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Well I finnaly git around to pulling my Speedometer cluster and taking it in for reapir' ( odometer had quit ) One of you guys pointed out a while back that we had a good shop nearby in Jacksonville. It is called A+ speedometer and they were great. It took a little over an hour and cost $184.00 including all new bulbs and taxes. Pulling steering wheel hardest part and you do really need an impact wrench. Be sure to disconnect battery as a safety measure. Shaft for wheel is not tapered so wheel comes off easily. all wires and connections are either numbered or self explanitory by the connection. A+ get's a lot of stuff shipped to them for repair and I highly recommend them.
 

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Good to know. How many miles were on your speedo when the odo quit?
 

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My SLC odometer worked fine when the car was retired at about 138K. My sister's 380SL had to have it done at 165K.
 

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I've heard that rule#1 for mercedes odometers is don't reset the tripmeter while driving. The odometer was working when I began the prepurchase test drive of my 91k mile '82 SL and quit when I hit the reset. :(

That was and still is on the winter "to do" list. :D
 

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I know about not hitting the reset on the trip meter, one time it got buggered up and the button quit working. A couple hundred miles ago the trip meter started making a tick sound so I hit the reset and it works. Got it to work 3 more times and now it died again. Funny.
 

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I've heard that rule#1 for mercedes odometers is don't reset the tripmeter while driving. The odometer was working when I began the prepurchase test drive of my 91k mile '82 SL and quit when I hit the reset. :(

That was and still is on the winter "to do" list. :D
That is good to know.


I too am not motivated to repair the one in the 280 I just bought. Too many other things to do.
 

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Maybe we should all consider that they work great as long as the car is sitting in the driveway. :thumbsup:

Come to think of it... that pretty much applies to me as well if you substitute "under a shade tree" for "in the driveway".
 

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I was about to fix mine on my 79 SL, but I found a Mercedes repair place that will sell me a used one. But what I was wondering, do I try and get one with roughly the same kilometres, or do I think deceptively and get one that says less? Only I will know, and I don't EVER plan on selling it.
 

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I was about to fix mine on my 79 SL, but I found a Mercedes repair place that will sell me a used one. But what I was wondering, do I try and get one with roughly the same kilometres, or do I think deceptively and get one that says less? Only I will know, and I don't EVER plan on selling it.
I'd go for honesty :D Yeah, right...

You might want to reconsider though. Even though the used one is working, it still has old plastic gears which could very easily fail quickly. If you overhaul or have someone else overhaul, you would probably be good for quite a while.
 

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Mine had 79868 and quit the day after I bought it. The parts are VDO and still being made I am told. It is a common problemm for theese but the fix is not a big deal. Whether go new or used is your call as well as whether to fix. My car os so original and nice I just want tp preserve it as well as I can and still drive it. They can set new one at what ever mileage you want. I replaced all bulbs while dash was out, not expensive. Removing steering wheel requires an air wrench, but I would not use it to replace it, and be sure to mark position, to get wheel straight as it has very small splines on shaft
 

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I was about to fix mine on my 79 SL, but I found a Mercedes repair place that will sell me a used one. But what I was wondering, do I try and get one with roughly the same kilometres, or do I think deceptively and get one that says less? Only I will know, and I don't EVER plan on selling it.
Don't know if you folks do the same up there, but here in TX - when they inspect your car - they record the mileage. That stuff shows up on CarFax, as a questionable... You might have to sell it one day - even though you are not planning on it.

Just my $0.02.
 
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