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Old 12-15-2002, 11:28 AM
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Thanks for the input Larry,

By the way, did you ever figure out your Bosch KE problem, the one that only shows up when it rains?
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Old 12-16-2002, 09:50 AM
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Cap'n,

I still have done nothing to it. But I have absolutely CONFIRMED that it only happens in damp weather. I am going to replace the coil next. I hate to shotgun this, but I have had several suggestions that I should replace the coil. It makes sense because of the relation to humidity. I can't imagine anything except ignition that could be moisture related.

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Old 12-16-2002, 11:21 AM
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I agree whole heartedly with Larry about computerized fuel injection and ignition. A properly maintained vehicle with these systems will ruitinely go trouble-free for well over 100k miles. Add up the parts and time you'd have spent tinkering with points and carberator, and it makes a pretty good argument for the newer systems. And when something does break, you replace it. Granted, the parts are expensive. But they're easy to swap out, and hey, you're good for another 100k-150k of trouble-free (well, maybe) driving.

Just my 2-cents. (arguably worth that)

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Old 12-16-2002, 11:43 AM
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As technology continues to march on, one wonders what this thread would be like twenty years from now. Would Mercedes owners in the year 2022 be pining for the simplicity of the w140?
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Old 12-16-2002, 01:51 PM
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They'll be pining for that $1.75/gallon premium while the W123's will be chugging along on homemade WVO.
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Old 12-16-2002, 06:14 PM
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I just gotta say that I would prefer EFI and Electronic Ignition anyday. Ok, so it does not consist of 100% "user-servicable" parts. On the other hand, how often does a carb go 200k without service? Do you like messing with points? Maintaining an old car is tough enough as it is.
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Old 12-16-2002, 06:58 PM
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When I raise the hood and see a carb, I have a pretty good idea that I can diagnose the thing and likely get it to run. Not so with a gizmo filled engine bay. I'm not a tech and never will be. I'm a dinosaur. Besides, this is not a debate between new and old and I really don't want any opinions to that effect.
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Old 12-17-2002, 12:23 AM
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So Stephen, have you made a decision on what model you might buy, if any?
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Old 12-17-2002, 12:49 AM
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I liked the "if any" part!! Paul I want them all!! I want my 124 to run right. I want an OLD SL. I'd like to have a turbo diesel! Heck, I have even found a W108 AND a 92 400E that I want!! I think I may be experiencing MERCEDES MADNESS!!!!
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Old 12-17-2002, 12:52 AM
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I liked the "if any" part!! Paul I want them all!! I want my 124 to run right. I want an OLD SL. I'd like to have a turbo diesel! Heck, I have even found a W108 AND a 92 400E that I want!! I think I may be experiencing MERCEDES MADNESS!!!!
Amen, brother. Join the club!

I've heard there's a 12-step program for this condition...
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Old 12-17-2002, 01:01 AM
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I've heard there's a 12-step program for this condition...
I don't need twelve!! Six will do, for now!!
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Old 12-17-2002, 01:01 AM
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190e 1.8

It's gotta be the 190e manufactured by BURAGO!

Better than my 1991 1.8. No stalling, no OVPs to worry about...

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Re: 190e 1.8

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It's gotta be the 190e manufactured by BURAGO!

Better than my 1991 1.8. No stalling, no OVPs to worry about...

First I've heard of Burago. What's the story on that?
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Old 12-17-2002, 01:38 AM
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Hey, lucky me, I have the best of both world's when it comes to Mercedes, but not by chance.

I love these cars!
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Old 12-17-2002, 01:49 AM
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First I've heard of Burago. What's the story on that?

It's the 190e that sits in my display cabinet, though it seems 25 times smaller than my 1.8...
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