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Here she is!

Here is my 1985 280SE grey market car. We have named her Penelope. A close friend gifted this beautiful car to my fiance and I. It has 180,xxx ish miles. I replaced the fuel pump, fuel filter, new plugs...Starts fine...a little cold natured though. Runs alright except it lacks any power. It will get to speed but takes considerably longer. Anybody have any ideas as to why that would be? I have to get into the gas pedal considerably to get it to go. I would think a motor with 185ish HP would want to get up and boogie should the need arise.
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Nice car and perfect price
185 HP for 5000lb car can be disappointing.
I got the same when I bought 5000 lb ML55 with 305 HP. It was moving, but nothing thrilling.
But look at it from good side. I test drove Navigator. When stepped on it on 1st gear the computer was showing 1 mpg.

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I am gonna check the tank fuel filter and any other filter I can find for clogging tomorrow. I changed the large filter when I replaced the fuel pump. When I talk about not having power, I mean like hardly ANY power.
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I am gonna check the tank fuel filter and any other filter I can find for clogging tomorrow. I changed the large filter when I replaced the fuel pump. When I talk about not having power, I mean like hardly ANY power.
How are the injectors? They're probably original, so I would swap them. Also, what kind of exhaust did the "grey marketer" stick on there? The cat (if installed) could be clogged.

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Nice car and perfect price
185 HP for 5000lb car can be disappointing.
Too bad the car is only 3,527lbs, but don't let facts get in your way.

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Since those "injectors" are really just brass nozzles, I was thinking on pulling them and cleaning them. Try and stay as inexpensive as possible.
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Since those "injectors" are really just brass nozzles, I was thinking on pulling them and cleaning them. Try and stay as inexpensive as possible.
It's a start. They're not all that expensive to replace either.
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