I'm a new member and in the market for a w114 (280C).
A. I know the M110 mill is supposed to be pretty solid, but are there any big watch outs when I'm looking under the hood. Rust prone areas etc?
D. Any advice about interiors? Every car I've looked at thus far has had cracked, sunbaked dashboards. Can replacements still be had? Also, has anyone had success with getting OEM upholstery and carpets from MB suppliers?
Hi Adam -
Depending on how you feel about more vintage interiors, consider a 250C also. M130 engine instead of M110, might be a minus for you.
A. Rust: All of the common locations. Front and rear windshields are likely to leak, water from the rear windshield ends up in the trunk, often trapped under a rubber mat. Water from front winds up in front passenger footwells. In CA you can find one without rust, which will be far cheaper than fixing one with rust.
D. You can't get OEM interiors for this car - too old. You can possibly get a new or at least good dash. 114 and 115 dashes are different, as are gas and diesel dashes. Every interior piece of the car besides the dash and center console is coupe-unique. You can't put sedan seats in a coupe. Also, the glass is coupe-unique including front and back. And the back bumper is coupe-unique.
Before you take the dash out, make sure that the heater fan works. There is one fan for the heater, a second fan for the AC. To toggle between the two fans, you turn the TEMP knob ALL the way to the left. This activates the heater fan when you turn the fan knob. If the TEMP knob is anything except all the way to the left, the car assumes you want AC and the AC fan works. If the heater fan doesn't work, it's a fairly big deal to replace it.
Feel free to drive to Pasadena and take a look at my RED 1971 250 C. It's very stock, probably not what you like, but I'm probably going to put it up for sale in the next month or two after I fix one or two little things...
Currently: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb, 1965 300SE Lang, 1971 280SE parts car, 1972 Alfa GTV, 1965 Alfa Duetto, 1993 BMW R100R
Past: 1971 250 C, 1985 300 TD, 1967 250 S, 1968 280 S,1981 300 D, 1982 280CE, 3 Facel Vegas, Borgward Isabella Coupe, Alfa 2600 Sprint, Volvo P1900 (yes), numerous less interesting Volvos, ...
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