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Date registered: Apr 2009
Vehicle: 1972 Mercedes Benz 280SE 4.5
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280SE 4.5 engine trouble
My "new" 1972 280SE 4.5 arrived on the truck yesterday - I'm so happy it finally got here!
I did notice a few issues with the car though. When driving it on level ground, the engine does alright (shifts are tad late, and it feels like it wants to stall sometimes, some kicking noises). However, when I take the car on a hill it loses almost all of its power, even after downshifting and throttling pretty high. Also, the kicking noises get more frequent when doing this.
I plan to take this car into the shop for diagnostics, but I wanted to check here first to know what I'm getting into. Could this be a fuel pressure issue, a timing issue, spark plugs, or perhaps the fact that it has only been driven 4k miles since 1987 (the last oil change noted in the manual)?
I'd love you assistance, as this might just be a simple thing I can manage myself and not get naively screwed over at the repair shop. I just want this baby to purr like I know it can...