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  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,120
    Nice! Good luck with it! White will make it easier to keep clean and scratches won't be as visible.
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,330
    Great looking car, Fin, in and out! Please keep us updated on your impressions and experiences as you two become acquainted. The new E-class is looking good to me, and a Mercedes diesel strikes me as about as good as it gets.

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,120
    ...white Lexus RX450h at work and a black Chevrolet Malibu on Oxford Avenue near Unruh in NE Philly.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    I also think white works well with the design of the car. Some cars look better in the color than others. It's also a good contrast for the pano roof. And unlike the dark grey car, I can drive it for 10 miles in the rain and not have it look like I've been off road.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    edited February 2013
    I'll post any issues, for sure. The car has a little quirk to be adjusted already. I went over it with a fine toothed comb, and the fuel filler door is maybe a couple mm out of adjustment. I have an appointment Monday to have it aligned. A normal person might not have noticed. But if I am taking on a car payment again, I want it perfect. Otherwise, it's a piece of heaven, relaxing to drive, more tech than I know what to do with, good mileage. And dare I say it, it might even be a little pretty.

    Speaking of new cars, when I bought my car, they had a beautiful C-class on the lot. C300 4Matic, Diamond Silver on ash leather, P2, pano, loaded, big 48K MSRP. Today, it's gone. Maybe it sold.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    Around here the problem is debris, especially pine needles and leaves.

    The fintail doesn't even have carpeting up front, just rubber floors. I wipe them down now and then, easy.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Do you get pine tar or are both cars under cover?

    I have a car port for 2 cars, but the 3rd car is exposed. Sucks when it snows.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Saw a blue Golf with plastic wheel covers and 65 series tires.

    Looked it up - 2.5l engine is standard, so no 2.slow like the base Jetta, at least.

    VW needs a car to slot below the Golf/Jetta just to get away from these stripped base models.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    Both cars are garaged. I'd want to sell the old car if I couldn't keep it dry - it would decay pretty fast in the damp here.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The salt they use on the roads around here would eat an older car, too.

    Was the fintail's steel galvanized?
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    Nope, I don't know if that had been invented yet. Some design issues in old cars are also rust nests - floors, trunks, rockers, headlight areas - places that retain moisture.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I think galvanization became mainstream in the early 90s but it would not surprise me if Benz was a decade or more ahead of the curve.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,739
    Porsche started using galvanized steel back in 1974. The rest of the industry caught up by mid 1980's.

    Galvanizing covers a broad spectrum of applications using zinc. The best application is hot dipping but that leaves a thick finish that can't be painted or welded.

    IIRC, cars are dipped in a zinc rich primer that bonds to the metal with electricity.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I remember seeing 2 year old Hyundai Excels with massive rust. They came out in 1985 IIRC.

    I guess it was phased in and the cheapies got it last.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,971
    edited February 2013
    2013 Ford Escape owners are concerned about rust already showing up underneath, including the knuckles and such around the wheels.

    I'm wondering if that's intentional - maybe Ford is using the oxidation for "protection"? I've seen a few "steel" commercial buildings that are intentionally allowed to rust. "Weathering steel" they call it.

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Frightening to see this early, but it does appear to be surface rust.

    Still - can't they dip those parts? Or at least paint them?

    Reminds me of my '91 Ford Escort GT - I had rust on the fuel filler neck right away, brand new. Fortunately it never got worse, but it sure was ugly.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Fix Obstinate Rust Daily
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    Some MBs are known to be rusters, others not. W126s and W210s can get bad. Models in the past decade seem to be OK, but even some 90s cars, not the best.
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,511
    The W210 was a recent low point for MB, it seems, coming after the bulletproof W124, with problems (like rust) I never would have expected.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,141
    I suspect some of those who rushed over to Ford because they didn't take a bailout are going to be disappointed. I think "Quality is Job 1" is just marketing puffing. In my experiences with them they really aren't that different than GM, particularly after the warranty runs out. Incidentally, my neighbor has a 4 or 5 year old F-150 with around 70K and it already needs a new transmission and he told me he has a friend with a similar issue. So much for "built tough"!
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