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New E300 owner with questions.

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I picked up a 1995 model E300 for what I think was a good deal the other day. I'm going to try and fix it up best I can. I have never owned a Mercedes before. I was wondering what I should address on this car if anything? Also had a few issues I could use some advice on: (I'm going to order a Bentley manual, I just need to resolve these issues asap).

Does the car have an electric fuel pump to supplement the IP or does the IP act as the fuel pump?

The temperature gauge will start out normal but then jump all the way to 120C as if it is getting a poor signal. Where is the temp sensor located so that I can make sure it has a clean connection? Or will this require that I replace the gauge?

It leaks a lot of diesel which makes it hard to start if it has been sitting. From what it looks like I will have to remove the intake manifold to get to the fuel tubes. Are there O-rings or something in there? VW fuel pipes don't have O-rings but I'm assuming this car does or it wouldn't leak so much. Any idea where I can find these parts?

The factory radio requires an anti-theft key to be entered and I do not have the owner's manual. Can the dealer supply this key if I give them the VIN?

The tachometer doesn't work. How do I verify it is hooked up correctly?

The vinyl in the interior is coming apart in several areas. Is there any type of glue that is recommended to put it back together?

Also, If anyone has a website that sells little odds and ends parts for a good price it would be appreciated. Thanks all.
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Can't tell you much about your car's value without seeing it, but you will probably have to spend much more than you paid for the car on maintenance during the first year of your ownership, most of us have. You also can't expect bomb-proof reliability and trouble-free daily use from any car that's done 260,000 miles anyway, so maintenance expense is inevitable and the reward is a very satisfying car to own.

But how much expense? Before you start spending money on it, get a full picture of the car's condition from someone who knows where to look - especially if you don't have lots of recent bills with the car. Take it to a specialist for a full inspection to make sure you won't have to get in too deep. Paying 2hrs labour for a proper report may not seem an attractive proposition right now, but it will be money well spent, I promise you.

Your list of niggling faults and blinking warning lights isn't too bad at all... as long as it's not just the tip of the iceberg. Worth knowing now, not later, so you can make the right choice in keeping the car or passing it on fast and finding a better one. Some people end up spending as much on fixing up a worn-out example as it would have cost to buy one of the best in the first place... could happen to any of us, and probably has happened to most of us at some time.

A well-maintained 124 can be a very satisfying car to own and your model has it's own legendary qualities to enjoy. Good luck with it.
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