April 18, 2007

pull up to the bumper baby!

Anybody looking for a set of wheels, preferably a set attached to an old Mercedes? Came across this beauty of a car when I drove into a petrol station to fill up the tank of my own car. Just look at it. Still a great looking car. Then I started thinking about the sturdiness of cars. BMWs and Mercs, even after many years, still look well-built and solid. Other cars, as great as they looked when first released, don't seem to hold up. Not very solid, infact looking rather thin after a couple of years. Like the car I have. It has the reputation of being constructed with Milo tins. What do you think of my observations?


Blogger Olivier said...

j'adore cette voiture, on avait l'impression de conduire un vrai tank (j'aurais peut-etre pas choisi cette couleur)

I adore this car, one had the impression to lead a true tank (I would perhaps not have chosen this color)

2:41 PM  
Blogger Z said...

There should certainly be a correlation of the build quality with the price of the vehicle. Another aspect which I think is sometimes overlooked is that, in general, a person who buys such a vehicle might also be more likely to keep up the repairs and maintenance compared to someone who buys a (comparatively) cheapo set of wheels. I think this also applies to cars in what I would call the "affordable" range, the popular cars , say in the US (that's where I've had most of my car-related experience). Someone who buys a car based on reliability reviews and such is also going to take good care of their car. Don't you think?

3:05 PM  
Blogger edwin s said...

I do agree with you Z but it's the overall build quality I'm looking at regardless of how we 'care' for it. Compare a BMW and a Toyota. I mean, just look at them. The BMW looks solid and thick, while the Toyota looks somewhat thinner, know what I mean?

3:24 PM  
Blogger Dsole said...

My car (a tiny nissan micra) is 15 years old I think... that's a lot but it still works, even it doesn't look so SOLID as this cool mercedes.
I agree with you

5:49 PM  
Blogger Chris & Deb said...

I think your observation is spot-on!
The Mercedes and BMWs always look solid, and they age like fine wine!

10:14 PM  
Blogger Keropok Man said...

I remember that particular model of merc! When we were growing up, we had that model!

The first generation of protons do look like milo tins, but the newer ones seems to be sturdier.

but these great old bemmers and merc dames, they do give you the I am tough, dun try to get near me feeling. haha..

10:39 PM  
Blogger Ming_the_Merciless said...

Love the Grace Jones reference. HAHA!

11:52 PM  
Anonymous susan said...

Sweet ride!

I agree with you, some cars are built to last the test of time. Others are like disposable cups, made only to use for a short time.

Of course not everyone can afford the well built cars, so they have to get the cheaper ones. Although I do know quite a few people that feel they need to get a new car every year. I guess it just depends on the person.

6:41 AM  
Blogger Z said...

If the cars are priced the same for the same options/features, I agree with you.

Oh, is the black cat superstition pretty strong in Malaysia?

4:26 PM  
Blogger julia said...

From choice, am currently driving a 1986 car - its bonnet and hatch are plastic - but then, the French do unusual things like that! Am told that the Merc chief once said that we know how to build good cars, we have to learn how to build cheap good cars.

6:49 PM  

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