Date registered: Feb 2009
Vehicle: 1988 Mercedes Benz 230E (W124)
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New member from Australia-1988 Mercedes Benz 230E (W124)
Good afternoon everyone - I'm new and learning to find my way around this helpful site. I used to own a 1982 MB 280 SE (W126) and loved it's smoothness and comfort even at it's old age and mileage- 330 000Kms.
Recently with the increase in the petrol prices and the cars age and cost of spares and repairs I decided to trade it for something smaller, newer and more economical and went for a 1988 230E. It was sold to me by a Mercedes restorer who said he'd replaced the original engine. With the problems I'm having it was obviously in a pretty shoddy mechanical state when I got it, but I think it has potential and want to get it into perfect mechanical condition.
The bodywork of the new car looks great but it seems to have a number of problems that I'm trying to iron out and would appreciate any advice. The first noticeable problem was that the car wandered a little on the road when driving which was very irritating. So I took it to a front end specialist for some advice and they reported that the idler arm bush was worn, the front wheel bearings had slight play and the rear lower trailing arm required replacing. I think I was sold a lemon!
So I've put on new tyres, had the wheels balanced and aligned, had the idler arm and wheel bearings sorted and it's much improved. But recently it's started a new problem. It started idling very inconsistently and missing every now and then, to the point where it stalled every time I tried to pull off when it was cold. The problem seems to get a bit better once it's warmed up a bit. I asked a mechanic friend about it and he recommended checking and replacing the spark plugs and spark plug leads. I have since replaced the plugs and it's starts first time now and is running much more smoothly but occasionally seems to miss again. So it seems new leads might be the next step.
I don't have a huge amount of mechanical experience but can do the basic things so I would appreciate any advice or suggestions.