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Old 09-18-2002, 11:42 PM
JimSmith JimSmith is offline
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Old Lyme, Connecticut
Posts: 3,596
On my 190E-2.3-16 the oil drain bolt the threaded part is about two inches long, and the first three times I changed oil the bolt got mutilated. It has the beginnings of the underbody fairing, and between that and the fact that I ended up changing the bolt/plug every other oil change, I bought a Topsider. I still have an extra bolt in the glove box, just in case I need to change oil and there is no Topsider around. Anyway, it solved my problem on that car, and all the later models have a bigger, harder to work around or remove encapsulation part under the engine, so I do them with the Topsider too. Jim
1986 Euro 190E 2.3-16 (291,000 miles),
1998 E300D TurboDiesel, 231,000 miles -purchased with 45,000,
1988 300E 5-speed 252,000 miles,
1983 240D 4-speed, purchased w/136,000, now with 222,000 miles.
2009 ML320CDI Bluetec, 89,000 miles

1971 220D (250,000 miles plus, sold to father-in-law),
1975 240D (245,000 miles - died of body rot),
1991 350SD (176,560 miles, weakest Benz I have owned),
1999 C230 Sport (45,400 miles),
1982 240D (321,000 miles, put to sleep)
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