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Old 05-16-2002, 08:44 AM
George F.
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1985 380sl

I am looking at a 1985 380SL. Original owner car, always garaged, 60K, no accident history or repaint.
QUESTION: Are there any shortcoming that have surfaced over the years on this car?
I am aware the "climate control" is one (It works great now) and another is "no cup holders" on the console.
Anything else I should look for?
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Old 05-16-2002, 12:56 PM
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Old 05-16-2002, 01:08 PM
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I agree with M.D. Doc. (I have an 83 SL.)

I have encountered few problems with mine.

I have heard the same about the "climate control". I have not had a problem.

1983 380 SL
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Old 05-16-2002, 05:17 PM
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I believe 83-85 380 SL's came with the upgraded double row sprocket for the timing chain. The early 81-82's had a single sprocket, and were very problematic in skipping chain links, causing engine damage, you know valves hitting pistons.

I'd inspect just to make sure.
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