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Old 02-05-2003, 01:32 AM
maheath maheath is offline
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Welcome to the club!

You've started with a loaded question. If your car was maintained reasonably well, it should last a long time. Your 300SE has the M103 engine which appears in several models and is a workhorse. I've got the same engine in my '88 300SEL. I'm at 143k at the moment.

On the flip side, to quote another member here, "There's nothing more expensive than a cheap Mercedes." This is basically saying that if the car wasn't maintained much, if at all, it will cost a fortune to get it back in good shape.

For the transmission, if you don't have any service records, you should change the transmission fluid and filter before checking anything else.
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