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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-09-2007, 09:11 PM
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W 108 as a daily driver

I've been using those cars for 30 years , and have never owned a car newer than 72 (280SEL 4.5)
Sure, you need to pay attention to them(like women).
They use fuel, however the overall cost of a W108 spread over 10 years is just plainly cheap.
Do your own work, get parts at wholesale, do not abuse it (i.e. let unqualified people drive it) ,
lube, tune, fix everything when needed.

Cheaper than any new car.
Well,,,, it doesn't nave ALL the modern accessories...
And just plain cool to have one....

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OK bostosh-- I want to believe. Really, really badly. The w108 is just about my favorite car, and I want one like a desert wants rainwater. But I have looked a few (which weren't to pretty), and I was beginning to think that they've just gotten too old, until I met several people who drive them almost every day- and now I stumble on this. What do you look for? I imagine it must take a while to find a good one. Where do you look, and what do you pay?

Sorry, I normally don't tack on questions to a posting, but I felt no need to start a new thread to compete with this one.
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My experience with W108

Based on the limited experience with W108 as I have just picked up one from a friend of mine which is a 280SEL 3.5L. The car recently has had a lot of engine related parts replaced, so the engine is running fine. However, I have a feeling that some of the bushings might be worn from the suspension, the steering might need to be adjusted, the driving experience feel a bit weir, specially at approx. 50mile/hr, the steering was like a boat, the gearbox response acts like there was a time delay the sec I lifted my foot from the brake and step onto the gas padel.

Is this a daily car to drive? Certainly yes, with power steering and good surrounding view, it was quite easy to drive on the road.


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I drove my w108 for 9 years until I got into the w124's... damn fine car as long as you keep up on maint.

Very very solid.

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I have used my W108 as a daily. It would be nicer if the A/C was charged and the heater levers were not broken. It does drink a bit but so does my daily which is also a V8.

In England i used my old 250CE as a daily for one summer when I was at College, great car compared to my recently expired 84 Opel Manta GTE but man was it expensive to keep fueled up!.

I lent it to a buddy of mine for two weeks and he gave it back three days later because he couldn't afford to keep filling it up (he was used to a 205GTI).
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