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a little rant with some advice

I know that most people who have been owners of these classics will tell you to shop around when looking for parts, service,etc. read and heed my friends. i am stationed in germany and i bought the lovely 1974 280se. i wanted to put a custom wood steering wheel on it. i actually got laughed out of more than one "custom" shop before somebody whith sense said there is a universal adapter, cheap. i wanted custom rims, same thing people actually laughed in my face for wanting to customize such an old car! well after much searching i have found some wheel companies that can help me. and finally i took my car to a few well known shops to get a quote on my tranny (its leaking) each one wanted me to pay for a rebuild... 2000 euro which in us dollars is close to 3500. hell no! i was starting to lose hope for my transmission and this one mechanic took the car for a day looked at it thoroughly and said my front seal needs to be replaced ...thats it. cost hmmm maybe 250, 300 euros. well my point is this just because someone tells you it cant be done or that something is going to cost an astronomical amount to do doesnt mean a thing. do some extensive reasearch ask questions and be afraid of the shop that will charge you up the ying yang and tell you thier way is the best and only way! till next time... the star rules!!
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