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Time for a new family car.

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Given the make of car I would have been disappointed if it had needed any. My w115 Merc did 450,000 km before it needed an engine rebuild. Also of note, the rebuild was really easy like all jobs on a Merccedes.

 

Proper cars. :)

 

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I thought so too - this is the last of the proper FWD Mercs that's not sort of half Nissan-Renault or whatever. My Peugeot 405, which did drink a lot of oil despite not blowing blue exhaust, made it to 366,000 km before the head gasket blew and I decided to scrap it die to so much other work being needed. 

 

This one seems much more solid and 500K km is my base target.

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+1 on that.

 

Renault are the one make of car I refuse to own or work on. Anyone that designs such that you have to break the taper before you can get the nut off a ball joint needs the little white coated men to give them help.

 

One interesting fact about Renault is that they are the only manufacturer in the world that have the means to make a car from raw materials. Iron ore to car with no bought in bits.

 

They also have their own vineyards that make reasonable wine if you can get hold of it.

 

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Update: about 12 days ago the alternator stopped charging and there was also a "new" noise from the poly-V belt. It snapped, fragmented/shredded on the way to the Nanaimo dealer and the car got hot too: 120°C or more, the temp warning came on. The temperature gauge in modern cars seems to dampen out normal temperature variations so the drivers don't get worried but this dampening meant that the temperature gauge showed 90°C one minute and 120°C the next. I thought I may have cooked it even though I shut the engine off within 10 seconds of the warning light.

May be an image of grass, road and text that says "Vancou Islan Univer"

The smart was ahead of the broken down B200, with my son-in-law driving it...

 

May be an image of hairbrush and rear-view mirror

 

The root cause according to the dealer was the failure of the idler pulleys, which was making the belt slip and eventually overheated it to the point that it died. In the process the tensioner pulley "exploded" according to the work order!

 

In the end the alternator was also damaged so I authorized its replacement  - 340K km is a good innings for an alternator - along with the two idler pulleys as well as the tensioner pulley and belt. $2290 all in with labour. That's three months' payment on a new car, which I'd prefer not to have to buy right now.

 

The engine seems fine after the getting hot episode so on we go towards 400K km.

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