BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: May 2007
Vehicle: 64' 220SEc, 72' 300SEL 6.3, lots of parts
Location: San Diego/Spring Valley
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This car will test you persistence and commitment.
Temperature too low, needs thermostat replaced.
Loose front end, first replace tie rods, drag link, repack and adjust wheel bearings .
Full lubrication service, engine, trans, rear axle.
Grease gun all fittings. front to rear.
Adjust valve clearance, new valve cover gaskets and bolt seals.
Compression and cylinder leak-down test.
Routine items, motor mounts, sub-frame mounts,
then do the other routine items like injector seals, fuel line replacements. on, and on, until all old rubber parts replaced. Lots of rubber items.
But this is why these cars are superior for their time.
And still good cars. just need regular maintenance.
By the way, the newest car I have ever owned is a 280SEL 4.5 (and the 300SEL 6.3)
Yes I am living in the past.
There is no reason to own anything different.
Oh, and note this, on one car (280SEL) I bought with complete maintenance records,
The maintenance $$ over time added up to more than the initial cost of the car, Same is true with Boeing 747's and other mechanical things.
Break out the wallet, there is no free transportation, pay the dealer, the mechanic, the parts supplier, or walk.
Once the maintenance level is up the cost of ownership can be as low as $25 /month average (documented results) even with items such as transmission rebuild.
These are the cheapest cars on the road, over the long haul.