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 circulated around in the family as long as I can remember. We are talking luxury SL’s to S-Class and the more beater cars such as w124 E-class and the G-class. In the army was around GD240 all terrain versions quite often.
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 learn and do it myself. The little spare dough 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 exist a bit more resources out there, but it’s still is a bit tricky to find detailed articles and know-how, especially on the more advanced topics.
The popular opinion is that Mercedes very complex cars, wrong! Spaceships are super complex and cars are not spaceships. Mercedes are however 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 and various other stuff even 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 detailed “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 classic car hobby. In contrast the cars themselves are often not that expensive compared to new ones! 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 years of 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 on the newer ones.
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 and of course and the classic Haynes car manuals (here I still mostly use the torque references and preparation tips).
If you have questions, large or big, I will do my best to answer them if I can manage.
Currently working and living in Denmark for the last 6 years, although I am Norwegian born with family also from Yorkshire England. Currently working as a consultant in IT specialized in the E-commerce realm. I 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, astronomy as well as outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking and MTB.
LinkedIN profile: linkedin.com/in/robinkjernet