Date registered: Oct 2003
Vehicle: CL500, E430, SLK, Subaru...
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RE: 98 C280
I have to say, it sounds like a bitsa. Someone must have put the 3.2 in at some stage (maybe the old engine blew?) before you got it, an tht 3.2 isn't as healthy as it could be.
86k is pretty low miles for those symptoms; while they aren't hard to fix, and should be addressed soon to minimise any knock-on damage, you may want to consider whether they are the tip of the iceberg!
London, right in the middle
03 CL500 (Black/Grey, 48k, Comand, 7GTronic, Keyless Go) 302 Bhp
01 E430 (Silver/Black, 112k, Comand, Lingua, 7 seats, tow...) 275 Bhp
97 SLK (40k, Yellowstone, partner's car!) 200 Bhp
03 A210 AMG (Black/Black, 63k, project rescue car) 140 Bhp
...I make that 917 Bhp...!