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  1. Diesel engine

    Diesel Discussion
    No, they are not the same. You need a transmission that fits an om603 (87 300D, 86-87 300SDL, 91 350SD or 91-94 W140 diesel) if you don't want to have to fabricate an adapter and for the transmission to be strong enough.
  2. 87 300SDL leaking coolant and excessive pressure in cooling system

    Diesel Discussion
    I think that's entirely possible, changing the head gasket or replacing the head would be a big and expensive job ($1500+) so I don't want to do that until I am sure, but I also don't know how I can confirm that there is a problem. I attempted to do a leakdown test but I don't have the skill to...
  3. Getting old and can't see in dark wet road conditions

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Pre 1986 W126 headlight assembly with the rectangle sealed beam LED replacement lights.
  4. W123 Diesel Engine Unexpectedly Revs High/Surges

    Diesel Discussion
    I think you are supposed to use automatic transmission fluid to lubricate the linkage. I had the governor fail on my old 300SD, it never completly ran away but it would slowly climb in RPM until I shut it off, it only happened a couple times within 10 minutes before I parked it until the pump...
  5. 87 300SDL leaking coolant and excessive pressure in cooling system

    Diesel Discussion
    I have an 87 300SDL that I have put about 10k miles on, and it has ran fine and never been overheated that I know of (for sure not while I have owned it). I recently noticed that the upper seam of the radiator was wet with coolant, and the radiator hoses stay hard for days after driving it, and...
  6. Getting old and can't see in dark wet road conditions

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    The absolute best option (as far as improving performance) would be to swap to Gen 1 headlights and put JW Speaker LED sealed beam replacements in them. Otherwise, euro lights with reflectors in good condition and good quality conventional bulbs would also be a big improvement.
  7. replacing front sway bar bushes no space

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Ask someone with small hands to reach in and start it by hand, then you can get it with a ratchet and wobble extensions/universal joints. I did mine and didn't have to move the fuse box once the nut was started.
  8. 1992 300SD?

    W140 S-Class
    I recently saw one listed for sale for very cheap (been listing for a while at $1750, when they are usually $5k+ in similar condition), it looks ok in the pictures and has 265k miles and a salvage title. The owner doesn't seem to know much about it but I got the VIN and checked at the dealer...
  9. 87 300SDL lost all electrical power?

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    So, I looked at it again today and got the worst possible result, I tried to start it and it worked perfectly normally. Unfortunately that means I am probably going to have to sell it, because I won't be able to use it for what I'd want to use it for if it just randomly dies occasionally.
  10. 87 300SDL lost all electrical power?

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Is it common for a brand new battery to have an instant catastrophic failure, and still read fully charged when you check it with a voltmeter?
  11. 87 300SDL lost all electrical power?

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Last time I started the car was a couple weeks ago and it worked fine, then I just tried to start it tonight and heard a "pop" and now the car has no electrical power at all. What should I check when I have time to work on it again? The battery is also fully charged, and none of the fuses in...
  12. OM603 oil level sensor seal?

    Diesel Discussion
    On a 1987 300SDL, it leaked when I bought it, I replaced the O-ring with a new one from the dealer, and now it leaks worse. I couldn't see any damage or anything that looked odd when I changed it, but there is obviously something wrong. What did I miss?
  13. Torque spec for front swaybar bushings?

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    Does anyone have the torque spec for the front inner swaybar bushings? I can't seem to find it online anywhere.
  14. 87 300SDL leaking from rear of transmission?

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    The car has been sitting on jack stands for a little over a month while I rebuild the front suspension and some other stuff, and hasn't been started in that time. When I got home from work today, fluid has started dribbling out the back of the transmission and made a big puddle under the car...
  15. W126 lower ball joint installation in CA Bay area?

    W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class
    I am looking for a shop that I can take a new set of lower ball joints and the spindles once I remove them from the car and have the ball joints pressed in. I did that before when I had a 300SD, but the shop that did it for me is gone and I can't find anyone who has the tool anymore. Renting...
  16. Bought an 01 S55 last week and it has gone very badly so far

    W220 S-Class
    I liked it for about the first 30 minutes I owned it, but then yeah it wasn't fun anymore, I wish I had been able to sell it running though. I had driven it a few more times and was almost thinking id want to keep it before it died. It was kinda disappointing because I had wanted to get one for...
  17. Bought an 01 S55 last week and it has gone very badly so far

    W220 S-Class
    Its gone now, I know I could have converted it to coilovers for $900 plus shipping for the kit plus power steering pump, swaybars from a airmatic car, any other worn suspension parts, etc, but I still never got to drive it enough to be sure everything else was in good shape and it was sitting in...
  18. 2001 S55 with blown ABC line, $1450 obo in Vacaville CA.

    For Sale/Wanted/Trade/Giveaway
    Current registration and smog, clean title, recent front brake pads, oxygen sensors, etc. 156,980 miles. Blown ABC line, needs to be towed, and either repaired or converted to coilover springs ($899 from strutmasters website). Make offer, I would like it gone soon...
  19. Bought an 01 S55 last week and it has gone very badly so far

    W220 S-Class
    I drove the car a couple more times and it actually seemed alright, then it blew an ABC line on the freeway last night. Would anyone here want it? Its on craigslist for cheap, but might have to go to pick and pull if it doesn't sell in the next couple weeks...
  20. Bought an 01 S55 last week and it has gone very badly so far

    W220 S-Class
    I do kinda get it, the later ones are probably pretty nice but they are also like $8500 even for an s430 which is more than I can really afford for a 15 year old used car that isn't cheap to maintain. It really isn't bad that a 15-20 year old car is comparable to average brand new cars either...
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