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Old 05-10-2020, 03:16 PM
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The whole idea of a Mercedes used to be you buy it for life. Many workhorse models were brought to the US market and these cars were purchased by smart people.
And then they hit bottom with the Smart car.
I wonder how many good lifetime cars went into 0bama's Cash for Clunkers.
Looking on the net, a 240D in similar condition to this one, once I'm finished with it, asking 15,000. I figure if I can get the original paperwork from the P.O that's adds a grand to a collector price. I am the second owner of this rig.

Only thing not original will be the drivers mirror, a horse ate it.
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My wife was given a SEL 560, 1989. Had a little over 100K miles on it. The transmission was junk, but you had to drive it about 8 miles before it had a problem. The guy that gave it to her decided he would have it fixed, so he got a junkyard trans and hired a couple of guys hanging around outside a Home Depot. As you can already tell, this story doesn't have an happy ending. It took them three days to do the trans R&R in my driveway, and there were all kinds of left over hardware. Not sure what they did, but after that, it would barely move. Probably got the flywheel out of time. When I asked them any questions, I just got the "No Habla" answer. I have to give them an E for effort, they used a little bottle jack and cinder blocks to hold the car up. I ended up giving the car to Kars 4 Kids, lost money on it too. Paid the registration and insurance on it, otherwise it couldn't be parked on the street. Like the old saying goes, "a free Mercedes is the most expensive car you will ever own"
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Old 05-10-2020, 06:05 PM
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Today I changed the fuel filter, it needed changing. Put in fuel and pumped up pressure and then tried to start it. It would fire occasionally. Bled the high pressure lines but they had no air in them. The radio works fine
So I towed it out the driveway and it lit up.
I left it running for a couple hours to loosen things and warm it up. It runs smoothly and fires right up now.
The charging system works fine ..14.5 volts.
Now that it runs, the real work begins.

The accelerator is stiff and will not return to idle without pulling up the pedal. Penetrating oil was applied to all joints.
Brakes are dragging, and need to be gone over.
Shocks have to be replaced.
Diff still to be checked.
Exhaust system is rotted, that will have to go.
There is always another day
At least now I can get it in and out of the shop under it's own power..
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Old 05-12-2020, 02:51 PM
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Here are some shots of it in it's present state.
When warm it started right up but today it was back to firing and not starting. I think I hear injector tips calling.
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Old 05-12-2020, 02:58 PM
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From what I see, it looks nice Gerry!
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Looks pretty sharp. Heck my 03 truck is a lot more rusted than that car.


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The whole idea of a Mercedes used to be you buy it for life.
I had a friend Uwe (oovay) from Germany that was a MB master tech. Since high school. Around the sophomore year in Germany you decide your career/education track and go into that program: college, trades, arts, etc. He became an apprentice mechanic for MB. Gained experience then came here in his 20s, hired immediately by the local MB dealership.

He was the guy who would drive the white MB "road service" station wagon. On call all the time unless he had someone cover for him then they would get the wagon. Tools and spares and compressor in the back. I'd go on calls with him sometimes on the weekend and it was usually something totally simple that could have been solved by reading the owner's manual.

According to him, you could order a MB in Germany with any options, even odd combinations such as all power windows except for the driver's.

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Looking on the net, a 240D in similar condition to this one, once I'm finished with it, asking 15,000. I figure if I can get the original paperwork from the P.O that's adds a grand to a collector price. I am the second owner of this rig.

Only thing not original will be the drivers mirror, a horse ate it.
That car would bring good money down here in FL because the sun hasn't killed the paint or interior. It would be advisable to use new/used OEMish parts on it to keep it "authentic". Bilsteins would be acceptable. If you can get a clean, "open" title for it, it could be transferred here as a "one-owner"... $$$

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Here are some shots of it in it's present state.
That is a very nice car even though I'm not usually a fan of the old iron...

PS: does it have a metric speedo/odo and gauges?
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Very cool ride
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Old 05-17-2020, 07:33 AM
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PS: does it have a metric speedo/odo and gauges?
This unit has the speedo in miles. Back then metric was only a twinkle in Turdeau's(senior) eye.
I haven't got any more work done on it as spring work is too much, and the fact that both my vehicles are due for oil and filters and grease.
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Old 05-26-2020, 01:17 PM
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That car looks nice, and that cars from that era really look good.

I just got a much newer one, an '83 240D, so I'll be chasing vacuum leaks too this winter.
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