Mr Arends, we need to talk!
Anfried Arends tells the story: His father Arend Arends bought him in 1992 when he was three months old and used it to sell ice cream. “People still say hello when they see the car.” His father died in 2009, and Anfried was certain: No, you’re not giving away the BMW, it’s staying. Although he already had a bad repair backlog back then.
40-point list of all repairs
“Actually it’s totally uneconomical and a bottomless pit,” says Anfried Arends, but he did a lot himself and what he couldn’t do together with good friends. One of them, a master painter, even taught him how to apply paint to sheet metal and plastic without making it look messy.
Then we talk about electric mobility and sustainability, and Mr Arends has a clear opinion on this: “It’s nice that an electric car doesn’t emit any exhaust gases from the back, but have we ever thought about this horrendous consumption of resources until the lithium and cobalt are won?”
That’s why the Arends drive diesel
60 euros for trunk lid
The pensioner has other numbers in mind: for the trunk lid, which was white but without rust, he paid 60 euros on eBay classifieds, a fender costs 35 euros, two drive shafts 70 euros, he works on other parts instead of closing them exchange: “With such old cars, the mechanics are still real screwdrivers and not part changers.”
Is it now more sustainable to keep a 30-year-old diesel alive than to buy a new electric car? A resounding yes for Mr. Arends. “And I’m staying fit.”
The pensioner asks the counter question: “Is it sustainable to drive an electric car that weighs two tons? Or to import asparagus from South America in winter?” As if to confirm, he pulls up the sleeve of his sweater and shows his watch: “I bought it 41 years ago, I can still show you the receipt. It’s sustainable.”
Can we save the climate with the change in mobility, the move away from the combustion engine and the commitment to the electric motor? The 68-year-old has his doubts. “I’ve traveled the world on a motorcycle,” he says, “was in Riga three times, I sold my last BMW with 104,000 kilometers on it. And you know what? We’re such a small country, we can’t save anything on our own.”
Finally, the Arends invite you to lunch, there is potato salad and fish from the North Sea, twelve kilometers away.
This is how sustainability works.
Specifications: BMW 324 TD Touring
• Displacement 2443 cm3
• Perfomance 85 kW (115 hp) at 4800 rpm
• Max. Torque 244 Nm at 2400 rpm
• Drive rear wheel/five speed
• L/W/H 4325/ 1645/1380 mm
• curb weight 1300kg
• Top 187km/h
• Consumption 6.9L D