How To Keep Your Diesel Mercedes Running Smoothly

Mercedes-Benz has been one of Germany’s premier car manufacturers for almost a century, and is unique for being one of the few companies to offer diesel-powered luxury vehicles. Many people prefer diesel to gasoline engines because of their simplicity, increased longevity, dependability, and fuel economy, but often auto repair shops don’t have as much experience working with them and may not know how to properly maintain them. These tips will help you ensure that your Mercedes diesel engine lives up to its potential.   1. Pump And Line Cleaning   To keep your engine performing well, it’s necessary to clean the fuel pump, supply hoses, and injectors. The best way to do this is to purchase a commercial diesel cleaner product, connect it to the fuel supply line, and run the engine until the can is empty. Make sure to prevent dirt and air from entering the line. This relatively simple procedure will give your engine a good scrubbing and allow ... read more

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Getting Your Import Car Repaired

Who of us hasn’t dreamed of cruising down the freeway on a beautiful day in our imported Porsche or Lamborghini? Owning an imported car is a dream for a lot of car enthusiasts, but it can quickly turn into a nightmare if you are not prepared and knowledgeable, when handling the inevitable import auto repairs. Finding the import parts needed for repair is a skill in of itself and unfortunately, there are a lot people who want to take advantage of this fact. That’s why finding an import auto repair specialist you can trust and build a relationship with, should be one of the first priorities on your list.   Here are some mistakes every imported car owner should avoid, to save money, time, and frustration.   1. Attempt To Make The Repairs Yourself   We understand that it feels good to complete a task and get that rewarding feeling from meeting a challenge head on. However, when it comes to import auto repairs this ... read more

What is all this Talk about the BMW M3?

In case you hadn’t noticed, the BMW M3 has been missing from the new auto showrooms for the last few years. Apparently, the auto maker was taking the time to make some additions, including adding much more power.   The 2015 BMW M3, it is said, will be much too fast for the family guy, even though they would probably love to drive this four-door sedan equipped with a six-cylinder motor that packs 425 horsepower and 406 pounds of torque. Combined with its lightweight design, it can do zero to 60 in a rocking 3.9 seconds – all this, and BMW’s style and luxury, too.   The coupe model, the BMW M4, has the agility of a true racecar according to those who’ve actually driven the model. Both come with a driver’s choice in transmissions between a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed M dual clutch.   The BMW M3 was a decided hit at the recent Detroit Auto Show, but Mercedes was not to be left out. It put its Mercedes-Benz C Class “Baby Benz” o ... read more

Just for Fun, What are the Most Expensive Cars to Repair?

Sadly, although it shouldn’t be a surprise, the short answer to this question is – foreign cars. At least that is according to a Forbes magazine study done a couple of years ago, which concluded that the most expensive to repair included two Mercedes-Benz models, a Jaguar, a Land Rover, and an Audi. This may not be an issue for the owners, since these cars are not cheap to purchase to begin with. Atop the list was the Mercedes G Class, which starts at nearly $90,000 just to take it home. Repairs are estimated at costing $1,640 over five years, which will seem like a drop in the ocean to the fortunate owner.   Numbers two and three on the list were the Jaguar XK and the Land Rover Range Rover, both of which cost just over $1,600 in repairs during five years of ownership. The two vehicles also share a similar price tag in the mid-$70,000 range. Mechanics who know their foreign autos will tell you that Land Rovers are notoriously expensive to maintain and repair, s ... read more

How to Find the Best in Auto Repairs

Deserved or not, auto repair shops and mechanics in general don’t have the best reputation. Many former clients, particularly women, report they have been overcharged or had unnecessary auto repairs performed by some of the more unscrupulous members of the community. Most repair shops and their employees, however, are trustworthy and strive to do a good, honest job for a reasonable fee. The problem for some car owners, then, may be in finding the best and most reliable mechanic who is near at hand.     Finding a good mechanic for your auto repairs is not a difficult task. Following a few simple steps will narrow your search down considerably.   Follow These Steps First, ask around. Find out who your friends and neighbors use and recommend. Read unbiased reviews online and check with the Better Business Bureau, AAA, and other rating companies.   A good shop for auto repairs will employ mechanics who are ASE certified. The National Institute for Automoti ... read more

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