Mathias Hasselmann

Car Broken Open

This morning I had to find my car broken open. Since coming back to Berlin one year ago, this is the second time, some asocial bastard damaged my car. Its not even a new or expensive car. It's a trusty, 15 years old Vectra. What has happend to this place?

Is is time to leave this city of criminal and unemployed people?

Crap. Berlin's online police station also is offline: Maintaince work. No phone number, no address of the next police station in the phone book. F* world. Maybe I should just use the emergency number? It is an emergency - at least mentally.

Comments

Daniel Holbach commented on November 22, 2007 at 9:38 a.m.

I'm sorry to hear that :-(

Some weeks ago, they stole our VW Bus: http://daniel.holba.ch/blog/?p=55

Vytas commented on November 22, 2007 at 11:54 p.m.

I think you made a spelling mistake, it's "rusty" not "trusty" :D

Of course sorry to hear that :(

Mathias Hasselmann commented on November 23, 2007 at 12:05 p.m.

@Vytas: No spelling mistake. Considering the poor quality of modern Opel cars I am also quite astonished by the high quality of that special series of Vectras (built arround '92). Only rust problems so far were on the outer wheel case and the right sill. Obviously a problem of the salt puts onto streets in winter (well, and poor counter measures), and only visual problems that were inexpessive to fix anyway.

It's as an old, but reliable car. Replacement parts are cheap and fully payed years ago. No unreasonable electronic gadgets that make modern cars that thirsty and unreliable - just expect servo steering and electronic fuel injection. Compared with the modern cars the motor room looks almost trivial.

Great acceleration on traffic lights. Ok, too loud and underpowered when crossing the 150 km/h barrier. Well, but staying below that barrier also has the advantage of reasonable use of fuel: 7,8 liters per 100 km - not bad for a 15 years old car I'd say.

Maybe car industries need a turn arround, back to simple cars?

Vytas commented on November 23, 2007 at 7:28 p.m.

I own Opel Vectra `91, it has many problems including major rust, I'm going to throw it away this winter. Maybe it got more rusty etc than yours because it was used in Lithuania, were winters are slightly longer and deeper, but still I dont think vectra is a reliable car. Volkswagen/Audi of that year were good, yes. Of course vectra is much better than cadett :)

But I agree with what you say about simplicity