Date registered: Oct 2012
Vehicle: Mercedes Benz W108 - 280 SE (1970) / Mercedes-Benz W123 200T (1983)
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Even though that is correct, it seems like it's in the extremes of winter storage. If you start it up, move it and let it run for a good 5 minutes to make sure it has a at least some heat, then it's fine. I could see the water buildup being a problem if it was parked for more than half a year, but we're talking 3-5 months here. It's a lot easier on the car if you start it up every now and then. I can only see some carb'd Mercedes engines getting funky from sitting, as they are indeed very advanced and tricky little things. However most FI systems (either MFI or EFI) were made to be able to stand sitting for these periods of time. The easiest to keep running is the MFI, as far as I know.
Also isn't fuel stabilizer and a full tank only needed if you have it sitting in minus degrees Celsius? I was told that as long as it's above 5 degrees Celsius, the fuel won't go bad nearly as quickly and should definitely be able to stand some months of sitting. And on that, when our W108 M130 is stored for the winter, it usually has about half a tank. It allows us to fill it up with new, fresh fuel on top of the old, so that even if the old fuel was a bit shady, it would be evened out by new, fresh fuel. This is at least the advice I was given from people who only use their classics every 3 weeks or so.
Last edited by Jackpody; 08-23-2013 at 12:10 PM.