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1998 E320, silver: "Grace" (because a friend already claimed "Mercy")
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Mine was the cruise module on a diesel. Sometimes it would not shut off.
The engine would rev full speed when put into park!

To get through the situation, I would leave it in drive and come to a stop,
then turn off the car. After 5-10 min's of cooling down it would then
behave properly. (I sold the car w/o replacing the module.)
 

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1996, A124, E320 Sportline Cabriolet x 2
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Trying to find a decent RH front seat, even thought of buying a whole car in the US just for the seat!!
 

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I have this tiny squeak sometimes where the seatbelt buckle is. I put felt tape on it but it's still audible.
 

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1996, A124, E320 Sportline Cabriolet x 2
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Krytox is what you need there, right between the plastic moulding and the seat leather. The seat belt latch clip sometimes makes a squeek too when it rubs. Krytox will get rid of the squeek for good!
 

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So far I'd have to say the AC leak (that just showed up!)

Black car, in desert, in record temps...

makes for one unhappy driver.
All else is small taters when Im uncomfortable! :p
 

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'04 G500, '00 E55 AMG, '90 300TE 4Matic, '82 240D
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Trying to find a decent RH front seat, even thought of buying a whole car in the US just for the seat!!
besides the plastic parts on the sides is there a difference between the left hand seats and the right hand?
 

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The stalling and hesitation problem that developed a few months ago. I gave up and turned it over to an indie MB/BMW guy. it still has him stumped too.
 

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Current, 90 300CE, 92 400E (Sold 95 E320,70 250C, 91 190 2.6, 91 420 SEL, 95 300D, 87 TD)
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Smog pump went out German star delivered it in 1 day! I also ordered the bushings for the pass side steering pit-man arm plus a new Wahler thermostat.
 

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the hydraulic fluid from leaking cylinders

Ugh, that stuff just fooks everything up from the headliner to the roof fabric to the vinyl on the rear deck lid. And stinks to high heaven. Cleaning it it all up and off and repairing the damage has been a voyage. And I can't say i have completely rid the car of the stains or "burns" from that stuff causing a reaction on the surfaces, but it is getting better as it evaporates and lifts out of the vinyl each time I treat it. Just a cretin salesman trying to pretend the top still worked while the cylinders were leaking is all it took to do all that damage. I had all the rams fixed and still fiddle with the clean up every now and then. Lovely car.
 

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Krytox is what you need there, right between the plastic moulding and the seat leather. The seat belt latch clip sometimes makes a squeek too when it rubs. Krytox will get rid of the squeek for good!
+1 I found a dry aerosol lubricant at autozone and it's been the best 6 dollars I've ever spent....hasn't come back in 9 months.
 

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'92 300TE 4matic 280,000miles, '92 300TE 4Matic 'Ice Blue Metalic' 101,000miles
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The 4matic system. After yrs of flawless service and me braggin' on it, it's become one big headache. However, I think I have it boiled down to a low pressure problem, which leads right back to the pump. I have one more thing to try.....

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STUPIDITY OF MECHANIC WHO REPLACED VACUUM PUMP FOR PREVIOUS OWNER
does that count?
Why would he replace vacuum pump and leave loose bearing balls in the oil pan, where with side cover it takes just minutes to scoop them? No need for the balls to punch hole in oil pump strainer and seize 1/2 of the engine.
 

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Not much really in our 20 years of ownership. The worst would have to be some time 10 years ago when we had to replace the ECU. But after that its been smooth sailing except for the valve job which is a inherent weakness of the M103.

I miss the days when they made cars that are as sturdy as the 124, the same cannot be said of today's cars, my wife's BMW just broke down on me and the clincher is that we only had for about a month and it currently has just 280 miles on it. And I thought the worst car that we had was my dad's old w210. A lot of horror stories have been said about the w140, but my w140 doesn't even comes close to my wife's BMW.
 

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besides the plastic parts on the sides is there a difference between the left hand seats and the right hand?
You are essentially correct Komrade, the motor base has different mounts, there are two little holes in the side of the seat back for the arm rest and tilt forward lock release and there is an arm rest mechanism inside the back rest, but apart from that they are pretty much the same.
Having said that there are little things you notice that don't quite fit right when swapping over, the holes in the spring box can be covered with leather so the felt console spacer can’t be fitted properly, the seat sits too close to the side wall and the seatbelt extender starts skipping soon the shed a tooth or two because the seatbelt latch gets jammed between the seat and wall trim etc etc. Not insurmountable, but annoying all the same.

But, perhaps the biggest driver for the replacement seat is that if I can get one from a low mileage car it won’t have a collapsed seat base, the frame won’t be twisted toward the door, the back rest won’t have a collapsed lumber support (all things that make a worn seat very painful after a while) and the motors should be in top nick. I have a RHD car so a passenger’s seat from the low miler US car would be ideal. :) :)

I really have started looking for a decent low mile car with a perfect passenger’s seat, they are hard to find but I have stumbled on two – both over 30 grand though. I don’t mind paying that but I’d like the whole interior and one or two other goodies off them too.

Anyone interested in a minter with just a part or two missing.........??
 

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The way my wife drives it..
Ouch! My wife never has, and never will, drive mine (except maybe in an emergency);)
Just the way she brakes hard and scrapes her mags on gutters stiffen my resolve LOL.
 

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Wobbly idle. Definitely the worst 124 problem in my book as it's so common and so hard to resolve. My car always shook at stand-still, most un-Benz-like behaviour. There was also a small irregular hunting of revs that could sometimes cause jerking when pulling up to a halt, or when reversing slowly.

I now now just how many 124's of various models have suffered from a poor idle, and the potential causes seem endless which means often it's a problem owners can't afford to chase for long.

I decided to try recently, with the help of my MB specialist indie. They checked OVP, MAF sensor, vacuum lines and so on - all clear. Then they decided that the variable valve timing could be set wrong - a difficult job for those not in the know. My car had a head gasket replacement 2 years ago, and their suspicion was that the mechanics had not set the valve timing correctly... a problem they'd seen before. They were right, as it turned out. They also repaired a couple of wires with poor insulation at some of the sensors, changed the plugs and one suspect HT lead (and fitted a new Lambda probe at the cat due to high exhaust emissions.)

The problem is significantly reduced as a result. While the idle is still not as smooth as new in 'drive', the symptoms are now mild enough to ignore and the car's much more pleasant to drive in slow traffic. New motor mounts would probably be a good idea - mine are a little low, though not failed or leaking yet.

Anyway - the wobbly idle woes take my first place.
 

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Black on Black S124 Estate and White A124 Cabriolet
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SOB.
Other drivers.
An employee backed into black wagon today.
I am charging him $500 for the bumper.
 
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