trip advise please

Irritable Owl

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Having just purchased a 2000 c200 automatic estate I was wondering what advise members could give me regarding preparation for a french alps/italy trip that I am taking in july. The planned distance is about 4000 miles round trip. What would the forum members reccommend?
 

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It will be hot, make sure the cooling system is working well, and the aircon also, maybe get some sun blinds for the inside.

Also check the brakes for those mountain roads.

General service and maintenance advised for a long hot journey like that.
 

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Check the dates of last service for all the usual. Engine oil, ATF, engine coolant. Check AC condition. Check brake discs and pads. Aside from that.... you just sit back and enjoy these cars!
 

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As Craig.
Do a service if one is due or will be due before you return.
Check front wheel bearings (the only thing we have had issues with - both the 129 and 210 have had wheel bearings start to rumble whilst in France - I suspect due to long periods at high speed on the free flowing French roads.
Check pad wear to ensure they have enough meat on them for 4000 miles or so. Check tyres are in good condition (see previous comment about sustained high speeds).
Check coolant is good and if in doubt change it. Given you are in the Alps I'd be inclined to change the brake fluid too if its over 2 years old.
Other than that sit back and enjoy.
 

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Make sure you have breakdown cover sorted . ATF change schedule recommended every 40k miles on the 5g gearbox .
Have a read up on Sanef Tol Tag for quick passage through the French Toll booths , I wouldn't be without mine now .
 

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Required to have:
1. hi-viz vests for driver and passengers, and these should be stowed inside the car rather than in the boot.
2. a set of light bulbs for the car, although I imagine many would not carry spare Xenons. I carry a box of random bulbs in case examined - some of them will fit my car...
3. alcohol testers supposed to be carried in France, but I believe this requirement is not enforced/policed.
4. if straying onto Swiss motorway best to buy a vignette/ticket in advance.
5. Breakdown triangle still in your new purchase?

After all this sensible advice best wishes for a great holiday!
 

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Practice your smile, or your facial muscles will ache after that much time in your Merc.
 

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Lots of good advice but make sure to take your original driving licence and V5c. Good idea to take a spare key too.
 

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and check/change the batteries in the keys.
 

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  • Eat high-fibre foods
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get enough sleep
  • Try going gluten free
:Do_O

Anyone thinking I've posted on the wrong thread, it's a long trip for an Irritable Owl.
 

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