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Old 04-01-2003, 12:21 PM
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Finally get get a great deal on a 300SD. Clean up the pressure lines to the alda to get it running right. Adjust the bowden and lube the linkage to get it shifting right. Clear the underhood drains and sunroof drains to cure the leaks. De-mold and clean up the carpeting. Install a stainless exhaust. Replace the guide rod mounts and align the front end. Put new Yokohamas on it. Replace the broken window switch. Give it a scrubbing. All this results in a clean, quiet, reliable, safe, quick car that doesn't look like it is 19 years old, gets 27 mpg and is not an embarassment in the driveway. Not perfect, but on it's way. Then I let the wife drive it. She won't give it back. Says I can keep her Town Car.

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Old 04-01-2003, 12:32 PM
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That will teach you...

Same thing almost happened to me.

I bought Marlene and then let SWMBO drive her...the only way I could get her back was to find SWMBO a really clean 300D that had better upholstery than the wagon.
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Old 04-01-2003, 12:57 PM
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How did you de-mold the rugs? Gotta do the same on my old 300D. Wife loves the car so much she wants me to buy her one! Giving her my D, getting me an SDL :-)
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Old 04-01-2003, 02:53 PM
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What is the "Alda"? I got my 300SD about a month ago and I'm nursing it back to health. It was abused on the interior and the paint is history, but the oil was changed every 3K and it doesn't have even one dent, so it is worth keeping. I'm on the low side of the learning curve...teach me.
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Old 04-01-2003, 03:47 PM
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rmmagow: Removed them from the car and put them in the basement with a dehumidifier running full blast to totally dry them out. A week later I took them outside and gave them a scrubbing using hot water and a pine type cleaner. After a really good rinse with the hose, they went back to the dehumidifier. After a week I gave them a dose of UV from a germicidal lamp and put them back in the car.

gawlbpd: It is the aneroid compensator that enriches the fuel mixture based on turbo boost pressure. If you do a search you'll find out how to clean the lines and adjust it to improve performance. Be conservative on the adjustment, a little goes a long way.

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Old 04-01-2003, 04:09 PM
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My wife has taken over the 85 300SD I just bought. She refuses to drive the 84 300D and calls it a jalopy. I guess I should have fixed that leak in the rear pass footwell a long time ago.
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Old 04-01-2003, 06:51 PM
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JerryBro

" Then I let the wife drive it. She won't give it back. Says I can keep her Town Car. "

When I bought the first 240D the daughter falls in love with it so we buy her one for graduation then my wife falls in love with them so I find another ..........(oh, not wife, car )
Even the daughters boy friend has a 300 sd. Its great maintenance wise, as so far I have been able to do all the repairs and there fun to drive to.
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