Monday, 22 July 2019

Refusing to Leave Us

This time last year - in fact almost exactly this time last year - I wrote a eulogy to our mercedes, left broken and forlorn in a distant garage, unlikely to be repaired and unlikely to be in our lives again.

I was premature. Our old stalwart was needed (the batmobile in turn broke down and remained so throughout August as we waited for the garage mechanic to return from holiday).  So the merc was repaired and has lived a somewhat sheltered life this last year, only used for short local journeys, mainly ferrying the dogs and an occasional plant.

But this cannot continue.  Its "controle technique" (MOT) is due and it will not pass, even with repairs.  So its time really has come.  Taking it to the scrap yard doesn't feel right.  So we've asked an English mechanic who repairs and restores old mercedes whether he can make use of our old brute and he says he can.

We were due to drive over there this morning.  But the mercedes has other ideas. It won't start. The mechanic is coming round this afternoon.  We shall see.


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    1. Still with us! New date for departure - Thursday.

  2. Has it gone now? Did the threat of being broken up give it second (or third) wind?
    We sold our LHD car to friend and now, as we are back in the UK fulltime, we are back to RHD. I still get to the wrong door! Lesley

    1. Hello Lesley, all the very best for your return to the UK. Finally went on the following Monday. Absolutely gone to the right place - a HUGE garage full of elderly mercs! I suspect it will be many years before our car is broken up - in the meantime, it's among friends. :) I too still go for the wrong side of the car - but that's because we now have 2 LHD. :)