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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-26-2005, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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'82 380 SEL

Hi Everyone--

I'm wondering why there is SO little information out there on the 1982 380 SEL...even basics like specifications, etc. I bought one in EXCELLENT condition about three weeks ago, but I'm having a hard time finding anything out about this model--"good" year or "bad" year? Common problems? Can anyone recommend a source or give me some info??

A couple more questions..
I've been using high-octane gasoline but by the gas cap it only says "unleaded." Am I using the right octane?

Also, the foreign auto mechanic in town has an '89 380 SEL and he uses synthetic oil..changes it twice a year..any thoughts on this versus traditional oil changes?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-27-2005, 08:16 PM
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RE: '82 380 SEL

Post in the w126 forum. The nice thing about these classic MBs is there was no ‘bad’ year – in those days, unlike now, DB was able to keep build quality consistent.

There were 6270 built in 1983. The M116 V8 engine produces 155 bhp in the US; it is strong and reliable – make sure the timing chain and plastic guides were changed on a regular basis.

I use 20w 50 dino. I doubt your mechanic has an 89 380 SEL as the last one was built in 1985. Could he have a 300 SEL?

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