Well, I was weak or just a little off center when I purchase my first diesel?? Yes it is my first Mercedes and I think the car will be a great deal of fun when I get the old girl so that she will start on a regular basis.
I have been playing with little British cars for some time now and thought I should give Mercedes a shot.
The 220D is far from powerful (yes I know some may say they can walk faster) but then I was just looking for a fun Sunday car with character and I think she has all kinds. The underside of the car and interior is in great shape but I think she will need an engine re-fresh to bring up the compression as it takes a great deal to get her going. When running she runs along just fine yet I am unsure what to expect.
I have no idea of its mileage as the OD/Trip will no longer work
I would like to know if there is something I can do to get it counting again?
There is a little blow by up through the air intake so I am sure valves need a little attention. Could lifter/valve adjustments help? I do not have a manual so I have no idea what is required for space when each valve is fully closed?
Could anyone tell me what an average running speed (taking a note of being kind to the car)? I have had her up to 80mph and she drive smooth and steady yet with only a 4 speed manual I think she is running a little hard at such a speed.
I have changed the battery and fuel filter, it seems to have helped a little. I don't mind a little money being put to the car as I think it would be sad not save the car from the crusher.
I have a great deal to learn about what can be done with the diesel. Is my problem compression, injectors or what???
I look forward to being part of this community and as a Newbie I hope I can be directed at possible workshop or how too book / publications to help me out.
P.S. the car is a 1973 Mercedes 220D, Red, 4spd manual, a great looking car.