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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-11-2007, 10:46 PM
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Hi Flyboy,
I sent you a message earlier, but am not sure if you got it. I got a 500SE from Japan and its VIN is WDB 126 0361A 543188. What year model is this car based on the VIN? Would appreciate it if you can help me with its history. I tried other VIN searches in the USA and got 1978. It's unlikely since the 126 was made between 1979 and 1991. Also, does this mean that my car is the 543,188th car manufactured? Would appreciate your assistance.
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Hi Flyboy,
I sent you a message earlier, but am not sure if you got it. I got a 500SE from Japan and its VIN is WDB 126 0361A 543188. What year model is this car based on the VIN? Would appreciate it if you can help me with its history. I tried other VIN searches in the USA and got 1978.
It's an 1989 model, from the looks of it.

VIN WDB1260361A543188
Model 500 SE
Chassis 1260361A543188
Engine 117965 12 029890
Transmission 722356 03 367984
Order 0 9 236 03126
Approx. year 1989
Dealer Freiburg branch (236)
Interior velours black (961)
Paint
199 metallic blue-black (с 01.01.1983)
Options
221 left front seat, electrically adjustable (с 01.11.1978)

222 right front seat, electrically adjustable (с 01.11.1978)

227 ashtray and cigar lighter in the rear, illuminated (с 01.03.1980)

446 tempomat (cruise control), steering column, electrically adjustable, and airbag (с 01.02.1980 по 31.10.1993)

538 Unknown code
543 sun visor with vanity mirror, illuminated, left and right (с 01.11.1978)

581 automatic climate control (с 01.01.1977)

592 heat-insulating glass, all-around, heated rear window pane (laminated glass), band filter
green heat-insulating glass all round, heated rear window, laminated safety glass - tinted strip (с 01.01.1972)

611 courtesy lamps for front and rear doors, with W124 also for central doors/W202 front doors only (с 01.11.1978)

620 emission control system
vehicles with catalyst technique (с 01.03.1985)

640 aluminium disc wheels with radial-ply tires (с 01.10.1969 по 31.12.1989)

673 high-capacity battery (с 01.01.1964)

731 wood trim, burred walnut root (с 01.08.1980)

812 rear-mounted loudspeaker (с 01.11.1974)

877 reading lamp in the rear (с 01.11.1963)

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Hi Flyboy,
Thanks for the help. Appreciate it much. The russian page gave me 1988, so at least it's not a 1978. Any ideas on the maximum (combined urban and long-distance) mpg I can hope for? Are those vortex thingy's from Canada worth the $10 plus shipping--- the ones you install right after the air cleaner? Mine right now does 4km/liter, and I know this engine still has to be optimized. Any suggestions?
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Any ideas on the maximum (combined urban and long-distance) mpg I can hope for?
Here's a thought: you want gas mileage, buy an econobox. A 500SE is no place to look for fuel happiness.

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Hi Flyboy,
Yeah. Thanks for the quick reply. But I was thinking along the lines of optimizing the engine's performance. Just wondering if there's a benchmark MPG me and my mechanic can hope to aim for? Say 30 mpg at 70 mph?
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Say 30 mpg at 70 mph?
Let's see: 5,000lb, 231hp. 30mpg? I don't think so. Try 20.

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Hi Flyboy,
Cool! We shall aim for 20 mpg then. Any thoughts on those canadian vortex thingy? Have you tried that?
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Any thoughts on those canadian vortex thingy? Have you tried that?
The only Canadian thing I trust is in my sig pic, and even then it's only 'cause I have to.

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