BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Oct 2006
Vehicle: 1965 220SE sedan (finnie) with 450SE conversion, 1964 220SE coupe project, 1966 300SE coupe
Location: Brisbane Australia
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Gee, you guys must either be in a permanent rush or have driven some really bad 220SE's. I have a variety of finnies, and my daily driver is a tired '63 220S with auto. It goes fine - just remember that they love to rev. Use the auto like a semi-manual if you want to go faster. Seeing as this trip is about enjoying yourself and having an experience rather than trying to get somewhere for an appointment, why the need for 0-60 in sub 4 seconds?
If no one on here can help with the FI question, then join the google heckflosse group and ask there. There are a bunch of very cluey guys who know the cars inside out.
Issues from my experience with these cars:
- rust of course. Behind front wheel, in the sills, in the boot wells, bottom of the front guard near the front door, sometimes the headlight buckets.
- you want one with good rubbers, as replacing all of those can be expensive (though most should last another 20 years if you do replace them).
- people who do a lot of highway driving sometimes opt to put a V8 diff from a W108 3.5 or 4.5 car into them to get a better diff ratio for high speed cruising - bolt in fit.
- go to the Ozbenz site (ozbenz dot net), W111 section. The very top entry is one by me called "The Finnie Bible". I have tried to collate a lot of useful info that I have had provided to me over the last couple of years of trawling around the net and finding stuff. There are some weird euro symbols in there that I just noticed, but it has lists of maintenance items, rust points, and other stuff I have found useful.
Drew in Oz