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Maintaining an 8,000 Mile 2.3-16

This thread picks up where the "Restoring an 8,000 mile 2.3-16" left off.

Two years have passed since the 16v was returned to the road. A number of repairs were done and several repairs are needed to keep the car going.

The car added 6,000 more miles and sits in the driveway with 14,619 miles. There were no break downs. The car traveled to Doylestown, PA twice, upstate New York several times (Nyack, Nanuet, Poughkeepsie) and all around New York City.

This thread will chronicle all maintenance and repairs from now on.
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Only 8k miles? Car must be really nice! Pictures?!

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On September 19, 2009, the 16v had its oil pan gasket and front main crank seal replaced due to leakage.

These replacements were effective.
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just out of curiosity, how much did that run to get done? did they pull the engine? i'm getting that and valve seals replaced when i get home


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scottx Only 8k miles? Car must be really nice! Pictures?!

There was a detailed thread in 2008 that showed the complete restoration.

Turnpike just out of curiosity, how much did that run to get done? did they pull the engine?

The total repair cost is ongoing. The motor is original in need of no work except for the fuel distributor and a fuel line.
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My apologies for remaining out of view for two years.

My mother suddenly became ill and we had no idea what happened. I helped ferry her to various hospitals and sat through tests with her. She lost 100 lbs in two years while physicians all said she was "fine". She died in January 2010 .

Then, in 2010, I restored my old piano from February, 2010 through June, 2010.

Now I can get back to the 16v.
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One discovery I made very long ago is that the Mercedes emergency roadside phone number sticker was pasted inside the glove box door.

When I examined the driver's side vanity mirror, I realized what happened.

The first owner may not have liked the sticker. He tore it off and stuck on the inside of the glove box door. In doing so, he broke the vanity mirror flap. When the visor goes down to block the sun, the vanity flap hangs down. Tucking it up inside the visor hides the damage.

I saw this and figured I could get to it "whenever".
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This is another minor flaw.

After 22 years in storage, some of the rubber parts dried up and failed.

This is one of them, the slider handle with the white blower position indicator stripe. Here, the body of the handle dried to a point that removing it broke off one side. A $5 replacement looks perfect.
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Sucks about your mother. I'm blessed to still have both of my parents and be as old as I am.

Car looks good. That piano looks amazing! How many hours did you spend on the piano?

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This is another minor flaw.

After 22 years in storage, some of the rubber parts dried up and failed.

This is one of them, the slider handle with the white blower position indicator stripe. Here, the body of the handle dried to a point that removing it broke off one side. A $5 replacement looks perfect.
I think my memory is back to your car ,,,8K miles barn found right ???
aging rubber seals, gaskets, plastic parts sadly go just like human but I'm glad to see your car look happy now..
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