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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-27-2013, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Talking My 1st Mercedes - 1986 560 SL

Hi all!

I recently purchased a 1986 560 SL. I live in Wisconsin, but bought it from a friend in Idaho who has had it since '90. I flew out and drove 1,600 miles home in it in two days!

The car is in VERY good condition despite having 127k on the ticker.

Day 1 was awful, as not only did the A/C not work, but the heater was stuck on high and I could not turn it off. The next day I stopped at a WalMart in Nebraska and bought 2 vice-grips and 4 big fender washers and crimped the heater hoses closed at the monovalve. Much better, but still no a/c.

I got an average of 22 mpg doing 75-80 mph. I was pleased, as I have read that they only got about 17.

My tachometer is dead, and doesn't move at all, but the clock does still work!

I'm looking forward to diving in, and enjoying the car with my wife for many years to come.

Looking forward to visiting the forum often, too!

Peace!

Bernie
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Greetings. Car must be in decent shape to have carried you the distance from Montana to Cheesehead country (actually one of my favorite states--have distant relatives near the Dells). There are many threads on the site that deal with DIY repair and your specific model vehicle. Hope you have a great time here.

Best Wishes--Carl

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Cool Thanks!

Thanks, Carl & Eric!

The car is in very good condition, with a few bugs in the HVAC & tachometer.

It's been so rainy here in Wisconsin, that I have only had it out twice for very short rides.

-- Bernie

(Ja, ich bin auch ein Deutsche Fahrer! --- und auch ein Deutsche Pfarrer! )
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