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The RF caliper on the B Class is dragging. I noticed it today but I think it's been dragging for several months, only not as much as it is now. The wheel was REALLY hot, so I cooled it down, took the pads out, checked the sliders and caliper holder and all was well. I screwed the piston back in (it was very resistant) and reassembled with fresh never-seize on the brake pad ears...after a short test drive, it was apparent that the calliper was binding again.It's the same calliper that the wear sensor is attached to, and it probably explains why I had the premature pad wear in July last year.So I am going to take it to TPM Nanaimo for a new set of front calipers...I am not into bleeding brakes in the cold weather!

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The dealer tech confirmed my diagnosis and so both front calipers will be changed. I am having them mount the new rear discs and pads at the same time. I had been planning to do that myself but I figured I would let them do it because it is only costing an additional $180. The car has 162,000 km on it.

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Got it back yesterday, new front calipers and rear discs and pads, it brakes like a new car now. I didn't realize how bad the brakes had been until after this work. They stopped the car well enough but were not smooth (and were dragging of course). Calipers were $280 a side.

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Yeah the whole bill was $1170 because I asked them to install rear discs and pads too. Could have done that myself, but I figured, what the hey?

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That is the plan! After 300K km, the car will owe me nothing.

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So MikeT, how is the B200 as of September 2015? And how many kms now?

As I have been toying with various 'next vehicle' potentials..... a manual transmission 2007 B200 has shown up with about 145,000 kms on it. It's probably a negotiable price a little bit. I would want it inspected so I know what's going to cost money right away before committing, if I get that far.

But still curious about yours.....

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202,000 km. No check engine light ever, no gearbox or drivetrain issues. Weak points have been brakes and occasionally leaky sunroof. Plus points are great room, reasonable comfort and good fuel economy.

Post-2008 cars have better rust protection on the doors, unless they (like mine) have been voluntarily replaced by M-B Canada.

Don't get one with a CVT automatic, even as a gift.

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Fasteddy says the same thing - avoid CVT

I would only get a manual variant of the B200 or B200T

Time will tell.......

I'm in no rush, and it's fun to look

Mini Cooper S in manual is not size wise what I need, but might be fun for awhile....

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Just north of Williams Lake on November 10th, we passed 265,000 km.  I expect to be at 266,000 when we get home on Wednesday evening.  That's 100,000 km less than my Peugeot 405 went before we scrapped it after the head gasket blew.  And over almost exactly 11 years (a few days over), averaging over 24,000 km a year.  She's a workhorse.  I expect our next car to be a hybrid Peugeot or maybe an electric Peugeot or other.  Meaning, I expect to be driving this car for another 5 years and to 400,000 km.

 

Got her some new steelies and winter tires (from my sister, whose B was destroyed in a collision) so it's black wheels right now, no hubcaps.  I kind of like the rustic look.  The hubcaps just end up chewing the paint off the rims anyway.

 

It's funny going back to the beginning of this thread, with some advising me to wait until the new (illegal) VW diesels come out.  Glad I didn't wait for that!  Plus the 2.0 TDIs like to blow up real good.  Ha!

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I'm not sure about headroom issues the the rear of a Pious.  I'm 195cm and never had an issue when sat in the back of Mrs Chopper's Pious back when she had one.

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The left driveshaft snapped in half today with little warning.  It was ticking on the weekend.  Bubblegum metallurgy!   

 

Assuming it's just the shaft, we will change it, suck up the cost, and keep driving.  But it's very disappointing all the same.

 

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'twas the right driveshaft that snapped. 

 

Anyway the car, being a 5 speed manual, has a different type of driveshaft than the CVT automatic (BTW a gearbox that systematically lunches itself catastrophically) and so it's ordered....from Germany.  10 day process and therefore V.O.R. for two weeks. 

 

The guy asked me if the $1300 price for the part was dissuasive.  Nope, though it's a "tad" more than one would hope to pay for an under-engineered shaft.  Add a few hundred for labour and tax and we may be on the road again a week before Christmas....

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Shear plane is not from torsion but rather it looks like metal fatigue due to shear, bending or vibration.  The outer CV joint, a bit over a year old, was saved and so we go onward above 267,000 km....

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What?!!

 

I will never buy another German car. 

 

Least of all an Audi.  A friend had an A3 TDI and the engine grenaded at 95,000 km.....then came the cheating scandal....the car was bought back by the cheaters (VW/Audi) and he got something better to replace that POS.

 

My sister has owned an Audi Q5 2L turbo for a while and it just had a major failure of a safety component in the steering - "known issue" with a service bulletin that expired at the end of 2018, no recall, but it stiffens the steering up to the point that the driver can lose control.  Cost is about $1500++.  She left the car at the dealer today because although it's out of warranty (by two weeks!) they have not offered to cover the full cost of this thing that should be a Transport Canada safety recall.  Her Q5 had three major recalls in the year and a bit since she has owned it and the gas door mechanism also failed before the end of 2018 when it was under warranty - that would be a $1000 bill today.

 

My B 200 has 174,000 miles on it and I will have to change the other driveshaft sooner than later.  I expect to get at least 250,000 miles on it and then scrap it when it's done.  I may buy one new car in my lifetime but it will not be German!  Leasing - no chance!

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Now my response (above) seems to be to nothing, never mind!

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Front calipers were replaced again 13 months ago, and today I changed the LR caliper, which was binding and also was the original caliper.  10 minute job.

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This afternoon...

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The engine feels like it will easily do 500,000 km.  Burns no measurable oil over 10,000 km intervals.

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