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1981 240D -297,000 miles
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Why, when i start up my car, the exhaust smells bad like an old gasoline car running, instead of the normal diesel smell they produce? Today, i ran my car 15 miles to operating temperature, i stopped on the side of the road, i pressed down the petal then when i let it go i saw quite a bit of grayish/whiteish smoke pour from the back. What could be the problem.. the engine sounds fine but the exhaust just smells horrible, not like my last 240D. Maybe carbon build up and some stuck rings? It has almost 300,000 miles on it. ANY help please.
 

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1999 SL600
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How's the coolant level? White smoke can be a sign that the head gasket is blown and letting coolant leak into the combustion chamber.
 

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1991 300 SE
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With those miles a compression test is in order before you can move on to other possibilities.
 
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