Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling - JOHN DOB­SON

John’s a fan of the three-pointed star and has owned his diesel G-Wa­gen for around five years: ‘I’ve owned Mercedes-Ben­zes for years be­cause they are re­li­able and good to drive, and as I live in the coun­try­side, with the risk of snow and ice, a G-Wa­gen seemed the ob­vi­ous choice. My wife bought me this one and it was in ba­si­cally sound con­di­tion, with just three pre­vi­ous own­ers, one of whom was an RAF of­fi­cer liv­ing in Corn­wall. The body­work at the rear needed a bit of at­ten­tion – just some scrapes and the odd rust spot, so noth­ing ma­jor – but oth­er­wise it’s only re­quired reg­u­lar ser­vic­ing. I did re­place the dampers with good qual­ity Bil­steins be­cause the old ones were shot and spoiled the oth­er­wise solid feel­ing on the road. It lacks the lux­ury of other Mercedes mod­els, es­pe­cially the in­te­rior, which feels pretty util­i­tar­ian, but the so­lid­ity makes it feel very safe to drive. Also, it’s not ex­actly fast but I find it fine for mo­tor­way use and al­though I’ve never ac­tu­ally taken it off-road, you get the feel­ing that it would get you out of any­thing. It’s def­i­nitely a car I in­tend to keep.’

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