Dieter has 230k when I purchased,bad brakes,oil leaks,trans problems,electrical problems,heater stuck on,other small issues,if I count them all like 30 problems,fixed it all myself on the driveway ,didn't spend to much on parts,now for over a year driving the car to work with only minor issues left to do! I get get pissed when something goes wrong! don't want to work on them,but once I start I have fun with it and all's good!
lowesguy, did you have any "advance Engineering " degree?
No degree,some certificates, my background is electro/mechanical,can fix or repair just about anything on earth,I always research everything I work on! my dad was an engineer as well all my ancestors ,back to the 1700's they were engineers for bridge building for the french king , and those bridges are still there being used daily ,guess I just inherited the skill ! some time I wish I was a dumb shit guy that had no clue on repairs!haha,then I would have a new car every couple of years ,instead of 20 year old cars! uh? whats a spark plug? LOL
I still have the books for the bridges they designed circa 1765 ! my last name is in the back! these would buy me a brand new Benz,Hitler had most of this stuff burned! these are probably the only set left on earth!
to the OP, Benz uses pneumatic actuated locks, so you have a pump and rigid hoses throughout. (I think they were preferred when electro machanical bits were still "new" and didnt last long). Does the key lock and unlock door?
Anywho, register with EPC, and you can look up all parts, its the best resource you can get. Free for a year too.
I'm sure you can imagine the revolving door of people who buy an old benz and then lambaste it for not being a problem free $2500 used 20 year old car. So temper your response accordingly.
Most issues with these cars are straight forward and easy to rectify.
W124, One of the last great gifts of West Germany
It's simple. You buy an old car expect to work on it yourself unless you don't mind having someone else milk you dry regardless how rich you think you are.
Plenty of throw away daily drivers out there. Sell it, move on and get a Honda or a Toyota.
I give you $400 for your pile of crap Benz and $200 for shipping, deal? After it spends a week in my garage, it will not be as problematic (unless it's a 190E that came to the stable with a stall issue already).
The way I think about it... And as some others have said, If you fix these problems correctly with an upper eschelon or OEM part you shouldn't have any problem for probably the rest of your ownership of that car... Its one more thing on the vehicle that's "Like New"..
And if you're like myself and some others on the site, document all the repairs so that If you do sell it (doubtful for me) you will sell it easier and probably for more than without ...
Just a thought.
Owning 124 for me its like never ending story or hobby, yes, its not a new toyota in terms of some problems, but thats what I love in these cars, plus even if something is broken in 124 , its still going.
Or as my dad jokingly say, old cars are like kid in an early stage of autism, if you take care, they probably can become a genius one day )
1. Don't listen to the stereo, Listen to the engine...
2. Wipers? I say Rain-X! 2 coats, not more..
3. Who cares about the passengers!
4. Buy a guard dog/riding buddy... German Shepard would be fitting...
5. Guages Suck... Check your oil every few days visually on the dipschtick..
I have not read the entire thread, so if Im repeating someone plz forgive me...
MANY tape drives on in-dash stereos were designed to determine end-of-tape by sensing (in some way) the rotation of one OR BOTH spindles. If your adapter does not cause this rotation, the logic of the deck will recognize that, in either direction, the 'tape' is not moving, and will fault out with the assumption that there is a broken tape or something else.
This is prevalent in the auto-reverse models... usually sensing the take-up reel for whichever direction but sometimes sensing BOTH reels and adjusting FF/RW speed based on the source/dest reel speed differences.
That is likely the reason for your adapter does not work properly. I do not believe you can compensate for it, but you COULD use an FM-transmitter-type adapter.
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