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Old 12-06-2008, 05:07 PM
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Front seal is easy, just need to clean it all at least twice, including the use of q-tips before reassembly

A much larger concern is the water in the oil. Could be serious condensation from it being started and run only for a short time or never heated up fully during numerous test drives, but I think you may be looking at a head gasket. Not difficult but if you need to pay someone to do it the cost of the car needs to be much less. Here paying a disinterested third party for a PPI will be money well spent.
'79 6.9 Sold (after 27 years of ownership)
'83 280SL, 5 spd.
'94 E320 Sdn. 5 spd conversion
'95 E320 sedan
'02 E320 Sdn.(on loan to mom!)
'87 300E (5 spd. conversion) Sold
'05 E500 Wagon
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