- Aug 7, 2010
- Surrey UK
- E350CDi Coupe AMG (2010) , G Wagen G280GE Short (1990), SL55 AMG (2003)
Thank you.. something to consider!Amazing difference to the dash lights and this is a fantastic thread and worth its weight in gold for any G wagon owner. Well done !!
I'm sure if you were in the official owners club they would publish many of your repairs / mods in their Gazette.
I have always tinkered and done the maintenance on all my cars... whether it be replacing brakes, or water pumps.. or repairing and replacing parts.. but the G wagen has been the most 'deep end' experience I have ever had on any car I have owned.. I feel a fantastic sense of satisfaction knowing that I have fixed something myself. I am not averse to going to an expert when something is beyond my skills... My friend who assists me sometimes is an engineer and a serial G wagen restorer, so it makes sense to ask his advice, as others do on this forum.. when there is something you do not know. I am always happy to pass on my experiences to others.. and listen to good advice.. because this is how we learn. I think you learn so much more from 'doing' rather than watching. Mistakes are just learning points... and everyone makes them. It is easy to give your car to someone else to fix.. much harder to have a go yourself...
I have never built or removed an engine. I have had some success and failures with things I have done. My Starter motor issue serialised early on at the beginning of this post.. dragged on for many many months.. but the key here is never give up... use logic... research.. and if all else fails trial and error..
My relationship with my G wagen is one of love.. not a financial one.. its a unique vehicle, I love the looks I get when I am driving it... it even turns heads at my local Mercedes Dealer amongst all the £80-£100,000 cars. Its not fast... but its tough.. and has that uniqueness most new cars struggle to master.
It is totally devoid of ECUs and computers... It just has electrical circuits and vacuum pipes, and mechanical fuel injection. It can be fixed with spanners and love... and I think for that reason I don't know of another car I would swap it with... perhaps a newer supercharged G55... but in the end... I dont worry about who I'm parked next to..
I've already got a couple of patina marks... !
I realise we all need a car for different things... so I bought three different cars.. that all do their thing brilliantly!