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Old 12-18-2001, 01:31 PM
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300E slow start

I have noticed that my W124 has lost some of its low end power recently especially starting from a stand still. It could be my imagination. The car still have plenty of top end power and it feels like it can run at 80- 90 mph all day (and it does since it is my commuter car) with no problem. Is it the characteristic of the 103 or the car is at its last leg? It has over 260K on the clock. Is there anything I can do to bring back some of its low end power? I mentioned recently to my wife that I will donate it to charity if the car starts causing me money (I mean big money) on maintenance, and she strongly objected to getting rid of it. She somehow gets rather fond of the car, and she was the first to object me to buying a car with over 200K on the clock to begin with. Funny how things change in life.

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Old 12-18-2001, 07:29 PM
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It took me a year to solve the same problem with our 124 260E. We did all I thought was right according to the manual, from changing of plugs to tuning but nothing worked till I decided to replace all its injectors.

We had 6 injectors replaced, along with its plugs. That made a fair bit of difference.

The biggest difference to cap of that improvement was replacing a new accelerator cable. Made the acceleration light and the power resumed to normal.
... Kerry

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Old 12-19-2001, 03:57 PM
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This has more to do with Wives than low power. My wife almost had me committed when I bought my 300 E with 192K miles on it. She thought I had completely lost it!! When I brought it home and began to clean it up (it wasn't bad but had other people's crumbs in the upholstery) she just crossed her arms and patted her foot. After about an hour of wash/polish/wax/ I look up and see her with a Q-Tip detailing the trunk star and the 300E badge!! She had a brand new Mazda Millennia but insisted we take the MB when traveling!!. There's just something about that three pointed star:p
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