"RJ - Like many technical issues, HJ's scattergun answer isn't particularly helpful."
I don't have the technical expertise to make that judgement. However, given how receptive and responsive HJ is to personal e-mails, he might welcome one from the likes of you and, if your arguments...
Seriously, if you have BT Call Minder or equivalent, set your phone to zero rings, so that all calls go straight to the answering system. Check frequently for messages. Not a single phone spammer has deigned to leave a message for me in several years. If a caller can't be bothered to leave a...
"The hydraulics on a 600 are notoriously difficult to work on and as a result very, very expensive to fix."
Indeed. this is why it's worth mentioning again:
16c Hamm Moor La
Weybridge Business Park
whose boss (in overalls, not a suit) is the...
Car Trimmers & Upholsterers in England
Barton & Sons in Luton may be able to help. I've used them several times on interior jobs.
£300 is perfectly reasonable for a day's work. No good coach trimmer or soft-top specialist is going to compromise on a job like this.
Honest John's favourite has always been King Automatics:
Frequently Asked Questions | Honest John
They may be too far from you, but they're about the same distance from me and with something as serious as an autobox, I'd try to get the car there somehow.
Can't answer your questions, but leccy seats without memory are worse than useless. My Coupé has one and I'd rather have a manual for quick adjustment, as I have on other models. And, from experience to date, I'd say that the leccy-with-memory seats in my R129 seem have a mind of their own at...
For the M104, MB's own Technical data passenger cars (October 1993) gives 55Nm (not 70Nm) as the initial torque, with 90° rotation at Stage 2 and Stage 3. The tightening sequence is as in the first diagram above.
I'd stick to 10W40. The lower the first number, the quicker the oil gets around a cold engine, which is the phase when most damage can be done (most = 70%+). If the car hasn't been cared for, I'd run it on the fresh oil for 1000 miles, without putting it under serious stress, then change the oil...
The Highway Code needs to deal with this properly. I'll see if they are interested.
It seems to me that, once committed to a lane that is dedicated to an exit, you are on a different route and not simply a different lane. Would anyone consider passing slow lane 1 traffic on a slip road to be...
In spite of being a wordsmith by occupation, I'm not too bothered about spelling and grammar in forums. There is an easy solution with spelling: compose your message in a word processor, use the spell-check, then copy the message into the forum.
I do have difficulty with text-speak...
I read somewhere that the discerning German middle class has for some time regarded Audi as the premier marque for all-round quality. The shortcomings of my old Audi 100 notwithstanding, it was hard to fault build quality and especially paintwork, the latter being dictinctly better than the MBs...
I've been using Mobil 1 since 1997: Golf VR6 for nine years and five MBs (ten years 63k, five years 148k, four years 182k, one year 75k). No problems whatsoever.
This may be of interest:
Myths About Synthetic Motor Oils
"This is absolutely bang on, you look at all cars that were painted with the early water based paints and they were all rust buckets within a few years, Vauxhalls being noticeably worse."
As I've reported elsewhere, the boss of the bodyshop I use remains unconvinced that the problems are...