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72 280se 4.5 -- l.a. to chicago?

am i nuts? runs fine, although it's a bit leaky. when in los angeles, it's my daily driver without problems. the mileage is unknown but it's basically sound.
seems like a great adventure or............

seeking advice from those with greater wisdom and experience

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I would check everything over to see if the leak is PSP, ATF or oil. Also I would make sure your AAA is up to date. I just made that trip a few months ago moving and there wasn't a MB service or dealer in sight. You're going to encounter a lot of hilly terrain going through Colorado or Utah and so I would make sure the car is in good shape.

Bring tools, extra belts, filters, extra fluids, coolant etc. Other than that it should be a really nice drive.

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I say go for it! I'm taking mine from San Diego to Denver shortly. Aside from the fuel bill, I don't anticipate any issues. Still, bringing extra fluids and stuff is sound advice.
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I've taken the 280SEL 4.5 to Cabo San Lucas and back twice, had the alternator go bad, fixed by the local coca-cola truck maintainer (Brushes $18) and popped a power window fuse in Loreto, Had the wheels aligned there tires balanced, lubed etc. Dirt roads, potholes, all that.

Up here you should have no problem, check everything as noted above. Smoother roads, available support, remember the Mercedes 1-800 help line.

Do Adjust the valves before this trip and check cam chain wear, install a new oiler kit. W7 or W6 plugs. This will affect mileage and performance. Lube the chassis, change radiator fluid. Tires, brakes, re-pack front wheel bearings.

These motors love to be run. We were at 110mph a few long times in Baja. Passing on those two lane blacktops was fun the way that motor pulls from 50 in second on up to 80+. These are the million mile cars.

This is a good time to add the "sealing" additives. They work best if run after addition, do the ATF in the gas (100-1 mix), Adjust your MAP sensor to maximize mileage (this could be a separate subj) basically you must kinda understand the EFI system and adjust MAP 1/8 turn at a time and "read" the plugs color. I've done this on long trips and dialed the 4.5 into 17-18 a gallon.

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am i nuts? runs fine, although it's a bit leaky. when in los angeles, it's my daily driver without problems. the mileage is unknown but it's basically sound.
seems like a great adventure or............

seeking advice from those with greater wisdom and experience

If you are comfortable with your car's reliablity, I say do it. Update us on how the trips goes.
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Carry some spare parts

I may be echoing the sentiments of many but I would suggest taking some spare parts. I'm sure you already considered this but being stranded in the middle of nowhere is a real pain and expense. I carry a spare ECU, dist cap, fuel pump, fuses, pressure sensor, points to bypass the Pertronix to mention a few more significant parts plus the obvious belts and hoses. Sounds like a blast-have fun.
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