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Date registered: Jan 2005
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RE: Head leak on w111
Coupe or Cabrio,? more likely to be a coupe as there were only 59 280SE 3.5 cabrio built.If it's a cabrio,don't sweat the small stuff about repairs,BUY IT [:D]
and if it's a coupe YES,[8D]
Absolutley beutiful cars,but don't sweat the clutch,get it repaired ,it's rare and desireable option,but the only real problem is getting the shift mechanism working correctly.Your mechanic needs to have the correct book in front of him to set the linkage right otherwise you will have a baulky stiff change.
The Benz auto trans is a great unit and was popular from the beginning ,that has nothing to do with power out put from the 116 engine,it's the M-100 engine that is the really grunty unit.You neither need or want a manual with an engine that will pull 4000Nm in third on a dyno[:0]
Don't confuse the US 450 engine with the 3.5 jewel.Two similar engines,in that parts interchange,but completely different in Character.The 3.5 will rev it's heart out in an attempt to please you,it's lord and master[}:)]where as the 4.5 was a slovenly servant,content to do the least effort possible,and it feels it as you really have to flog them to get a result. [:(]
The 4.5 was built in answer to the US smog laws of the time.Low compression and soft cam timing being the reason.And it's a different engine to the 4,5 found in the 116 450 SE/SEL etc,different pistons etc etc.