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Old 12-08-2004, 09:30 PM
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300 SD - Differences

In another thread i'd made a comment about hood latches on the early 300SD's. All of the MB that i've seen over the years have the grey latches that always come out of the grill. I drove to Houston to look at a 1984 300SD this past weekend that my father purchased. I went to raise the hood and the grey latch didn't come out of the grill. The owner said that they're at the side. I reached to the right and left of the grill and pulled the two levers towards the center grill and it popped open. Was this common? Some have it and some don't? options that you had. The owner told me that his father and about 10 other men went to Germany and bought the cars, which where built for the U.S. only. I was wondering if this made any difference.
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Old 12-08-2004, 09:36 PM
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yeah, Mine is like this also,

I think that mine was a later 1984 (even though labeled as 1985) and the earlier 1984's had the grill type hood release.
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Old 12-08-2004, 09:40 PM
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300SD hood latchs

My new(to me) '81 300SD has the latchs on the left & right of the grill.

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Old 12-08-2004, 09:42 PM
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The SDL had the single tab release in the center of the grill.

The SD has the two levers on the sides of the hood.

I somewhat like the design of the SD levers once you get the hang of them because you can lift from two points while pulling the levers.

The single tab in the center is not very appealing from an ergonomic standpoint IMHO.
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Old 12-08-2004, 09:46 PM
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yeah it's weird, i'd never seen it untill this past weekend. My father's 81 300D and '82 turbo had the single lever. He had a '87 300 turbo which had the single lever as well. I just wondered if they just mixed it up, trying something different or what?
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Old 12-08-2004, 09:57 PM
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My 82 SD has them on the sides but my 83 D has it in the middle another subtle difference with the S-class....Love my SD!!!!
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Old 12-08-2004, 10:01 PM
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As does my 82SD, my friend's dad commented on it when I had to show him how to open the hood (we were doing engine work), he also was impressed by how the hood can be raised to go straight up.
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Old 12-08-2004, 10:23 PM
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Andy was trying to open the hood of my 8'85 SD and was looking for the side latches. Oops, it's the grey pull tab.

Both my '85 SD's have the pull tab, as does my '86 and did my '87 and '89.
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Old 12-09-2004, 12:43 AM
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Latches on either side of our '83 300SD.
Front pull tab on my sister's '85 300SD.
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Old 12-09-2004, 06:14 AM
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My very late '82 SD has the two latches.
Can anyone corelate this with something else? How about the assemble plant, or were all our cars assemble in the same plant. ( I know. at least with domestic Fords, there are often several differences between plants building the same cars).
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Old 12-09-2004, 11:53 AM
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Yeah I was wondering the same thing, that maybe it was a different assembly plant, or maybe they tried this on models during one half of the year to see if it was something they wanted to continue. Kind of puzzling.
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Old 12-09-2004, 12:57 PM
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My very early '85 SD has the side latches - actually built 12/84, so it's about to be 20 years old!

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