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Old 05-27-2005, 10:48 PM
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Bought new wagon today. NO SMOKE

Well, I took the plunge today and bought a 1985 300TD that doesn't smoke a lick (that was important to me for some reason ) 211K
I wish I had bought this one first! Quite a difference between the '85 model and the '80 model. Especially MY '80 model. The turbo makes such a difference!! This wagon shifts perfectly, but does it aggressively too if that makes sense. I've never seen a hood pad either. Big difference in noise.
It needs a few things:
hydraulics not working (I'm sure accumulators)
driver and rear passenger windows not working (rear has mechanical issues)
body damage---driver door and front 1/4 panel
leather interior horrible. Backs seats junk, front OK, not great, but soft
sunroof seems caulked shut, but headliner perfect! no sign of leak
wood around shifter ruined
AC compressor destroyed (and I live in TEXAS)

Bonus points:
No smoke of course is number one
runs like a scalded arse ape
actually has paint (my first one that does)
cruise works, if you can believe it
3rd seat
not even a speck of rust. Anywhere! Appears taken care of in past life
great headliner, OK carpet
front end is tight. signs of some pieces replaced
Texas summer friendly White paint

All and all I'm pleased to finally drive an actual MB. If my poor first wagon could just have its problem found I'm sure it will drive well also, but I just haven't experienced it until this one.

Still need to try and find smoking issue on '80 wagon, then it will have to find a new home. But it is odd, there is something that feels more comfortable being in the '80. It is just a "feel" thing. It rides great and is comfortable inside, just no power and smokes. Some day....

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'05 Acura TL 6MT
2001 ML430 My Spare

Gone:
'95 E300 188K "Batmobile" Texas Unfriendly Black
'85 300TD 235K "The Wagon" Texas Friendly White
'80 240D 154K "China" Scar engine installed
'81 300TD 240K "Smash"
'80 240D 230K "The Squash"
'81 240D 293K"Scar" Rear ended harder than Elton John
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Old 05-27-2005, 10:54 PM
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Congrats on the new Benz, and more importantly no smoke.

If I were a bit closer to Dallas I'd load up my craftsman tool chest and head your way to help make it look an ride even better.
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Old 05-27-2005, 10:56 PM
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Your new wagon is NICE. I have no third row seat in mine. The non-smoke news is good. We will all worry less now.
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Old 05-27-2005, 11:01 PM
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congrats! it doesnt feel right yet but thats ok, it will soon

Your window issue is most likely the fuse. LF and RR share the same fuse.
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Old 05-27-2005, 11:05 PM
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smoker

your smoker might just need the vavles adjusted..

over time the valves tighten up and dont close as well.





but you might have already tried this...
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Old 05-27-2005, 11:16 PM
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That is great Jimmy.....
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Old 05-27-2005, 11:25 PM
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congrats! it doesnt feel right yet but thats ok, it will soon

Your window issue is most likely the fuse. LF and RR share the same fuse.
RR goes down, it just gets hung and won't roll back up without help.
LF doesn't do a thing.
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Gone:
'95 E300 188K "Batmobile" Texas Unfriendly Black
'85 300TD 235K "The Wagon" Texas Friendly White
'80 240D 154K "China" Scar engine installed
'81 300TD 240K "Smash"
'80 240D 230K "The Squash"
'81 240D 293K"Scar" Rear ended harder than Elton John
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Old 05-27-2005, 11:32 PM
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start with the switch, spilled fluids tend to find their way into the console switches... you can typically take it apart and clean the contact points.
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1997 C36 AMG
2003 C320T 4matic

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Old 05-28-2005, 12:28 AM
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Originally Posted by mbenzgoodyear
Congrats on the new Benz, and more importantly no smoke.

If I were a bit closer to Dallas I'd load up my craftsman tool chest and head your way to help make it look an ride even better.
Hey, bring 'em on anytime. Or maybe we will meet if these Austin boys ever get a GTG going.
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'05 Acura TL 6MT
2001 ML430 My Spare

Gone:
'95 E300 188K "Batmobile" Texas Unfriendly Black
'85 300TD 235K "The Wagon" Texas Friendly White
'80 240D 154K "China" Scar engine installed
'81 300TD 240K "Smash"
'80 240D 230K "The Squash"
'81 240D 293K"Scar" Rear ended harder than Elton John
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Old 05-28-2005, 05:52 AM
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diags

if the windows have two failed diagonally from each other there is an obscure fuse that can fail. my shop has fixed this for me and i dont know exactly where it is i think maybe in the consol. not hard to fix when located.
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Old 05-28-2005, 02:32 PM
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Paying my penance today

I have learned a very valuable lesson, and I feel I should pass it on.
Make very sure to buy your next MB at "the right time". What do I mean by that? Well, this will be lost on you younger guys, but store this info away for years down the road.
We have a horrible week in our household, and it is the week BEFORE that most womanly of weeks that we are all too familiar with. I did not consult the calendar, and I made my purchase, unpopular to start with, on about the first day of 'heck' week. Oops!
Besides this giving her a license to buy stuff for the house she was waiting to do, I got the harshest of verbal reprimands this morning, complete with two "a$$" words used. This comes from the most Christian of women who does not curse. Yikes!
So, after said tirade, I cleaned three bathrooms, thrones and all, made the bed, folded clothes, made my daughter's lunch, and then, and only then, am I able to go out to the garage.
Live it, learn it, know it........
JL
Did I hijack my own thread?
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'05 Acura TL 6MT
2001 ML430 My Spare

Gone:
'95 E300 188K "Batmobile" Texas Unfriendly Black
'85 300TD 235K "The Wagon" Texas Friendly White
'80 240D 154K "China" Scar engine installed
'81 300TD 240K "Smash"
'80 240D 230K "The Squash"
'81 240D 293K"Scar" Rear ended harder than Elton John
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Old 05-28-2005, 03:11 PM
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GET TOGETHER at GREG's PLACE Sunday evening...
mbenzgoodyear and Jimmy are invited...
Jimmy , you can pick up that parts wagon door...
both of you can pick Brazosberries...
I am not cooking .... so technically it is not a get together...
Jimmy, just because you got this new wagon does not mean you can quit working on finding the cause of the smoke in your other one...
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Old 05-28-2005, 09:39 PM
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WooHooo! that is a nice looking wagon. And I see the best reason of all for owning one standing in one of the pictures. Gotta keep the little ones safe. Wish I was closer to Texas.
I'd love to tackle that smoking problem. I can't imagine what the actual problem is since I think you've checked everything at least twice.
Let SWMBO buy a few things for the house. The place will look nicer and she'll feel better.
I already did my car purchase for the year (seem to do one a year, in the spring-well sometimes more than one). Bought daughter that '87 300D. Still, I've got the itch to get something else. Just keep telling myself: Fix what ya got first!
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Old 05-29-2005, 01:30 AM
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GET TOGETHER at GREG's PLACE Sunday evening...
mbenzgoodyear and Jimmy are invited...
Jimmy , you can pick up that parts wagon door...
both of you can pick Brazosberries...
I am not cooking .... so technically it is not a get together...
Jimmy, just because you got this new wagon does not mean you can quit working on finding the cause of the smoke in your other one...
Almost 8 hours of total driving and you're not cooking? We thought at least some Brazosberry cobbler would be in the oven.
You know me and most Sundays. Have Church stuff going on tomorrow morning and the wife does tomorrow evening, so I'll be watching Big Mal. She caught a frog the other day, so we have daily bugs to catch. She brought in about 20 flies today and put into the frog habitat, only to find out there was an opening they could fit out of. He ate 17 in no time, but the rest have been buzzing us all day!
I sure want the '80 wagon fixed, I haven't given up. I still like it better than the new one, and still can't explain it. It is a "feel" thing like I've said. I'm real attached to it, but it will probably have to go. I wish my son was interested, and he might be a little, but it wouldn't work with his mom. I still lay in bed wondering what is making it smoke. I NEED to know! I just don't need to spend any more $ to know....
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'05 Acura TL 6MT
2001 ML430 My Spare

Gone:
'95 E300 188K "Batmobile" Texas Unfriendly Black
'85 300TD 235K "The Wagon" Texas Friendly White
'80 240D 154K "China" Scar engine installed
'81 300TD 240K "Smash"
'80 240D 230K "The Squash"
'81 240D 293K"Scar" Rear ended harder than Elton John
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Old 05-29-2005, 01:33 AM
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WooHooo! that is a nice looking wagon. And I see the best reason of all for owning one standing in one of the pictures. Gotta keep the little ones safe. Wish I was closer to Texas.
I'd love to tackle that smoking problem. I can't imagine what the actual problem is since I think you've checked everything at least twice.
Let SWMBO buy a few things for the house. The place will look nicer and she'll feel better.
I already did my car purchase for the year (seem to do one a year, in the spring-well sometimes more than one). Bought daughter that '87 300D. Still, I've got the itch to get something else. Just keep telling myself: Fix what ya got first!
Scratch that itch Bob!

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Gone:
'95 E300 188K "Batmobile" Texas Unfriendly Black
'85 300TD 235K "The Wagon" Texas Friendly White
'80 240D 154K "China" Scar engine installed
'81 300TD 240K "Smash"
'80 240D 230K "The Squash"
'81 240D 293K"Scar" Rear ended harder than Elton John
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