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Question New W114 owner. Many Questions

One year ago in August my parents and i bought a 1971 Mercedes 250. It is white with a blue interior, with the 2.8 liter engine. Yes, this is my first car.
Why is it that the rear door handles don't have a key lock?
When we bought it some one had tried to break into the trunk and drilled out the push button. We bout another on from a junker, is there any way to have the tumbler keyed to match the ignition key?
The bumpers also have some very awkward bumper"ettes" or overriders? is there any way to tell if they are a dealer installed option?
Also when the car is idling, in drive only, the whole exhaust muffler shakes and rattles the whole car. Is this just the brackets or is this something much more complicated?
Is there a way to get a new dash? Mine is cracked very badly.
Also how is the knob on the window handle held on. It looks to me almost like a rivet. Mine has somehow fallen out and i can put the knob back on but it does not hold up to any cranking.
Last thing what about map pockets. Mine are broken at the attachment points and hang on barely, one also is missing the chrome trim.
Any help
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I don't think the "bumperettes" are original, but you might consider keeping them on the car, given the countless morons "out there" who otherwise might cream your grille, etc. As for the vibration in drive, it's probably worn motor mounts, a fairly common cause for MBs.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-12-2009, 08:08 PM
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Congrats on your new/first car! Looks like a pretty nice example.

Most of your problems should be covered by the Mercedes-Benz 50-year warranty on everything. j/k, a little hazing for the new guy.

I agree that you might want to keep the overrides, at least on the front, because SUV's seem to have been specially designed so that the towing hitch and rear mounted spare tire match up exactly with your grille and will dispatch it quite easily. The rear ones do look a bit more awkward because there are two sets visible.

I'd check the brackets for the exhaust first, very common and an easy fix, always start with the easiest remedy first. You should be able to get under there and shake it and see if it's tight or not, you may only need a couple of new bolts. Your dash doesn't really look that bad, especially for a dry weather car, but OEM dashes can be very costly tho I'm not sure for your specific model. You can buy a dash pad, some are fitted from shaped plastic that look almost OEM, rather than those carpet type ones that never really look right. I had a fitted one on my old Jag and you couldn't tell it was on there. Uses two sided tape and fits snugly to the contours. Most sedans from any manufacturer don't include key locks on the rear doors, it is assumed the driver will enter the car first in most instances. You will probably need to buy a new handle rather than try to fix the knob, should be relatively inexpensive on eBay, etc.
I just reread your post and the reply before mine, didn't notice you said it vibrates in "D" only, so agreed that it's likely a motor mount or maybe even transmission mount. A common fix and probably could be handled by anyone, but use MBZ parts to save you having to redo it again in a short time. Usually not a safety issue so long as it's not shaking you out of your seat. I leave the rest to the other knowledgeable members here, and congrats again for locating this site, it's a valuable source of information.


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A new dash can be purchased, that said the cost will be only half as much as the labor to install. You are looking at $2,000. There are dash overlays that are nice looking for less than $100. Unless you are planning to show it in a concours, I would go that direction. Vibration is most likely the motor mounts, but you may want to check the rear flex disk as well. The holes in the disk can be worn causing it to vibrate the driveshaft.
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I have same vibration on the road, I may need motor mounts. How easy is this fix? Where can I obtain them, I have a 1972 250 2.8 as well. My car is near showroom new, just getting a complete exhaust for it, I think your car may need the rubber donuts that hold the exhaust system in place, get it on a lift to check it out. Anyone out there with a 250 that wants to chat with me: Thanks,
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Looks like you need come crossbars for your radiator shell too. I have some used ones if you are interested.
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