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Old 09-23-2008, 07:33 PM
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I would like to replace most of the brittle vacume hoses

on my 1985 380sl. Can I get the proper material from a Pep Boys? What size hose do I need?

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Old 09-23-2008, 07:34 PM
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you can get it from the dealership for a decent price and its all the proper color and also have the proper markings
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Old 09-24-2008, 06:28 PM
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I called phill@fastlane and he said the rubber hoses are no longer color coded. I had hoped to hae an ample supply of new hose so i could replace them 1 at a time as i took them of. Can any one tell me about how much I need of each size?
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Old 09-24-2008, 06:29 PM
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if it aint broke don't fix it.

But if you want to buy it at the dealer
1985 300TD Turbo Euro-wagon
1979 280CE 225,200 miles
1985 300D Turbo 264,000 miles
1976 240D 190,000 miles
1979 300TD 220,000

GONE but not forgotten
1976 300D 195,300 miles
1983 300D Turbo 175,000 miles
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Old 09-24-2008, 06:57 PM
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the dealers said "just bring in the hoses" and because i am not that organized i think it's a bad idea to take anything off unless i am going to replace it right then.
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Old 09-24-2008, 11:18 PM
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Get a digital camera and take LOTS of pictures - the "film" is cheap! Used <=5 megapixel cameras are cheap, and at this point I would consider a digital camera an important "shop tool". I have one that I don't mind getting dirty, which was replaced as my "good camera" by a newer model.

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