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Old 06-06-2002, 02:44 PM
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where to buy a Topsider ?

1983 Mercedes Benz 300CD
-Teal, Turbo Deisel
-daily driver
-pretty slow

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Old 06-06-2002, 06:43 PM
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Posts: 408 sells them. Better to drain out the bottom so you inspect the oil for possible engine problems.

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Old 06-06-2002, 07:47 PM
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If you're not in a rush, West Marine has them on sale several times a year:
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Old 06-06-2002, 08:54 PM
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Thumbs up Liqui-vac !

There where some on Ebay around $25-30 last week!
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Old 06-06-2002, 11:57 PM
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W126 1983 300SD 286,000 miles and ticking
Baby blue exterior Grey MB tex
Recent work:
Replaced air cleaner mounting brackets and heat shields
Replaced alternator, fan and power steering belts
Replaced positive battery terminal
Replaced negative battery terminal and cord
New Duralast Battery

My car needs work.
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Old 06-07-2002, 04:15 PM
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Topsider = $44.99

Marina Pro = $49.99

Pela Oil Extractor = $59.99

Shurflo Flex-Vane 12volt oil change system = $131.99
04 GMC Yukon XL Denali, Black, 12k
02 New Beetle, TDI, Reflex Silver, 24k
89 300TE, Arctic White, 214k

90 300E, 142k (sold)
87 300TD, 128k (sold)
83 300D, 314k (sold)
79 300TD, 266k (sold)

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Old 06-07-2002, 10:23 PM
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I made one out of a KMart helium tank, a few fittings, some old hose, and an old vacuum pump. Works like a champ. Cost me absolutely nothing except a few minutes time.
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1985 300SD 215,000 miles
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Old 06-09-2002, 11:59 AM
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Be careful in your purchase of a suction type oil changer. I have seen posts that the topsider brand will melt if used to suck the oil out while it is at operating temperature.

It is very important to change the oil while hot, as hot as possible. When the oil is hot, the contaminants are churned up in the oil and will come out with it. If the oil is cold, some of the contaminants are clinging to the inside of the engine, and if left behind result in sludge and acid build up.

I personally prefer draining it out the bottom, but for those who insist on taking out the top, get a system that can take it out while hot.

Best of luck,
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Old 06-09-2002, 01:53 PM
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Which brand won't melt in your hands?

I have always crawled under cars to change the oil. But... I am moving in two weeks and won't have the garage built at the new house for some months yet. I'll need to suck the oil out for a little while since I don't want to upset the neighbors.
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'05 E320 CDI - 86,000 miles
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'98 ML320 - 270,000 miles (sold)
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