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The biggest weakness of these cars (later US 116s) is the climate control servo. The system itself is fairly
easy to troubleshoot by an experienced Benz technician, but the servos crack and develop
leaks. The part is expensive, and quality of rebuilt servos varies quite a bit. It's nice when it works,
CIS is a solid, reliable system - if taken care of. Generally, it's less expensive to maintain than
the earlier EFI setup. (The CIS engines are also equipped with hydraulic lifters, another plus.)
The most important thing IMO is to find a tech who's experienced with these models, and understands their
"quirks", of which the 116 has a fare few.
The 116 was way ahead of the 108 in terms of safety, reliability and technical innovation...a "clean" example is still a fantastic highway cruiser, even modern sedans pale in comparison.