!

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Here are the tyres to answer someone's question - they are Goodyear Excellence 195/65 R15, H rated, hence good for 210 kmph. The not-low profile is good for ride quality

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Radio advert in window

Next - what's under the bonnet....
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