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Hey guys- I picked up a new car on Friday to take my mind off my poor 300d. It will never replace it, but it will help. It's my first non-diesel/non-w123 mercedes. It has orthopedic seats with air bladders, power front and rear seats and sunroof, etc. It's a 1984 280sel euro with a little over 66,000 original miles. Still has all the original paperwork, first aid kit, tools, tags, manuals, even the cassette-tape that came with the becker that tells you all about the radio and includes some interesting music.
...I have a question for you 280 guys- what kind of rpm do your cars run at 65mph? Mine does 3500rpm. I figured this was too high for fourth and that I'm not getting out of third. The w126 forum says this is normal. What do you think? Also, do you think the fuel filters would be the same as on the w123 280? I'm having trouble finding regular maintenance parts since it is not an available car on any parts websites.
...Anyway, I don't think it was a bad deal at $3200 (although, a lot more than any of my diesels!) Here are some pics:
 

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That's a real nice looking car :thumbsup: ! Please, just do something about those wheel arch trim pieces...

That engine speed looks about right. I have a South African manufactured (i.e. Euro) 230E, and at an indicated 125 km/h (I'm too lazy to do the conversion, sorry), my engine turns over at about 3650 rpm. I own a four speed manual, by the way.
 

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At 70 the motor is humming but I doubt it is 3500 maybe 3000.
 

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125km/h=77mph. Mine would be doing a good bit over 4000rpm by then, and I'd think the bigger body cars would have higher gear ratios.

At 70, mine would be doing close to 4000, so I'm guessing my car is in 3rd.
 

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dam nice find, hope it works out well for ya

my car has been stuck in third on the highway and i wouldnt do above 55 mph cause the rpms were at like 5500

Are you sure that wasn't second? My manual says my top speeds for each gear (with an automatic) are:
1st: 27mph
2nd: 59mph
3rd: 97mph
4th: 127mph

max engine speed: 6500 rpm
 

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You should have 4 gears. Do the w126's start in 2nd?
 

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Some W126s start in first and some in second. I'm not sure about the Euro versions, but my 380 starts in first and came that way from the factory. The 560s start in second, and you could either get a factory first gear start, or an after market for them. I believe the 420s start in second as well...

So my guess is, anything lower than and including the 380 motor should start off in first. Anything bigger than 380 should start in second unless you're really on the gas, or you're lucky enough to have a factory first gear start module or a Bergwerks module...
 

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WV240D, if 79Mercy's '79 280CE's engine and vehicle speed match yours then this info should also apply to your car

(100) 280CE Nov77-Sep81, opt 4sp auto G 3.58

That info came from here

123-SERIES GEARBOX RATIOS & FINAL DRIVE RATIOS

opt = optional
std = standard

gear ratios in order 1-2-3-4(-5)
R = reverse gear

GEARBOXES
(Note the code letters were created for this document - they are not official Daimler-Benz codes)

4sp manual
A 3.90-2.30-1.41-1.00 R3.66
B 3.91-2.32-1.42-1.00 R3.78
C 4.23-2.36-1.49-1.00 R4.10
D 3.91-2.17-1.37-1.00 R3.78
E 3.98-2.29-1.45-1.00 R3.74

5sp manual
F 3.82-2.20-1.40-1.00-0.81 R3.71

4sp auto
G 3.98-2.39-1.46-1.00 R5.47
H 3.90-2.30-1.41-1.00 R3.66
J 4.25-2.41-1.49-1.00 R5.67
K 3.68-2.41-1.44-1.00 R5.14

FINAL DRIVES
3.92 3.69 3.58 3.54 3.46 3.07 2.88

W123 saloons
(1) 200D 1976-Sep80, std 4sp manual A 3.92
(2) 200D Oct80-Aug83, std 4sp manual B 3.92
(3) 200D Sep83 on, std 4sp manual C 3.92
(4) 200D Feb82 on, opt 5sp manual F 3.92
(5) 200D to Jun83, opt 4sp auto G 3.92
(6) 200D Jul83 on, opt 4sp auto H 3.92

(7) 220D std 4sp manual A 3.92
(8) 220D opt 4sp auto B 3.92

(9) 240D to Sep80, std 4sp manual A 3.69
(10) 240D Oct80-Aug83, std 4sp manual B 3.69
(11) 240D Sep83 on, std 4sp manual C 3.69

(12) 300D std 4sp manual A 3.46
(13) 300D opt 5sp manual F 3.46
(14) 300D to Jun83, opt 4sp auto G 3.46
(15) 300D Jul83 on, opt 4sp auto J 3.46

(16) 300D T to Sep84, std 4sp auto K 3.07
(17) 300D T Oct84 on, std 4sp auto K 2.88

(18) 200 to Jul80, std 4sp manual, as A 3.92
(19) 200 to Jul80, opt 4sp auto, as G 3.92
(20) 200 Aug80-Aug83, std 4sp manual as B 3.69
(21) 200 Aug80 on, std 4sp manual D 3.69
(22) 200 Oct81 on, opt 5sp manual F 3.69
(23) 200 Aug80-May83, opt 4sp auto G 3.69
(24) 200 Jun83 on, opt 4sp auto J 3.69

(25) 230 std 4sp manual A 3.69
(26) 230 opt 4sp auto G 3.69

(27) 230E to Aug83, std 4sp manual B 3.58
(28) 230E Sep83 on, std 4sp manual D 3.58
(29) 230E Oct81 on, opt 5sp manual F 3.58
(30) 230E to Apr83, opt 4sp auto G 3.58
(31) 230E May83 on, opt 4sp auto J 3.58

(32) 250 to Apr77, std 4sp manual A 3.69
(33) 250 May77-Sep81, std 4sp manual E 3.69
(34) 250 Oct81 on, std 4sp manual E 3.58
(35) 250 Oct81 on, opt 5sp manual F 3.58
(36) 250 to Sep81, opt 4sp auto G 3.69
(37) 250 Oct81 on, opt 4sp auto K 3.58

(38) 280 to Apr77, std 4sp manual A 3.54
(39) 280 May77-Oct77, std 4sp manual E 3.54
(40) 280 Nov77 on, std 4sp manual E 3.58
(41) 280 to Oct77, opt 4sp auto G 3.54
(42) 280 Nov77 on, opt 4sp auto G 3.58

(43) 280E to Apr77, std 4sp manual A 3.54
(44) 280E May77 to Oct77, std 4sp manual E 3.54
(45) 280E Nov77 on, std 4sp manual E 3.58
(46) 280E Oct81 on, opt 5sp manual F 3.58
(47) 280E to Oct77, opt 4sp auto G 3.54
(48) 280E Nov77-Sep81, opt 4sp auto G 3.58
(49) 280E Oct81 on, opt 4sp auto K 3.58

S123 estates/station wagons

(50) 240TD to Sep80, std 4sp manual as A 3.69
(51) 240TD Oct80-Aug83, std 4sp manual B 3.69
(52) 240TD Sep83 on, std 4sp manual C 3.69
(53) 240TD Feb82 on, opt 5sp manual F 3.69
(54) 240TD to Jun83, opt 4sp auto G 3.69
(55) 240TD Jul83 on, opt 4sp auto J 3.69

(56) 300TD std 4sp manual A 3.46
(57) 300TD opt 5sp manual F 3.46
(58) 300TD to Jun83, opt 4sp auto G 3.46
(59) 300TD Jul83 on, opt 4sp auto J 3.46

(60) 300TD T to Aug81, std 4sp auto G 3.07
(61) 300TD T Sep81 on, std 4sp auto J 3.07

(62) 200T Aug80-Aug83, std 4sp manual B 3.69
(63) 200T Aug80 on, std 4sp manual D 3.69
(64) 200T Oct81 on, opt 5sp manual F 3.69
(65) 200T Aug80-May83, opt 4sp auto G 3.69
(66) 200T Jun83 on, opt 4sp auto J 3.69

(67) 230T std 4sp manual A 3.69
(68) 230T opt 4sp auto G 3.69

(69) 230TE to Aug83, std 4sp manual B 3.58
(70) 230TE Sep83 on, std 4sp manual D 3.58
(71) 230TE Oct81 on, opt 5sp manual F 3.58
(72) 230TE to Apr83, opt 4sp auto G 3.58
(73) 230TE May83 on, opt 4sp auto J 3.58

(74) 250T to Sep81, std 4sp manual E 3.69
(75) 250T Oct81 on, std 4sp manual E 3.58
(76) 250T Oct81 on, opt 5sp manual F 3.58
(77) 250T to Sep81, opt 4sp auto G 3.69
(78) 250T Oct81 on, opt 4sp auto K 3.58

(79) 280TE std 4sp manual E 3.58
(80) 280TE Oct81 on, opt 5sp manual F 3.58
(81) 280TE to Sep81, opt 4sp auto G 3.58
(82) 280TE Oct81 on, opt 4sp auto K 3.58

C123 coupes

(83) 230C std 4sp manual E 3.69
(84) 230C opt 4sp auto G 3.69

(85) 230CE to Aug83, std 4sp manual B 3.58
(86) 230CE Sep83 on, std 4sp manual D 3.58
(87) 230CE Oct81 on, opt 5sp manual F 3.58
(88) 230CE to Apr83, opt 4sp auto G 3.58
(89) 230CE May83 on, opt 4sp auto J 3.58

(91) 280C to Oct77, std 4sp manual E 3.54
(92) 280C Nov77 on, std 4sp manual E 3.58
(93) 280C to Oct77, opt 4sp auto G 3.54
(94) 280C Nov77 on, opt 4sp auto G 3.58

(96) 280CE to Oct77, std 4sp manual E 3.54
(97) 280CE Nov77 on, std 4sp manual E 3.58
(98) 280CE Oct81 on, opt 5sp manual F 3.58
(99) 280CE to Oct77, opt 4sp auto G 3.54
(100) 280CE Nov77-Sep81, opt 4sp auto G 3.58
(101) 280CE Oct81 on, opt 4sp auto K 3.58

(102) 300CD std 4sp auto G 3.46

(103) 300CD T to Sep84, std 4sp auto K 3.07
(104) 300CD T Oct84 on, std 4sp auto K 2.88
 
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