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My 2002 W220 S280 apprenticeship car

I guess it's time to get serious now. So just in case anyone missed my initial post I picked this S280 up a few weeks ago. I've had a desire for a luxobarge for a while and jumped on this one warts and all as the price was too good to pass up. Time will tell if that was a major mistake. It's all part of a bigger plan

I'm in Ireland where we have a wonderful car tax system. It makes running big cars a challenge so I have an annual daily driver which is grand but not very interesting, fit that rain I like weekend cars. For the summer 6 months I have a 2003 Boxster S that I do as much of the work I can on myself. It will go off the road at the end of October and the S280 will go on for the winter weekends. I like cars from Stuttgart!!!

So, the good. Airmatic all works, engine pulls well. Gearbox relatively smooth and kicks down fine so hopefully the fundamentals are there to build on. The ride on some really bad roads is astounding!

The bad:
The interior had no love, big tear / hole in drivers seat and the leather was foul. I'd say a coal delivery truck would be cleaner inside but more on that later.
All motors in seat work but some of the buttons on the doors don't drive so that needs Investigation.
Soft close not working on some doors - can hear hissing from drivers door if closed to try and engage soft close. Closing it the old fashioned way for the moment. A good firm push.
Currently riding on Triangle tires from week 46 2011, not good. So they need to go before it goes back on the road for the winter. The car seems to be a bit vague at motorway speeds. I keep having to correct slightly. Hopefully new tires will help but might need some new front suspension arms. Thinking about Vredestein Quatrac 5 for tyres so comments welcome.
Body needs some TLC, some rust bubbles on wheel arches, boot/trunk lid and wing. Might tackle these myself as a DIY repair but the internet would suggest once you start it's a losing battle.
Also thinking Android head unit and carbon fibre wrapping the wood trim. I know, I know - sacrilege but the wood is a bit orange. I've searched high and low for pics of a grey W220 with carbon fibre and had no joy. I might just do it to save some one else the trouble.

So the immediate plan is new oil and filter. New plugs and leads. New transmission filter, oil and that funny electrical connector thing. New fuel filter. Then drive her on and see what else I discover.

Open to any style ideas or jobs I should do so please feel free to throw your ideas or there.

So here she is on the day I collected her. 162k Kms, imported from Singapore to Ireland in 2006. One owner had her for 11 years and then she bounced through several hands and was neglected.

I have sorted sorted and will add a post on that next.

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So the interior. Not a pretty sight with years and years of ground in dirt. Drivers seat also had a big tear and a piece of leather missing. How you mange to do that I have no idea. Maybe it was a dog or something??

Anyway it had to be tackled. I started researching colours and repair kits. I found a UK company called Colourlock. Emailed them and asked about the code. They said it was Orion Grey. I sent them some pics but they didn't come back. Couldn't blamr them really as I should have run a mile also.

So decided to ask about leather repair on the Porsche forum and I was recommended a guy in the middle of nowhere. Checked him out online and would you believe he was a Colourlock partner / detailer. Called him, sent pics agreed a price that was less than 100 more than the full repair kit would have cost.

So car was dropped off. Patches cut to try and match the perforated leather. It was repaired as good as possible. All other leather redyed, wear on steering wheel sorted. He redyed the steering buttons where the grey had need scraped off and white plastic was showing. Seats out, carpets washed. Entire interior cleaned and all leather conditioned. Now it feels like proper leather!

It's not perfect but I'm delighted with it and I think in terms of value it was outstanding.

I'll let the pics speak for themselves. I think this shows the quality of materials used, I can't imagine budget material coming back like this.

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Fantastic interior job! Looks great!
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Hi from NW Scotland,

I'm impressed with that Leather Repair, it isn't perfect, but by 'eck it's light years better than it was !!

Now, I'll give you a tip...............

It is no longer priority, but keep your eyes on EBay, Breakers etc, that Grey is a common colour in UK, and if you can, (without buying a whole interior), try and buy a good passenger seat .........................

Passenger Seats are always in much better condition than the Driver Seat.

The Leather Covers will swap from left to right, so you can carefully strip it down, (so you learn how it comes apart), get the covers off, then you'll know how to strip your Drivers Seat and fit them without breaking anything.

My Car Seat had a nasty gouge from a stud on someones jeans, and that is exactly what I did, it really is easier than you would think

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Out of curiosity, were those rims factory rims for the 220? I know them to be the CLK lightweight rims (W208) because they're made of aluminum and much much lighter than standard rims.

Also called stripper model rims, because the owners who buy the car usually buy the car with zero added options (hence stripper model) but oddly enough the stripper rims go for big bucks here...go figure.
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Out of curiosity, were those rims factory rims for the 220? I know them to be the CLK lightweight rims (W208) because they're made of aluminum and much much lighter than standard rims.

Also called stripper model rims, because the owners who buy the car usually buy the car with zero added options (hence stripper model) but oddly enough the stripper rims go for big bucks here...go figure.
Hi,

I looked at them and kinda like them, are they 16, 17 OR 18" ??

I'm thinking if 17 to 18" they would go well on my V8 R170 project, and save a bit of weight too, they'd need to be ET35 offset

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Thanks for all the kind comments!
@Dave - I did have a look online for seats but nothing popped up that seemed decent. The interior was freaking me out and even if I had sourced a seat I'd still be facing an interior clean so when I got quoted €250 for the entire job I jumped on it. I'm more interested in spinning spanners than detailing so it made sense, plus I couldn't bare to look at it or sit in it.

The wheels are OEM and shod with 225/60 R16 of Chinas finest ditch finding rubber. Nearly 8 years old and still perfect thread, must be made of hardened plastic/rubber/metal alloy. As it will be used in the winter I'm leaning towards the all season Quadtrac 5. Not expensive, good reviews and apparently great ride and quiet.
The rims are listed as Generic 1 on https://w220.ee/Wheels_tyres details below:
17x7.5 46 225/60R16 A2204010002/B6647054
I am thinking I might just polish them up and protect them, they are a bit quirky and hey "If its not broke don't fix it!"

As the car is a Singapore model it doesn't have a sunroof (one less thing to rust) and no heated seats - that might have to be rectified. Based on the spec its fairly basic, Singapore vehicle taxes probably ensured it was minimum "stripper spec" - what a great expression, much better than the one we have here in Ireland due to our car taxes; Paddy Spec!!

For anyone interested here is the actual config as far as I can determine:
Model S 280
Type Code 220
Color (744U) BRILLIANT SILVER METALLIC
Upholstery (268A) LEATHER GREY

200A LEATHER
220 PARKTRONIC SYSTEM (PTS)
249 INSIDE AND OUTSIDE MIRROR AUTOMATIC DIMMING
268A LEATHER GREY Orion Grey??)
275 MEMORY PACKAGE (DRIVER SEAT, STRG. COL., MIRROR)
284 SELECTOR LEVER, WOOD
481 UNDERSHIELDS
524 PAINTWORK - PRESERVATION
540 ROLLER BLIND, ELECTRIC, FOR REAR WINDOW
613 HEADLAMP LEFT-HAND TRAFFIC
668 PACKAGING FOR SHIPPING VEHICLES W/ TIE-DOWN HOOKS
673 HIGH-CAPACITY BATTERY
687 MODEL YEAR ON TYPE LABEL
733 WOOD VERSION CHEST NUT
744U BRILLIANT SILVER METALLIC
753 RADIO MB AUDIO 10 CC WITH VK/RDS
761 RADIO RC W. REDUCED RANGE W/O PANIC (315 MHZ)
802 AEJ 01/1/X
836 ADDITIONAL PARTS FOR SINGAPORE
883 POWER CLOSING SYSTEM
987 BATTERY ISOLATION SWITCH FOR SHIPMENT VEHICLES
M112 V6-GASOLINE ENGINE M112
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Nice transformation! Leather came out amazingly!

Really excited to see what else you have in store.
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You have exactly the same colour combination that the project 2000 S500 has, both exterior and interior. It's a nice match.

Finding Orion Grey interiors here in the States seems to be more of a challenge than it apparently is on your side of the pond.
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Hi,

I looked at them and kinda like them, are they 16, 17 OR 18" ??

I'm thinking if 17 to 18" they would go well on my V8 R170 project, and save a bit of weight too, they'd need to be ET35 offset

?????????????????
CLK lightweights were usually 16". I'd have to find the specs on the W208, but pretty sure it's ET35, as OP indicates his is ET46. Might fit your car anyway.

I've been looking for those rims too, they're 8lb each as opposed to 20+ on standard rims, hence the name CLK lightweights....and they only show up on stripper model cars.
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