Date registered: Oct 2008
Vehicle: 1994 Mercedes Benz R129 SL 280 Convertable Auto Petrol, 1995 Mercedes Benz E200 Estate Auto Petrol
Location: Western Seaboard of Ireland
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SL 280 SL Mercedes Benz 1994
I live on the Western Seaboard of Ireland and have been in Mercs for a few years now. Having been driven around in a few in my youth, by my uncle a vet, I supposed I grew attached to the idea of owning one. I think the first merc I drove was an SL350 that was on loan to me for a week while my own car was repaired and not being able to afford that one at the time I decided that some time I would own one. The first Mercedes I owned, however, was a 1981 dark brown diesel estate, 200E, with a sunroof and a lot of character. Max, from Hart to Hart, was often seen driving a cream version of the same model. I am convinced it had a good end by saving the life of the driver, not me btw, when it colided with a bus on a windy country road. I toyed with the idea of repairing it but having bought a similar but older model with a broken gearbox time and skills werent permitting.'A car or two later and after a 2 year search I finally found another Mercedes Estate, a 200 automatic in pristine condition from 1995. I still have her but I return to my long term goal of owning an SL 280 SL convertable, leather interior, electric seats and airconditioning were a must! Last month after an year and a half of searching I finally found one and at present I am giving it a lot of care and attention trying to restore it to its former glory, there isnt that far a journey to travel.
Wish me luck and all advice and opinions are welcome for either the 200 automatic petrol estate or the SL 280 SL Convertable.
Three things I am imediatly interested in to follow:
1. I need to purchase HT leads to tackle an intermittant missing fault that presents itself upon excelleration, I have noticed that the reversing can be extremely jerky when the fault presents itself but that when it isnt present that the car sails like a dream and is much more economical on the juice... Any previous experience of this problem anybody? Any advice as to the veracity of my diagnosis? Any directions to a good point of purchase for HT leads or another method of checking this fault out before I purchase the leads?
2. I am interested in aquiring a service manual for both cars also, assistance would be appreciated in finding a godd supplier of a good product.
3. Is there asite that might offer advice as to why the different tones eminate from the small speaker by the rear view mirror. At present a continuous bong sound can be heard, even when saftey belts are worn and roof is firmly in place, doors closed and either driving or stationary...There seems to be a little damage to the airbag compartment on the passenger and I have toyed with the idea that it might be a faulty sensor, the drivers electric seat doesnt seem to work and I am wondering if the safety belt sensor might be affected... words of wisdom please.
If you have made it this far, many thanks for viewing my thread and I look forward to hearing and sharing advice and tips.
Last edited by Youngseal; 10-07-2008 at 10:52 AM.