Date registered: Sep 2007
Vehicle: 500SLC #2624. Black on Black.
Location: Sydney, Australia
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
The subframe in 380sl's (and 450s) are notorious for developing cracks which causes the left front wheel to fall off. If it was removed it should have been replaced or preventatively repaired with a bracket kit supplied by MB for this purpose. The dealership would know this. The subframe entry says R&R so perhaps it was repaired and replaced.
The recall only applies to iron block V8 W107. The 380SL was not subject to the recall. Not saying it didn't need to be, but it wouldn't have been flagged by a dealer, most likely, because it wasn't covered by the recall.
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