Is really ruining "yountimer" ownership.
This was a post from Gerry the other day:
"You have to think of it this way, though. Daimler AG sees that they have hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars, tied up worldwide in spare parts. Some if not much of this stuff will probably never even be used, because there's little demand for it. Other stuff of course there is bigger demand. But the cost of carrying all of that inventory on their books .... if you were a finance guy, you'd be thinking of the opportunity costs of what you could be doing with all of those dollars tied up in parts sitting on shelves, often for multiple decades, not being sold or used. Whereas those bucks (or Euros) could be going toward new product development, or selling existing product.
There's less and less interest by the mother ship in supporting older product. Why should they, when they can sell more new stuff and feed the revenue machine? Keeping old cars on the road just means that new cars are being prevented from being sold.
Also, for newer cars (say after the 210) it's very very very very difficult to even GET spare parts from the aftermarket (i.e. from any source OTHER THAN Mercedes-Benz). That's the beautiful thing about the 126, 124, etc.....there is (still) a robust aftermarket universe of parts available, often from the OEMs who originally made them for MB. Not so with newer cars. Try getting anything for a W212 or a W221 from a source other than MB (service parts like brake discs, oil filter, etc. excepted), and tell me that I'm wrong."
Of course this makes sense, but where does it leave us enthusiasts?
Most of these parts cost the parent company next to nothing to buy in or make..
The cost is in the logistical operations of actually selling the parts to us (storage, packaging, transport, dealer margins etc etc).
I have many 60's-90's Mercedes and I love being able to keep them all in very good clean condition. I want to keep these cars for as long as I can foresee. To be able to do this, I need parts, which has never been a problem until recently.
This is a big issue worldwide and I know the UK Mercedes club are kicking up a fuss about it. Apparently there is focus on restoring parts availibility as much as possible, but I doubt we will be able to order "any part for any model" anymore.
We cant get critical parts for our cars anymore. Indicator lenses for R129, infra red keys in order to be able to start our cars, window seals, headlamps etc. Yes some parts are available aftermarket but many arent. And aftermarket parts rarely come close on quality.
There has to be more to this issue, as the rate at which things are going NLA doesnt make sense. Is someone buying out entire inventories of used parts? Is this one way of transferring classic parts to classic centre supply only, presumably with a price hike?
One minute there are hundreds of an item in stock. Check a few weeks later and zero.
It would be nice to get some answers... So far no one seems to know.