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I am getting this car for free me and my friend jumped it
he drove it half a block at it died, and i managed to hit 50 mph and stop.
this car wasnt started in over 5 years

when the automatic gear box switched from 1st to 2nd there was a pretty big jerk

that was the only immediate problem with the car

what other things should i look out for and how much would they cost?
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I am getting this car for free me and my friend jumped it
he drove it half a block at it died, and i managed to hit 50 mph and stop.
this car wasnt started in over 5 years

when the automatic gear box switched from 1st to 2nd there was a pretty big jerk

that was the only immediate problem with the car

what other things should i look out for and how much would they cost?
Thank You


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If the car wasn't run in that long of a time frame (unless there was stabilizer added to the fuel), there's probably fuel issues. I'd replace the fuel filter and do a oil/filter change, check and replace all the rest of the fluids, check the brakes and suspension, etc.
If you're keeping the car, get a service manual and go through it cover to cover. Best thing I ever did. And I know my 380 is reliable now. Check my thread "my 380SL project" if you want some insight...
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Thanks man, Hey would you be able to send me a pic of ur car because it is too sick
and its a beautiful car haha.
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Welcome to the madness!

I just got an 82 380SL and love this car! When you get yours on the road you will too. I have found that the car will shift hard if it is not warmed up to operating temp around 90. It slips between gears at first then shifts fine.
If it has been sitting, with is a cruel death to these cars, be sure all of your fuel components are in good order, filter, pump, accumulator etc. make sure your timing chain and tensioners and guides are all tight and working properly as well or you can kiss your motor good-bye if the chain breaks or skips a tooth if stretched....yes they have their little issues but you can't beat the look, and the looks you get..and the thing corners like it is on rails!!!!!
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Really? I never knew that maybe that is why there was a big jerk.
The timing belt looked fine when i popped the hood while it was started i heard you can replace it with a metal one because mine is rubber.
So when i bring this car home what is the first thing i should so it can run on the road well?
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Well, first let me clarify, the timing chain is inside the motor, the only way you can see it is to take the valve covers off, mainly the passenger side cover. If you see rubber when you pop the hood it is just the usual a/c , alternator and water pump belts. If it were my car, I would change the oil and filter first thing. They take about 8.5 Qts of oil with a new filter! Change the fuel filter, located in the back underside on the passenger side. Make sure the gas tank is clean of corrosion or you will suck little bits of rust and junk into your fuel di$triburor $$$$$!
If car steers and handles oddly, check to see if it needs new tires, then check out sub frame bushings. DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED if you don't think you can do any of this, have the car checked out by a knowlegable MB mechanic. It will be $$ well spent.

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