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I recently purchased a 1981 380SL (R107) with 65,500 original miles from a long time friend in Palm Springs, CA and had the vehicle shipped out to NC.

The vehicle has a lot of sentimental value, as it was one of the first cars I drove after receiving my drivers license back in 1982.

Overall the vehicle is in very good condition, but has been in storage for the last few years and seems to be suffering from a few issues.

If any members have any suggestions to the following issues, I would really appreciate any input in trying to diagnose and repair the issues on my own.

(1) Vehicle bogs down and has no power under load until it reaches normal operating temp. To date I have run two bottles of Techtron through the system on approx 24 gallons of fuel which has not corrected the issue.

(2) Vehicle seems to take two tries to start (approx 3-5 secs of cranking on the second try to turn over) when trying to restart it after it has been running and is up to normal temp.

(3) Vehicle seems to upshift/downshift hard in all gears. Transmission fluid is at the correct level, appears clean and has no burnt smell.

(4) The climate control is not functioning correctly, and I have purchased a Digital ACCII Servo Replacement from Unwired Tools to hopefully correct the problem (yet to be installed).

(5) Power antenna was not functioning and appeared to be draining the battery. I have disconnected the power to the antenna and may just install a manual retracting mast to eliminate future issues.

(6) Soft top is ripped and needs to be replaced. Has anybody ever used for replacement tops?


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