I have a 1986 300E and have above-average interest, average mechanical abilities and decent tools. I have found the car enjoyable to work on. In the past two years, I have:
- Done a major tune-up, including cap, rotor, and wires
- Replaced AC compressor/manifold hose/Schraeder valve
- Replaced ABS sensors
- Replaced shocks
- Changed oil and filter
- Replaced alternator brushes
- Replaced fan pulley carrier
I farmed out replacing the rear subframe mounts and tracing an intermediate ABS electrical problem. I am contmplating doing valve seals and the head gasket.
I use the combination of the Haynes manual and the 124 spare parts book as a guide.
All of the work that I did went reasonably well, but if you want it done right the first time on-time, then there is no substitute for an experienced tech working in a shop with all the tools, lifts, helpers, diagnostic equipment, manual, bulletins, and parts deliveries four times a day!
Falls Church VA
'66 200, '66 230SL, '96 SL500. Sold: '81 380SL, '86 300E, '72 250C, '95 C220, 3 '84 280SL's '90 420SEL, '72 280SE, '73 280C, '78 280SE, '70 280SL, '77 450SL, '85 380SL, '87 560SL, '85 380SL, '72 350SL, '96 S500 Coupe