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trombonista
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Post by trombonista » Tue 19 Jan, 2016 4:20 pm

HI Guys, I just found your site and the forums look like a great source of information. I intend to join the MB club in Sydney in the next few days. I have a 1988 300SE. She's showing 295,000 klms on he clock but the odometer has stopped working so how far past that I'm not certain. I have had quite a bit of work done recently which includes 4 new brake rotors and pads, engine mounts, gearbox mounts, tail shaft flex disc, diff mount, air con rebuilt ($2k !!!), new front Bilsteins, fan clutch, and a full service (which cost me $120 just for oil ! I won't be going back to that mechanic.) She still has some issues such none of the rear cabin lights work at all, the gearbox is a little slow to go into gear but changes very nicely, the climate control switches on the dash don't work but I still get VERY cold air out of all vents at the same time. The heater doesn't work which is no problem at the moment as it's summer and the paint on all the horizontal panels need repainting. There is also a rumble that comes in at 60 kph and seems to disappear around 80 kph but that may be from the road noise masking it. I haven't sourced the problem yet but my mechanic who is a specialist out in Greenacre is going to see what he can find for me. BUT, what a wonderful beauty to drive. The way she points is almost like she reads my mind. The engine pulls like it has only 50k klms on it and to drive behind that large bonnet with the MB bonnet emblem sticking up so proudly is a real joy. I don't think the current MB range can hold a candle to the design of the W126 which has a real presidential presence to it. I drove for 12 hours recently from Brisbane to Sydney and enjoyed every minute of the drive and arrived feeling refreshed. Gertude is a keeper for me.
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1968 408D motor home sold
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Post by CraigB » Tue 19 Jan, 2016 6:58 pm

Welcome. Even with earlier models, they seem like good cars but the really astonishing thing is when you get them on the open road and you find yourself trying to think of modern cars that ride and perform so well. Really come into there own.
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Red300sl
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Post by Red300sl » Sun 24 Jan, 2016 9:26 pm

Hi All.....New member to your forum....Im located in Ludlow UK.....and a member of the UKMB club and forum....new to Mercs and just got myself an R107 300sl 1987..really nice condition bodywork and interior but will be refurbing all the suspension,steering underside.....its a retirement project...previously restored and sold an MGC and currently also have a jag e type that ive just finnished.....found your site when searching for info on rear sub frame mounts....some great info here.....looking forward to chatting on the forum..all the best.. Steve
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Post by CraigB » Sun 24 Jan, 2016 10:13 pm

Welcome. Great car - i have one 15 years older, similar to look at but i bet yours handles better, uses a lot less fuel and probably goes better too! You don't see many 300 107's here, do they have the alloy panels like the 500 and 380? Also I often do a bit of fishing with anybody from the UK - do you know anything about Alan Day Motors in London back in the 80's. I have a W126 500SEC AMG widebody ( viewtopic.php?f=10&t=17099&hilit=widebody+london ) that has a mercedes sticker in the window that says Alan Day London. It left AMG in 1982 and records show it went to London. That makes it an early car and not a common car especially in RHD - I can't help hoping that somebody remembers it. I have been on the UK forum and someone remembered the place and said they knew people that worked there and that they would follow up, but never heard more. London is a lot bigger than Adelaide but i have another early AMG car and people at the dealer here remember it well, only one of 3 here back in the day. Anyway, just thought i would mention - small world and all that!
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Kcodezd
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Post by Kcodezd » Mon 25 Jan, 2016 9:50 am

Hello everyone. Just joined after buying myself a w123 280e (that needs work). I Wish I joined a bit earlier to get some tips from wise members, before I started to pull a front guard off it. I know I will read some valuable info as I go.
Cheers Danny.
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Post by AMG » Mon 25 Jan, 2016 6:28 pm

Hey Danny, Welcome aboard. Hurry up and get those other 4 posts approved so you can post pics of your 123. :occasion5:
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1987 190E 2.3-16 5sp. man. Blauschwarz "Hermann"
1992 300CE-24 6sp. man. Perlblau / Iceblau "Gretel"
1992 Range Rover Vogue SE 4sp auto Ardenne Green "Oswald"
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1989 2.5-16 Blauschwarz 4sp. auto (parted) formerly owned by Derek/Hasan.

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Post by Kcodezd » Tue 26 Jan, 2016 10:33 am

Thanks AMG. Will do.
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Jimmy P
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Post by Jimmy P » Fri 12 Feb, 2016 10:21 pm

Hello Ozbenz community.
My name is James and I have a navy blue w114 280e with an ivory interior.
I'm in my mid 30s live in bayside suburbs of Melbourne and look forward to getting the old girl back on the road to cruise with my family. I was pretty much born into Mercedes-Benz allegiance with my father being a German migrant with a 1979 w116 450sel 4.5 that he restored being his pride & joy. Back to my ride I just need to sort an injection issue which I've been told is a vacuum related but need a 2nd opinion. I've been referred to a guy in Bonbeach who apparently knows mercs inside out. Need a couple of roadworthy items attended to also, cracked taillights amongst them.

I would be looking to actively join a club if there are any recommendations. Must be family friendly as i will have the billy lids in tow. Club rego is also on the agenda but im not sure which is a higher priority!

Long term I would love to have an engineered airbag setup with white striped tyres on stock caps on my 114. With a fresh coat of 2 tone paint and a white rear venetian should make for a stylish cruiser.

Look forward to chatting in the forums.
1972 w114 280e in need of a little tlc

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Post by Chai » Sat 13 Feb, 2016 2:44 pm

Hi James,

Welcome. The only relevant club to join is the Mercedes-Benz Club Victoria (mbcv.org.au). It's family friendly and the monthly general meetings are held at the Bentleigh Club, Yawla Road in Bentleigh - guess it'll be near you.
You have to first join a VicRoads approved club to get club rego - MBCV is an approved club. The membership registration process takes up to 2 months, so that'll be your first priority. There's a Club Permit Scheme document in the website to explain the entire process.
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Jimmy P
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Post by Jimmy P » Mon 15 Feb, 2016 9:19 am

Chai wrote:Hi James,

Welcome. The only relevant club to join is the Mercedes-Benz Club Victoria (mbcv.org.au). It's family friendly and the monthly general meetings are held at the Bentleigh Club, Yawla Road in Bentleigh - guess it'll be near you.
You have to first join a VicRoads approved club to get club rego - MBCV is an approved club. The membership registration process takes up to 2 months, so that'll be your first priority. There's a Club Permit Scheme document in the website to explain the entire process.
Thanks Chai. I've downloaded the forms for MBCV for reference when the time is right.

Also I have email notification that I received a pm but am not authorised to read pm's :Doh: . How many posts do I need to enable this?
1972 w114 280e in need of a little tlc

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Post by CraigB » Mon 15 Feb, 2016 11:59 am

Its 5 Jimmy, you should be there with that last one.
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Post by kerriek_99 » Sun 21 Feb, 2016 12:18 pm

Hello everyone.

On Sunday I picked up my 'new' car. Its a year 2000 ML270 W163 Silver AWD wagon.

I bought it because it will do the job I need it to (get me round town and tow my caravan once a month) and because it was in budget when my old car, a 1993 SWB Pajero, was written off after an encounter with a truck.

Our relationship got off to a rocky start when he overheated on the way home from being purchased. My local font of Mercedes knowledge diagnosed a leaking number 2 injector seal and a faulty radiator cap.

It had a few niggly things as you would expect from a car of its age that we have fixed. Although I shall have to save my pennies for the central locking one.
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Post by CraigB » Sun 21 Feb, 2016 1:11 pm

Welcome. This 'new' stuff is too complicated for me but there is some good advice on here. Great if you can find an independent benz specialist and save on standard dealer charges - not heard of one in tamworth though - Sydney yes though.
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Post by tips » Sun 21 Feb, 2016 1:51 pm

Welcome Kerriek. Great to see as one 163 leaves the forum another joined. Ours was written off this week from a small rear ender. As we had the petrol 350 I am not much help on the diesels but plenty on here are. I would suggest you look at Benzworld US forum as a great source of information on this model and being a 2000 it would be a series 1 which is easy to pick as there are no indicator lenses in the rear view side mirrors. One thing I learnt doing small things to our 163 is that always research first, particular to trim removal. I found what sometimes appears a logical way or sequence for items to be removed to sort others was not always the way and easy to break small (expensive) items. Common issues are brake booster seals and the diesel injector parts you are already addressing. They have a real appetite for pads and discs due to weight so make sure you have those checked before you start towing a van. Many after market rotors are available however in my experience they tend to vibrate and squeal more and the brake pad sensors are not always reliable on aftermarket. Stopping with a load is pretty important so I don't recommend trying to save a few dollars as it could cost more in the end. They can feel a bit floaty on the steering/suspension so if it does It might be worth looking at the shocks and seeing if they need upgrading. Also have a look at the radiator overflow tank as you might find it's becoming brittle where the hoses join on the plastic and metal sleeve section. For $180 it might be good insurance vs getting stuck somewhere in the middle of nowhere with the van. Forum sponsor is great for 163 parts at less than dealer prices.
Enjoy the 163 they are a good solid car and should pull that van with no sweat.
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Pcollie64
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Post by Pcollie64 » Sun 21 Feb, 2016 11:57 pm

Hi everyone,

I stumbled across the OZBENZ forum and thought I best join and share in the enthusiasm of owning a MB.

I picked up my 99 W210 E430 3 weeks ago, and drove her 2300 klms and could not be happier. Not that it didn't fail on me at any time, (a worry when you buys a used car) the economy was averaging 9.2 L/100 klm, not too shabby for a V8 I thought..

I have always liked he W210 and when I had some spare change, I grabbed one.

Love it.

Pete
Melbourne

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Post by CraigB » Mon 22 Feb, 2016 2:19 pm

Welcome Pete. That is good economy isn't it. I was chatting with another parent at our school who had bought a ford territory and is getting something like 16l/100 and after a few years is falling apart and everything seems to be crazy expensive to fix. I know its not apples with apples but puts a bit of context into real fuel economy examples rather than the figures that get quoted from their standardized tests.
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Post by T-Modell » Mon 22 Feb, 2016 6:37 pm

Good choice Pete,

I drove 200.000 kms with an E430T from 2002 to 2008 ... best car ever. It was one of the last ones produced ... Good luck!
Thomas
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1967 W111 250SE Cabriolet, horizon blue
1973 W115 220D 5.0 Pick-Up Argentina, work in progress 2017/18
1986 R107 500SL, arctic white, the midlife crisis viagra replacement
2007 R171 SLK350, calcit white
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Post by ghipl » Fri 26 Feb, 2016 4:41 pm

Hi ALL,

I'm Gary, a retiree from Hervey Bay in South-east Queensland. I'm certainly a 'NEWBEE!', both to Mercedes Benz and to forums - Sooo, if I muck this up, or ask a stupid question, that's my excuse.

I've been tinkering with cars and machinery ever since I was a lad back on the farm in the '60's. In the car line, it's mostly been Holdens, Fords and Japanese. Always wanted a European car though, and for many years, had my heart set on a 'Beamer'. However, eventually realized that that was just a pipe dream, so gave way to reality and resigned myself to the fact that I was never going to own one of those.

Then, about 9 months ago, my son mentioned that he had recently borrowed an old 300E Merc from the mother of a friend of his, and that she wanted to sell it. Immediately the ears pricked up and I wanted to know all about it. (I was looking for a car at the time). My son said it was 'OK' but needed a bit of work, but didn't really think it was the car for me. But the damage was done and the interest spiked, so I grabbed a Mate and we took off for the 4 hour drive West to take a look at this Merc.

Well, to cut a long story short, it was a case of 'Love at First Sight' and I'm now the proud owner of a beautiful dark grey (although 'slightly in need of a bit of work' - TLC mostly) 1986 Series 124 300E Mercedes Benz Sedan ( Sorry, 'Saloon'!!).

For the 350 000 plus kms that have passed under her belly, and the 30 earth orbits that have passed over her hood, she is in excellent condition, having been maintained pretty well by the previous owner's son.

Shortly after I took possession though, she developed a severe water pump seal leak and I took her off the road for repairs. I'm very ashamed to say that, after 3 months or so, she is still sitting on the ramps with her nose pointing to the sky, waiting for me to get her all back together. (I'm going through everything with a fine tooth comb though, fixing oil leaks etc and making sure everything is ship shape. I have all the parts I need to get her back on the road, but it is the time to do the job that is seriously lacking. Desperately need her back on the road, so going all out to prioritize my daily activities so that it can happen. Uphill battle though. Don't know how I ever found the time to work before I retired.)

It's been a fairly steep learning curve for me so far, but a very interesting and enjoyable one. Without trying to 'Bignote' myself at all, I think it's fair to say that I'm a fairly experienced and competent 'back-yarder', but the Merc is certainly 'different' and I'm keen to learn as much as I can about the 'intricacies' and 'idiosyncrasies' of the Beast. (Sorry Dear!).

So my Friends, I will be seeking to pick your brains, and probably ask some pretty silly questions along the way, in my quest. In return, I'll endeavor to pass on any snippets of information I uncover in my travels, that I think may be of use to someone out there.

Not real sure how to navigate around this site yet, but I guess I'll eventually find the right road after taking a few wrong turns and bouncing off a few guard-rails.

Thank you again for accepting me into your Membership, and I hope for a long, happy and rewarding relationship with all of you out there.

Cheers,

Gary.

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Post by markb » Fri 26 Feb, 2016 6:51 pm

Welcome Gary,
The W124 is certainly a good model to experience for your 1st MB...one of the last, over engineered models.
Take your time and enjoy !

Cheers

Mark
Current Fleet
1985 C123 280CE Midnight Blue (230k Klms..back to a daily,city commute cruiser again (2010-.)
2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD in Metropolitan Grey (2017-...)
Past Benzes:
1972 W108 280SE 3.5 White (2002-2003 project)
1971 W108 280SE 3.5 White (1999-2006 Unmolested original & sadly missed)
1987 S124 230TE Diamond Blue (2002-2007 Family cruiser)
1983 W126 280SE Champagne 106k Klms (Custodian in 2013)
1969 W113 280SL Champagne (Custodian in 2000)
1988 W124 300E Diamond Blue (2016 project)

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Post by T-Modell » Fri 26 Feb, 2016 7:15 pm

Great story Gary,

welcome here and good luck with your W124! Only I have to correct Mark here, it's not over engineered, to me it's just "right engineered" :laughing6:

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1973 W115 220D 5.0 Pick-Up Argentina, work in progress 2017/18
1986 R107 500SL, arctic white, the midlife crisis viagra replacement
2007 R171 SLK350, calcit white
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Post by ghipl » Fri 26 Feb, 2016 7:47 pm

markb wrote:Welcome Gary,
The W124 is certainly a good model to experience for your 1st MB...one of the last, over engineered models.
Take your time and enjoy !

Cheers

Mark

Thanks Mark.

Very well engineered I agree. One of the major attractions for me.

Cheers,

Gary

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Post by ghipl » Fri 26 Feb, 2016 7:54 pm

T-Modell wrote:Great story Gary,

welcome here and good luck with your W124! Only I have to correct Mark here, it's not over engineered, to me it's just "right engineered" :laughing6:

Thomas
Thanks Thomas,

Yes, the engineering is certainly impressive. Built to last. Something I really appreciate.

Thanks again to Mark and yourself for the welcome.

Cheers,

Gary.

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Post by ChristoC » Fri 26 Feb, 2016 8:08 pm

Gary, I have same age W124 230e with barely 270,000 km on it. These are really easy and fun to work on, especially if you grab a copy of Haynes 3253 MB Manual. The coolant pump is easy to change but you must get the multibelt tensioned correctly afterwards. Call Forum sponsor for parts![emoji3]

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Post by ghipl » Mon 29 Feb, 2016 1:22 am

ChristoC wrote:Gary, I have same age W124 230e with barely 270,000 km on it. These are really easy and fun to work on, especially if you grab a copy of Haynes 3253 MB Manual. The coolant pump is easy to change but you must get the multibelt tensioned correctly afterwards. Call Forum sponsor for parts![emoji3]

Thanks 'ChristoC'.

Thanks for the contact and the advice. Really appreciated.

Mechanicals are no problem, although I found it wasn't quite a 5 minute job to change the water (coolant) pump. I've got the new pump, but haven't had a chance to put it on yet. I've been going over the motor pretty carefully, fixing oil leaks and checking hoses and connections and cleaning up the electrics and ignition system components etc. The car has a fairly bad flat spot when accelerating from a standstill, eg at traffic lights, and I'm trying to track down the cause and rectify the problem. It's quite dangerous to drive in city traffic the way it is really, so I need to find the problem and fix it.

The main things I wasn't very familiar with were the K 3 Jetronic fuel injection system and the EZL ignition system, so I needed to study up on them a bit so that I'd know what makes her tick. I did a Tech College course on the early (mechanical only) Jetronic system about 30 years ago, but have never worked on one since, so I'd pretty well forgotten everything I'd learned about them. I've been working with the purely electronic systems on the more modern cars quite a bit, but of course the K 3 is nothing like them. Hadn't come across the EZL ignition system before either.

I have a copy of the Haynes Manual thanks. Even though it's fairly basic, it's pretty useful.

I also have an electronic copy of the WIS Workshop manual for the older Mercedes, through 'emanualonline' in the UK, which I find pretty useful as well, but it is sometimes very difficult to find the data that is specific to my model, since it covers all models worldwide. I'm yet to find model specific and comprehensive wiring diagrams too, which I need badly. The old girl has a few electrical faults that need attention. A bit difficult to track them down without the diagrams.

I believe that the sponsors have a good manual on disc, so I'll contact them this week and inquire about that.

I'm getting there, albeit slowly. Learning a bit more each day.

I had a Roadworthy Inspection done on her a while back, and they picked the poor old girl to pieces. They jumped on slightly weathered front suspension and steering rubbers that still have decades of life left in them, (in my opinion) and missed important things like a broken rear transmission mount. So I've got to do a bit of work on the front end, once I get the engine ship-shape. Transmission has a couple of leaks that I have to fix as well, and she needs new parking brake shoes. Also have to replace the combination switch (Dipper / Indicator etc - lights go out sometimes when you dip them - not real healthy on a dark night. They didn't pick that one up either, and I wasn't going to tell them!) I have all the parts now, just need the time to do the job.

While I think of it, would you, or anyone else out there, know where I could pick up a second-hand front bumper and a tow-bar for the W124? I've been trying for quite a while, without success. There were a couple I came across recently, but they were right down in Southern Victoria and South-east South Australia. Neither were willing to ship the goods to Queensland, and it was a bit too much of a drive to go and collect a couple of parts, so I had to let them go.

Thank you again My Friend for your contact and comments. Really appreciated.

Cheers,

Gary.

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Post by lyfguard » Fri 18 Mar, 2016 1:09 am

Hi all,
Im new to the forum and fumbling my way through. Im hoping Ive joined the the right one as I had a quick browse and saw so many posts on older model Merc's I'm a tad excited that I tool delivery of my new GLC250d earlier this week. Its my first Merc and am loving it. It has always been my dream to own a Mercedes that is actually built in Germany. I am yet to take it for a decent drive as Ive mainly been trying to get used to all the latest technology on board.
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Post by VFRBoy » Fri 18 Mar, 2016 2:55 pm

Hi Everyone,

Just taken ownership of my 1966 W108 250S and she's a beauty. Four speed manual and a likely original 26,000 miles on the clock.

I'll be checking in here regularly and asking some questions as I get to know you and her.

I'll post some pics when I take them and share.

Cheers!

VFR Boy
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Carn the Dees...

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Post by T-Modell » Fri 18 Mar, 2016 5:02 pm

lyfguard wrote:Hi all,
...I am yet to take it for a decent drive as Ive mainly been trying to get used to all the latest technology on board.
Hi and welcome,

after you've spent a week inside the car (tell your wife, where you are), you might be able to drive it :laughing6: ... Joke aside, good luck with the car! You're right, the main discussion here is about older cars, but yours will be old in 30 years time ...

Best regards
Thomas
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1967 W111 250SE Cabriolet, horizon blue
1973 W115 220D 5.0 Pick-Up Argentina, work in progress 2017/18
1986 R107 500SL, arctic white, the midlife crisis viagra replacement
2007 R171 SLK350, calcit white
2008 S211 E63T, calcit white, sleeper

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Post by Teckno » Wed 23 Mar, 2016 11:58 pm

Hi,
New member here. New to Mercedes as a brand. Purchased X253 model, better known as GLC 250d.
Loving the drive. Will be looking to purchase roof racks, spare tyre and Jack, etc as car only comes with Mercedes MOExtended "run flats". :sign2:
Had not relisted this site was for older vehicles ! That said, I'm sure there is a wealth of knowledge that I can tap into.
I'm in Melbourne. Cheers

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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Post by lyfguard » Thu 24 Mar, 2016 10:43 am

Welcome Techno
Congrats on your purchase. What colour did you end up with and added optional goodies. Where are you looking at storing the spare wheel. Will you be keeping it in the boot. Im loving my 250d only travelled 300km so far. Have you been able to hook up the car internet yet. If so please tell me how to do that cause I can't seem to get it done. Don't know if having an Apple Iphone 6 works with the internet.

Cheers
lyfguard

maximus
Dernburg Wagon
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Re: Hello All

Post by maximus » Mon 28 Mar, 2016 6:20 pm

My name is Anton 70 years young bloke. I'm new to this forum but I'm not new to MB 280S. I hope we can exchange some opinion to help each other as some time it is wery helpful.

I bought MB 280S in Geelong VIC in 1995. I couldn't get one in Melbourne at the time. The car was garaged very nice interior and exterior and so nice I was scared to go for drive. My mechanic said it was OK so we paid $9500. A few months later I found there were quite a few problem with the car.(also a few serious problems) I went to mechanic few times and then I decided that I will have to do all the work myself or forget MB. So I have done all the work on this car so far, except automatic transmission.

What I like about this car ?
A lot. It is classic, specious, comfortable, beautiful visibility, simple and reliable design. It is easy to work on this engine. For me this engine is big enough I personally don't like a lot of metal under the bonnet.At 60 miles p/h wants to go faster at 70 mile P/h is very happy and wants to go even faster ( not like my other car 6 cyl HQ Holden crying exhausted)

what I don't like?
Water from the grill in front of the windscreen runs into the channel behind the front wheels.(it can be fixed)
I think most 280S carburettors are warped.
The middle muffler/silencer it very low.
After market spares don't last very long.

My wife and I ( and children when they were younger) went a few times to Brisbane a few times to Airley Beach, a few times to Adelaide once to Alice Spring once to Cairns and from Cairns back to Melbourne via Mont Isa and Alice Spring an we never had any problem. We use this car daily and of course there is some wear and tear but it is still going well. When we purchased the car there was 135000 miles on the clock ( that was matching service book) and now there is 282000 miles.

That is my story. I wish you all many happy days with your MB.

Cheers,
Anton

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Bartman4800
300 SLR
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Location: Perth WA

Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Post by Bartman4800 » Tue 29 Mar, 2016 5:03 pm

Welcome!

To solve your problems with the warped Zenith carburetors (which some people say are not good enough to defecate on), you can install a Weber kit from JAMENG in the US.

It has been done before by people who own a finnie (with zenith carbs). Do a google search in the W111 subgroup

Regards, Bart
1963 220 Sb Sedan "Kermit" (Australian Assembly)
1960 220 Sb Sedan "Zum Schlachten" (Early German Assembly, with a torsion bar spring for the bonnet) - Stored in Country WA
1981 Subaru Brumby 1.8 with Weber and 5-speed box "little utie" - Sold to another enthusiast!
2006 Ford Focus "missus car"
2002 VW Passat V6 30V Station Wagon (my new commuter bus)

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epigoo
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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Post by epigoo » Wed 30 Mar, 2016 7:11 pm

Hi All,

I am new to the forum, I just joined today and I just recently purchased a W204 C250 Sedan. I hope i could found more information for my car.

Regards,

Keith
MY11 W204 C250 Avantgarde 1.8L Turbo, Vision Pack, Sunroof, Reverse Camera, 18" wheels, Silver

maximus
Dernburg Wagon
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Location: Melbourne

Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Post by maximus » Thu 31 Mar, 2016 7:53 pm

Bart thanks for reading and thanks for reply.
I've heard about Webber carburettors but I can not imagine how it would look' (it wouldn't be cheap)
I like very much the way it is ,the carburettor air filter and all the other staff around really looks good.
I like to keep as original as possible and so far it works for me. I like to fix thinks if possible.
Have you done any work on your carburettors? How is it going , any problems?.. How is the cold start in the morning?
Any feedback is appreciated
.. not sure if this is the forum to ask questions.. im not a computer whizz

Cheers
Anton

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Bartman4800
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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Post by Bartman4800 » Fri 01 Apr, 2016 2:48 pm

maximus wrote:Bart thanks for reading and thanks for reply.
I've heard about Webber carburettors but I can not imagine how it would look' (it wouldn't be cheap)
I like very much the way it is ,the carburettor air filter and all the other staff around really looks good.
I like to keep as original as possible and so far it works for me. I like to fix thinks if possible.
Have you done any work on your carburettors? How is it going , any problems?.. How is the cold start in the morning?
Any feedback is appreciated
.. not sure if this is the forum to ask questions.. im not a computer whizz

Cheers
Anton
http://www.jameng.com/products/Mercedes ... -DGEV.html

The Weber (not Webber) conversion kit is that good, that you can use the original plenum and air filter. The whole conversion looks quite inconspicuous. A few guys have done it on a Finnie and are lyric about it.
The kits cost 850 USD, which is far less than what you will spend to get the Zeniths run correctly.
Most carby tuners allegedly will not touch these Zenith units with a barge pole or refuse to rebuild them.

I have never worked on the Zenith carbs; my car has the earlier Solex carbs which are robust and reliable.
No idea why MB changed to Zenith units in 1964 on the W111 models, and kept using them in W108 models...

I have rebuilt my Solex units, after I purchased rebuild kits including the float valve, diaphragms and gaskets.
I soaked the units in white vinegar overnight, which dissolved all the crud and varnish. Then cleaned it with carby cleaner after which the actual rebuild could commence.

Drew was there when I started my engine 3 weeks ago. It had not ran for 3 months. I filled the bowls using the hand-lever on the fuel pump (which is old school but very handy) and the car started within 1 revolution.
I have the 123 ignition, which without a doubt helps with cold start and reliability.

I believe in originality, but not for the sake of originality.
I also installed automatic 3-point safety belts in my car and a hook point for my baby's booster seat.

Regards, Bart
1963 220 Sb Sedan "Kermit" (Australian Assembly)
1960 220 Sb Sedan "Zum Schlachten" (Early German Assembly, with a torsion bar spring for the bonnet) - Stored in Country WA
1981 Subaru Brumby 1.8 with Weber and 5-speed box "little utie" - Sold to another enthusiast!
2006 Ford Focus "missus car"
2002 VW Passat V6 30V Station Wagon (my new commuter bus)

maximus
Dernburg Wagon
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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Post by maximus » Sun 03 Apr, 2016 8:16 pm

Bartman4800 wrote:
maximus wrote:Bart thanks for reading and thanks for reply.
I've heard about Webber carburettors but I can not imagine how it would look' (it wouldn't be cheap)
I like very much the way it is ,the carburettor air filter and all the other staff around really looks good.
I like to keep as original as possible and so far it works for me. I like to fix thinks if possible.
Have you done any work on your carburettors? How is it going , any problems?.. How is the cold start in the morning?
Any feedback is appreciated
.. not sure if this is the forum to ask questions.. im not a computer whizz

Cheers
Anton
http://www.jameng.com/products/Mercedes ... -DGEV.html

The Weber (not Webber) conversion kit is that good, that you can use the original plenum and air filter. The whole conversion looks quite inconspicuous. A few guys have done it on a Finnie and are lyric about it.
The kits cost 850 USD, which is far less than what you will spend to get the Zeniths run correctly.
Most carby tuners allegedly will not touch these Zenith units with a barge pole or refuse to rebuild them.

I have never worked on the Zenith carbs; my car has the earlier Solex carbs which are robust and reliable.
No idea why MB changed to Zenith units in 1964 on the W111 models, and kept using them in W108 models...

I have rebuilt my Solex units, after I purchased rebuild kits including the float valve, diaphragms and gaskets.
I soaked the units in white vinegar overnight, which dissolved all the crud and varnish. Then cleaned it with carby cleaner after which the actual rebuild could commence.

Drew was there when I started my engine 3 weeks ago. It had not ran for 3 months. I filled the bowls using the hand-lever on the fuel pump (which is old school but very handy) and the car started within 1 revolution.
I have the 123 ignition, which without a doubt helps with cold start and reliability.

I believe in originality, but not for the sake of originality.
I also installed automatic 3-point safety belts in my car and a hook point for my baby's booster seat.

Regards, Bart
Bart thanks for all the info. Weber really looks good and affordable it is good to know all about it.
I also had a look at "Dave's Weber Carby Conversion" its very interesting and very helpful for someone who wants to do the same thing.
Wow this forum is so good in such a sort time since I join the forum I've learnt so much.

Glad to hear that your Solex are OK and I like very much the hand-lever on the fuel pump I wish my HQ Holden had one of those.

My carbies are playing up usually in the morning especially when it is cold. The engine starts straight away but after a few second dies.
Usually starts to run the second or third time. I get away with it if I put my foot on the pedal
If I adjusts the chokes than there is too much choke, if I adjust fast idling than the fast idling is to fast.
I have had this problem since I installed new gaskets. They were rather hard I would like them to be softer
When the engine is at normal running temperature everything looks perfect.

Btw what is subforum?

Cheers
Anton

gazman
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Location: Nth Dandalup WA

Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Post by gazman » Sun 10 Apr, 2016 6:34 pm

Greetings, I've owned a 85 280se for a few years now. easy to work on ultra reliable and a pleasure to drive. but in the last 12 months I've developed an urge for more, so after looking at several I found the one for me. . . . . . 1990 560 SEL, Happy happy man. but somewhat more complex than the old 280 so I guess I'll have a few Questions as time goes on. Thanks in advance. Gaz.
1989 560 SEL King of the road

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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Post by Little Red » Wed 20 Apr, 2016 11:00 pm

Hi All,


BMW man here, born and bred. When my best mate picked up a W124 300E he planted an itch.... a year later I've scratched the itch and purchased my first Merc.

1988 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6.

Anyone from the Merc club of Brisbane recognise the car? Signal red two-tone with cream tex interior, club number plates "19OEZ".

Great car, goes for RWC next week!

themerckymob
Dernburg Wagon
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Location: Yambuk, Victoria

Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Post by themerckymob » Fri 06 May, 2016 6:44 pm

Hi all,
Finally got around to becoming a member, I have had the site bookmarked for many years, just never got around to registering.
I have owned several Benzs' over about 10 years, starting with a '73, 114, 250 that I was lucky to be gifted to replace my Ford that had been written off when I hit a cow. Needless to say, I was bitten and after the 114 needed a rest, I progressed to a 116 280 SE on gas.Now I am the proud owner of a little W202, C200 that does everything required of it.
None of these cars have cost a fortune but as with all of them, they needed some TLC to make them neat and tidy.
The latest, the C200 is now getting the TLC required and I am fixing anything I find wrong.
One problem that is causing some grief is the Remote Key PCB which has been slightly damaged and trying to find a picture of a good one with a clear indication of where the Tactile switch is soldered to the board is near impossible.
Later , I will post a request in the correct forum regarding any info that a member may have on it but at the moment this is just a brief G'day and overview of my interest in Mercs.
Hope I can be of help to others as well as helping me solve any dramas that arise with my vehicles.
Regards
Mickey :sign2:

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Hacksaw
Dernburg Wagon
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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Post by Hacksaw » Sat 07 May, 2016 7:42 pm

Hi,
I am new to this forum and forums in general. So just feeling my way through at the mo. Trying to work out how it all works.
I have recently purchased a 1975 W114 as a rolling resto and I joined as this site seemed to have alot of available, valuable knowledge. No doubt I will be making a pest of myself by asking many questions that have been asked previously.
Cheers.

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Raj
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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Post by Raj » Sat 14 May, 2016 12:35 am

Hi everyone,
Very happy to be a member.
Previous Mercedes -
300e
500sl
Currently w114 250.

jubaeg
Dernburg Wagon
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Location: Sydney, Hills district

Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Post by jubaeg » Sun 12 Jun, 2016 8:19 am

Hi

Another new member, picked up a 'just broken in' 2006 ML320 CDI in black. 185ks on the odometer and some minor /typical things needing some attention. Lovely car and so happy to now own a Mercedes.

Used the excellent services of Frendo mobile mechanic to conduct the pre-purchase test for me one other car before this one.

coupes
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Post by coupes » Sun 19 Jun, 2016 5:00 pm

Hi all,

After a lengthy phone discussion with Joe he recommended I join this forum so here I am.

My Mercedes Coupes passion kicked off a number of years ago and my toys include 450 5.0 now RHD, 500SL Roadster and W140 Coupe.

When I finish my current projects I'll upload some pictures here.

Thx,

Brian

Bill3162
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Location: Gold Coast, QLD

Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Post by Bill3162 » Thu 21 Jul, 2016 8:43 pm

Greetings all,
Glad to be part of the OZBENZ community.
I've admired Benz machines for as long as I can remember, but up until 6 months ago I'd never owned one. Now I have two! I've a,so helped a mate and a family member to find the right Benz too.
In the past, I've owned and driven all sorts of cars from Holden, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Honda, Renualt, BMW and Range Rover.
The garage now has a wonderful low mileage W204 wagon called Taylor and, my recent acquisition, a excellent high mileage W124 sedan called Claudia.
Claudia is brilliant silver is in super condition. Came with a full MB service history never had an accident, as far as we can tell.
I will be bouncing around the forums, looking to gain knowledge and advice from seasoned campaigns, and will be looking for the parts from time to time to spruce up the old girl. Currently looking for a front bumper for a 94 W124 sedan, and a rear windscreen for the same.

That's it for now.
Thanks for having me!

Bill
Bill

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1994 W124 E220 Sedan - "Claudia"
2010 W204 C200 Wagon - "Taylor"

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Gone, left in the UK:
1999 Range Rover P38 4.6 HSE
1991 BMW E34 520i Sedan

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Ralph
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Post by Ralph » Fri 22 Jul, 2016 8:14 pm

Hi Mike, newbie to this site. Have owned numerous MB , two at present 2001 ML320 and 1985 0303 bus with om352a engine.
Have just cooked the bus engine (stuck thermostat) , checking crank at moment ,head and block ok. Difficulty in finding an engine , sounds like Unimog the same. Might get some help on your site ?
Regards

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JulesCharles
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Post by JulesCharles » Fri 29 Jul, 2016 10:41 pm

Hi, I'm Jules, and a new member here. We have a 2010 C250 CGI, W204. Unfortunately it doesn't get out very often and has just over 8000 k on it. I have an annoying starter motor problem, and I'm about to post to see if anyone has any help for me.

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d_nikiforides
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Post by d_nikiforides » Sun 31 Jul, 2016 5:03 pm

Hello everyone!!

Just joined as finally getting a chance to start looking at getting my barnfind 1976 280ce w123 on the road.

Had her for a few years now but no time to look at it really other then a bit of tinkering.

Has been driven very little its whole life, and garaged 24/7. Was a family friends car, then her husband passed away, I purchased it with the intention of getting it on the road.
He stopped driving it in his later years at all and owned it since the 90's, before that we have no idea who owned it, but we have log books up until then for it, it has 11000km on the clock. Around 1500 of those where done by the person I got if from.

Car is immaculate inside and out (Paint is perfect) 100% original other then the wheels as far as I can tell. But due to sitting around since 2001 (last time was rego'd) engine related items (rubbers etc are all dry).
Going to need a bit of advice from you fellas with the BOSH injection system too, has some odd issues (idles but bogs down under accel), but will get to that later on. :)
Intention is to pull the intake, head etc down and reseal everything.

Attached picture is the day my brother and I brought it home.

Will keep you all posted on how things go with it.
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Any input would be great.

Cheers,
Damien
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Post by mw01 » Tue 13 Sep, 2016 10:54 pm

Hello all,
I'm a long time follower, first time poster.

Our introduction to Mercedes was a 1989 190e 2.6 that we owned from 2000 to 2007, putting 170,000 km on it until a number of high cost issues caused us to replace it at 294,000 with a 2002 w203 c320. 280,000 km later, on 400,000 km a number of mainly electrical niggles with the c320 suggested it was time for a new daily driver for my wife, so early this year we bought a w204 c250cgi with 65k on the clock. I liked the c320 so much I couldn't part with it so am using it as a daily driver on my building inspection work - I do about 35,000 km a year so wear out cars quickly. The official xtrail inspection vehicle has been largely parked up the last few months.

I am in awe of the robustness of these cars over many thousands of km. Of the repairs we have had over approaching 500,000 km in the last 16 years, the vast majority are wear items - I include things like steering and suspension parts as wear items, due to the cr@ppy roads we inflict on our cars in the bush.

I also have an 82 380SEC weekend driver that was running nicely until what the forum sponsor describes as a 'engine bay bbq' late last year. I'm gradually getting it back on the road with the help of parts supplied by John.

Cheers for now .


Mark
1982 380SEC
2002 C320 W203
2010 C250 CGI W204
2003 Alfa Romeo Spider 2000 JTS
1989 W201 190E 2.6 (sold)
Um.. Rodeo .. and ...Xtrail... for the ugly stuff.

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Dee_Dee63
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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Post by Dee_Dee63 » Mon 19 Sep, 2016 2:21 am

Hello all,

Just a quick introduction, My namw is Dave and I have just moved to Germany from Perth 2 months ago.
I am on the search for a clean 190e sportline as a project.

Looking forward to looking around the forum.
I went to the Mercedes museum last week and wow just wow.

Cheers
DD

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Blackted
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Model you own: w123
Location: Cumberland Park SA

Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Post by Blackted » Sat 24 Sep, 2016 3:17 pm

Hi, new to the group.
I am a long term W123 fan, having owned a 1980 White 230E sedan, 1977 White 300D and current 1981 280CE.
My father purchased the CE from BEA Motors new, and it has been in the family since. He has given me the car to look after as he doesn't drive it any more.
The vehicle is in stock original condition and was used as his daily drive car, pictures to follow.
Cheers .
C123

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Blackted
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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Post by Blackted » Sat 24 Sep, 2016 3:19 pm

As I'm new ,When can you post pictures?
C123

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