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Took the E420 on a roadtrip on the open highways of the desert Southwest.
 

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I got this car from a tow yard. It currently runs very smooth and passes smog and AC works ..


Had horrible grinding noise, turned out an EBrake thing broke and was destroying everything.

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Gas light would flash like it was empty even if full and made engine light come on .. they found these two things and its fine now

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Replaced three gaskets, one for trans and two oil, now theres smooth shifting and zero leak

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I ordered this Battery Brain because of this forum, I have a drain somewhere

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Got a FlowMaster Super 10 installed with a moderate size oval tip

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All thats left is I need a radio
 

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very fair pricing from northstar smog, congratulations on having a good local indy!

a shop like that local to me might keep my fingernails cleaner... :oops:
 

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Had fuel pump and fuel filter replaced since it was leaking close to the exhaust.
 
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Finished rust repairs to 4 spots. Not my specialty, but needed to be done!

Rusts spots sanded out, rust converter applied, thin coat of DOM16(like POR15) rust encapsulator, sanded, filled a couple of small holes with epoxy putty, sanded, applied primer, wet sanded smooth, applied couple of coats of matching paint, wet sanded with 1000grit, applied final coat.

Also scraped, sanded front end of one rocker then applied same primers as above plus final coat of rocker guard. Nowhere near perfect, but looks fine from 6ft. Rust control is an ongoing job for daily drivers here in Canada,

Next - My 300D needs same type of rust work, but it needs more :(
 
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I was tired of looking at my outside mirror's burned off, discolored, peeling paint. Clear coat was gone and paint looked terrible. Had toyed with the idea of having them painted or doing it myself. Then I ran across these chrome mirror covers on Ebay. Being sort of a bling fan anyway (my ex used to call me a crow), I pulled the trigger. They are very nicely made by Germany manufacturer Schatz Tuning Gmb. Simply slip over mirror shell and attach by double sided tape. I am pleased.

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Very nice.
 

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This weekend project for my 2000 E430 4Magic.
Replace front drive shaft with new Dorman brand, made in US (splined connection is sloppy),
Replace driver cv axle shaft with DSS brand (cv boot is ripped but no clicking noise). I plan to send the original to CVJ Axle in Denver for rebuilding, then swap out next spring. I don't trust those Chinese made cv axles.
Replace all 4 shocks with new Bilstein touring model. Fronts are definitely worn after nearly 150k miles, rears not so much. The fronts are going to be a bear to replace.
Replace front lower ball joints with Lemforder German made. Have to split the old ones anyway to do the shocks.
I'll do a follow up after its done. Curious to see how much the ride improves with new shocks!
 

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Bought it. Actually, we bought it yesterday, drove it home today. 106,000 miles.




 

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Bought it. Actually, we bought it yesterday, drove it home today. 106,000 miles.
Looks Great!

The W210 is one of those timeless Mercedes designs, Still look great (and expensive) even after 24 years. Meanwhile, we would be lucky to get C$4000 for our 98! (Owned for 20 years)
 

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Looks Great!

The W210 is one of those timeless Mercedes designs, Still look great (and expensive) even after 24 years. Meanwhile, we would be lucky to get C$4000 for our 98! (Owned for 20 years)
I'm sure we paid too much, but it's in such great shape, at least to me, the premium was worth it.
 

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Half my pixel display was gone and fearing the worst, decided to replace the 1.3 volt bulbs behind it. Fortunately that seems to have fixed it. Although those bulbs should have lasted more than 3 years, when I replaced all of them.
 

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Half my pixel display was gone and fearing the worst, decided to replace the 1.3 volt bulbs behind it. Fortunately that seems to have fixed it. Although those bulbs should have lasted more than 3 years, when I replaced all of them.
I have one bulb burned out. Has been for years. I have been too lazy to figure out how to get at it. Are the bulbs easy to access? Or, as I suspect, does the cluster have to be removed?

Rust work now complete. Found more spots, but now mostly done. May go and have it rust sprayed to get at inside of panels and rockers. With new rims, tires and rust in control, hoping we will have another 5 years together :) Maybe then replace with an EV!
 

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Did a little wheel swap...

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I have one bulb burned out. Has been for years. I have been too lazy to figure out how to get at it. Are the bulbs easy to access? Or, as I suspect, does the cluster have to be removed?
The cluster has to be removed. I have had for years the MB factory tool (since my W124( that is 2 hooks you use to pull it out - very carefully (I managed to break the clear plastic lens on my W129 by using to much force and having the hook come out and slip!). On the W210 you can see on each side where you put the hook - then I move it down a bit on each side.

Apparently (shown on my facelift 2000 E430) there are 2 *green) 1.3 volt bulbs on all the time to illuminate the pixels - since I changed all the bulbs less than 3 years ago this isn't too good. Sometihnkg to be said for LED hacklights.

Anyway here is the back of the cluster(yours is probably slightly different). And it is important to stay with the voltage requirements as shown on the back. I managed to melt my W124 panel putting
Input device Musical instrument Electronic instrument Steering part Gadget
Automotive lighting Hood Automotive tire Motor vehicle Bumper
Automotive lighting Hood Automotive tire Motor vehicle Bumper
in "too hot" a bulb.
 

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Did a little wheel swap...

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Nice rims. Are they OE rims?
My 16" aftermarket rims are similar (or at least have 5 spokes :) )



Sold my 17" OE staggered rims (off C230, I think) today to an owner with a 1999 E320. Helped pay for the aftermarket rims :)

 

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Nice rims. Are they OE rims?
My 16" aftermarket rims are similar (or at least have 5 spokes :) )
They're OE AMG, but I don't remember exactly what they were originally for. We had them on my wife's '97 SL320 before.
 
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I fixed a lamp defective notice, without replacing bulbs :)
 

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Replaced all 4 shocks yesterday on 4 Matic. Fronts were difficult, had to use a spring compressor - those things make me nervous. Replaced lower ball joints too while I was in there, tie rod ends were done last year.
Difference in ride quality and handling is amazing, originals had 149k miles and showed it. Just feels nice and tight now. Also replaced front drive shaft. It had a binding U-joint, probably the cause of my grinding noise on deceleration. Nice and quiet now, grinding is gone.
Also did both front cv axles as the boots were torn. Used DSS axles, no problem. Gonna have original axles rebuilt, keep as spares.
Started job at 10am, done by 6pm. Not too bad for an old man!
 
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