Saturday, September 24, 2011

Powdery Mercedes Coolant

I have a little coolant leak from the thermo-vacuum switches - probably just need new crush washers. But as you can see from the photos, the coolant comes out clean, but then as it dries, it gradually turns white, and then becomes powdery when completely dry. I use the proper Mercedes branded coolant on this car.

What's going on here?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Genuine Floor Mats

There seems to be some interest regarding my floor mats.

I got these guys from the dealer last year for $120. The part number is: B66226071. I simply asked the guy at the parts counter for mats, he asked for my VIN, and I got these a few days later.

The top is as you see it, a carpet like material, the bottom is a thin foam like material that looks like it'll tear apart easily. The silver "Mercedes-Benz" logo part is made of metal.

They're much too nice to use all year round, but since I only drive the 560SEL in the summer, they're just fine.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

First long-distance trip after rebuild

Drove Ottawa -> Toronto -> Ottawa to drop off my sister at School.

Distance = 830km (500 miles)
Avg. Speed = 134km/h (80mph)
Fuel economy = 110litres (29 us.gallons) = 7.5km/litre (17.5mpg)

Distance and Speed taken from the GPS and fuel usage taken from the gas pump readings. Air fuel mixture was set using an exhaust gas analyser and compression check after the rebuild showed 180psi +/- 5psi on all cylinders.

Kept the economy gauge in the black 80% of the time. Car was fully loaded on the way there. And empty on the way back. A/C was on all the time.

I bet I could get 20+mpg if I hypermile'd it.

The SLS really shines when there is some weight in the back. It felt firm, responsive and very comfortable. But the front suspension was waaay too soft. Need to stiffen things up front.

The 560SEL is in a league of its own when it comes to chewing up highway miles. After 8hours of driving, I felt like I could do it all over again.

I came across this saying in a Craigslist advertisement (of all places!),

"Those in the know, drive Mercedes. Those who know Mercedes, drive w126."

Couldn't agree more.