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Old 04-22-2013, 09:01 PM
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Making Progress - And A Big Thank You to Everyone Here

When I first bought my MB, I was determined to tackle repair issues on my own in the hopes not only of saving a few bucks (though that certainly is nice) but also to build practical mechanical skills and, put simply, because fixing things is fun, challenging and rewarding.

At the time of purchase, I knew next to nothing about car repair and maintenance - could barely change a fuse, let alone the oil or anything else. Enter the incredible PeachParts community. Thanks to all of the excellent information on this site, this weekend I changed both fuel filters, air filter, oil filter and oil, repaired a rust hole under the battery tray (and cleared the culprit clogged drains), and replaced the rear shocks.

I know that those jobs are pretty straightforward and easy, but, in terms of what I knew (or, more accurately, didn't know), just a few months ago, I feel like I've come a long way. Thanks to all of you guys and gals for your contributions to this site and for giving me the motivation and confidence to take on these repairs myself.

I look forward to my next projects, which will be fixing the sun roof (only goes back half way) and replacing the steering components in the front end.

Just wanted to say thanks.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:31 PM
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Congratulations! Sure is a great feeling to complete a task an these Cars!
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:39 PM
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Originally Posted by 240Dpdx View Post

I look forward to my next projects, which will be fixing the sun roof (only goes back half way)
i need to do this also. any particular threads you're referencing?
1982 300sd from craigslist $800 greased on one tank with NO CONVERSION in the Hot Texas Sun. (currently dead & awaiting engine damage investigation and/or longblock swap)
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:57 PM
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Good job! I got my car as a gift a little over a year and knew almost nothing other than basic things. Now i'm swapping differentials and all kinds of fun stuff! I could not have done any of it with out my favorite tool- PeachParts! This is such a great community! I hope to give back some ideas and help out as much as possible. Keep wrenching
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:16 AM
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I'm in the same boat as well and this is a tremendous resource for a noob. Thank you everybody for your time and patience in helping us out and building such a priceless store of knowledge.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:48 AM
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Before I found this site, I was spending an average of $500 USD per trip to the repair shop.

Now, I've cut that down to hardly ever. I do have certain things done for me as I'm not as energetic or bendable as I used to be - things such as front end work and I'll not be like Stretch and tackle an automatic transmission. Whew! Way too many parts.

Bottom line, this site and it's regulars rock.
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:25 AM
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A huge part of any repair job is just getting the tools out.

Responses here are sure a big help too.
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