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Old 06-14-2002, 03:51 PM
Since66 Since66 is offline
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Out on the old Santa Fe Trail
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300E - Cost effective repairs at higher miles.

This seems to be a good place to get opinions. I have an '86 300E with 152K miles, owned since '89. Only really major repair has been an alternater some time ago. Love it. Runs like a champ, getting approx 19 mpg in city, but now uses oil at the rate of approx. qt per 1000 miles. I know this is not excessive but I also know that it won't get any better . My last compression check showed nothing to be concerned about. My questions: 1) How rapidly will the oil consumption accelerate until it reaches an unacceptable level, say 500 mi per qt. 2) Should I wait until that point to consider doing the valves, etc. 3) How cost effective would spending a couple thou on the valve job be on a $4500 car that is approaching 200K? The car has never seen a body shop. The paint is vg and leather interior is as new. To spend or not to spend. That is.......
62 220sb
67 250S
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74 280C
77 300D
82 240D
85 190E 2.3
86 300E RIP 12/28/09
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92 300D 2.5
00 E320 Current
Over 1,000,000 miles in Benzes, Since66

....and a whole passel of BMW 2002 and Tii
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