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Old 12-18-2001, 11:23 PM
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1980 Euro 280 SE what to look for

I just purchaced a 1980 280SE W126 Eruo car. Is there any thing I need to look at for this motor(M110). Is it a long lasting motor and any special maintance that needs to be done reguarly, like valve adjustments?
Also where can I find a Shop manual in english? Would the Haynes ?-1980 280SE have any thing that would help me? I figured some of the motor trouble shooting info might be of some help. Would the CD rom for the W126 help much? Thanks
1991 Mazda Miata 174000
1991 Subaru 189,000 Winter beater

got rid of:
1984 VW Vanagon 195,000
1976 350SE Euro 185,000 KM
1973 280SE 4.5 (boy do I regret that)
1980 280SE European W126 4 speed manual (miss it)
1989 BMW 735iL 119000 (good riddance)
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Old 12-19-2001, 09:28 AM
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euro question

I have a 1982 280e euro and it can be a real bear to find parts and info on it. However, I think you'll like the additional horsepower and the absence of the things you don't need that break on the U.S. versions like automatic climate control, etc.
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Old 12-21-2001, 09:10 PM
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i have an 84' 280e euro,,,i've used the haynes usa manual almost exclusivly, ( which bites because the the 123 280 wasn't produced in an american version in 84', so my year isn't even covered by the haynes), i purchased the factory manuals on fiche as i was told it was the only version available for my model. i use a professional quality reader printer and the fiche are still very hard to read, and the layout is very confusing. it's about a 30 fiche set and it cost a little over two hundred. unless your going to do major work, ie... an engine overhaul, or something, i would just use the haynes american one. the information is partial at best but the pictures are good and fortunetly the engineers at mb have helped by making the car very mechanic friendly!!!

the only problem i have had is with local parts stores, ie... auto zone, they carry many parts for my car believe it not, but if i tell them i have an 84' 280, they look at me like i built it myself, i've learned that to buy parts at places like that i just tell them its an 81' 280, ( the last year they made a us version)

this may not help you with your 126 car, i thought an 80' would have been a 123 like mine, i think my haynes covers 80's but with the euros who knows!!!
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