Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog Tech Info Tech Forums
  Search our site:    
 Cart  | Project List | Order Status | Help    

Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes ShopForum > Technical Information and Support > Tech Help

Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-22-1999, 11:43 AM
Posts: n/a
I am currently looking for a late 80's early 90's 300SEL or 420SEL. I simply long the looooooong wheelbase of these two vehicles. I have been leaning towards the 300SEL because the 3.0 litre has sounded pretty bulletproof. In my search, however, I have found a great number of 420SELs that by all means look to be a good purchase. My questions then is simply, from a maintainence standpoint, are there any real concerns with the 4.2? I have heard many good things about the 3.0, but not quite as much about the 4.2. I have been informed that the timing chain on the 300 is supposedly good for 200K miles, and the 420 should be replaced at 100K? Are these numbers accurate, and if so what kind of costs are associated with the replacement of the timing chains?

Thanks ever so much, in advance, for your assistance with this matter!
Old 04-22-1999, 01:44 PM
Chris Haney
Posts: n/a
I have heard that the 420's were designed for 180k miles. The 300, 420 and 560 all have the same 126 body.
check for a little more info on features.
Old 04-22-1999, 02:26 PM
Posts: n/a
You have heard 420s were built for 180K? Are we talking about the timing chains or the vehicle itself? Any quality and or durability comparisons between the 300 and the 420 would be greatly appreciated!

[This message has been edited by Guss (edited 04-22-99).]
Old 04-22-1999, 09:50 PM
Posts: n/a
The only cars that Mercedes has ever recommend timing chain inspection are the 1984 to 1986 190e 2.3 & 1993 to 1995 diesels.
However inspection of the timing chain for excessive stretch should be done any time the valve cover(s) has been removed. Normal mileage for replacement seems to be around 140k miles!! The cars with the most frequent services last longest!! 300SEL or 420SEL the choice is yours. Sure hard to beat V8 power.

Closed Thread


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
420SEL "check engine" light question fredsegal Tech Help 1 04-19-2003 09:28 PM
Radiator & Oil Cooler Question cKoeller Tech Help 1 03-25-2003 05:50 PM
Radiator & Oil Cooler Question. cKoeller Vintage Mercedes 0 03-25-2003 01:30 PM
420SEL Heater vent/center console issue Harpman Tech Help 6 01-01-2003 01:12 AM
Question on the emergency shut off... don't worry NOT another vacuum question! 190D22 Diesel Discussion 4 11-15-2002 10:47 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:08 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2011 Pelican Parts - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page