BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Jul 2006
Vehicle: European 1974 350SLC ,'78 300CD& '80 300CD sold , '81 240D SWMBO's Car '84 300CD & Euro
Location: Sunny So. Cal.
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1982 240D Sedan
White , A/C & Cruise control were part of the base model , manual windows , no radio nor sun roof .
This amazing automobile now has 342,XXX miles on it , original engine and transmission both need overhaul but it still gets 31 MPG and runs very smoothly indeed , no smoke , shakes a bit @ hot idle when I have the AC on (most of the time) .
I have replaced the ball joints , radiator , water pump and the brushes in the alternator , these sturdy low output (55 Ampere) Bosh alternators are seriously over built and rarely ever need more than new brushes , using only BOSCH branded brushes that come with the voltage regulator as an assembly , will ensure you always have super bright headlights and a fully charged battery , no so with any other brand made anywhere .
I replaced the brake master cylinder once , still running the original calipers on all four wheels , I flush out the brake fluid every year so they don't ever leak nor fail .
I've had to replace most of the vacuum elements in the doors , trunk and fuel filler flap central locking system but it still works .
Rear axle half shaft boots gave up about 15 years ago , I replaced the axles at that time with rebuilts .
The wood trim on the glovebox door came unglued and I was unable to find any glue to re attach it so I replaced the whole door last month ,
replaced the passenger side inside door release at the same time , scrubbed the Palamino Upholstery at the same time .
Recently some druggies backed into my beloved Mercedes 300CD Diesel Sports Coupe so I had to drive the '82 240D on a Road Rally with vintage English Sports Cars ~ going up the hills & canyons of course , I was dead last and only was able to go 35 ~ 45 MPH but going down hills I easily passed all of them , no tire squealing , just firmly planted and easily controllable thanx to the excellent suspension design augmented by Bilstein HD gas charged shocks and Michelin tires .
Amortized over the decades , this is an *extremely* inexpen$ive car to own and operate .
Anyone who worries about not putting miles on their 'benz , should sell it and buy something else .
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