Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: North Wales
Vehicle: '14 SLK 55 AMG Silver ( past ) '06 SLK 55 AMG Bright Blue, '03 SLK 320 black, '00 SLK 230 blue.
Other Toys: Oceanis 390 ( Greece)
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I bought a little diesel Peugeot panel van for Ł400 ( $500 ). It had a 'gearbox problem', ( noisy as hell and difficult to change the manual box ) and the brakes were 'iffy'. Reckoned on a used gearbox for 3150, diy and I had a little runabout van for the dogs and rubbish tip runs.
Spoke to local gearbox place who said Peugeot gearboxes leaked oil and to check level. Took out the plug and about 1/4 cup full of thick black muck drained out. Refilled it. Discovered that the brake fluid was below the intake to the master cylinder and the steering fluid was in a similar state! Topped it all off, drove it around locally for about 2 weeks, never longer than 10 miles at a time and all was good, screeching from gearbox gone, brakes good and steering not 'lumpy'. Decided to drive it to Greece! 1100 miles across Europe, Ferry, another couple of hundred over a sailing season around Greece then drove it back. Used it over the winter as a runabout and then took it to Greece again. Never saw a 'mechanic', it never needed fluids again and never missed a beat in 3 1100 mile trips.
Sold it to a guy in Greece who wanted to move a bunch of boat stuff from there back home to the UK. ( for Ł1500 ). Still know the guy and 5 years later the van is still banging away between the UK and Greece every season!
Ok so it wasn't a Merc but the principles are the same! If you trust the car to go 100 miles chances are it'll go 1500 miles for all the reasons allready listed by the other posters. Once your car is on the motorway/interstate the gearbox is not being exercised apart from the occasional up or downshift, once you are up-to-temperature nothing is changing. No reason to stop between filling the tank and stopping to refill!
Angelina IV - 2014 Silver R172 55 AMG
Angelina III - 2005 Mystic Blue R171 55 AMG
Angelina II - 2002 Silver 170 320
Angelina 1 - 2001 Silver 170 230
Realtime Tracker, SmartTop, retrofitted Panoramic roof, X-Pipe, 400hp atrw, wired in dashcam, carbon boot spoiler, Maxton splitter,Chrome bonnet fins, USB charger in console.