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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-16-2007, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all, need some help and direction. I just bought a 1982 500SEL and need to find a qwners manual, a service manual, and a good source (s) for parts and advice. The car is in pretty good shape with mostly minor problems to fix and correct...but heck I don't even know how to use all the buttons on the dash!!!
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Try ebay or the Mercedes dealer for the owner's manual.

I think if it is a 500SEL it is a gray market car. If the cruise control stalk is marked in German it is for sure. It would be hard to find a gray market car's owner's manual for a 1982 500SEL euro.

Buying an owner's manual for the US spec '82 380SE would help a lot.
Some things, like the dash controls for the HVAC are different in the Euro cars.

The 1982 500SEL euro models are good cars, by the way.

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Yep!! It's German on the cruise control stalk.....Dang!! Well I'll ask the Portland Mercedes dealer if they can help....Anything I should be looking for as far as mechanical problems to be expected...I have some wear issues to attend to. The "air pump" belt has been removed ) does not seem to be bothering the performance of the engine tho).The engine idles pretty smooth (just a burp now and then) and off idle is really smooth...seems to take a lot of throttle "tip in" to get going. I have never floored it off a stop yet, but have gotten into it under way and it has quite a bit of thrust....seems like it want to hit 150mph pretty easy.....Got a "clunk" from the right front suspension however, so I do not want to push it. Brakes seem good, have a very minor pulse at times, car does not pull under severe braking. Just getting used to the car. It will not be my daily driver until all is fixed and fully dependable.
Can any one tell me where I can get interior trim parts and the such?? Did go to eBay right off not much there under 500SEL. What other models have the same body trim, interior, exterior body parts, and mechanicals?? All the W126's??

Thanks for you info !!
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