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Ex-president’s limo complains too often; time to buy a new one

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Vaira Vike-Freiberga

The former state president Vaira Vike-Freiberga plans to buy a new car, because her current Mercedes-Benz S500 limousine, released in 2006, is in a bad technical condition. After interviewing some Riga service centers, everywhere the answer was the one and the same – Mercedes (of any model) is not the kind of car, which starts having mechanical issues after six or seven years of exploitation, it is durable, of course, and it is not used for races or do anything else that could potentially damage it.

Amserv Krasta Sales manager Zigurds Liepa has a different opinion, which he shared to Latvijas Avize newspaper: «Machinery is machinery. Mercedes-Benz 500 is a top of the line class vehicle, a very complicated car with a lot of electric blocks, which, when broken, can ruin the car, and their repairs are expensive. Of course much depends on the exploitation. I have seen limousines the owners of which invested thousands every year, and limousines, in which you do not even need to change spark plugs. If you want to drive safely and without large investments in repairs, you should choose a simple car, of course, there will be less comfort as well.»

The car was given to Vike-Freiberga in 2007, not long after the end of her term, and was then worth LVL 66 994. Ex-president’s press secretary Daina Lasmane notes that Vike-Freiberga did not file a request for a new car, but asked to evaluate the technical state of the vehicle, because it is in a bad technical condition and is not safe for exploitation. The ex-president also asked to determine if it is possible to give her a new vehicle, to rent or purchase another one, the newspaper writes.

Lasmane mentioned that during last year, the ex-president’s car broke down three times, once even in a rural area near Kuldiga during winter. «The car spends more time in a service center than being used», – Lasmane explains. Vike-Freiberga did not give any specific requirements for the new car. «It needs to drive and be in a good operational condition», – the ex-president said.

«I am not a mechanic, so I cannot say why this car breaks down so often. But it is as it is, and the ex-president’s Mercedes is often in the service center. We wrote a letter to Vaira Vike-Freiberga, saying that we can only offer her a lower class car right now, because we do not have any spare limousines in our garage», – Director of the Ministry of Defense Military Public Relations Department Airis Rikveilis says.

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