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Old 07-13-2002, 11:23 PM
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The head gasket you buy here on Fastlane is the exact one you'll get at any MB dealer: Elring. If you do the job right, there's no reason why this gasket should leak for at least 100k, unless of course you overheat the car

If you have any Q's, email me. About half way into this DIY, you'll ask yourself, why in the hell did I attempt this#@#% Once you're done though you'll feel a great sense of accomplishment. Take your time, and don't make any stupid mistakes that will set you back.

Good luck!


'91 300E, 215K miles
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Old 07-14-2002, 08:12 AM
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Thanks Paul!

I will take you up in your offer for private e-mail, when I find some time to do it. As far as, "half way down the job...". I know what you mean. That is the way I felt when I was changing my evaporator. That was a job!
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Old 07-14-2002, 09:02 AM
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Let me add that headbolt measurement and proper torquing are critical. Also be VERY careful bolting the rocker arms back on! I learned the HARD way that this is no place for an air rachet.
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Old 07-15-2002, 01:06 AM
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I just purchased a head gasket set for my '91 420sel from FastLane... it said it would be a Goetz set, but when it showed up at my door it was a product from Victor Reinz, a German gasket maker owned by Dana Corp. My initial reaction was, what the f***, so I looked at the Dana / Reinz website. They claim to be "the largest engine sealing provider in the world". I've heard of Dana, but not of Victor Reinz. Anyone have any experience here?
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