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Old 05-22-2002, 09:46 AM
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1975 240D, 115 Body, CD-Rom

Anyone acquire/use this and have opinions about it's value? At 100.00 I need to think long and hard on this purchase. I'd love to split the cost with someone if it does not void the software license. Probably wouldn't if it was not used concurently...

I have an excellent 2 volume set of "parts" books on this car but I am missing the tables to decipher the numbering & descritpions of the parts. If anyone has these I would be very interested in purchasing a copy.

I have a number of problems that I need to sort out not the least of which is a bad head gasket. I also need to chase down some heating/ac problems i.e. actuators not working correctly to provide heat and I doubt that haynes is going to help much.

It looks like this car has a strong engine so I think I will keep it in the family for awhile so I'd like to get the best resources to assist me in maintaining it.

Let me know your thoughts on this please.

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Old 05-22-2002, 11:35 AM
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I’ve had the CD for about a month. Price is steep but I think will be worth it.

Good points:
1. Shows progression/regression of technology as the years go by.
2. I have both “Service Jobs – Passenger Cars” and “Technical Data – Passenger Cars” paper manuals. The CD does have some procedures that these manuals don’t, and does explain some system operational theory (which neither paper manual does).
3. Seems to do a detailed job on AC and vacuum operated stuff, if you have those bells and whistles.

Bad points:
1. The CD is simply scanned paper manual pages. Don’t know if the pages will print out ok.
2. Seems to only run on Acrobat Reader 3.0 (I’m not a computer expert), and now have both 3.0 and 5.0 readers installed on my computer, as well as Acrobat 5.0. 5.0 and 5.0 reader both run with an extra keystroke after running the CD, and both will open individual files.
3. I’ve learned that if what I want to look at does not come up with my year and model then it’s probably under another year or model. Am writing down the PDF file name as I go along and slowly creating my own index.
4. No transmission or clutch stuff (that I’ve seen).
5. Only shows part numbers that replace obsolete numbers. **
6. Does not have blow-up of equipment pieces like my MB “Catalog B”

** Regarding part numbers, it’s my understanding that I still have to do the MB microfiche and computer drill to get the number – either here with Phil the parts guy or at a dealer.

Following are sources of paper manuals (thanks to the people on this site), but I haven’t ordered any yet. Perhaps somebody can tell us what company(ies) to stay away from.
1-800-for-merc (Mercedes-Benz)
daBenz - 1970 220D
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Old 05-22-2002, 01:15 PM
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I recently bought the complete set of factory CDs for MBZ models on Ebay but I only need the 123 and 124 versions (it was actually cheaper to buy the set). If you want the 115 disc (it's actually 114 and 115) send me an e-mail and I'll send it to you. They cover a lot of details the other manuals miss but the drawings/photos generally aren't as good. I find I like using both the CD and Haynes manuals.

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Old 05-23-2002, 07:55 PM
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I would also be most definitely interested in a copy of the W115 CD. Untill I get some form of documentation, I'm basically shooting in the dark on my cars issues - and it has NUMEROUS issues!!
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Old 05-28-2002, 07:39 PM
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To lrg...

Sent you a couple of PMs but haven't heard anything back. Let me know how to contact you and yes, I am very interested in the cd you have.

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