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Well, I just had to put about $800 into replacing the water pump, plugs, wires, fuel pump, pressure regulator, filter and screen. I'm thinking I may just go ahead and sell the car this spring as I'm afraid to keep it and have something major fail that will completely kill the value of the car. So the real question is if it's even worth selling or should I just tinker with it. It's an '84 380SE with 185k miles. Body is in nice condition. I installed the Bosch euro headlights. Paint fades and needs to be buffed a few times a year or repainted. Palomino leather interior is complete and aside from a few 2 or 3 inch splits in the leather and slight fading, is nice. It's hard as a rock, but nice. The engine runs strong, the transmission shifts a little hard in cold temps. All electrics work except the radio, antenna and one of the rear windows. A/C was good before I tried to charge it without really knowing what I was doing and created a leak in the condenser. Tires are a few years old but the tread is close to new. Sunroof is slow to open and close, sometimes it seems like it might not have the power to completely open or close. I'm mainly curious right now if I can recoup a bit of what I have in the car or if I should just plan to keep it as a toy. Also, I'd be appreciative if anyone has any insight on the common fixes for some of the issues I've described. Also, how can I tell if I have a double roller timing chain and whether or not I'm fairly safe to leave it alone with the mileage it has?
 

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Keep it. What you have is a $1000 car. When it dies, if you are so inclined, you can part it out for that on Ebay.
 

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You have a '84 = double roller timing chain.

No need to be "scared of failure" - these cars usually outlast anything out there if well maintained.

I'd keep it and drive.
 

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Thanks Wilson and Bondavi. I was afraid it wasn't worth much more than $1k. I'm pretty sure I've got over $3k in it, lol. I guess it's a good back up if something happens to one of the others. Still might consider selling it.. I'd really like to have a black on black 86 or newer...
 

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I suspect that your sunroof is so slow is because the tracks need some grease. To prevent further problems down the the road YOU SHOULD USE THE STUFF THAT MERCEDES OFFERS. Unfortunately Mercedes offers it only in a large tub which will last you and several generations of siblings a lifetime supply of grease. There are a couple of members on here that will sell you a small container of the stuff.
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I agree with the other members that you should keep the car. Any car will have an
occiasional large repair bill which hopefully is an uncommon event. If your annual costs are reasonable keep the car. If its nickel and diming you everytime you turn the key it might be worth selling it.
 

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after investing so much in a car, its usually worth more to us than the person looking to buy. I have been there.
 

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