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Old 11-13-2002, 03:19 PM
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List of repairs that were high in satisfaction and in increasing cost.

Repaired door lock element bladder with a balloon for $0.
Odometer Repair
Cargo Net replacement
Repaint of the drivers side door (Did it myself - difficult to tell from the rest of the original paint job)
Repaired a broken timing chain (had to remove the engine/reinstall)
Had the old windshield replaced (old one had been sandblasted with 20 years of grit - new one allows restored vision)

Many more in the 8 years of ownership not listed. I love the old goat...wish I had a couple more like it.

1998 C280
1982 240D Manual - Sold
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Old 11-14-2002, 09:38 AM
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I think 123C wins this contest.... THOSE DRAIN HOLES.... are SO IMPORTANT TO THE LONGIVITY OF OUR CARS...... ( and many other makes also ).....find the door and body drain holes and make sure they are open.....
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Old 11-14-2002, 12:43 PM
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Next thing one my list to repair is the sunroof (I broke the switch when I pulled it out too clean it, now it only will open but not close)
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Old 11-14-2002, 07:43 PM
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Grease and oil is my biggest bang for the buck. If it gets cleaned and lubed.
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Old 11-15-2002, 04:36 PM
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can someone elaborate on fixing the water leak problem in the back seat, everytime it rains I end up with about 3 inches of water behind the drivers seat, but no appearant leaks anywhere, and the floor drains are open. No trace of water lines where the stuff is running, just soggy carpets and a smelly car.
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Old 11-16-2002, 12:49 AM
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Two things:

1) Fixed bellows in door lock elements using pinky fingers from sterile medical gloves: $5

2) Added several more layers of sound insulation under dash, under carpets, and behind back seat. Cost: afternoon of salvage yard plundering in the Texas heat.


Your leak is coming from either clogged drain holes under the hood hinges, or from a worn windshield (or rear window) seal.
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Old 11-17-2002, 12:26 AM
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best fixes


#1 - fixed the vacuum line for boost on turbo --zzzooom!

#2 - seat spring replacement - better on the butt

#3 - hood pad - much quieter now!

Each fix was under $50!

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Old 11-17-2002, 12:48 PM
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Cheapest Fixes with the Most Benefit

Greetings All,

I'd say these few fixes listed below have benefited either the mechanics, the ride or comfort level of my Benz's

1. Vacuum diaphragm replacement on vac pump. Sure cut down the oil consumption once fixed.

2. Engine mount replacement. Got rid of the shakes from the aged rubber.

3. Capacitor change in the old 300TD dash clock got it running like it was new. $0.89 fix

4. Proper lubication of the wiper arm piston on the '86 300E Keeps the speed of the wiper arm up to par, plus you can actually wipe away rain during those unexpected storms.

5. Cleaning out the banjo fitting to keep turbo boost and injection pump operating at factory ratings.

6. Replacing glow plugs before they totally die. Makes for much easier starts and smoother running diesels in the morning.

The list could probably go on and on as each item you fix or replace that enhances your driving experience with really little outlay of cash is a plus.

"Tell me and I will listen, Teach me and I will learn, Show me and I will accomplish, Involve me and I will succeed."
'84 300SD 256,000 Gold on Brown (Mileage Award)
'86 300E 246,000 Blue on Tan
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Old 11-17-2002, 04:25 PM
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The plastic clip that holds the throttle cable end to the linkage broke.Rendered the car undrivable.Local MB guy had it.My cost....
70 cents.Biggest bang for my...well...almost a buck:p Lesson learned BUY TWO and keep one in the glove box.No tools required.
My 2nd thing was the metal cover plate I made for over the EGR valve going into the intake.Cars runs much better,a little cooler(all fresh air,no exhaust) and best of was free!!
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Old 11-17-2002, 04:51 PM
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Let's see...

Engine mounts
New Windshield (worth everything paid for $250) and gasket (no more leaks) - Pilkington glass.
plugged one or two vacuum lines
adjustment of bowden cable.
E-Code headlights!!
air filter mounts (cheap and easy) - no rattles
Bilstein Comforts (over the crappy KYB's that were leaking)
Cleared the underhood drains..

that's all I can think of right now..

Oh, are there drains under the door?

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Old 11-17-2002, 08:45 PM
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Let's see ...biggest bang for the buck list includes:

1. Bypassed fuel door lock actuator to fix vacuum leaks, which fixed locks and eliminated the sledge hammer shifts. $0.00!

2. New windshield and seal, new rear window seal - no more wet carpet and odor and restored night vision (370,000 miles of pitting! About $325.00 that made this car a keeper.

3. Replaced driver's seat springs/pads with guts from salvage yard passenger seat. $25.00.

Lots of other stuff but these were the ones where the results far outweighed the costs!

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Old 12-02-2002, 05:11 PM
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"Removing 4 yrs of oxidation inherited by the previous owner"
How did you do?
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Old 12-03-2002, 12:58 PM
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I removed the oxidation by using el cheapo turtlewax rubbing compound. Next, I used the turtlewax polishing compound with lighter abrasives. Final steps included Meguires light oxidation polish followed by Meguires Wax. A bit of finesse but the process was satisfying. It now shines beautifully and our Seattle rain just rolls right off the finish
Elliott Fager

1977 240D Hell Blau (Verkauft)
1981 240D Weiss (Gestorben)
1984 300D Dunkel Rot (Verkauft)
1982 240D Dunkel Blau (225k) "Panzer Wagen"
1981 300SD Beige (175k) "Kampfwagen"
1981 300SD Beige (205K) "Panzerkampwagen"
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Old 12-03-2002, 01:51 PM
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Best fix I have had was to replace the front seal on my 78 300D. Has been a lot cleaner since, to say nothing of the oil saved. All that for only $35 and a couple of hours.
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Old 12-03-2002, 02:22 PM
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Lets see:

Repairing the front seat-new pad a spring
Noise: Replacing the lower sound insulations with the later turbo style in the footwells.
Sun roof service- easy and $35 with new rubber
replacing bad firewall grommet seals- cheap when you are in there: oil line, speedometer cable, a/c lines.
Cleaning evaporator with a foaming cleaner($15)


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83 300d
01 vw A4 TDI
66 Chevy Corsa
68 GMC V6 w/oD
86 300E
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