November 17, 2004 |
It was just a taste, a whiff, a minute sampling of what it is like to live on the other side, which was all I could stand. That was not a value judgment. It was a matter of conditioning, of growing up in an environment where excess was verboten -- where wealth, when it existed, was treated as a private matter and displayed in quiet contributions to a parish church.
December 5, 2001 |
Question: I hand-wash my car to keep the hot water and heavy detergent at the carwash from dulling the finish. Recently, yard sprinklers left my hood covered with water spots. I tried washing the hood--twice--and then I tried waxing it. I even tried Windex. Nothing got the spots out. Should I take it to the carwash, or is there another solution? J.C. * Answer: Hard-water spots typically show up on a dark paint as the minerals suspended in water are deposited as the water evaporates.
January 30, 2009 |
If ever you needed a reason to shoot out the light in your garage, may I present the 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350, a vivacious and elegant little ute disguised as a vandalized Subaru Forester. What's the deal here? The exterior is a veritable food fight of odd angles and curious proportions, fender swells and dissonant accent lines, and all of it buttoned by a hilariously oversized, nay, desperate grille.
November 3, 1987 |
Mounting complaints of sudden and unexplained acceleration of some Mercedes-Benz automobiles has convinced the Department of Transportation to reopen an investigation into possible mechanical flaws in one model of the luxury car, a spokesman said Monday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will investigate Mercedes' best-selling model--the 300E--and will monitor complaints against other models of the West German-manufactured cars.
February 26, 1998 |
A German newspaper is reporting that three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker will be featured in advertisements for the upcoming relaunch of Daimler-Benz's troubled Mercedes A-Class line. Ads featuring the tennis star were scheduled to begin this week in German newspapers. Daimler-Benz halted production of the A-Class line last year after tests showed the car had a tendency to flip over.
November 13, 2009 |
It goes about a zillion miles an hour, looks tougher than jailhouse steak and has explosive bolts in the doors, but before getting to the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing, if I may, a nod to the old (1955-1957) Gullwing. Some years ago I drove a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing in the Mille Miglia, the 1,000-mile road rally around the heart of Italy, and left the tattered bits of my blown mind all over the ceiling. By that time I had driven a fair number of vintage sports cars -- Alfas, Aston Martins, Jaguars, Ferraris -- and found most of them to be poor to downright horrible and spectacularly dangerous.
July 27, 2005 |
I predict much ink will be spilled over what to call the new Mercedes-Benz R-class -- crossover, sport van, tall wagon. Might I suggest "bus"? A very nice bus, to be sure, a super-luxury bus with coruscations of affluence drawn from the company's S-class larder -- things like optional DVD entertainment system with view screens in the front headrests (so then, "R" is for "rollin'," yo?) and a huge power panoramic sunroof that Sir Joseph Paxton would envy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1994
Police said Friday they are searching for five armed men who tied up employees at a glass statue business and fled with about $1,500 and a Mercedes-Benz automobile. No injuries were reported. The robbery occurred Thursday evening at The Glass Dragon, a manufacturer of glass statues at 2199 N. Batavia St., Police Sgt. Bob Green said.
May 10, 1990
Clipper center Benoit Benjamin was robbed of his $75,000 560 SEL Mercedes Benz automobile by a 5-foot-6 gunman who fired one shot in the air as he demanded the keys to the car Wednesday night, sheriff's deputies reported. "He was accosted by the bandit as he left a friend's house and walked to the driveway to get into the Mercedes," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Roger Hom said. Benjamin was leaving the house about 7:45 p.m.