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Old 09-28-2000, 06:50 PM
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Just bought this car last week. Now has a grand total of 15,000 miles! It's obviously been sitting a while, and in discussing it with my good buddy mechanic, I'd like to do some routine maintenance crap (oil, transmission, plugs, radiator flush, etc). Is the transmission something I can do, or should I let my shop do it? Anyone have a set of CDs or a workshop manual they want to get rid of? I guess I should post this over on the other forum...

Thanks again, everyone! Sounds GREAT!

Bill Streep
'92 300E
'57 190SL
'66 250S (long gone...)
San Antonio, TX
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Old 09-28-2000, 08:24 PM
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I think this is the right forum. I don't know how mechanical you are. If you have mechanical talent, a tranny service should be fine. Just remember that the torque converter should be drained and to only initial fill of 4 qts. Then start and add the other 3 or so.

Donnie Drummonds
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Old 09-29-2000, 12:36 AM
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I'm a medium-heavy DIYer on my 190SL (I stop at welding and very heavy (weighs a lot) work - just don't have the equipment.

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Old 09-29-2000, 01:16 AM
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What a find !! You must be stoked !
whats the dope on it?
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Old 09-29-2000, 11:52 AM
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OK, here's the scoop. Took me a bit a detective work to find this out. BTW, anyone who needs a carfax just email me the VIN and I'll run it for you (

Car was wrecked when it was 15 months old. Passenger fender (which hit the hood) and door. Not too bad, but the people were out of town (visiting San Antonio from Louisiana), so they dumped it. Bought by a Polish mechanic here in SA. He was going to fix it up for his sister, but never had the money (hood, fender, door and good paint are not cheap!). He kept it in the corner of his shop (one man shop) for 6 years! He kept it running, fluids up, etc. while he worked on it in his spare time (the reason I know all of this is because a Circuit Court judge friend of mine also with a 190SL had this guy repairing his 190SL during that time period - said the guy was in love with the car but just couldn't finish it). Then he bolted back to Poland with a bunch of his sister's money. She was "stuck" with the car. I had my mechanic go over the car with me, he finished up the work (paint, trim re-assembly, etc.), and I bought it from her. It even has Euro headlights on it. For a fraction of what her brother bought it for back in '94! It cleaned up (dusty from sitting) like new - but I want to change all the fluids so I know exactly what I've got in it.

Bill Streep
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