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Early 70's 280s the good, bad and ugly?

Hey whats up guys. New here and just trying to get some information. I am sure it has been discussed before but figured it may be a little easier. I am possibly looking to pick up a new daily driver and one of the cars I am looking at is an early 70's 280s. I was wondering if you guys could inform me on some things to look out for engine, electrical and body wise when looking at these cars. What are some of the more common problems that owners will run into? Also how reliable or non reliable are these car if taken care of? Pretty much anything and everything I can find out will be able to help!

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I used a 1968 280se for a year as a daily and did over 15,000 miles in it, replaced a bunch of rubber, brakes, fuel lines to make sure it was safe etc but it never let me down
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Awesome! Anything to watch out for or be warned of? What kind of gas milage did you get?
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I had a '70 280S as daily driver for a while , used plenty of fuel , about 18mpg .

The thing to watch out for ? Rust , rust , rust , rust .......... etc.

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If the car is in good shape to start with and you take good care of it, it won't let you down. Mercedes cars are the most reliable vintage cars and can be used as daily drivers. Carburetors do not have a good reputation on these cars, and rust can also be an issue. Rubber will need replacement due to age, but this can be done little by little. Depending on mileage and the maintenance the car got, front kingpins can also have some play.
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When converting to LPG (propane), the reliability-issue of gasoline-systems is nicely bypassed, and it will significantly cut fuel costs. Availability of LPG-fuel is good in most European countries (except Scandinavia), and also places like Australia and Canada.

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From the pictures car looks in great shape. Chrome in great shape. Slight cracking of the paint in some areas which mayor may not be from rust. Runs good but may need a tune up the owner says and low Milage for it being a 71. I will definitely have a pre buyers inspection done. I will make sure to let you guys know how that car looks as I am looking at it on Saturday.
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Other question. Have any of you driven in the snow? I assume they would do fairly well with good snow tires despite being rear wheel drive. Seems to be a heavy car which would help keep it planted
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My 108 drives like a champ in the snow - deep stuff to in Colorado and Wyoming. Of course, it's been a few years since I've actually SEEN the stuff
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That's good to hear! I know how Wyoming weather gets. Lived there for two years.
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