The clutch went out on my 240D Friday. I got out my 300E to drive for awhile. Every time I start it up, I just cross my fingers and hope that the AC is okay. I've seen such horror stories about the 124 AC, I cringe when I think about an evaporator problem.
Bad news for you is that you're in Atlanta where it's hot. Good news for you is you're in Atlanta where there are some good, honest and reasonably priced shops. Try Steve Brotherton's or Benzmac's shops. It seems like I've seen another shop in the Atlanta area reccomended here, but I can't remember which one it is.
'84 Euro 240D, 523K miles
'88 300E 5 Speed
'81 300D Daughter's Car
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