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Old 04-06-2000, 04:59 PM
John R. Boyce John R. Boyce is offline
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Join Date: Jul 1999
Location: Bismarck, ND, USA
Posts: 40
I see that no one has responded to you yet. Did you see the car on Tuesday?

We have a 1983 280SL, which we bought last summer from the original owner. It is a Euro model (as is the one you are looking at, because they did not import the 280SL to North America). Ours is a 5 speed, so I can't comment on the automatic. Ours is also low (80,000) miles. It starts instantly and runs like a top. Very smooth and plenty of power with the manual transmission.

Our car's rear axle also hums on slight acceleration. I would be interested in what you discover about this, because I am thinking about having ours looked at, but don't want to spend big bucks for a non-problem or a solution that doesn't cure the noise. I have read that rear end noise is common to the car, because the diff is mounted to the body and is right behind the seats in the SL, but I don't know what is considered normal and what is excessive.

John R. Boyce
Bismarck, ND
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