In Part 1 of this series I went over some of the best European cars for those of you with big budgets. Here in Part 2 I will review some of the best vehicles for those with tighter budgets. These cars are all great whether you are just starting out, or even if you need a career vehicle. Not coincidentally, I also recently read an article about the 100 most reliable cars of the last decade, and all of these particular cars made the list.
The first is Mini. The Mini has been described as a go-cart for adults, and although it has a very British look to it, the Mini is actually made by BMW. Its distinct look does not appeal to everyone, but those that own them tend to love … Read More »
Mercedes classifies most of their standard services into “letter services.” This means that instead of telling you that your car needs X, Y, and Z done to it, they instead group all the necessary services together and call it a Mercedes Service A, or B, or C, etc. This makes things very easy for us mechanics, but it sometimes leaves you, the car owner, wondering, “What actually happens during that service?”
Apparently a lot of you have been wondering because my post on the Mercedes Service B has been getting quite a few hits. Because of that, I thought it would be a good time to fill you in on the Mercedes Service A.
If you bought your Mercedes new from the dealer, then the odds are that the Mercedes Service A … Read More »
Since we focus on European vehicles here at German Auto Tech, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of some of the best European cars that your money can buy. This will be a two part article, so here in Part 1 I’ll go over some of the more expensive options available, and then next week in Part 2 I’ll go over some cars for those with smaller budgets. For the sake of simplicity, all the vehicles listed here in Part 1 will be from the 2010/2011 model year.
Porsche Boxster. Of the cars rated by Consumer Reports, the Boxster is is one of the best. This rear-wheel-drive luxury vehicle boasts a 255 horse power engine, or even more (320 HP) if you upgrade. For … Read More »
One of the common problems we deal with here at German Auto Tech is coolant leaks. Some cars fare better than others, but all of them have to be maintained properly if the engine is going to last.
You should think of your coolant system as the first line of defense against premature wear and tear on your car, and since summer is coming up, your coolant system will be more important than ever, which is why from now through the end of May 2012, we are here to help out with a Free Coolant System Check.
Your coolant should be completely replaced every two to three years, or 30,000 miles. If your engine has aluminum heads you may even want to consider doing it sooner. Many people have asked me why their coolant … Read More »
With many vehicles you can be left wondering if you should replace this or that, or if it’s been too long since X was checked. Sometimes you won’t even realize there is an issue until a you have been handed a major repair bill. Not so with Mercedes.
One of the small joys of owning a Mercedes vehicle is the intricate computer systems that are on board. These computers measure milage, hours on the engine, and other factors, to determine when professional servicing is necessary. As a Mercedes owner, one of the most common services you will need is a Mercedes Service B.
At this point I want to tell you something important: If your car is telling you that it’s time for a Service B, then get it done; if your car isn’t … Read More »
From time to time we get to work on Classic Mercedes. Its a joy and pleasure to see these fine vehicles still on the road after near 40 years. We have dubbed this one “Big Red.” Classic Mercedes Repair by German Auto Tech.