Sunday, March 8, 2015

Technical Inspection Authority (TÜV), part 3

Today I got my car back. I had to go there by bus ;) Well, the result of the Technical Inspection Authority still is after 25 years: no defects found. The emissions are o.k., the breaks are o.k., the steering is absolutely in very good shape and altogether the inspector and the mechanic were both pleasantly surprised. Here you can see the document concerning the inspection (it's written in German of course):


The certificate of the Technical Inspection Authority, the license to drive another two years


Well, the mechanic did some work though. But the repairs weren't relevant for the Technical Inspection Authority. The repairs were done because I wanted the car to run a little more smooth. That's why the mechanic exchanged the shock absorbers, the suspension springs and the two motor bearings.

one of the two new motor bearings

Now, the car is very tight on the street and feels even safer than before. So, it's done. No strange noise anymore (the mechanic didn't fix the exhaust holder, because in his opinion the holder was unnecessary anyway), a tight and good driving feeling and a motor that runs very soft and smooth because of its new bearings. It was worth it!


O.k., got another two years approval. Mission successful!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

10.000 clicks - thanks!

I want to say "Thank you" for more than 10.000 clicks on my blog within only two months. This is great! I will try to keep you posted about everything related to the W126 and the W201 and other nice classic cars.


If you have good ideas and interesting subjects or reports about your Mercedes classic car, leave me a message and I will publish your contribution as well.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Technical Inspection Authority (TÜV), part 2

O.k., today I got the phone call from the mechanic. The Technical Inspection Authority hasn't found anything serious. Only one of the headlights has to be adjusted - that's it! Wow, 25 years old and the only thing is a simple adjustment issue. Great!



Nevertheless the mechanic is doing a little more than necessary because there are a few things that I don't like:

- the motor bearings will be exchanged: 105,00 Euro each
- the front springs and the shock absorbers will be exchanged, 440,00 Euro
- one exhaust holder is rotten and this was the reason why I could hear a clanging noise coming from under the car, 45,00 Euro
- fee for the Technical Inspection Authority and the emissions inspection, 105,00 Euro
- work time, 220,00 Euro

It's going to cost me a bit but I think that after having done all these things, the car is going to run just fine and smoothly again. Will let you know more soon. Stay tuned!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Technical Inspection Authority (TÜV), part 1

Every two years a used car in Germany has to go through a technical inspection to keep the operating approval, carried out from the Technical Inspection Authority. Now it's March and time for my W201 to pass it. On Wednesday I will bring it to the garage to get some advice from the repair shop foreman and to do some inspection of the car before the official inspector. Not sure what to expect. I can hear some noise coming from the catalyst, the gas pressure springs are not the best anymore and the springs themselves aren't either. In a few days I will let you know about the progress we've made. Stay tuned.

by Alvimann, morguefile.com