Date registered: Jul 2011
Vehicle: 1982 Mercedes 240D
Location: Memphis, TN
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New Member w/1982 240D
I came across this site while attempting to research a few odd topics concerning my 1982 240D (which I will post in a different section).
I would not even consider myself a shade tree mechanic. I have worked on most every vehicle I have owned by utilizing either a Hanes or Chilton's (?) book. It has seemed that as long as I have good instructions (the manuals), coupled with a moderate amount of common sense, I am able to accomplish most of what I attempt.
My situation now has forced me into really trying to get the 240D into dependable shape as due to a recent accident (previous everyday car was totaled and a paltry sum from insurance company would in no way replace it), lack of finances (loss of work due to economy), and now loss of home, my wife and I have decided what better time to determine if we would rather move to another part of the country to re-start or set down new roots.
For years I have used the 240D as a back and forth to work second vehicle. I ignored some of the "luxury" issues (power steering out, AC/Heater blower that will blow fuses if on Hi, cigarette ligher port (aux port) that does not work, AC condensor fan that will not function etc. But now I will need to remedy these issues for the road trips we are about to make.
The vehicle's body is in (in my opinion), excellent shape. No rust, only parking lot rash here and there, a ding or two from hail storms and the intermittent ding in the paint job (mainly on the front edge of the hood), due to debris from the road hitting the vehicle.
I hope that there are people here that can either point me in the right direction for some of my issues or can provide direct information to help me reach the "comfort zone" of vehicle reliability and dependability that I hope to reach and not end up being stranded "in the middle of no where" if you know what I mean.
So, that is a little about me and what I am attempting to accomplish. Hope to hear from some of you and bring this project to a satisfactory conclusion!