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Tech: Preparing for Adventure

Our ML320 came to us with over 208,000 miles showing, and all the marks of a long life spent in faithful service. The trim is faded, the seat covers are split, and a quick check with an OBD-II code reader showed a cascade of complaints. Most…

Star Pupil

Mercedes Benz has always been a part of my life, of my earliest memories in life, I've always remembered being in a 1992 300D 2.5 Turbo. That car got me to where I am now in life. Without that car I don't know where I'd be or where my mindset would…

My Mercedes-Benz Story

When Patti and I purchased our first Mercedes-Benz, nearly 25 years ago, our dealer salesman told us that we should consider joining the Mercedes-Benz Club of America. We were in our early 40’s at the time and replied, “Not that we want to be mean…

Part of the Family

There's something special about the cars that people grow up with. Old memories of family road trips and daily life are entwined with the vehicles. When those classic cars have stayed with the family, those memories remain fresh. That's the case…

The People's Mercedes: Project W17

The affordable car problem seemed to be solved. In the years following the completed merger between Benz and Daimler in 1926, in which BMW was a minor partner, those companies and some of their shareholders planned to add a small-car specialist to…

One of a kind Roadster

If you are fortunate enough to own one of the 1,858 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadsters built between 1957 and 1963 (with 1,458 known to still exist as of the mid-1990s), you understand what an extraordinary machine it is, especially for its time. And if…

The Stars Align - We Get a Gambler 500 Vehicle!

Sometimes the right idea happens at just the right time. As we prepared the May-June issue of The Star, my son suggested that we enter the Gambler 500 this year. If you haven’t heard of this event, it’s a two-day non-competitive off-road trek. The…

Appreciate the Moment - Julie Bruggner

There is nothing like that feeling of the first spring day when it’s warm enough to put the top down on the car and take a drive. Sometimes it’s not even spring yet.  This year it was March 5, and it was 72 degrees in Fort Wayne, so of course I took…

Keeping the Air Out

The other day, as I was working on a 1985 300CD, I began to wonder if an in-depth article about the Mercedes-Benz 1985-only diesel vacuum system had ever appeared in The Star. After looking through my library, I found very little information about…

Rising Star: 1998-2005 W163 M-Class

Beginning in 1997, Mercedes-Benz redefined the luxury car segment by introducing the M-Class; a new midsize luxury SUV that would appeal to the masses. The ML was initially conceived as a replacement for the antiquated G-Wagen, which had been…