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WHAT YEAR IS MY 280SE?

I found out here that my supposedly 300SE is a 280SE, is there a way of finding out what year it is exactly (without using the VIN#-it's all messed up)? I would like to have this tuned and need the ff infos regarding timing, spark plugs, etc. I also changed my shocks, and now the fronts are quite higher than the rears---looks really odd...I'd say the gap in front is about 4-6", and rears about 2"! Can I just cut the shocks to lower it-how much can I go? Can't seem to adjust air mixture too my fuel consumption is only 5.36 kms/liter! WHAT ADJUSTMENTS SHOULD BE DONE? I do not have a 280SE CD/repair manual, except the 300SE CD I purchased thinking I had a 300SE?, Any help would be appreciated.
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Whats the VIN #?

'79 280CE with 226,000 miles
'76 240D 4 speed with 190,000
'85 300D Turbo with 266,000 miles


GONE but not forgotten
'76 300D with 195,300 miles
"83 300D with 174,000 miles

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Please post a picture so we can see what type of 280SE you have, a W108, W116 or W126.

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IT'S A W126, YEAR... I DON'T KNOW, HAS A DOHC.
I GET THE VIN# SHORTLY. HOW DO YOU POST A PICTURE?
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VIN WDB12602212091584
Model 280 SE
Chassis 12602212091584
Engine 110989 12 041841
Transmission 722300 02 363537
Order 0 0 210 00005
Approx. year 1980
Lights BOSCH
Cab 07179
Dealer Aachen branch (210)
Interior cloth galaxy blue (052)
Paint
735 astral silver metallic (с 01.01.1972 по 31.12.1990, с 1994)
Options
260 elimination of model designation on rear lid (с 01.05.1968)
420 automatic transmission, floor shift (с 01.01.1963)
430 headrests in the rear (с 01.01.1977)
440 tempomat (cruise control) (с 01.09.1975)
470 anti-lock braking system (abs) (с 01.06.1978 по 31.10.1993)
504 outside rear view mirror, right, electrically adjustable (с 01.11.1978 по 29.02.1986)
outside rear view mirror, right, electrically adjustable (l.h.d.)
taxi version, f.r.g, and outside rear view mirror on the right
535 interference suppression without radio set and automatic antenna (с 01.04.1962 по 31.07.1997)
570 folding armrest front w202/210 stowage box front with armrest (с 01.04.1970)
front folding armrest w202 - housing at front with armrest
586 Behr air conditioner, and electric window lifters (front and rear doors) (с 01.04.1970)
590 heat-insulating glass, all-around, heated rear window pane (laminated glass), Germany
green heat-insulating glass all round, heated rear window, laminated safety glass - Germany (с 01.01.1972)
600 headlamp wiper/washer (с 01.08.1971)
673 high-capacity battery (с 01.01.1964)
682 fire extinguisher (с 01.04.1970)
812 rear-mounted loudspeaker (с 01.11.1974)

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Thanks again, GERMANSTAR. I just want to know the exact year...is there any way of finding out? My registration is all messed up! It's probably a stolen car, and imported here in Kuwait!
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E-mail the classic center and ask them the year.

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'79 280CE with 226,000 miles
'76 240D 4 speed with 190,000
'85 300D Turbo with 266,000 miles


GONE but not forgotten
'76 300D with 195,300 miles
"83 300D with 174,000 miles

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Its probably a 1981.

'79 280CE with 226,000 miles
'76 240D 4 speed with 190,000
'85 300D Turbo with 266,000 miles


GONE but not forgotten
'76 300D with 195,300 miles
"83 300D with 174,000 miles

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