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common problems I've noticed in 280se's

When I was out test driving and fiddling with these cars before I bought mine, I noticed a few broken things that seemed common on them, so I compiled this list. Maybe we can put our heads together for some common solutions.

-The automatic column shift handle was usually loose and wobbly. In one instance, the car wouldn't even go into park...
-The shift indicator wasn't working (it was just stuck in park when you moved the shifter).
-Broken heater controls.
-Odometer (a classic benz problem, it seems).

As far as the odometer, I know that if you remove the unit and pull out the rod (carefully) that that little number wheels sit on, you can scuff up the surface so that they start spinning again.

The heater controls were made out of bad 60s bakalite or something. And replacements are about $130 bucks. I'd almost rather just machine aluminum ones as they'd last a hell of a lot longer.

Anyone have comment on the wobbly shifting? I think it has something to do with desintegrating plastic...

Any other common problems/solutions you folks noticed on these cars?
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