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I inherited my father-in-laws 1982 380SL after he passed away two years ago. I knew at the time the there was some major issues coming up, things he had not been able to get serviced or repaired. During a service check at the shop he would go to for general repairs, I found out that the entire exhaust system from the down pipes to the tail pipe are corroded and or rotted out(1700 is the cheapest I have found for this, to keep it a dual pipe system, otherwise the single pipe replacements tend to burn out too quickly and dont pass smog and you're stuck redoing it again). They also told me what they had told hime, the the fuel management system needed to be repaired, but it would cost 2k because no one here in the state did it anymore, only place to get one was the dealerships. While trying to drive it only locally as my only vehicle, the power got noticeably more sluggish, smoking heavily, and a secondary inspection told me that the number 7 piston was being flooded by the failing fuel management system, causing more stress to the engine overall. The vehicle has since been in storage, only running the engine to keep battery charged once a week. The shop at the time said they could help me with some discounts if the work was done all at once, but the estimate was 6-6500 for the job. While I have since tried to call around, the cost for the repairs keeps going up, with more and more referrals to dealerships to get the work done. I have been looking through the blogs here, but it gets more and more confusing. Any suggestions?

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Leo
 

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