I’m Robin better known as “Robs”. I have a passion for older Mercedes Benz and vintage cars in general. I have personally owned two W123s and a W140, and the Benz brand have been around in the family as long as I can remember. We are talking luxury SL’s to S-Class and the more normal ones such as W124 E-class to the G-class. In the army I drove even a GD240 all terrain version.
I started writing about Mercedes Benz after I had to “restore” my now vintage 84′ W123 280CE back in 2012. Due to limited money during studies I had to just do it myself. The little I had went to tools and spare parts. I found it very hard finding resources on how to do maintenance on these cars and Mercedes in general back then. Now there exists a bit more resources out there, but it’s still is a bit tricky to find detailed articles, especially on the more advanced topics.
The popular opinion is that Mercedes very complex cars, wrong! Spaceships are super complex. Mercedes are not spaceships, but they are one of the best engineered cars ever made. With that I mean they are made with durability and ease of maintenance in mind (e.g. you can change the light bulbs without any tools). One would think that more material was out there available for the public on how to fix your Mercedes, but sadly no. I have yet to see a “Wikipedia” for Mercedes maintenance. Car manufacturers in general does not want you to meddle with your own car for many reasons, many of them economic and legal. Of course there are detailed mechanics handbooks (if you can find them at mechanics schools or on ebay), but these are written for and by the engineers at Mercedes (usually in German on older models). This can make pretty advanced reading for the common DIY and Mercedes enthusiast.
All this lead to the idea of making a web page where I could share my learned knowledge and take you on a journey on the topic. I also want to give inspiration both new and seasoned enthusiasts so they could see that fixing their own Mercedes is in fact very manageable.
Raising maintenance costs is a common reason for people to not get involved into the hobby. In contrast the cars themselves are often not that expensive! There is always opportunities to pick up great deals. As I focus on older models here, newer model are actually made for easier maintenance and assembly overall, but it require you to be acquainted with the electronic diagnostic tools like the OBD2 reader. With older cars you have to do most of the fault diagnostics yourself which is a thing of “feel” and experience. The mechanical maintenance is pretty much the same for new and old cars, except you have to often reset electronic sensors after as an extra step.
I learned working on cars mostly by reading, trying (many times failing) and doing it myself. I also got great resources of knowledge from family, although none are mechanic experts. Other resources have been various forums on the great web, Youtube of course and the classic Haynes car manuals (here I mostly use the torque references and tips).
If you have questions, large or big, I will do my best to answer them.
Currently working and living in Denmark for the last 5 years, although I am Norwegian born from Trysil with family also from Yorkshire England. Currently working as a consultant in IT & E-commerce industry. Have a background with MSc. Electrical Engineering and Space Technology from the Technical University of Denmark.
Personal interests other than vintage cars and Mercedes includes history, philosophy and outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking and MTB.
LinkedIN profile: linkedin.com/in/robinkjernet