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New Dieselhead here

Fellow Benzers,

I'm about to embark on some major work on my 210, having run out of money (like everyone else, I guess). I had some wonderful guys who worked on my cars, but I'm in a different place now and have accumulated many tools over a half-lifetime of motorcycle, automotive and woodworking (don't ask, don't tell) adventures. Hence, I joined up on this forum.

I learned how to drive in a '79 300SD that I called (to my dad's chagrin) the Tin Can, since it sounded like a spray-paint shaker. Among other vehicles, I've owned a '73 116 450 SE, a '75 107 450 SL (my current project car, which I bought from my dad's estate), an '83 123 300D, and now the '99 210 E300D.

The 210 has now 156k, and I'm looking at doing the motor mounts, replacing the clear fuel lines/o-rings, front brakes, and, I'm afraid, the turbo. It's leaking from both the air intake and exhaust, and even though it hasn't thrown a code, I cannot imagine that this is good. Not much blue smoke, however, just low-oil level lights.

The car has been a dream, and I intend to keep it that way, new Bluetecs notwithstandings. From day 1 I changed the oil well ahead of the "10k interval (yeah, right)", and did the tranny every 3 years. Replaced the alternator at 100K, the MAF sensor, and last year they had the head off to decarbonize that world. New glow plugs every two years whether it needs it or not (having seen what seized glow plugs look like in other 210s).

Always driven it like I stole it, too.

Anyway, looking forward to getting to know this site.
Barbara Ann Mahoney
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