Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 350SLC, 500SLC, 300TE, 190E2.3 Sportline
Location: Sydney, Australia
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RE: 230, not 280se
I would be reluctant to drive a car of this age, especially one you are not yet familiar with, through such remote country without any backup. To suffer a breakdown out there would be more than just inconvenient. Spare parts will not be available at the next roadhouse and the cost to have the car towed and then wait probably days for parts and then have them fitted may not only exceed the cost to have the car freighted, but possibly also exceed its value as well.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting that it will break down. Assuming it has been well maintained it will probably do the trip without a problem. It's just that the remote possibility of having a problem is not something worth risking. Even in my well maintained 1990 models, the inconvenience of a problem is often in the back of my mind whenever travelling in the more remote parts of Australia. This is despite the fact that I do all my own mechanical work, know the cars well, and carry a fairly comprehensive set of tools with me on longer trips. It's just that things eventually wear out on older cars and even if it has been recently inspected or serviced, no one can guarantee that something may not fail.
You may like to get other Aussies' opinions at http://www.mbcnsw.org.au/forum/
107.023: 350SLC, 3-speed auto, icon gold, parchment MBtex, (sold 2012 after 29 years ownership).
107.026: 500SLC, 4-speed auto, thistle green, green velour.
124.090: 300TE, 4-speed auto, arctic white, cream-beige MBtex.
201.028: 190E 2.3 Sportline, 5-speed manual, arctic white, blue leather.
201.028: 190E 2.3, 4-speed auto, blue-black, grey MBtex.
201.034: 190E 2.3-16, 5-speed manual, blue-black, black leather.