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Hi Guys
Often see discussion about antenna masts on the forums.
Help my antenna's jammed or wont work etc etc etc.
Anyone I know there is a plethora of aftermarket stuff out there, aluminium, chrome etc but for the stalwarts I have found a great resource of genuine Hirschmann product in the UK and his prices are great in comparison to the aftermarket US stuff !

Mast, Aerial items in car-masts-uk-shop store on eBay!

Malcom answered my query within an hour regarding a mast for my 300CE. I had searched the Hirschmann site and come up with the wrong antenna based on the Model number I had found on the outside casing.
He pointed out the error and correctly pointed me at the right product which he had on eBay and it cost me the princeley sum of $45 landed !
Now that might seem a bit expensive, not much though as the aluminium or steel ones are all around the $30-$40 price anyway !

So as a suggestion give Malcom a try if your in the market for an antenna mast - the real deal may not be as expensive as you think !
Oh and by the way, a parts supplier here wanted over $100 for a real one !!
Who's laughing now baby.......

"="2"]...This is a brand new GENUINE replacement aerial antenna mast telescope for the Mercedes E Class 123 models (1975 to 1985) and 124 models (1984 to 1995) Coupe, Cabriolet, Cabrio and Convertible models fitted with the Hirschmann 6000 EL and KE and KE-F series electric aerial (power antenna) as original equipment. The aerial is easily identified from outside the car as the tip is mushroom shaped. This aerial was fitted by Mercedes as original equipment at the factory, and as an approved after-market option on most models. This GENUINE Hirschmann mast is all chrome and has the stylised Hirschmann “h04” on the aerial tip (see illustration). It includes the retaining ferule and drive cable.

Will fit 220, 230, 280, 300, 320 CE and Convertible models . This is a genuine Hirschmann mast, manufactured in Europe, by Hirschmann of Germany, as supplied to Mercedes, Jaguar and BMW. It is made from quality chromium plated brass and is not a cheap copy made in China using chromium plated steel[/SIZE]
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indeed, the motor is behind the left fender, accessible from the trunk, behind the left side liner. but you don't need to even see the motor to replace the antenna mast as long as the motor runs, and you can get the plastic toothed tail of the old antenna out, the masts are installed from outside the car.
Hey Volvo
Isn't it time you retired that Swedish-come Chinese tank and got yourself into something like a 320CE Cabriolet ? :cool:
My Volvo is 100% Swedish(*), and is both pre-Ford and pre-Greenly

about the only benz I'd consider would be a 300TE and around here, every one I've seen has been trashed, or the owner thinks its made from gold-pressed Latinum. or both. The 745 wagon has better payload capacity, and better towing ability (due to its live axle)

(*) ok, it has a Aisen-Warner 71 transmission, made in Japan, and Bosch electrics, mostly made in Germany, and American a/c, and.... but, the car and engine is definately 100% Gothensburg.
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i'll tell you another thing. those older RWD volvos are about 20X easier to work on than a benz... and they go 400K+ miles without needing head gaskets if you don't overheat them. they solved the RoHS biodegradable wiring problems by 1987. they stopped using KE-Jet circa 1982 in favor of LH EFI.
I definitely concur on the older Volvos being good, especially the 70s 240 shoebox types..
we have a 240 too, a 1987 240GL sedan in refrigerator white... wife is the original owner, it has about 400K miles on it, had never even had the valve cover off until we finally had to replace the camshaft seals earlier this year.

in its lifetime, its had the alternator, water pump (a couple times), radiator replaced, the AW70 transmission was rebuilt at about 300K miles, and... ummm... regular service (timing belts every 80K miles, brakes as needed, that kind of thing). Oh yeah, about 5 years ago I replaced a bunch of the rear suspension bushings and installed overload rear springs as we've used it for towing a hobiecat quite a lot.

oh yeah, its had its antenna mast replaced a couple times, hah hah (topic topic!)

this car survived my wife's daily driving habits for years, then a series of our babysitters, nannies, and au pairs used it, then I drove it for a few years, fixing it up again (radiator, stereo upgrade, full set of custom seat covers), then my son learned to drive in it, and ended up taking it to college for a year or so, now my daughter is taking it as her first car. the 300E 2.6 was offered to her, and she prefers the 240, its more 'hip' she says.

mechanically, the 740/940 is a continuation of the 240, with a TON of engineering improvements. better torque arm design for the rear end, better swing arm designs, better front control arms, bigger/better brakes (especially the turbos), much much better and more sane wiring, better ventilation and a/c, better seats. the 7/9s are only slightly larger than the 240 on the outside, but have significantly more room inside. they have the same B230F (or FT turbo) series "redblock" engines, the same AW series transmissions, the same Dana rear axles.
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my 16 yr old daughter declared that the 300E 2.6 was an 'old ladies car'. hah! she thinks the 240 is way hipper and retro.
I owned a new 1989 780 Bertone, in gold, with tan leather interior. gawd that was a sweet car, really nice handling, great brakes, decent power from the 2.8L V6. incredibly smooth and quite too. I nodded off driving home at 3am after a 48 hour project release marathon and ran head on into a cement railroad overpass abuttment. totalled the car but walked away with only minor bruising. In 6 months I put 30,000 miles on that car.
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