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Old 02-05-2013, 10:02 AM
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This has become my daily driver.

I rarely bother raising the antenna or turning on the radio, because of the sweet engine music.

The alternator belt has been adjusted twice, currently investigating the cause of this issue, and plan to pick up a spare belt (today) to carry in the trunk.
I may install a 150 AMP alternator later, just because I can.

Because of winter weather, it has a new set of deep trough winter floor mats.

The only other improvement I would consider is a five speed transmission.

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I am carrying in my coat, a small impact case with vial of alcohol and 10cc syringe with needle, due to door lock tumbler icing. This option is much cheaper for me, than the small spray lock deicer.
At the local CVS pharmacy a 10cc syringe with needle is $0.28 each, and a quart of CVS brand rubbing alcohol is $3.00......

A full 10cc shot of rubbing alcohol takes roughly one minute to deice the tumbler.


cross linking a bit of history on this car, for later need.
1980 240D CRACKED cylinder head + cavitation damage

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I hope you never get searched in Detroit with the syringe.

I have started carrying a small MAPP gas unit in the trunk. It has amazing uses:
- heat the tip of the key and all ice is melted, lock opens easily
- heat a stubborn lug nut and it submits and is turned easily
- flame out the eyebrows of a knife-wielding robber who stops you as you change your tire If you do that too often, it costs another 11.00 to get more MAPP gas. Plus there's the issue of using too much and setting the guy's face on fire. So be conservative on your use of MAPP as a crime deterrent :

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1983 380SL
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3 x Citroen 2CV, down from 6

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Old 02-05-2013, 10:04 AM
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Speaking of: where does one obtain a black w123 grille, if they are obtainable?

Or was this painted?

I put the Taiwan AMG knockoff on my 300d, not to make it go faster, but for the black 'look'. With time I like it a bit less.
They are obtainable on e-bay, I have different front grille that looks more like a 380SL with big star, thus no more lost stars on the hood.
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1983 380SL
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3 x Citroen 2CV, down from 6
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:41 AM
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Umm

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I hope you never get searched in Detroit with the syringe.

I have started carrying a small MAPP gas unit in the trunk. It has amazing uses:
- heat the tip of the key and all ice is melted, lock opens easily
- heat a stubborn lug nut and it submits and is turned easily
- flame out the eyebrows of a knife-wielding robber who stops you as you change your tire If you do that too often, it costs another 11.00 to get more MAPP gas. Plus there's the issue of using too much and setting the guy's face on fire. So be conservative on your use of MAPP as a crime deterrent :
I need body armor to consider going to Detroit.

Do you think a compact or full size car would survive the Detroit gang environment ???

You know I have been considering some micro cars, example #1, example #2, example #3, example #4, example #5.


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Old 02-05-2013, 10:35 PM
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This has become my daily driver.

I rarely bother raising the antenna or turning on the radio, because of the sweet engine music.
Anytime I miss the clattering sound that came from my old 300SD, I fire-up my Ford 7.3 PSD, and it all comes back in a rush.....
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:20 PM
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URO lack of quality strikes again

I have a random light noise coming from the driveshaft carrier bearing installed seven months ago.

The upper control arm ball joints are shot, one year and roughly 6000 miles.

I did not notice the brand at that time.
Thankfully they are the only URO parts that went on this car.

The replacement parts have been ordered, and will arrive Saturday.

I have no complaints about the car, it's great fun up to 85 MPH.

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Old 03-06-2013, 03:17 PM
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Spooge

What is wrong with these pictures ???






It cost me over 1/2 a tank of diesel.

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thats your use based automatic engine block cleaning system. You just have to reset it for the next time
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:10 PM
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Driver's side motor mount

And don't forget shortening the life of the driver's side motor mount......

At least your oil pan should be clean on the driver's side.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:40 AM
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Another old related thread

previous owner thread
Oh No... Clutch no workie!

As a note, the clutch slave and master where replaced again roughly 1.5 years ago.

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Old 05-13-2013, 09:51 AM
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Update

The rear end suspension was squirreling (slopping) side to side the other day.
I took the car off the road until I have time to look at it (diagnose the issue).

There is NO issue with vehicle level.

Possible bushing, wheel bearing, trailing arm. The attached drawing shows the rear motion, and the red circle indicates what feels like the focal point.

At the same time, the rear shocks must come off, there is a thumping (slop) issue with the upper shock bushings on hard corner and bumps. I suspect the cheap upper bushings have collapsed leaving a gap = jounce/rebound thump.


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Old 09-30-2013, 10:12 PM
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Ticked off

Replaced a one year old failed engine mount on the 240D yesterday with a new Febi mount.

Cleaned the failed old mount, it was also FEBI.

Started the car this morning, rattling noise.

Opened the hood to look around......

*&^%$# aluminum engine support arm is resting on the new mount cup/body after 12 hours static load (parked).

Went through my used mount collection, found - installed a 33 year old Star marked mount..

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Old 10-11-2013, 09:20 PM
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Upper control arm Febi w123

Frustrated.

Roughly 1.5 year on new W123 Febi upper control arms.

Failed at roughly 7,500 miles.

The ball joints where slopping enough (MM) to rattle when removed from the car.


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Old 10-12-2013, 03:35 PM
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I am going on 4 years of use on My URO ones; and URO LCA Bushings.

But, I don't drive a lot of miles and mostly around town.

Our City does not have the extreme Pothole problem that other do so that helps.
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Old 10-12-2013, 04:53 PM
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Our City does not have the extreme Pothole problem that other do so that helps.

That's why, unlike whunter, I DO go into Detroit, but have the correct vehicle to mitigate problems with potholes

It's always easier when you can rise above your problems.

And we have one less, now that Hizzoner the Mayor is on a 28 year vacation courtesy of Uncle Sam. Let the great state of Texas take care of him now...
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:11 AM
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Love this car

in the SNOW it is great...

Started flawless at -16 F





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