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Old 05-14-2001, 09:08 PM
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water in foot wells

Thanks guys for the info regarding the transplant .But I have another problem thats been giving me the poops, When it rains the floor gets wet under the carpet in the back foot well and also in the front footwell on passenger side (This is driverside in US we drive on the otherside in Australia) I Have a sunroof and i have had the cassete
changed it cost a bit the old one was rusty. Now the thing is it still gets rain in from somwhere. The door seals look OK (By the way its a w123 wagon 1982 model) and i xdid try to see if water is running out of the drains as it should from the sun roof and the water flows from the inside between door and fender though a drain hole to the exterior of car .And in the rear it flows out behind the vent at the back window to out of the car. So now where else can this be comming from? Driving me nuts the car gets damp smell and windows condensate.
Any body got any ideas.

Also while Im at it my car seems to be a bit unecenomical I get 240 to 260 kms to a tank of 60 litres/thats about 23 to 25 litres per 100 kilometres is this normal for a 110 motor with fuel injection? (Thats about 12.27 to 11.2 MPG in US measurements)

This is the main reason am considering the conversion have heard that the m103 gets nearly double economy to this.

I will try to post some photos have restored and resprayed the car put in some recaro electrc seats AMG style wheels and wooden steering wheel car is mercedese dunkenblau (Midnight Blue) looks pretty good I must say.
W123 280Te 1982 Modified & still going
W210 190E 1990 (Wifes Car)
W116 350 se sold
W116 280 se sold
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Old 05-15-2001, 07:45 AM
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Been there, done that. My 240D leaked into the rear floor boards for years, The car was near perfect in every other way. It drove me crazy, that's what's wrong with me now.

You're not going to believe what I tell you, but if you want to take advantage of my experience with this problem, here's what you do:

Open the hood. Under each hood hinge, there is a drain. These drains are like dents in the sheet metal as it curls downward to join the vertical sheet metal of the firewall. Clean these drains with bailing wire. For city people, coathanger wire makes an acceptable substitute for this advanced technology tool.

Now, if you will look inboard from this pocket into which the hood hinges fold, you will see a vertical piece of metal. At the bottom of the vertical metal is an opening to allow drainage inboard. On the drivers side it comes out below the master cylinder, and on the passenger side it comes out below the battery tray. Look closely in this area and you will find two more drains. Now that you have carefully fabricated your ultra precision, high tech drain cleaning device, use it on these two holes as well.

Everyone who I tell this too, does not believe me, but they always come back later and tell me that it worked.

Good luck,
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Old 05-15-2001, 08:48 AM
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Where are the drain holes on my 300E/W124?? M-Bs are new to me so I don't know all of the hidden things.

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Old 05-15-2001, 06:38 PM
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BB, you should be getting at least double that fuel mileage. Either you have a leak or your timing is way off.
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Old 06-03-2001, 01:42 PM
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window seals

Larry, how about the side window seals? Are they easy and inexpensive to replace?
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