ULEZ expansion 2023 have your say

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Re: ULEZ expansion 2023 have your say

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Off-topic alert! I've just been quoted by Mercedes for a replacement petrol tank for the virtually terminally rusty old one. £3,020!! :shock: :shock: :shock: The car is only worth £3,020!! :roll:. It's a perfectly good car but if I weren't able to do the work myself it would now be scrap. Ridiculous.

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Pete Boole wrote:
Tue Jun 21, 2022 11:33
Off-topic alert! I've just been quoted by Mercedes for a replacement petrol tank for the virtually terminally rusty old one. £3,020!! :shock: :shock: :shock: The car is only worth £3,020!! :roll:. It's a perfectly good car but if I weren't able to do the work myself it would now be scrap. Ridiculous.

Rant over :D

Pete
There might be a few Mercedes fuel tanks lying around at work here, and they are good for E10 too! You can't fill 'em as fast as you used to, though.

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Pete Boole wrote:
Tue Jun 21, 2022 11:33
Off-topic alert! I've just been quoted by Mercedes for a replacement petrol tank for the virtually terminally rusty old one. £3,020!! :shock: :shock: :shock: The car is only worth £3,020!! :roll:. It's a perfectly good car but if I weren't able to do the work myself it would now be scrap. Ridiculous.

Rant over :D

Pete
I know that feeling.
The V6 cdi has an oil/water heat exchanger buried in the V under lots of other stuff. It has two fig 8 seals that end up leaking - replacement seals about £20. Reported cost to replace at Merc dealer 6-10k consisting of -
14 hours labour
Swirl flaps always worn so they will replace both entire inlet manifolds - about £700 a side
Swirl flap actuation motor and all the other bits they can find to replace

I did it all for about £300.

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And people think Lotus are loads of trouble!! :roll: :lol:

And that £3020 was just to supply the tank :(. I've had one custom-built for the Elite for 10% of that!

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Pete Boole wrote:
Tue Jun 21, 2022 21:47
And people think Lotus are loads of trouble!! :roll: :lol:

And that £3020 was just to supply the tank :(. I've had one custom-built for the Elite for 10% of that!

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That is one stupidly expensive petrol tank - does it refine its own fuel :lol:

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Effectively a car that cost £80,000 16 years ago is scrapped by a 2" patch of rust!

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Pete Boole wrote:
Wed Jun 22, 2022 09:45
Effectively a car that cost £80,000 16 years ago is scrapped by a 2" patch of rust!

Pete
I had a BMW 750 where the tank rusted along the seam between top and bottom and a few pinholes in bottom - I had mine brazed by a local radiator repair place for about £60 - that was about 10 years ago though.

Have you tried Dronsfields to see if they have a non rusty one?

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They rarely come up second hand and if they do they are still £800. I'm going to get it welded locally. The main problem is that it's a bit like the wiper motor on the Excel - it's the first bit they fitted to the car! I've got to remove the exhaust, diff, propshaft, subframe and all the rear suspension just to take it out! I'm well on the way though.

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Pete Boole wrote:
Thu Jun 23, 2022 07:26
They rarely come up second hand and if they do they are still £800. I'm going to get it welded locally. The main problem is that it's a bit like the wiper motor on the Excel - it's the first bit they fitted to the car! I've got to remove the exhaust, diff, propshaft, subframe and all the rear suspension just to take it out! I'm well on the way though.

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Wow!! That's a chore.
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Pete Boole wrote:
Thu Jun 23, 2022 07:26
They rarely come up second hand and if they do they are still £800. I'm going to get it welded locally. The main problem is that it's a bit like the wiper motor on the Excel - it's the first bit they fitted to the car! I've got to remove the exhaust, diff, propshaft, subframe and all the rear suspension just to take it out! I'm well on the way though.

Cheers

Pete
Yep, they often seem to just design cars for ease of manufacture and packaging with no concern for repair.

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