Hi folks, I’m Robin better known as Robs. I have a passion for older Mercedes Benz and vintage cars in general. I have already owned two W123s, and the Benz brand have been around in the family as long as I can remember in all types of models and variations. We are talking SL’s to S-Class and the more normal E-class to even the G-class.
If you have questions, large or big, I will do my best to answer them.
I started writing about Mercedes Benz after I had to “restore” my W123 280CE from 1984 around back in 2012. I found it was 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 still it is not the easiest to find. The popular opinion is that Mercedes are super complex, wrong. Spaceships are super complex. Mercedes 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, car manufacturers like Mercedes does not want you to meddle with your own car. Of course there are detailed mechanics handbooks (if you can find them on ebay), but these are written for the engineers at Mercedes (usually in German) and can make tricky read for the common DIY enthusiast.
This lead to the idea of making a web page where I could share my learned knowledge on the topic and also so people could see that fixing their own Mercedes is not impossible. It is often the only option if you want to own an vintage car without being rich. As I focus on older models, the newer ones are actually made for easier maintenance overall, but it require you to be acquainted with the electronic measurement diagnostic tools like the OBD2 reader. The older ones you have to do the fault diagnostics yourself which is not easy unless you have got some experience with the model. The mechanical maintenance is pretty much the same for new and old cars, except you have to reset electronic sensors after working on newer ones.
As how I learned to work on cars I mostly learned it by doing it myself, but great resources of information I got from family, various forums on the great interwebs, Youtube of course, and Haynes car manuals (this last one mostly for torque references and regular stuff).
I am Norwegian with roots from Yorkshire England. Currently working as an IT consultant and have a MSc. in space technology from the Technical University of Denmark.
Personal interests other than cars include history, hiking and astronomy.
LinkedIN profile: linkedin.com/in/robinkjernet