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Old 01-19-2011, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Hey, all I've posted about how cars will handle the cold here before, but I'm considering buying a 94 Ford Explorer 4x4 (always wanted one because of Jurassic Park haha) and giving my 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300E to my dad while I take the Explorer up to AK when I move there hopefully within the next year or so.

So would I be okay in Fairbanks with the Mercedes? Or would you recommend going for the Explorer with a higher clearance and 4x4? I don't know if y'all have lots of independent mechanics that work on Mercedes which makes me wonder if bringing it up there would be a good idea due to lack of available parts and mechanics should it need work. Where as a Ford is almost universal Lol

My little Mercedes is a tuff car, but I'm worried that if I hit lots of snow or bad terrain and even trucks WITH 4x4 are having trouble, I'm going to be crap outta luck so I don't know what I should do, I'm guessing just going for the Explorer?
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Oh Lord won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz...

There are many types of vehicles in Fairbanks. Should be okay, but I'm sure your old man would love the car. Why buy such a old Explorer? The later models are a lot better looking.
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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The Mercedes will probably be able to handle the conditions here. The problem will be finding a shop for maintenance and repairs. Getting non-standard parts will be a problem too. I believe there is a Mercedes dealer in Anchorage, but that's not going to help you much in Fairbanks.
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:12 AM
 
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What I worry about when driving a car that's fairly low to the ground is hitting a moose...real possibility if you drive much out of town. I'd get a vehicle that's higher off the road just for that reason.
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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What I worry about when driving a car that's fairly low to the ground is hitting a moose...real possibility if you drive much out of town. I'd get a vehicle that's higher off the road just for that reason.
You know the solution to that? You just don't hit a moose.
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:52 AM
 
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Why not just put a lift kit on the Mercedes?
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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I know a guy here in Anchorage that has a 1964 Mercedes. He bought it NEW and has lived here his whole life.

I have also owned a Mercedes when we lived in CA and loved that car! What a dream. Amazing what craftsmanship can do for a car. {sigh}

But for Fairbanks, I'd probably pick a sturdy 4x4 or all wheel drive like a Subaru. Are you planning on doing a lot of off-roading?
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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Why not just put a lift kit on the Mercedes?
would that be a BenzHeffenlifter?
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Even several UAF students drive Mercedes. I know this girl who drives a very large and older Mercedes her father gave to her. It burns oil, but she carries a few quarts in the car Anyway, her car is AWD, but only when the computer senses a wheel skid.

There are Mercedes, BMW, and all kinds of cars all over Fairbanks.
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Thank you all for the replies!

I'd love to take my Mercedes up with me, it certainly save me money so I wouldn't need an Explorer (even though I really want one ) but I just worry that when I want to take a harsh road I won't be able to or a trail, I can't. I want to drive the Dalton Hwy all the way and I'm sure my Mercedes could do it, but I'd make sure to go in spring or summer. But having a high clearance and 4x4 would make me feel much safer. The Mercedes I drive now only really has ABS and a "anti skid" differential, no AWD

I want to "drive" Alaska, not just the paved roads, I'm really torn between what I should take, my Mercedes has been good to me and I'd love to take her up, but I would think an Explorer is just more practical for what I want to do and when I want to go off road and have some fun I can do it.

I'd love to drive around Alaska in this bad boy:



I'm a Jurassic Park nerd
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