Date registered: Jul 2004
Vehicle: 1983 240d - 1985 300d - 1984 280sel
Location: Hurricane, WV
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New Car with a problem (maybe)
Hey guys- I picked up a new car on Friday to take my mind off my poor 300d. It will never replace it, but it will help. It's my first non-diesel/non-w123 mercedes. It has orthopedic seats with air bladders, power front and rear seats and sunroof, etc. It's a 1984 280sel euro with a little over 66,000 original miles. Still has all the original paperwork, first aid kit, tools, tags, manuals, even the cassette-tape that came with the becker that tells you all about the radio and includes some interesting music.
...I have a question for you 280 guys- what kind of rpm do your cars run at 65mph? Mine does 3500rpm. I figured this was too high for fourth and that I'm not getting out of third. The w126 forum says this is normal. What do you think? Also, do you think the fuel filters would be the same as on the w123 280? I'm having trouble finding regular maintenance parts since it is not an available car on any parts websites.
...Anyway, I don't think it was a bad deal at $3200 (although, a lot more than any of my diesels!) Here are some pics: