Date registered: Apr 2009
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I drove my 85 300 TD (128,000 miles) from Tucson to LA this week. While I was there, the car developed a clicking noise that concerned me. I posted to the 123 forum, and stopped by a couple if independent shops in the Inland Empire area today, and was not impressed. I had to drive back to Tucson, and was worried that it could be a valve, timing or transmission problem. I definately did not want to break down in the middle of the desert at night.
I ended up taking it to Walter's Mecedes Benz (a dealer) in Riverside, and I am glad that I did!
Darryl Wheeler, their Classic Car Team Leader took a ride around the block with me and immediately diagnosed the problem as a bad bushing in the tranny linkage, causing the linkage to vibrate against the tranny.
He gave me an estimate of $128, and I said ok.
He repaired it for $92, and while he was at it he:
Went over the entire car and made suggestions of things that should eventually be improved (engine mounts, ball joints)
Completely adjusted the transmission and linkage (shifts like it is brand new)
Replaced a leaking fuel line
Adjusted the steering box
Even cleaned the windshield!
I can't say enough about what a great job that he did. I live 450 miles from this dealership. They knew that I would probably never be back, yet they went way over and above the call of duty for me.
If I ever see the need to service, and can tie it into a drive to LA, I will be scheduling an appointment with Darryl.