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Old 02-15-2005, 07:21 PM
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how long can one go without starting/driving?

We've had the worst weather the past few weeks with lots of salt on the roads, and I've been travelling some, and I haven't made it to the garage (I live in the city, about 3 blocks from my car) in a while.

And so, my great, reliable, seemingly happy W123 hasn't been driven in, gulp, over four weeks.

Am I asking for trouble? I remember reading somewhere (probably on this forum) that diesel acts somewhat as a lubricant, and so going for a while between drives is better with our cars than with gassers.

True? And if so, for how long. And is there anything I should do before taking her out (this weekend)?

Anyone have a record in-between driving periods?


1984 300TD, 150K miles, NYC

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Old 02-15-2005, 07:31 PM
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Not to worry. I let my summer cars set up to 6 months in the garage in the winter and they start as if they had been run the day before providing the battery doesn't discharge. If that happens, a battery charge will get the engine started easily.

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Old 02-15-2005, 09:27 PM
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I let my 307d motorhome with the 616 engine sit in a barn in Exeter in the UK for a whole year. It started right up after I charged the battery upon return a year later.

1977 300d 70k--sold 08
1985 300TD 185k+
1984 307d 126k--sold 8/03
1985 409d 65k--sold 06
1984 300SD 315k--daughter's car
1979 300SD 122k--sold 2/11
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