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Old 01-06-2019, 09:58 PM
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Bought a 1988 300CE

As Tyler would say, I bought the cheapest 300CE in the country. Got it for $800, because the owner (Australian young girl) thought she didn't had the pink slip and the registration is expired since November 2018. Fortunately for me; the pink slip, signed by the previous previous owner, was in the leather booklet in the car She never registered the car after she bought it in November. With the 300SE almost sorted out, I needed a new project so I can hide in the garage when my girlfriend is practicing the violin.

Straight body, 120K miles, it's pretty zippy, compared to my 300SE at least and the M103 runs silky smooth, no high idle and I love the styling. The car is lowered a little too much for my taste and the 16" Lorinser wheels rub when taking sharp turns, the fender is rolled (not the best job). I will have to bring it up again and find some fenders at the JY, I believe all W124 fenders are interchangeable. All windows go up and down. Did a thorough interior cleaning today and conditioned the dry leather seats.

Things that need attention:

Transmission bushings need replacement and the usual suspension work needs to be addressed.

The zebrano wood is presentable but I would like to replace it with Burl eventually, doesn't seem to hard to find. And I'm getting better at refurbishing Mercedes interior wood.

Sunroof is stuck, no movement but I can hear the motor. Not a big deal for me as I have repaired a couple in the past and they all still work smoothly. Are the lift harms the same for all W124 and are there any other models that have the same mechanism? I think it's different from the W126 genII mechanism.

The sunshade for the rear window doesn't work, the motor runs, seems to not pick it up on the rail and the seatbelt percenters don't do much presenting anymore. I can hear a click on the drivers side and nothing is happening on the psg side. The trim pieces at the rear window need to be replaced, I'm sure, not easy to find. I don't think I've ever seen a 300CE at the JY.

The biggest concern for me now is that the psg side seat won't slide back, it's stuck. All the other motors work fine, lift and tilt of the backrest work. With it being stuck in the frontward position I can't access the 2 front bolts to take out the seat (one of the previous owners purchased a working rail, left in the trunk, with some nice tools and a large maglite). Is there a way to manually slide the seat backwards, or what way is there to access the two front bolts in the most forward position?

If I really like the car and want to keep it, I will take it south of the border to Tijuana, together with my buddies W140 600CL, for a paint job and maybe interior work.

Interior is palomino if anyone has trim pieces or seats available.


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Old 01-06-2019, 10:11 PM
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:01 AM
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You might just try working with the seat switch on the passenger side. Mine will stop working for a while when it is not used. Then after trying the switch a lot of times, it will start working again. Think it just rusts up a bit when not used.
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Old 01-08-2019, 01:59 PM
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Are the later interior parts interchangeable with the early model W124 coupes?
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Old 01-08-2019, 02:47 PM
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Nice buy

Sorry to hear about the violin situation
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Congrats on your newest acquisition. Looks good.
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Old 01-27-2019, 12:53 AM
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After owning 3 124s of this vintage, I found buying a new seat switch to be the best solution at this point. They're not cheap, but available. You can r&r the switch by carefully taking it apart and cleaning it out. But my new 87 just wasn't fixable hence new switches. Couldn't move my seats at all no matter what I did until I got the new switches installed. Love those CEs. Would that I could get a 124 diesel coupe...
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Old 01-27-2019, 01:04 AM
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After owning 3 124s of this vintage, I found buying a new seat switch to be the best solution at this point. They're not cheap, but available. You can r&r the switch by carefully taking it apart and cleaning it out. But my new 87 just wasn't fixable hence new switches. Couldn't move my seats at all no matter what I did until I got the new switches installed. Love those CEs. Would that I could get a 124 diesel coupe...
Unfortunately the switch isn't the problem. I've put 12V directly on the two pins under the seat that moves the seat. Nothing.

I think I'm screwed with the seat, no clue how to get it out.
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Old 01-27-2019, 06:52 AM
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Are the later interior parts interchangeable with the early model W124 coupes?
I believe they are all the same. Just updates like burlwood and center console storage box. I have a 92 (white over grey) with the early m104.980. I too need to repair or replace the outward facing rear window trim panels. Good luck and looks like you got a good deal.
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Old 01-27-2019, 10:07 AM
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There was a very recent thread about removing a stuck W124 power seat - short term memory loss has kicked in though and I can't find it or remember what the solution was...

...I'm sure some one with a little more enthusiasm for the subject would be able to find it though (!)
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Old 01-27-2019, 11:01 AM
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There was a very recent thread about removing a stuck W124 power seat - short term memory loss has kicked in though and I can't find it or remember what the solution was...

...I'm sure some one with a little more enthusiasm for the subject would be able to find it though (!)
I will look for it. Thx.
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Old 01-27-2019, 11:04 AM
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I believe they are all the same. Just updates like burlwood and center console storage box. I have a 92 (white over grey) with the early m104.980. I too need to repair or replace the outward facing rear window trim panels. Good luck and looks like you got a good deal.
Its a really fun car to drive on the fw. For city driving Its way to low, the wheels are hitting the inner wheel arches on every bump.
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Old 01-27-2019, 12:44 PM
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Will start banging with a hammer!

w124 Cabrio passenger seat removal?
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Old 01-27-2019, 04:06 PM
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Not sure if you can gain access to the rails if you remove the seat/back from the frame. Depends on the position its locked in. But it should come apart and out if you can get the two phillips head screws out under the front of the frame.
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Old 01-28-2019, 12:56 AM
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Not sure if you can gain access to the rails if you remove the seat/back from the frame. Depends on the position its locked in. But it should come apart and out if you can get the two phillips head screws out under the front of the frame.
The two philips head screws in the front, facing down? I did loosen both screws but it didn't loosen anything.
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