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Date registered: Mar 2009
Vehicle: 1987 Mercedes Benz 300 SDL
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1st Time Mercedes owner '87 300SDL
Hello everyone. I just bought an '87 300SDL with 288K miles on it 3/7/09. Extremely clean and has been taken care of and has been in a garage over most of its life. I am the third owner. It has the original owners manual in the glove box and maintenance records from 0 to approx. 186K, then picked up gain at 243K miles. I do not have anything for maintenance in between those miles. Let me tell you the "Good, the Bad, and the "Ugly".
The Good: Zero rust anywhere; Engine does not smoke even from a cold start and is extrememly clean for a diesel. The "trap" has been removed and recall properly done. No tears anywhere in the interior and back seat looks like no one has ever sat in it. No spots on the carpet, interior is 99% new looking.
The Bad: The vehicle has three small door dings, crack in front bumper about 8 inches long running horizontally; sun-roof will not open; antenna will not raise; left rear passenger window rolls down but will not roll up.
The Ugly: Most of the time the car will not start when turning it to the start postion. I have to keep trying it over and over again (like 12 times)before it finally will kick in the starter and start up. I have already had to call AAA once to bail me out. Also, I have never seen an ignition switch that once you release to the "Run" position, you cannot turn turn it back to "start". I have to completely turn off the key and then return to the glow position, wait, then "start". A real pain.
Question: Is it the starter safety switch on the tranny that "thinks" it is still in gear, or is it the ignition switch, or something else. The battery is 100%, so that is not the issue.
Help please! Thank you.