How tough is a Mercedes-Benz? (Yes, it's gun-related!)


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Preacherman
May 2, 2007, 01:36 PM
(WARNING: The site linked below is not safe for work, although the video itself is OK.)

See here (http://www.evilchili.com/mediaview/11101/How_Tough_Is_A_Mercedes) for the toughness test.

:what: :evil: :D

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Amish_Bill
May 2, 2007, 01:52 PM
Ok, but what the heck is an "immobilizer"?

1 old 0311
May 2, 2007, 02:14 PM
Looks like fun:):)

alucard0822
May 2, 2007, 02:30 PM
Ok, but what the heck is an "immobilizer"?
In the good ol USA we call them the boot. (thing that police lock on a wheel of an illegally parked car)

Sure the body on most european cars is tough, but between the electrical problems, oil leaks, gratuitous over enginering and overpriced replacement parts I think I will stick with my old civic, and nice shiny Ranger.

Amish_Bill
May 2, 2007, 02:36 PM
Um, I don't think your definition fits. As shown, how would setting off a charge in it's engine compartment damage it's "immobilizer"? The mechanic also talks about one Mercedes service run tht involved a "bad immobilizer"...???

armoredman
May 2, 2007, 02:40 PM
Cannon is total BS - no recoil. Remote detonated charges, no explosive cannon balls loaded,. Solid shot would have torn a ragged hole in the body, not blown OUT from inside the door panel. Makes you wonder how much of this is total BS.

Odd Job
May 2, 2007, 02:45 PM
An immobilizer is a switch somewhere in the ignition chain, that prevents a vehicle from being started. This can be a remote electronic switch, controlled by a transmitter on the key fob, or it can be a physical switch, hidden somewhere in the car.

fattsgalore
May 2, 2007, 02:45 PM
Immoblizers are the device the immoblizes the engine during theft.

bartsitarski
May 2, 2007, 02:48 PM
I have an Acura Integra that I would not trade for the world... I have a 2001 VW Golf that is my 5th VW. I had a 1977 Mercedes 280se that was hit by a Chevy Suburban. I put on a new door and away she drove. By the time I got rid of it, i had 450,000 miles racked up on it with a new transmission at 300,000. Had to replace a gasket here and there, but overall, I would not think twice about geting another Benz(provided money wasn't an issue). No matter how much I beat the living hell out of it, it just kept going...

rkh
May 2, 2007, 03:17 PM
This is the 3rd or 4th British TV program that I've seen which involved testing an automobile to destruction.

It must be a cultural thing.

CWL
May 2, 2007, 07:20 PM
Faked.
Cannon balls are solid, they don't explode. Not that she would have been able to push a cannon uphill by herself or 'nudge' it adjust aim.

5 sticks of dynamite and the hood didn't even deform let alone tear off?

Archer1945
May 2, 2007, 07:33 PM
Cannon balls come in both solid and explosive forms. The thing that made me wonder about the cannon balls is they did not show the powder be poured in and the ball was just dropped in not rammed into place. A muzzle loading cannon in loaded exactely the same way any other muzzle loading firearm is. The ball has to be pushed into place with a ramrod.

Lucky
May 2, 2007, 07:53 PM
Cannon is total BS - no recoil. Remote detonated charges, no explosive cannon balls loaded,. Solid shot would have torn a ragged hole in the body, not blown OUT from inside the door panel. Makes you wonder how much of this is total BS.

Umm, all of it. Just like that Top Gear guy hitting a car flying off a cliff in mid air with a Car Gustaf on his first try. Everything was wrong with that video, except for her:)

I liked how they supposedly let her place charges under the hood of a car, right beside an ignition source, the battery with exposed terminals, lol. And loading the cannon, you're supposed to stand in front, right? Methinks perhaps she is asking too much during contract negotiations...

CWL
May 2, 2007, 08:11 PM
Cannon balls come in both solid and explosive forms.

Archer1945, not true. Cannon balls are indeed solid, you are thinking about "shells" which are fired from howitzers and mortars. (we can get into a long discussion about what shells look like and how they are fired) It wasn't until Shrapnel introduced his "Shrapnel shell" that cannons became capable of firing explosive ordnance. (Grapeshot and cannister aren't explosive either)

From the video, she is clearly loading a solid cannonball.

Sheldon J
May 2, 2007, 08:31 PM
N they are real great cars you cannot wear them out, gets 52 MPG at 100 MHP (don't ask) fits my 6'4" frame in the back seat with room to spare, and will leave most cars in the ditch in a tight curve.

junyo
May 2, 2007, 11:14 PM
When they tried to assassinate Edward Shevardnadze, his Benz soaked up a few 40mm grenades and machine gun fire while his driver drove throught the ambush. he got out without a scratch. I believe that was one of the armoured Guard models though.

I was in an accident with my baby Benz a couple of years ago. Two cars hit me; both totalled. I had to change a tire and reaim a headlight to finish driving to dinner.

cbsbyte
May 3, 2007, 12:16 AM
I knew that was BS. It looked so fake. Thanks for the confirmations.

saltydog452
May 3, 2007, 12:31 AM
Preacherman, its been a while. Good to see you back. I understand you have been up to more literary efforts.

salty.

Autolycus
May 3, 2007, 10:31 AM
Anything German built is going to last.

tenbase
May 3, 2007, 10:44 AM
As a confessed chevy truck addict, I've always loved the W124 Benzes. Reliable, good looking, and tough.

AMG Hammer or 500E, anyone?

Correia
May 3, 2007, 11:29 AM
I have a friend who is a Mercedes Benz mechanic. He knows more about nice European automobiles than anyone I've ever known.

He drives a Toyota.

:D

1KPerDay
May 3, 2007, 11:46 AM
LOL

Hoppy590
May 3, 2007, 11:48 AM
Sure the body on most european cars is tough, but between the electrical problems, oil leaks, gratuitous over enginering and overpriced replacement parts I think I will stick with my old civic, and nice shiny Ranger.

as the owner of a 1985 BMW il agree with you on all but the oil leaks. mine leaked once. and never since ( iv only had the car for 4 years, and its only got 160k)

yy
May 3, 2007, 06:24 PM
sure it's faked. Still fun.

My tip off was the gasoline fireball coming from the sticks of dynamite.

fletcher
May 3, 2007, 06:55 PM
I love my '83 240D - it's never failed to get me where I need to go :p

Roccobro
May 4, 2007, 01:53 AM
Is the female host single? :p

A mans gotta have a woman who knows how to set charges and isn't too afraid of hand grenades!

Justin

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