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Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz, Range Rover – Three Bad Drivers in the News – Local, Regional, NationalFriday, October 11th, 2013
1. Jennie Zhu, Pine and Gough. Here’s the update on this one. Her lawyer says that his client isn’t talking, even to him. Compare this gambit with how he handled a recent first-degree murder case in town a couple years ago – the lawyer simply didn’t give an opening statement. You know what that means? It means that it’s up to the District Attorney to prove what happened with the evidence that his office has.
Is the best defense no defense? Maybe. IDK.
2. Meghan Anee Zato, Oakland. Oh Lord: “Police said she made a U-turn on 14th Street before driving down the wrong side of the street at the group.” Now there’s your problem right there. It doesn’t really matter who was part of which group.
Is the best defense this?
“What do we do in Oakland? Do we keep our mouth shut and allow this to go on?” he asked. “I guess we just keep our mouth shut and give Oakland over to graffiti vandals.”
No it is not. Decidedly.
3. Alexian Xian, NYC. So, yes, that guy on the motorcycle was being an asshole when he braked right in front of Alexian, but once you’re stopped, you gotta stay stopped or go backwards. You don’t go forward and paralyze somebody. Yes, even if Motorcycle Critical Mass is going on all around you.
Now, if Alexian had driven over people near the end of this incident instead of the beginning, then things might be different, he might have a defense.
So, is the best defense saying that Alexian “could not have done anything differently?” Well, if there was a chance of that being true, then maybe. But IRL, the answer is no.
Here’s One Problem, Just One Problem, With Tesla Motors’ Buyback Scheme: High Mercedes S Class DepreciationTuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Here’s the news of the day:
“Working with some of the largest and most respected banks in the country, Tesla has been able to create a financing product that combines the surety and comfort of ownership with all the advantages of a traditional lease.
US Bank and Wells Fargo will provide 10% down financing assuming a good credit rating, and the down payment is covered or more than covered by US Federal and state tax credits ranging from $7,500 to $15,000. New Jersey, Washington and DC also have no sales tax for electric vehicles. These advantages are not available when leasing.
After 36 months, you have the right, but not the obligation to sell your Model S to Tesla for the same residual value percentage as the iconic Mercedes S Class, one of the finest premium sedans in the world, made by Daimler (also a Tesla partner and investor).
Not only is Tesla guaranteeing that resale value, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk is personally standing behind that guarantee to give customers absolute peace of mind about the value of the asset they are purchasing.
We also encourage you to think about Model S ownership in terms of true out of pocket cost. When considering the savings from using electricity instead of gasoline, depreciation benefits, and other factors, buyers will save hundreds of dollars per month compared to owning a gasoline powered car.”
The problem with this, or rather, one of the problems with this, is that Mercedes Benz S-Class cars have horrible resale value.
So if Elon Musk really wants to put his money where his mouth is, why doesn’t he use cars more desirable and practical for the residual value percentage guarantee?
How about the Nissan Versa or Honda Fit?
The World’s Slowest Two-Seat Sports Car Spotted in the Richmond: Mercedes Benz 230SL W113 Pagoda RoofWednesday, March 27th, 2013
Here it is:
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Why Has California’s Handicapped Placard System Turned Into a Free Parking Subsidy for the One Percent?Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Two luxury cars, two handicapped placards, yet again:
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Why is it that most Mercedes Benzeses you see parked on the street in the Financial District, you know, the 94111 and the 94104, have handicap placards hanging from the rear view?
Could it be that California’s handicapped placard system is being abused by wealthy bay area drivers who feel that parking should be cheaper and easier for them?
Are you kind of a sucker for NOT having a handicapped placard considering that you could easily ask your doctor to sign the form for the DMV?
[UPDATE: This might be a gasoline-powered 230S, if that’s even possible. My bad. If anybody in town has an unusual euro-only Mercedes, it’s this guy. It might even have a manual transmission.]
Old Mercedes diesels* might be really slow, and they might emit more particulates than a fleet of new cars, and they might get converted to run on french fry grease, but…
The most cartoonish cloud of smoke coming from a car exhaust I’ve ever seen:
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…they will never die.
And here’s the thing – old diesels are exempt from California’s annual smog check program.
That’s a giant loophole big enough that you could drive a big old honking Mercedes Benz diesel through.
“I’ve only been a Benz owner for less than a year now. However, I’m beginning to think that stamping out smoke on these 616s is like trying to rid your yard comletely of dandelions – it’s a fool’s errand.
I’ve had my IP rebuilt, rolled in a new timing chain, and had the valve seals replaced all within the last 6 months. Injectors are also new and the valves were adjusted when the seals were replaced. Fuel filters and fuel lines are also new and all fluids are fresh. The only differences between mine and yours are that I have lower compression and I use perhaps a 1/2 quart of oil in 2,000 miles.
Despite this, I still have some smoke. There’s a hint of whitish smoke on cold idle at start up and a bit of black smoke when I get on the throttle or climb steep hills.
I have another set of injectors that I had rebuilt and will install them in due course. I’ll also rebuild the vacuum pump as a preventative measure. But after that, this game of “whack a mole” has to end.
There is one good thing to come from all this work, however. My engine sounds silky smooth. No knocking, no nailing, and no hicccups. The only underhood sounds you hear are the clickity click of fuel injectors popping and the combustion inside the engine. So long as this continues to be the case and my oil consumption doesn’t increase, I should consider everything else to be inconsequential.”
*Pray that this particular old Mercedes is a diesel. ‘Cause otherwise this rig prolly needs to get oil added on a daily basis…