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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-18-2010, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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Is this a reasonable trade request?

I have a '92 500SL with 113000 miles that's developed some issues involving the ASR and possibly the transmission. My mechanic quoted me a rate of $2000 for some work but can't reliably guarantee the solution to my problem--and hence my reluctance to spend the money. He is diagnosing the idle valve (which was replaced just before I bought the car two years ago and I am not having any high/low idle problems) as well as a "transmission leak" with an indeterminate origin although I am getting smoke and visible leakage out of that area for about 20 minutes after heavy driving. I checked the fluid level a couple of days ago and noticed it was about 1" beyond the maximum level when cold.

Cosmetically, I'd say the car is an 8.5/10 on the outside and a 9/10 on the inside. I also had a lot of suspension work done and the engine harness replaced when I bought the car a couple of years ago.

I am running a local ad soliciting a trade for an early, well sorted-out R107 or at least a sale to fund this switch without any additional immediate outlay (and perhaps enough money to cover a light going-over). Is my objective here reasonable? In the meantime, I'm trying to pinpoint exactly what problems my car has.


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A 107 in equal condition to the 129 will be more expensive.
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Correct the transmission fluid level first, when they are overfilled, they will expand the fluid and throw it out of the breather located at the top of the transmission after being driven for 20+ minutes, especially at higher speeds thus causing the smoke and the leak. When checking the fluid level at operating temprature AND the engine running, the level needs to be between the MIN and MAX mark. Hope this helps.
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I would consider finding a mechanic that knows more about MB's and get a second opinion. This guy sounds like he's looking to make a few bucks.
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Turns out I was reading the fluid level wrong, but I took the car to someone else and he said the leak was coming from the transmission oil pan and the modulator valve was bad.
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