Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2002 17:26:46 -0400
From: "KeithG" <>
Subject: Re: my two "new" 87 9000's - some electrical trouble - a long story and a few questions.

I have 2 '92 cars with over 100k each. I have no qualms taking them anywhere. A well maintained car can be 40 years old and be reliable. The only thing I always look for is comfort and rust. If either of these fail me, I sell it and get something else. It he bodies are solid, I would think that the costs of maintenance if you do a lot yourself would make these less costly to own than a new car when you factor in insurance and purchase price.If you want your older cars to be reliable and last a long time, maintain aggressively. Be preventive. Do not worry about that extra 40.00 you spent on new fluids and question if you REALLY need it. It is cheaper in the long run. Many people worry more about how little they can put into their cars as maintenance as though it is a game. Quasi has a great maintenance schedule on his page. Since these cars are new to you, I would suggest going over them with a fine tooth comb. Use his maintenance program as a guide. If there are questionable things, replace. Look for ball joints, CV boots/Joints, Water pump, heater core. Stick to Mercedes Benz coolant (yes, from the dealer). You will probably have to replace a ball joint or 2 on these. They are pretty easy to do with just hand tools. Maybe a couple of motor mounts, a water pump. But if you can do some or all of these yourself, the solid car will reward you. My dad still will not sell his 9k. it is a '91 with over 150k and he still feels that nothing drives like it. I feel that way about my 900's... Good luck KeithG "Abdallah Jamal" <> wrote in message sorry to wake you up on a monday Keith ;-) , though i really appreciate your feedback. - i have the links bookmarked, thanks. - i guess i couldn't have avoided all the labour cost in the alternator exchange, but i could have saved C$300 having it rebuilt. (grr...!) - i'll take a look at the rear brake process. - thanks for the other leads. i will follow them up, and keep the group informed. thanks for the welcome! - glad to be here. btw, am i off the mark putting my reliance in the older cars (87)? - would it have been more worth my while searching for newer models? (price would be the biggest holdback) abdallah "KeithG" <> wrote in message news:aajgcn$ijs$ Abdallah, Wow, that is a bit much for a Monday... First, bookmark this site: (this one is a routed DHCP site. To reliably get there, you need to surf to the main page) When the alternator dies, it is either the regulator or the brushes. This is a 50.00 part and is easily replaced. rear parking brake: There is a procedure on the Townsend site above. You need to reset the small (4mm) Allen screw to set the parking brake. If this shop just 'did a brake job' and did not know about this oddness, it may still need to be done.rotors are about 40.00 each. They are pretty easy to replace yourself. You do need to remove the brake calipers though.Make sure that the brake fluid is changed and use dot4. 1: see quasi's site - indicator bulb is out - common. 2: do not know 3: ditto 4: the mechanism bolts to the seat with 4 bolts. I would suggest getting a used mechanism at a junkyard ( 5: seat heater failures are common. Keep sharp objects from the seat and try not to kneel there either. Townsend, Saabnet and quasi cover this. Basically - remove the cover and solder the wire back together. 6: do not know 7: also covered on Quasi and Townsend. 8: the seat heater has a lower and a lumbar pad. If the lower works, the back should as well. it is a series connected heater, so unless someone 'fixed it' it should work as well. 9: either at the speaker or the connector on the radio. Clean contacts. The speaker surrounds may also be disintegrated. Remove the dash top and inspect. 10: also covered on in the FAQ ( . I had mine recovered at a local upholstery shop. You can try it as well. Basically, what has happened is that the foam backer has disintegrated. You cannot really glue it to any great result. You have to replace the material. Good luck and welcome. KeithG "Abdallah Jamal" <> wrote in message i've held off posting this, but here goes.. <<<Clipped>>>

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