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Old Mercedes A class with an eml light would you buy it.


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#1 OFFLINE   Vince70

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:48 PM

My younger brother has found himself a little A class 1.4 Petrol which is has done 60000 miles on an 03 reg which is up for £595 and wants rid of his Poxhall corsa and he wants me to take a look tomorrow.
The thing is that’s worrying me is the eml light is on and don’t want to see him come unstuck but apparently it runs ok apart from that.

The owner said the garage told him the car just needs a service but I think if that’s the reason wouldn’t you just throw in a set of plugs and reset the lights.

So Would you run a mile.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:51 PM

Is one mile enough?
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:53 PM

Heavens no. 

 

This is AS, so he should either:

 

Make like Cavcraft and buy a fucked Vectra

 

Make like Junkman and buy something pre-1986.

 

PS, still no.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:55 PM

Truly appalling cars, avoid like several does of the clap and the plague.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:57 PM

Nope! The ECU has the airflow meter built in or some bollocks and they're a nightmare.

Horrible cars even when working TBH - I took my mate to Bradford to buy one and he'd listed on ebay before we even got home.

Getting rid of a Corsa for an A class is like swapping an occasional cold sore for MASSIVE GALLOPING PENILE HERPES
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:58 PM

Jesus wept.

 

If even Billeh won't touch them, they must be MONUMENTALLY shit!


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:07 PM

Never do this.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:13 PM

I think I better talk him out of the idea and tell him to buy a Laguna ide
I was thinking go for something jap or Korean
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:14 PM

Tell him to buy a Real Mercedes ;)

https://www.ebay.co....r8AAOSw-09aTkDA


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:19 PM

That’s what I call a Mercedes.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:26 PM

I'd offer the dealer £250, get beat up to £300 and take my chances at that. I'd be amazed if he doesn't snap your hand off at £250 though tbh. 

 

Whether I'd go for an A class is another matter. There is a largely reliable petrol Vel Satis on autoshite which has done the quarter million and always getting lights on. It never seems to be anything serious enough to spell doom for the car.  Who would have advised you to buy a Vel Satis? It's most likely the only decent one they ever made, but it goes to show that cars can surprise you....


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:37 PM

Avoid avoid avoid, even the regular traders won't touch them in the auctions add theres always something expensive to go wrong with them.
Last one I saw had no bids at £60 then someone brought it up to a ton and it sold.....






And literally shat it's clutch there and then as we had to push it out of the ring, dismal.
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:43 PM

Often see borked ones of these for sale so either no one wants to put the money into fixing them - or the can be an expensive pain in the arse. Not the most impressive car when working ok anyway - unless its the badge you want to try and impress with. More interesting stuff about for the money.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:46 PM

I have a weakness for lame ducks, as I think we all know... and I'd be on the next plane to New Zealand to get away from that thing!


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:46 PM

i'd violate one of these, wouldn't go any deeper than £150 though.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:11 AM

Used to look after a Delta Integrale Evo2 Perlatto for a bloke, who's daily driver was an A140. He raved about the A140. Never quite knew what to make of that.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:56 AM

My younger brother has found himself a little A class 1.4 Petrol which is has done 60000 miles on an 03 reg which is up for £595 and wants rid of his Poxhall corsa and he wants me to take a look tomorrow.
The thing is that’s worrying me is the eml light is on and don’t want to see him come unstuck but apparently it runs ok apart from that.

The owner said the garage told him the car just needs a service but I think if that’s the reason wouldn’t you just throw in a set of plugs and reset the lights.

So Would you run a mile.

 

You gotta be fucking joking!

 

Which Mercedes has there been after the 300SEL 6.3?


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:01 AM

You gotta be fucking joking!

 

Which Mercedes has there been after the 300SEL 6.3?

450 SEL 6.9...


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:26 AM

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:27 AM

450 SEL 6.9...

 

Sod off with that lame Citroen in de fucking guise.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:47 AM

I have a weakness for lame ducks, as I think we all know... and I'd be on the next plane to New Zealand to get away from that thing!

 

They sold them here too!

You too can come here and buy an A for $5000 because it's a Merc....


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:15 AM

450 SEL 6.9...

Wot he sed; if you're allergic to high-dro noomaticness then 560SEL-ness is an adequate substitute.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:37 AM

Where that A class is up on two wheels in and out of the cones....they very rapidly sorted this so they don’t do this anymore.

I have had many an A class

Problems -

Power steering gives up (normally the motor as they are electric) and these are costly
The odometer bulb/backlight always goes so impossible to read the mileage
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:42 AM

Look on the Honest John website reviews there. The answer is a big no. 


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:47 AM

The thing is the other half has a high mileage old style early A class which is 20 years old now and It never gets maintained apart from going through a cheap car wash very occasionally once when it gets to the point that the number plates are no longer visible and it's still completely rot free although it has a dent on every panel.

She has had her car for about 3 years now and it's never missed a beat in that time and it's very practical I even managed to pick up the doors for my old rover 400 in the old thing and is like a tardis inside.

I know the auto and semi auto models have to be avoided like the plague but I was hoping a little 1.4 manual would of been ok but now I hear the horror stories I'm going to tell him to avoid and go for something like a cheap Yaris.

I've just looked up the price of a MAF unit after what cobblers said for a worse case scenario and you have to send your old one away for refurb which is £200 in itself due to being a shite design and being built in to the ecu and Last time I had one go on an old A4 it was £10 off eBay for a second unit and a two minute job to fit.

I think he still wants to look at the thing but I don't want any dealings with the thing myself now but I have my old code reader so I might ask if I can plug it in or disconnect the MAF if it does run shite and see what happens.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:53 AM

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I would have said run a mile but being reminded of that means - buy it and TRACK DAY! What a hoot that would be (for the two minutes before you died).

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:11 AM

Jesus wept.

 

If even Billeh won't touch them, they must be MONUMENTALLY shit!

 

I didn't say I wouldn't touch one, but they are still absolute and utter rubbish.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:13 AM

Even the africans leave em alone now and that says something...
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:45 AM

They are shit, a woman at work has an old one (2.1 Auto top of the range in its time) and I have had to move it/drop her off in it a couple of times and its absolutely terrible to drive, the seating position is all wrong and it just feels utterly shit, her boyfriend thought he was doing her a favour when he bought her it.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 10:15 AM

Hired one for a couple of weeks when we had the house of escape in France. I quite liked it. 

 

Sorry.

 

Might do for £150. If I had £150. I don't, so. No.


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