£27k 2000 Mercedes S Class -v- £550 Volvo 960 Estate

Following this, the car developed a serious misfire; S-Class ownership was not all wafting down the road in silence sneering at the poor with the subtle strains of Classic FM in the background! ‘Coil Packs’ they declared, just six of them at a mere £95 each, plus labour. £950 later, the car was running like a dream. The week after, brake discs and pads all round were deemed necessary to stop the awful grinding noise when stopping. Another mere £500 took care of that little matter. However from that point on the cars brakes squealed, “oh yes they do that” declared the man with the expensive voice with a straight face, “it’s a design fault”.

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