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Old 12-11-2005, 01:49 AM
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560's are so elaborate and complex that I would be scared to death of it...my 420 SEL is enough of a handful. My brother-in-law used to drive 114's, and would only buy diesels with manual windows, 4 speed manual trans and no sunroofs, because he didn't want to have to fix extraneous electrical parts. I'm starting to think he may have been onto something, every time my cars act up.
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560's are so elaborate and complex that I would be scared to death of it...my 420 SEL is enough of a handful. My brother-in-law used to drive 114's, and would only buy diesels with manual windows, 4 speed manual trans and no sunroofs, because he didn't want to have to fix extraneous electrical parts. I'm starting to think he may have been onto something, every time my cars act up.
If you decide to look for another 250C, many of those old automatics are slugs. Try to find a manual-window version, with a stick-shift. Same goes for the 240D

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Thanks for the advice. There is some potential that one of my teenagers would be driving any "new" car I get, so being a slug isn't necessarily a bad thing. My 17-year old daughter came back from driving the Deville the first time and commented on how fast it is, which did not impress me at all. She can drive a stick though. I don't have high hopes for the 15 year old boy though, he can barely take a shower without being told 15 times, I can't imagine trusting him with one of my cars. He has to get a solid "B" average and at least make some effort to act like a normal, responsible human before he gets his permit...we'll see what happens. The worst part is, there are 5 more kids after that, between 13 and 7, so I'm looking of years of bad teenage drivers in my house.
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You keep the 250C.
For the kids, perhaps a fleet of automatic 240Ds.
If they want something faster, they can buy their own.

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contrary to my better judgment, I'm going to look at the 560SEL today...oil and trans fluid leaks make it a project car?! The 82 240D needs a left frt wheel bearing, and the driver's floor is rusted through. The guy with the other 240D hasn't returned my call, maybe that's a good thing.

My darling daughter lost the keys to her mom's Jeep and has the 420SEL blocked in...if anyone knows a way to get a Jeep out of park without the key, let me know. I only need it to roll about 10 feet down the driveway so I can get the other car out...
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Probably can crawl under and disconnect the shifter linkage at the tranny. Be sure to block the wheels and set the parking brake so you don't get run over.

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I got creative and jockeyed the SEL around until I got it out...drove on my beloved grass a bit but it's frozen anyway. I called about the 560SEL but ran out of time to go look at it. I don't have a huge concern about some lubricant leaks, as long as they aren't huge, but the seller indicated that it is burning oil too, which I'll take to mean that it smokes...sounds like head gasket/coolant problems, or it could just be that oil is dripping on the manifold and he smells hot oil. The seller didn't seem too conversant with mechanical stuff, so perhaps this is simple. Guess I'll have to satisfy my curiosity and take a look at it. Still no Jeep keys, and of course it's the key with a chip in it, so the Jeep will likely have to be towed to the dealer, and I'll need multiple keys and remotes.
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