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Old 04-01-2002, 02:12 PM
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I do the same thing Andy in my local parking building :-)
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Old 04-01-2002, 09:04 PM
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Mike, I've been considering buying a 108 for a while now, and since I've had so much trouble with the 93 W124, I'm considering selling it and buying a cherry, restored 108, and with the money I'd be saving I'd pay off the credit card debt.

I'm thinking of buying a 108 or 116, buy am worried about the 116 fitting in the garage. From our last gtg, I remember that your 108 was about the same size as my W124, if not a little longer.

I remember the 116 300 SD that was there, and it seemed real big. I wonder if they're bigger than your 126?

I'm wondering on the driveability issues on the 108, the reliability, effectiveness and reliability of the a/c system, simplicity issues (no smog, mechanical fuel injection, fewer electrical sensors, computer contolled parts, etc.), fuel economy, ability to work on by a DIY (I've done extensive work on old American V8's, but am afraid to touch my engine without a degree in electrical engineering).

My dad had a 1981 W126, and have ridden in enough of them to know what they're like.

I'd just love to hear what's it like driving a 108 as an everyday car, and if they're practical enough or just too antiquated to rely on everyday...
Paul S.

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79,200 miles.

1973 280SE 4.5, 170,000 miles. 568 Signal Red, Black MB Tex. "The Red Baron".
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Old 04-01-2002, 09:24 PM
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Generally speaking, a w126 is a few inches longer and narrower than a w116.

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Old 04-02-2002, 12:10 AM
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The 126 is longer than the 108, but both fit in the garage (and I can close the door too!!!).

You don't say which engine you'd be getting if you made the jump to a 108, but with the 4.5 you don't have mechanical injection you have early EFI. The 2.8's had mechanical injection.

The 4.5 last year averaged 12.81 MPG - mostly city. Had a high of 15.9 MPG on the trip to Lost Wages. Not a gas saver by any means and you don't want to be caught too far from a filling station when the idiot light comes on.

With an older daily driver, be prepared to spend some bucks in in upkeep and repairs. If not a DIYer, I wouldn't suggest a 30 year old car for daily use. Last year I logged 9K miles, spent $1100 on fuel and $1500 on parts, and did all my own work. Throw in insurance and I spent $.30/mile to enjoy the old gal, or $225.00 per month.

I have been driving the 560 for the past month. Today I took the 4.5 to work. I had forgotten how fun it is to drive that car. It starts in 1st gear and launches off the line in comparisson to the 560. This afternoon I took the 560 out and played with manual shifting, found I could launch about as quick as the 4.5. But, lauches like that make you stop at the filling station more often.

There are still a number of 108's running around town, one local shop still works on them too. They will run and run with the proper upkeep. Yes, there are fewer electrical gizmos, which makes things easier. Most of the mechanicals are still available, but body parts and trim pieces are getting harder to find.

I guess it all boils down to - what are you comfortable doing Paul?
Mike Tangas
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