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DSM10000

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Well sometimes things happen that we haven't planned for!

There is a chap who lives nearby that I often meet in the local Butcher or when walking the hound (he lost his Retriever last year and "strangely" still has copious fresh treats in his pockets!), I met him this morning and he he was making a fuss of woofer who, with his usual reluctance, absorbed it like the professional he is!

We started chatting about life etc and he mentioned that he hasn't seen me in the Mercedes for a while and I explained that the BMW has essentially taken over and that the MB was not really being used.

It turns out that his 5 Series was written off after a minor collision recently and he was debating what to get but needs something capable of towing a trailer, his Mini Cooper not being up to the task and he asked if I would consider selling the Mercedes.

I told him it's mileage etc but he wasn't concerned as he knew that it was looked after and I told him that the last MOT was free of any advisories.

He asked how much I would want for it and I really had no idea so he asked if he could come over and drive it which was agreed and about an hour ago after his drive we sat in the kitchen with tea and lemon drizzle cake (with the hound keeping a watchful eye in case any treats were to fall from his pockets) and the chap made an offer I thought overly generous so I declined it and told him to take £250 off that and it was his.

A handshake later, funds transferred, paperwork completed and the MB has gone! 👍
 
Well sometimes things happen that we haven't planned for!

There is a chap who lives nearby that I often meet in the local Butcher or when walking the hound (he lost his Retriever last year and "strangely" still has copious fresh treats in his pockets!), I met him this morning and he he was making a fuss of woofer who, with his usual reluctance, absorbed it like the professional he is!

We started chatting about life etc and he mentioned that he hasn't seen me in the Mercedes for a while and I explained that the BMW has essentially taken over and that the MB was not really being used.

It turns out that his 5 Series was written off after a minor collision recently and he was debating what to get but needs something capable of towing a trailer, his Mini Cooper not being up to the task and he asked if I would consider selling the Mercedes.

I told him it's mileage etc but he wasn't concerned as he knew that it was looked after and I told him that the last MOT was free of any advisories.

He asked how much I would want for it and I really had no idea so he asked if he could come over and drive it which was agreed and about an hour ago after his drive we sat in the kitchen with tea and lemon drizzle cake (with the hound keeping a watchful eye in case any treats were to fall from his pockets) and the chap made an offer I thought overly generous so I declined it and told him to take £250 off that and it was his.

A handshake later, funds transferred, paperwork completed and the MB has gone! 👍
Your observation about the pocketful of treats struck a cord here; 2 years since we lost our last black Lab and still both of us have treats in every pocket of every jacket we possess.
It's a hard habit to break.
 
I have see this thread has been moved to the "Defectors to other marques" section.

II covered that when I bought the BMW last year. This wasn't about "defecting" (a rather pejorative term) it was relevant to Mercedes per se!
 
Congratulations on the sale! I was hoping to have a similar sale story but Mmy bmw is doing everything to make sure I keep the merc 🤣
I'm on 39,996 miles and was planning to sell the merc 800 Miles ago but the reliability of the bmw has forced me to put on those miles.
Had battery discharge warnings during the week. Trickle charged it and today drove 40 miles but after the discharge warning. Warning came back as I was leaving to go back home wirh the family, but it started. On the slip road to m25, CEL light, then ABS , then others come on. So stopped on hard shoulder. Obd reader was useless, car wouldn't start no matter how many times I took the key out and back in. Usb jump starter saved me , car started, drove home with not a whisper of an issue. Looks like I need a new battery or alternator and a merc as backup 🤣🤣🤣
 
Congratulations on the sale! I was hoping to have a similar sale story but Mmy bmw is doing everything to make sure I keep the merc 🤣
I'm on 39,996 miles and was planning to sell the merc 800 Miles ago but the reliability of the bmw has forced me to put on those miles.
Had battery discharge warnings during the week. Trickle charged it and today drove 40 miles but after the discharge warning. Warning came back as I was leaving to go back home wirh the family, but it started. On the slip road to m25, CEL light, then ABS , then others come on. So stopped on hard shoulder. Obd reader was useless, car wouldn't start no matter how many times I took the key out and back in. Usb jump starter saved me , car started, drove home with not a whisper of an issue. Looks like I need a new battery or alternator and a merc as backup 🤣🤣🤣
Sorry to hear about the battery issues.

You’ve probably checked but I’d be looking to make sure something as simple as all the battery connections are still good. It feels rare for an alternator to be failing on such a new car.
 
Well sometimes things happen that we haven't planned for!

There is a chap who lives nearby that I often meet in the local Butcher or when walking the hound (he lost his Retriever last year and "strangely" still has copious fresh treats in his pockets!), I met him this morning and he he was making a fuss of woofer who, with his usual reluctance, absorbed it like the professional he is!

We started chatting about life etc and he mentioned that he hasn't seen me in the Mercedes for a while and I explained that the BMW has essentially taken over and that the MB was not really being used.

It turns out that his 5 Series was written off after a minor collision recently and he was debating what to get but needs something capable of towing a trailer, his Mini Cooper not being up to the task and he asked if I would consider selling the Mercedes.

I told him it's mileage etc but he wasn't concerned as he knew that it was looked after and I told him that the last MOT was free of any advisories.

He asked how much I would want for it and I really had no idea so he asked if he could come over and drive it which was agreed and about an hour ago after his drive we sat in the kitchen with tea and lemon drizzle cake (with the hound keeping a watchful eye in case any treats were to fall from his pockets) and the chap made an offer I thought overly generous so I declined it and told him to take £250 off that and it was his.

A handshake later, funds transferred, paperwork completed and the MB has gone! 👍
Good result. A number of friends seem to be reducing the number of vehicles on their drive. Both young and old. Maybe it’s the taxes, the cost of new cars, the cost of living or just saving the planet.

And one less motor to keep clean !
 
Sorry to hear about the battery issues.

You’ve probably checked but I’d be looking to make sure something as simple as all the battery connections are still good. It feels rare for an alternator to be failing on such a new car.
Thanks , I was just thinking that I'd like to locate the battery and check everything is in order regarding connections etc.

This one time my e46 m3 had just been serviced and suddenly died on me driving up my road, blocking it for all traffic! It was an smg and was in gear... A friendly neighbour helped me jump start it and when I got it onto my driveway it turns out the mechanic didn't connect the cable to the battery terminal properly and It came loose mid drive.

This one is an e93 m3 and is quite old now. I already complained to the stealership I bought the car from about the battery when I just bought the car and I'll try to argue they need to replace it.

It's a difficult choice to get rid of my merc. It's such a superior car to that old BMW. Everything about it is a marvel. Wifey says no long trips as a family in the bmw so I guess I'm keeping the merc then 😅
 
Thanks , I was just thinking that I'd like to locate the battery and check everything is in order regarding connections etc.

This one time my e46 m3 had just been serviced and suddenly died on me driving up my road, blocking it for all traffic! It was an smg and was in gear... A friendly neighbour helped me jump start it and when I got it onto my driveway it turns out the mechanic didn't connect the cable to the battery terminal properly and It came loose mid drive.

This one is an e93 m3 and is quite old now. I already complained to the stealership I bought the car from about the battery when I just bought the car and I'll try to argue they need to replace it.

It's a difficult choice to get rid of my merc. It's such a superior car to that old BMW. Everything about it is a marvel. Wifey says no long trips as a family in the bmw so I guess I'm keeping the merc then 😅
It's a rich tradition: family car and Dad's car. Two quite different creatures.
 
I've had an actual or effectivly 2 seat Dad's car for a number of years now - 8 1/2 years of Porsche 968 cabriolet and to date about 5 years of MB R171 (early facelift) SLK280, kept for dry sunny weekends and garaged on battery conditioner when not in use. SLK has been in her garage since mid-December unused, and we're thinking it's time to go to one car and save the cost of RF, insurance etc on a car we hardly use. Photo on my profile. Getting old sucks!! Can't make up my mind whether I'm ready to admit defeat and find a new owner for her - she's a beauty!
 

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