E250

E250 – what does this button do?

So far in our car testing history, the highest level of technology we’ve experienced has been that lovely engine start button that really adds to the driving experience of a Toyota 86.

So when a Mercedes-Benz E250 rolled into the work car park a few weeks back chock full of the latest German engineering, we couldn’t resist the temptation to borrow the keys…and then spend the rest of the afternoon trying to work out (unsuccessfully) what every button in it did..

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Behold the bargain Baron!

Here’s a fun game – fire up eBay on your browser, hit the automotive section and marvel at what you can find near the top when you set your search for ‘Cheapest price first’.

Undoubtedly you’ll see plenty of Toyota Corolla Hatchback’s in there but you might just be lucky enough to land on one with personality, like today’s find ‘The Red Baron!’

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Barina

The best way to sell a Barina..(or any car)

When it’s time for you and your humble Holden Barina to parts ways, there’s a few options. You can list your Barina locally in classifieds and even include a nice little side on picture to really get your phone ringing. You can put your Barina on the internet with lots of room for details so you can answer as many questions as possible. You could stick your Barina on the side of the road with a For Sale sign and a phone number, hoping for nibbles.
Or like we’ve discovered today, you can make an absolute epic video production about your Barina and expose it to the world..

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I will buy your car. I work in the Navy and can only use Paypal…

My brother in law is a cowboy hat wearing, boot scooting, ‘if it ain’t a ute, I want nothing to do with it’ type of guy who loves his Bundy, shindigs round a bonfire, sliding sideways through the dirt in a Datto and anything at all to do with Lee Kernaghan. He loves the land, carby fed blocks and steak and chips. So when it comes to confusing technical questions, he usually refers them to me.

And this time around my advice was actually 100% accurate for a change, saved him from getting ripped off in a dodgy online scam and has hopefully educated him a little more about sharks on the Internet.

I wonder what beer he’s going to bring around as a thank you for this?…

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Do you know where the first car you ever bought is right now?

It’s an interesting pub question – do you know what ever happened to the first car you ever bought (not the first car you ever owned if you ended up with a hand me down)? My first ever car I owned was a 1989 Ford Laser, but the first car I ever shelled out my hard earned for was also from 1989 – A series 5 Mazda Rx7 turbo imported from Japan. And until recently I thought it had ended up as a pile or rotary parts in the back of someone’s backyard…

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A pulley for your thoughts

The latest edition to the Driveanotherday HQ is a 1994 Australian delivered Subaru Imprezza WRX, completely stock save for the nice boxer rumble from the dealer fitted Lucas exhaust. And while this low k, well kept example cruises very nicely on the open highway, it’s come with a high pitched whine very similar to a supercharger winding up…

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The two things you need to clean car windows

Depending on where you drive, sometimes your car windows attract more crud and crap than the underside of a well worn engine bay. And when your windscreen wipers throw up the white flag of defeat against the grime build up (or spend more time smearing it further across the glass) then sometimes it’s time to call in the big guns (and possibly change your wiper blades)…

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