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Hello all,

I am not quite a Mercedes owner as of yet. However, my wife really wants her "dream car" and it is almost like the movie My Cousin Vinne Her dream car clock is ticking as she is pounding the floor with her foot. That brings me to this club. I have been looking at several 1980's model 380SL. I have one in mind and the owners are quite honest in thier description in the needs of the car. They are telling me that when you put in park the idle spikes to around 2000-2500, they say it needs a idle control valve. I have doen some research and it might also need a idle control unit (I think that is behind the dash). Also, it smokes when started, and they told me that was due to a bad seal(s). My questions to the experts on this forum is, Is it worth it. I understand that a 1983 380SL for 3K is a good deal but I also understand it is a 28 year old car and will not be perfect. is the 300-500 dollars I will spend on parts (not counting replacing the seals) worth it, or could there be larger things needed here? Any advice you can give would be greatly helpful. Thank you in advance for your help

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Hey Brad,

head down to the above mentioned forum area where you will learn a lot from experienced guys & a couple of girls who have these cars. There is a good check list of things to know & look for when buying these cars.

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