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I will probably get a 1996 C280 with like 90k miles. And im wondering which parts i should replace right away just so that they dont break larer, I heard that the head gasket is one that should be fixed, anyone know what else? ANd also, is there a manual so that i can do the maintinence myslef? Thanks
 

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not sure about major parts to replace but I've just bought a Haynes manual for the C-Class. It doesn't actually cover the C280 (only 180, 200, 220, 230 & 250) but most of it seems to be relevant. Not sure whether you're in the UK but the website for Haynes is www.haynes.co.uk - you may be able to order one if you're overseas
 

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Parts I,ve had to replace ('96 C280, 150,0000miles):
Fuel pump relay (in the trunk).
Fuel pressure regulator.
Vacuum lines and rubber connectors under plastic cover on top of engine.
Head Gasket.
Water pump.
Compressor.
Fan clutch.
Fuel level sending unit.
Front flex disk.
Lower control arm bushings.
Power steering pump.
Steering damper.
All of the big ticket items were done recently.
...aside from these, everything has been fine.

Only use MB approved coolant(Zerex G05 is one). If it has the green stuff in it, get it out, flush the system and put in the good stuff. You,re radiator will thank you for it.
If you are serious about doing maintenance/repairs yourself, go to the dealer and buy the service cd, ~$100(need computer with Windows Internet Explorer and Adobe Acrobat reader), well worth it.
Good Luck, Dan
 
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