Date registered: Jan 2006
Vehicle: 73 280SE 4.5, 71 300SEL, 03 BMW Z4, 72 Fiat 850, 80 Triumph TR7, 85 Porsche 911
Location: DC Area
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There wasn't a smaller engine than the 3.5 that year (V-8). There was a straight 6 variant. How many wires are coming off your distributor?
Parts for these cars are not hard to find. Do a general google search and see about Mercedes parts. Some of my favorites are peachparts.com, autohaus.com, and napaautoparts.com. I've had great luck with the local parts places - Kraegan, O'Rielly's, Checker, etc. I *NEVER* use the dealership, as I'm opposed to paying exorbitant prices for parts I can find locally or order online. Cruise eBay too - you'll find folks whose online stores you learn to trust.
Also, do a general search on this forum for any issues that crop up. Over the years, many folks have discussed/reported issues with their cars that get fixed and reported as such.
You might also look through the Online Resources part of the forum - lots of good stuff is posted there as well.