Date registered: Feb 2004
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RE: 73 MB 280 Sedan engine question
I used to have a '75 280, which did something similar: when started, there would be a HUGE cloud of white smoke, but none during driving. It was something very simple, like a valve relative to the transmission (it was a long time ago, I only remember the panicked phonecall I got from the wife when it first happened). Anyway, somehow trans. fluid gets routed through the exhaust and spews out the back. If it is the same thing, I had it fixed for about 100-150 bucks.
Hope this helps.