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Old 01-07-2010, 11:28 PM
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I've been digging through the maintenance records of my car for any information regarding my shifts lately and I came across some funny tidbits in the notes from my step father.

at 124,312 miles in July of 1993 there were two entries that caught my eye:

"Turbo Mod"

and "Removed block heater cable".

I was nearly positive that my car had a block heater and I'm happy to know I was right! However the turbo mod note cracks me up. I think I know who messed with my ALDA before I got the car
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:34 PM
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So is that what's causing your car's shifting problems?
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:36 PM
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So is that what's causing your car's shifting problems?
No, I just wanted to mention some interesting notes of stuff I found.

The antenna mast was replaced 6 times since he owned it and on top of that the hood pad was replaced in 1997.
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:37 PM
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Interesting tidbits indeed!
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Old 01-08-2010, 05:43 AM
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About fifteen years ago when I bought my maple yellow 240d it had about 172K on it. The service recordd showed that it had had the water pump replaced four times. In those days the water pumps failed like clockwork every 40K.

When I bought my 84 500SEC which had previously been a one owner car by a local Hotelier who was quite wealthy the service records from the dealer revealed that he had had it in numerous times for "chugging on startup". It was some sort of fuel injection difficulty which they clearly had never been able to solve in 80K miles of his ownership because it still did it when I bought it. I spend probaby 700 chasing it too until a friend of a friend who used to be a mb mechanic in the eighties said "always hold your foot down on the gas half way when you start it". I did that from then on and lived with the quirk for another 50K. It still did it when I sold it but ran like a bear and was as bulletproof as a 617 123.

The same car I found that he had had it in repetitively for "rough ride". I too found it to be rough. They had sold him a set of Corbeau wheels which were lovely but heavier than the factory 6.5" bundts, and which no doubt made it ride worse.

I chased down a set of 6.5" bundts for it and that helped, but the real fix was putting on a set of 6" bundts which are about 5# a wheel lighter and look the same, which I finally did.
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