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On to this passed Sunday.

I find something I like. I jump in my car with my cousin and drive quite some distance 110km or so to view a 1982 W123 230e, 4 speed manual. This is a one owner car. I inspect it top to bottom for about 45 mins. Speak to the owner, price is right, I pay and make my way home. 110km home, and she doesn't skip a heart beat. Beautiful drive, this is now pristine. I'm happy to report this fills that gap for me, no fancy bits like a sunroof or electric windows, but it will do. I'll just do a major service and that's it. I've been through this car with a find comb and I am unable to fault it in any way whatsoever.

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Hey Eli,

Not sure what you refer to as a Diesel Purge. This car is a Petrol model. Or am I understanding wrong?
 

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Nope. 230E doesn't need a diesel purge.
 

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As with any car I buy. I've done some major maintenance to make sure the car is in top form.

To Date on the new 230e I have done

  • New Radiator
  • New Thermostat
  • New Thermostat Housing
  • New Thermostat housing screws
  • New V-Belts
  • New Radiator Hoses
  • New spark plugs
  • Complete oil service
  • Diff Service
  • Set the timing
It was quite good to walk into Mercedes Benz and get all these parts. Funny enough it came in cheaper than some aftermarket parts.

Here's some pics just to show the corrosion we found. The temperature used to hover between 100 - 110 and after a Radiator flush it did come down, but occassionaly would rise on load. So Instead of just replacing the radiator I decided to do the whole cooling (The Waterpump is still new and working find, so I'm not replacing that just yet).

From the pics you can see the water channels badly clogged from erosion. I didn't take a pic of the oil, but it clearly showed how long the car sat. Nevertheless, the engine was flushed out and the oil looks good again. The car drives like a brand new W123 or what I imagine it would have felt like off the show room floor.

Next up - Aircon regas, bleed the brakes and maybe clean the fuel level sender as it seems not to line up correctly

Thanks for looking

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Oop's

Forgot to mention that I have also replaced the fuel injectors as well as the fuel filter. I actually want to open that Fuel filter to see what was going on inside there
 

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A small update.

I've fitted a set of stepped & widened Bundt wheels to the car.

I've also taken old the radio that was in the car and fitted a retro looking media player which has all the bells and whistles.

Over Christmas I had done a small road trip after all the major work I had done on the car. She ran flawlessly on the 1800 KM round trip

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Did you have the wheels widened? By whom? Do you think they could rework my W202 mags to have the right offset for my W123?
 

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Wheels were done by Hi-Tech Mag repair. They probably will be able to assist, but be prepared for a heavy bill. A set like mine would cost nothing less than 15K and thats without importing the dishes to ZA
 
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