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From the archeologist's perspective, one might say that this vehicle- the 240D, is kin to the single-cell organisms that first emerged from the primordial ooze. I recently acquired a 1981 240D with 311,015 miles on it and I am simply perplexed on how it still runs... I purchased it to not put miles on my new ML500 and while coming home from work yesterday, I heard a loud pop and then it sounded like the mother of all exhaust leaks... Well, i wasn't too far from home and since I wasn't losing power or any lights came on, I went on home. Come to find out that a glow plug had blown. Not just broken, the pencil part was completely gone, along with the copper coil. The end just fell off. I replaced it, but the car wouldn't start. So upon closer inspection of the relay, I noticed the filament had melted. I put a small 30A fuse to provide a sort of "bridge", and the car started, but then stopped as the fuse blew. Problem identified. The closest thing I could find to that was an IRON NAIL. I bridged the gap with it, the car started right up. I drove it like that to a junk yard and found a replacement filament. Its true folks. This car must have been built by an ancient race of super humans thousands of years ago.

I dont expect much from this car, its only about a 7 mile commute from home to work, I rarely take it anywhere other those places, although ive been told from a quick check, that this lumbering beast still has another 100K miles on it. What a dream if it did.
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Isn't this the exact model that was used by Thessaloniki cabbie to put 2.4 million miles on?

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Only get Bosch/Beru plugs.

Autolite/Champion plugs have been known to blow out like that.

Enjoy the 240D, it's a good solid car.

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Isn't this the exact model that was used by Thessaloniki cabbie to put 2.4 million miles on?

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I think that might have been a '76 model, but same concept!
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Only get Bosch/Beru plugs.

Autolite/Champion plugs have been known to blow out like that.

Enjoy the 240D, it's a good solid car.
And enjoy it I do! At a whopping 65hp w/ its manual transmission, its a poor downgrade from the 288hp in my ML, but I still love this car's craftsmanship and lines! The glow plug, or "blow plug" as ive come to call it was a bosch, and I replaced it w/ another bosch. Good Lord this car is a tank!
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Sounds like you've got carbon build up in there. You should get a reamer and remove all the crud that's in the GP holes.

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I would say that is a fairly conservative estimate if you maintain your car well.

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ive been told from a quick check, that this lumbering beast still has another 100K miles on it. What a dream if it did.
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