Well I did it. Today I'm picking up my 86 420SEL. Thanks to this group I had the timing chain and guides checked out. The dealer who is also my Benz mech. is replacing the chain and guides. The car has 114k on the clock and I kept seeing where at around 100k the chain et al should be looked at. My question is, if the nylon guides breaking is the cause of such havoc, is there an after market guide made of metal? Perhaps with a nylon insert bonded to the metal? It seems I must be missing something. Why would they make such a great car with such a catastrophic failure point?
I traded in my 81 300CD as part of the deal and I must say I will miss the little guy.