Re: [MBZ] P/S fluid replacement

2006-10-04 Thread Desert Rat

The way it was explained to me was that the MB's with a serpentine
belt take the special stuff, otherwise AT fluid in all others.

On 10/3/06, Dwight E. Giles, Jr [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Yes-
My understanding from Rusty and the good Doktor is that ATF is for the
123's-the Febi/Bilstein is for 124's. Not cheap either.
Dwight

Dwight Giles, Jr
1979 240D auto, 250K + + miles-Green Goddess
1990 300D 2.5t, 135K miles-The Princess
Wickford, RI




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Before the good Doctor left us he said the OEM stuff Rusty (and MB)
sells is
preferable for the newer MBs.
He said ATF is NOT approved for your car (but I doubt that it would do
any harm). You should use either the Mercedes fluid or the Febi/Bilstein

equivalent that Rusty sells



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Re: [MBZ] A real hoot - $69.00 sh on a fuel filter

2006-10-02 Thread Desert Rat

I sent this one to Ebay for their reviewwhat a jerk!

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Re: [MBZ] A real hoot - $69.00 sh on a fuel filter

2006-10-02 Thread Desert Rat

There is a calculate button on the listing. Put in your zip code and
then say you got to be kidding!

On 10/2/06, R A Bennell [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

OK, what am I missing? I looked and I don't see a shipping and handling cost 
quoted.

Randy

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I sent this one to Ebay for their reviewwhat a jerk!

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Re: [MBZ] getting a new Windshield?

2006-09-29 Thread Desert Rat

Another thought here is to ask your local MB dealer who they use.

On 9/29/06, andrew strasfogel [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

I would use with a national chain, e.g. Banner glass, or call your insurance
company for a recommendation.  You will be absolutely thrilled with the
vision afforded by new w/s - go for it.  Unless you are a nut about
authenticity, any US glass (PPG) is an OK substitute for the OEM German
glass.

On 9/29/06, Donald Snook [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Is there any difference in aftermarket windshields or is all about the
 installer?



 I am thinking about getting a new windshield for my 1990 300SEL. It has
 one small star shaped crack, which doesn't bother me. But, it has so
 many tiny little sandblast marks on it that when the right glare hits
 it, it is very difficult to see through.   I just brought my wife's
 explorer to get a new windshield for the same reason.



 I know other have this done on their Benzes and wonder how the
 replacements are holding up.



 This Kansas wind must be rough on windshields.  Plus, I guess highway
 driving doesn't help either.



 Donald H. Snook

 McDonald, Tinker, Skaer, Quinn  Herrington, P.A.

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Re: [MBZ] Accelerator Control W124 '91 300D

2006-09-28 Thread Desert Rat

Idle with A/C on would drop. Idle control maintains same RPM so it's
working if you don't notice it!

On 9/28/06, Jeff Zedic [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

I've wondered this for a long time because I've never noticed an idle up
with AC on.

My 123 never did it and my 124 doesn't.

Jeff Zedic
Toronto

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Re: [MBZ] Windsheild Washer Reservoir Leak

2006-09-27 Thread Desert Rat

Do you have 2 pumps, one being for the headlight washer?

On 9/27/06, LarryT [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Howdy -
My WW reservior is leaking.  I assumed the pump seal was leaking where it
plugs into the reservoir.  A new seal was placed on the pump then it was
inserted.  Still leaking.  I'm thinking I should insert the seal into the
reservoir and *then* push the pump into the seal.   Maybe that'll work.

Are there any other places the reservoir can leak?  No obvious cracks I can
find -

TIA -

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Re: [MBZ] new diesels

2006-09-12 Thread Desert Rat

Just read somewhere that the 07 diesels aren't getting the new 7 speed?

On 9/11/06, [EMAIL PROTECTED] [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

I heard on a TV car show (Motorweek?) yesterday that the GL will have a
diesel option, I think a 320CDI they said, starting for sale here in the states
in January.

M, GL and R series will offer the V-6 diesel soon. My friend AC's '07 E320
Bluetec will be delivered in November. He will be selling his pristine '86 300E
(79K miles) at that time.

RLE
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Re: [MBZ] 450SL status

2006-09-12 Thread Desert Rat

Wasn't there a kit offered by MB to move the cats out of the engine
compartment?

On 9/12/06, Jim Cathey [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Have you done anything to the steering damper?

When last I checked it it was good.  Didn't pull it off to
check it this time though.

 BTW, my 240D had a bracket from the AT to the exhaust - the exhaust
 pipe
 eventually broke right where the bracket attached

Seen this, but not on this car.  Visually the exhaust was good,
and I'd long ago convinced myself the problem was not in the exhaust
pipe path itself.

 I have that manifold and CAT sitting in the back yard if you want
 another one -- the brace is solid on this one. the equivalent brace
 (more of a gusset) on the other side is broken from the manifold, but
 you're welcome to it as well. Of course, shipping will be high -
 they're heavy.

No, mine are just fine, now!  The manifold's boss isn't even broken.
My idea, if I kept the car long term, was to eventually replace the
catifold with a more normal one, assuming I could find one that fit.
(I always thought the mating point in space for at least some non-cat
manifolds was the same, but I have no proof of that.)  The improvement
to serviceability under the hood would be unbelievable.  I bet the
underhood heat soak would be lessened a lot too.

I eyed a set of 450 SEL manifolds I saw one day at the U-Pull, but by
then we'd already determined to sell the car so I didn't try to get
them.

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Re: [MBZ] Demineralised water (was Zerex G-05) in cars that don't need it

2006-09-10 Thread Desert Rat

Same issue here Hendrik, although our high mineral content with
natural hot water is great for the pools. For that reason,  I use
store bought drinking water for my radiators and batteries. Read
somewhere not to use demineralized water.

On 9/9/06, Hendrik Riessen [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

While we are talking cool juice, is it alright to use demineralised water in
conjuntion with coolant? The tap water in Adelaide is notoriously full of
all sorts of crap, I'd drink it but am worried it will leave all sorts of
stuff in the cooling system.

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 So  by MB stuff you mean the actual stuff from the dealer, not a
 supposedly suitable replacement such as G-05?

 Supposedly G05 _is_ the MB stuff.  So the answer to your
 other question is color.  I get it at NAPA.

 -- Jim


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Re: [MBZ] To Veggie or Not

2006-09-09 Thread Desert Rat

I know of a clean one owner 82 or so W123 with 178K miles on it at my Indie.
Nice car and CA raised. Last I saw it, he was asking 5K for it.

On 9/8/06, Rory [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

You guys all have great points. I know my 350HP truck will last for
well over 500k miles but multiple that with fuel costs and we are
talking about my son's college fund.

I love driving the truck, nice to look at all the pretty girls. But
driving in a sweet looking MBZ would cool too. Plus I would still feel
very secure driving it.

So I guess my next step is find a clean MBZ with working A/C and I
love my power windows and creature comforts. eBay and Criagslist look
out, oh yeah Auto Trader too.

Anyone got any leads on the left coast?

Rory

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Re: [MBZ] W107 Sub Frame Q

2006-09-06 Thread Desert Rat

The US R107 350SL in 1972 had the 450 engine but had a 350SL badge so
it would qualify if it is a US model.

On 9/5/06, Kaleb C. Striplin [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

all 107's have the problem.  The 450SL gets it replaced for free at the
dealer.  The other models do not.  If you need one, I have one available.

Bob Rentfro wrote:
 So...I went and checked up on the old feller who has the '72 350SL. He was 
not home (his wife said he was at the bank counting his money) but she let me look 
over the car. It is sweet. Needs paint, no rust anywhere since it's an AZ car (she 
said they bought it in '73 from a guy going through a divorce), newer soft top, 
new hard top, interior is a little rough, seats have a couple of teeny cracks, 
console is kind of a mess. She said whatever looks like it's missing, he has it. 
Perfect bumpers, no dings, good glass. Not sure about AC or radio (see above). I'm 
drooling.
 My question: is this a model that the subframe is/was an issue? What should I 
look at? I'm going to, of course, ask the fella if he had the subframe repaired, 
if it is one that should have been done. If it is, and he hasn't, can I get it 
done...was it a recall type thing?

 She also said when I take the 350SL, she wants me to take the other one too 
(some type of 108 I think...I didn't peek under his meticulous cover arrangement) . woo hoo

 Bob Rentfro
 '77 300D 158K
 '87 Acura Legend  177K
 Still waiting on '72 350SL  78K
 Litchfield Park, AZ
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Re: [MBZ] Ummmm...this is out of control

2006-09-03 Thread Desert Rat

Strange how this guy knows all about the # 20 head but fails to notice
that it has a trap oxidixer.

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I think this is a new all time high bidding war for a 20 year old wagon.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1987-Station-Wagon-LOW-MILES-IMMACULATE-DIESEL_W0QQitemZ150026647366

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Re: [MBZ] 123 Alarm System/electric vacuum pump question

2006-08-30 Thread Desert Rat

I think the W123 did not have an electric vac pump, only started with
the W126 (in the trunk) and the W124 (under the rear seat).

On 8/30/06, [EMAIL PROTECTED] [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:


In a message dated 8/30/2006 8:23:15 A.M. US Mountain Standard Time,
[EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

Where is  the vacuum pump located? That is probably
the first place to look for the  alarm problem.



Allan,

I assumed you had an electric vacuum pump as most all MB  from about  82 on
have them.   Kaleb says no and he has a bunch of them. IF you  have one, it
would be in the spare tire well or under the back seat passenger  side.  It will
be enclosed in a triangular shaped foam rubber for  silencing, about 6 inches
on a side and 4 inches deep..

Alarm failures are often blamed on the Bosch module which you will find
under the passenger side carpeting or on the firewall, under the  carpeting.  A
known good spare would be good here.  Another point of  failure is the electric
switch on the drivers door latch, operated by your  key.  When this contact
sticks, the alarm thinks you are being  thefted.  The switch will sometimes
change position in the middle of the  night, setting off your alarm.  Cleaning 
the
switch will often fix the  alarm problem.

Now VERY curious to know if you have an electric vacuum pump

Good luck,

Jim  Friesen
Phoenix AZ
79 300SD, 262 K miles
98 ML 320, 145 K  miles

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Re: [MBZ] OT hybrids (was: Re: A little question on biodiesel relavent to this list)

2006-08-29 Thread Desert Rat

None of the current breed of Hybrids have any external battery
charging capabilities.

On 8/29/06, LarryT [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Ernest wrote:we already have a problem with the disposal of batteries. 

Not to mention that electrical charging just moves the point of emissions
from the tailpipie to the smokestack/
;-)

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Subject: [MBZ] OT hybrids (was: Re: A little question on biodiesel relavent
to this list)


 you've touched on another sore point i have with hybrids; (even ignoring
 the fact that none of the hybrids i've seen in use have gotten anything
 like the claimed fuel economy and how long it takes to break even
 financially,) what's to be done with those batteries when they're used up?
 we already have a problem with the disposal of batteries.


 cheers!
 e


 The thing is, when you reach the break even point in 10 years, thats
 when the batteries need to be replaced at a price of what, about 12k?
 Seems like a loose loose to me on those.

 Tom Hargrave wrote:

 I disagree. The SUVs may be burning a lot of fuel but its our overall
 consumption that counts and I see more regular folks around here
 driving
 full size V8 powered trucks than suit  tie executives driving SUVs.
 For
 that matter my Jeep Grand Cherokee (a SUV) gets 21 MPG on the highway
 while
 my youngest Son's full size Dodge gets 18 MPG on the highway.

 On another note, I don't understand the rush to buy hybrids. All of the
 experts are saying that the payback for a hybrid vehicle is about 10
 years.
 This means that you reach the break even point in about 10 years. That's
 not
 much incentive for me to buy one.


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Re: [MBZ] Short??

2006-08-28 Thread Desert Rat

How old is the battery?

On 8/28/06, BillR [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

   My 1981 300SD has developed numerous random electrical features that
seem to point toward a short somewhere, and I am in hopes of a head start on
where to look first.  For the past year I have had problems with the left
blinker flashing continuously when the stem is centered - though it seems to
just barely make the threshold to flash, and both blinkers respond properly
when turned on..  50 or so repitions of the emergency flasher switch do
nothing much for the rest of that day, but the next day it stops and is no
problem for a few weeks or even a month or two.  A couple of days ago the
oil pressure gauge suddenly went from correct operation [as far as I can
tell] to pegging the 3 when the key is switched on.  For the last few months
[about the time my AC started acting up, I think] AC blower seems to run
with the engine speed, as does the brightness of the headlights, though when
I forget the lights are on for an hour [warning buzzer works when it wants
to] I have no problem starting the car, with no hesitation or slowness of
the starting motor.  On occasion I have noted the tach jumping with the
blinker, and I think once it did it with the brake light.  I am hoping this
mixture of random features will click with someone and a suggestion for a
starting spot will come up.  All the fuses were replaced 1.5 years ago,
though with the plastic ones that tend to melt the blower fuse - that one
replaced with a more robust German make fuse.  Replacing the flasher did
nothing at all.  Ideas?
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Re: [MBZ] Anyone want to buy 4 126 wheels?

2006-08-28 Thread Desert Rat

Don, sorry if this sounds like a broken record but I have seen so many
listings on Ebay because the wheels they bought didn't fit.

The W126 never offered the 8 hole wheels from the factory, the C class
and the E class did but they won't fit.

There are some aftermarket wheels out there from Tirerack, etc but be
sure you obtain the right offset, etc.

On 8/28/06, Donald Snook [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

I am going to be buying snow tires soon and I think I will upgrade to
the 8 hole wheels on my 126.   So, I would like to sell the wheels I
have.  They are in very nice shape.  Standard 15 hole wheels currently
on my 1990 300SEL.



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Re: [MBZ] this auction gives me a funny feeling

2006-08-25 Thread Desert Rat

Or, how about fly in and drive this Cadillac home!

On 8/24/06, Jim Cathey [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 did it say that?  I must have missed it.  It has a bad tranny as well.

And that business with the headlights bugs me a bit, too.

It _did_ look like a nice enough car to be a decent fixer-upper.
But then, price is everything on those.

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Re: [MBZ] Need windshield reservoir

2006-08-22 Thread Desert Rat

OK now, you got a taillight or a washer reservoir coolant insert?

On 8/21/06, Hendrik Riessen [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

I think I got one but A. it has been repaired by me and B. it's located a
long way away.
They are a relatively rare item and therefore not cheap.

- Original Message -
From: andrew strasfogel [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: Mercedes Discussion List mercedes@okiebenz.com
Sent: Monday, August 21, 2006 11:13 PM
Subject: Re: [MBZ] Need windshield reservoir


 Speaking of needs, does anyone have a used right rear taillight lens for
 my
 1983 300TD wagon they are willing to part with?  I will make it worth your
 while if the lens isn't cracked...

 Andrew
 1983 300TD
 1985 300CD



 On 8/17/06, Desert Rat [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Yeah, you're right. 92 500SL but all I need is the stainless steel
 coolant exchanger  which is found on a number of MB's with a coolant
 coil in the reservoir and then, all I need is about a 5 inch piece.


 On 8/17/06, Craig McCluskey [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
  On Thu, 17 Aug 2006 16:28:44 -0700 Desert Rat [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 wrote:
 
   Anyone have an old reservoir laying around, preferably leaking or
   cracked? All I need is the coolant tubing which sits inside.
 
  Might help if you told us which are it's for.
 
 
  Craig
 
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[MBZ] Need windshield reservoir

2006-08-18 Thread Desert Rat

Anyone have an old reservoir laying around, preferably leaking or
cracked? All I need is the coolant tubing which sits inside.
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Re: [MBZ] Need windshield reservoir

2006-08-18 Thread Desert Rat

Yeah, you're right. 92 500SL but all I need is the stainless steel
coolant exchanger  which is found on a number of MB's with a coolant
coil in the reservoir and then, all I need is about a 5 inch piece.


On 8/17/06, Craig McCluskey [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

On Thu, 17 Aug 2006 16:28:44 -0700 Desert Rat [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Anyone have an old reservoir laying around, preferably leaking or
 cracked? All I need is the coolant tubing which sits inside.

Might help if you told us which are it's for.


Craig

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Re: [MBZ] Fuse replacement, what a pain

2006-08-13 Thread Desert Rat

Just did 32 fuse replacements in the SL and found a plastic tool at
the parts store made for that purpose.

Snap, crackle and pop if your pliers slip!

On 8/12/06, OK Don [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Needle nosed pliers? I've used them a few times when it was hard to
get my fingers around the fuse.

On 8/12/06, Harry Watkins [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 After spending way too much time replacing 17 fuses, I thought I would ask.

 Anybody have a good technique or tool that would make it easy for us ham 
fisted folks?

 Harry Watkins


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Re: [MBZ] OT: cheap V12 coupe

2006-08-08 Thread Desert Rat

Another little known fact:

the A/C compressor had to be removed to replace the number 1 cylinder
spark plug. Heard there were a lot of 11 cylinder tuneups.

On 8/8/06, LarryT [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Rich wrote:nothing sounds quite like a nice V12

Hi Rich,
   Another part of the story about the XKE V12 my friend owned - we used to
drive to work together and he had rented a parking garage to protect it and
prevent any problems finding parking on the street.  Luckily for me, Jim
(the owner) used to let me drive it quite a bit - he knew how much I loved
sports cars and it allowed him to read the paper on the way to work.

It was an all brick, but small single car garage.  The XKE fit perfectly -
but we had to be careful when we opened the doors to avoid damage.  We
always backed it in - it seemed like we could make a faster get-away and
beat some of the traffic.

The real magic was when we fired up that amazing V12  - those 4 exhausts
pipes were always about 4 to 6 from the rear brick wall and that big 12
would turn over sounding all the world like a big turbine - until it fired
and the exhaust sounds bounced off those brick walls!  It was engine Heaven!
I can still hear that magical sound!

The thing I recall the most about driving it was how it revved - the tack
needle would move slowly - it takes a while for 12 cylinders to make a
complete turn - and even though I'd try to see how close to redline I could
take it I'd always chicken out around 4000-5000.  By then, in 2nd gear that
car would be going 80 or so!  Even though it wasn't close to redline it just
seemed like I needed to shift - but o what a musical sound a V12 makes!

;-)

Larry T (67 MGB, 74 911, 78 240D, 91 300D)
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Sent: Monday, August 07, 2006 5:40 PM
Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT: cheap V12 coupe


 Yeah that was it.  Still, nothing sounds quite like a nice V12.

 --R

 LarryT wrote:

Ya'll wrote:Ddin't I read someone here a few weeks ago say that the V12s
cooked the


ignition systems 



You may be referring to a post of mine where I was talking about a XKE V12
a
friend owned.  The ignition amplifier was in the V and the heat would kill
it.

I imagine the newer V12 generates as much heat as the older engine but
hopefully the electronic components are relocated to a safer area of are
better insulated.

Even though some years of development and refinement have improved things,
rememeber the V12 is a high performance engine requiring an extra level of
maintanence and compared to others, were produced in very limited numbers
all thing
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Sent: Thursday, August 03, 2006 9:04 AM
Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT: cheap V12 coupe




Rich Thomas wrote:


Ddin't I read someone here a few weeks ago say that the V12s cooked the
ignition systems or something, parts that were tucked up between the
heads and got really really hot?


I believe he said a friend owned one and had to replace an electric part
several times a year when the engine quit. It might explain why so
many of them still have less than 100k miles on them, when a R107 of
similar vintage with a 5 digit odo reading is quite rare.

Believe it or not, that newspaper with about 80-100 car ads in it
currently has two XJS. The other one is a 1987 Jagrolet:

Jaguar XJS 1987 Converted to Chevy V8, about 8k miles on new engine.
$6300 worth of improvements. Sharp! $3000. 989-277-8476

If $2-3k is the going rate for a 1980's XJS, I guess a somewhat cheaper
Corvette would have been a better investment.

Mitch.

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Re: [MBZ] 201 status

2006-08-03 Thread Desert Rat

no such thing as a broken clock.it's always correct 2 times a day.

On 8/2/06, Jim Cathey [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Intermittent clock function CAN result if even one of the Phillips
 screws in the instrument cluster is not tight. The ground connection is
 made by the pressure that the screws apply to the PC board buss. That
 has happened in several of my 201s. Beating on the dash sometimes
 restored function - at least temporarily.

That could do it.  The clock runs whenever I'm in the car, but will
often be wrong when I get back into it the next day.  And it may
also be marginal capacitors, I'm just going to have to dig in to
fix it.  Unfortunately I find removing a 201 cluster a real PITA.
And I think the suspension woes come first.

-- Jim


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Re: [MBZ] Anyone Have Carfax?

2006-08-02 Thread Desert Rat

Oh yeah, that RAV4 is a towing animal! What a ridiculous comparison!!

Wonder how Toyota's Sequoia SUV is selling as compared to the Expedition?

On 8/2/06, John M McIntosh [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Ya, which is why the WSJ reported yesterday.

One example of how Toyota has turned the tables on Ford: Toyota's
redesigned RAV 4, a compact wagon that can average 25 miles per
gallon, outsold Ford's 15-mpg V-8 powered Expedition SUV 14,755 to
6,705. Last July, the Expedition sold 15,733 to the RAV 4's 7,394.


On 2-Aug-06, at 7:03 AM, Mike Canfield wrote:

 Dave,
   Just for the record my GF's father bought the Trailblazer and his
 GF's
 daughter bought the 04 Envoy.Neither one has EVER seen 20MPG
 even on the
 highway.  They don't drive fast or hard either.  Ridiculous.

 Mike

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Re: [MBZ] Aux Fan Craziness

2006-07-30 Thread Desert Rat

Thanks Jim, that explains the one time occurrence I experienced last
week when it was 123 degrees and lots of shutoff and start errands.

Happened just that one time and been working great ever since.

John Freer
On 7/30/06, Jim Cathey [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 A couple of times yesterday, when I started the car after it had set
 for a couple of hours and cooled off (well, relative for here) the fan
 came on when I turned the ignition switch.  The engine temp was about
 135 degrees F.
 Now, this fan should switch on at a prescribed temperature correct?
 And/Or should it be on when ever the AC is on?

The usual cause of that is that the AC is on at start and the engine
compartment has gotten a good heat soak, causing a high pressure in
the AC system.  It usually shuts off pretty soon as things stabilize.
The aux fan is _not_ normally on all the time the AC is on, by
design, and I'd agree with this.  Because the AC compressor is on
such a large percentage of the time, unless EC is selected, the
aux fan would run too much.  It's not rated for continuous duty,
in that it'd wear out pretty quickly if it were on all the time.
So it's wired to only come on when needed.

-- Jim


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Re: [MBZ] Vacuum pump Vacuum Schump

2006-07-28 Thread Desert Rat

Don, do a Google search for Ford Explorer instrument cluster bulbs
burnt out, or something like that and bet it will lwead you to an
Useres List.

Did that years ago when I had a Bronco II.

John Freer

On 7/27/06, Donald Snook [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Ok Don wrote:



Since Marshal answered all your questions except the last one, I'll
take it 

SELL the FORD !!



Believe me, I have tried to get my wife to sell her Explorer. She loves
it.  This is the first Ford I have ever had.  I will say this for it, we
have not had any trouble at all since we bought it three years ago.  We
bought it will 74XXX miles. Now it has 102,000 miles.  I thought I would
hate it and we would have lots of problems (knock wood).  It has been a
fine car.  If the only problem we have is the instrument cluster bulbs
going out, I keep it.



I don't ever have to drive it, unless it is a time when we need an SUV
to haul something. In those situations I am glad we have it. Otherwise,
my wife drives it and all I have to do is bring it to the Ford Dealer
for my free oil changes.



Donald H. Snook

1990 300SEL 129

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Re: [MBZ] Old rice burners vs?? (warning, rant)

2006-07-20 Thread Desert Rat

And reverse was at the bottom on some models.

On 7/19/06, David Brodbeck [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Steve MacSween wrote:
 on 7/19/06 6:44 AM, Mitch Haley at [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:


 What car
 goes forward at full throttle while the brake pedal goes to the floor, and
 magically
 fixes itself after the crash?


 The problem was eventually admitted to be that the european cars did not
 have the huge brake pedal that NA makes did, with the automatic.

 Actually there were also reports of Volvos in the same circumstances. But
 Audi for some reason bore the brunt.


Jeep had its share of runaway-style accidents, too.  User error, but
probably aggravated by a feature of their design.  If you look at some
of the 1980s Cherokee and Wagoneer models, the pedals are shifted
considerably farther to the left than most cars, to make room for the
large transmission hump.  That puts the accelerator in the same general
area, relative to the steering wheel, as the right edge of the oversize
brake pedal on most automatic cars.

Side note...when automatic transmissions first became popular, there was
a spate of accidents where people were in the wrong gear.  They'd think
they were in reverse, but were really in drive, and would push down on
the accelerator until the car jumped the curb and hit something.  This
is what inspired the modern P-R-N-D-L shift quadrant, which puts a
neutral gear in between reverse and drive.

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Re: [MBZ] 190d turbo

2006-07-10 Thread Desert Rat

You're talking turbo vs. non turbo here.Turbo is very rare.

On 7/9/06, OK Don [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

This one only has 86k miles --
http://tinyurl.com/kr47v


On 7/9/06, LT Don [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 I sent the seller a question asking him to document the exclusivity. We
 shall see.


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Re: [MBZ] Test and possible move to WA

2006-07-09 Thread Desert Rat

Because they live in the mountains surrounding Seattle?

On 7/8/06, Steve MacSween [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

on 7/8/06 2:24 PM, David Brodbeck at [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Ed Booher wrote:
 Wait . Seattle rarely gets snow? Because I was under the
 impression that it did snow there. I don't know if you've heard me
 complain in the past, but I hate snow.


 Seattle gets snow maybe twice a year, and it rarely sticks to the
 ground.  However, people panic at the first sight of white stuff in the
 air and start driving at about 30 mph on the freeway.

So why have I seen SO many WA state cars on eBay with snow tires on them?

This has always baffled me.

Mac


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Re: [MBZ] Collective Oil Wisdom, Pls...

2006-07-04 Thread Desert Rat

Now Chuck, you know if you go with that Castrol stuff you will have to
remove that M1 sticker you have under the 500E hood.


  I spoke w/Arizona Petroleum that is a local distributor of most
 brands of motor oil to see if they had any Mobil1.  Very little and
 no 15W/50 was the answer.  But, they do have Castrol Full Synthetic
 5W/50 in ample supply.   I was told Castrol Full Synthetic (Syntec?)
 is Mercedes-Benz approved...

 What's the collective opinion of this for my two cars...  '86 190E
 2.3 16V and '92 500E???  Cost is about $39 for 6 quart case.

 TIA,

 Chuck
 Phoenix, AZ

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Re: [MBZ] 300SDL vacuum information

2006-06-28 Thread Desert Rat

Unless the doors,trunk and gas door is the problem then that is  a
different system commencing from a pump found in the spare tire well.

On 6/27/06, Jim Cathey [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 system?  I'm not getting enough vacuum from the check valve tap  on the
 brake booster line to operate the other vacuum accessories reliably.

The only thing on the booster's tap is the brown line for the engine
shutoff.  Everything else comes off the secondary vacuum output line
on the vacuum pump.  (An inch or so to the passenger side from the
big line.)  Or so it is on ours.

-- Jim


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Re: [MBZ] 79 300D Normal Coolant Temperature

2006-06-23 Thread Desert Rat

Why are we trying to fix something that isn't broken? Peter's
operating temps are well within the specs.

On 6/22/06, M.Afzaal.Khan [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Hi   Do try  another descaling  flush ,my 300se made a dramatic decrease in
temp only after the third  descaling  flushing .
Changing the cut-in temperature of the viscous fan coupling  will effect a
big change if all is well with the head gasket and other items.
Lower hose pipe cavitations is a very often overlooked ,replace pipes if
soft.
 I had a slight oily scum in the header tank then, which went away after the
decaling flushing .
 Also  added a bottle of  bar's leak to the coolant .
At one time my Jaguar XJ12 used to have this as a factory added sealant and
was very effective in fixing the odd leaks the then jags always sprung  up
hence the factory recommendation for Bar.s Leak.
mak
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Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2006 4:25 PM
Subject: [MBZ] 79 300D Normal Coolant Temperature


I still ( after 5 years ) am not sure if I have a cooling problem with
 my 300D. Temperatures climb to 98degC when climbing a 200m hill that is
 3 km is length ( average inclination 15:1 ) Normal temperature is some
 82 deg. Fast ( 120km/h ) driving also results in higher temperatures (
 95 deg ). Ambient temperature 25degC. Is this normal  or should I
 change radiator - ( I have changed pump, thermostat, fan-coupler )

 Peter

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Re: [MBZ] Ammonia?

2006-06-20 Thread Desert Rat

I know how to solve this real easily.

Just drop a note to your insurance company that you are using amonia
based refrigerant in your car.



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Relax, Friends.

I don't think it is likely anyone will start using ammonia in automotive A/C
systems very soon.
But I've done a little engineering work with ammonia refrigeration.  And
ammonia can be dangerous.
But let's put it in perspective.  Many cars contain about 120 lbs of
gasoline.  A typical A/C unit would contain maybe 2 or 3 lbs of ammonia.
The heating value of gasoline is in the range of 20,000 BTU/lb.  Ammonia is
8,000 BTU/lb.  The UEL to LEL range for gasoline is 1.2% to 7.1%.  That
range for ammonia is 15% to 28%  (It is far easier to create and explosive
mixture of gasoline and air than ammonia and air.)

By my rectal estimate, you would be 150X more likely to get fried by the
gasoline in that car that t-bones your diesel, than by some ammonia in the
A/C system of your diesel.

(Interestingly - the the probablility of getting killed by inhaling or
igniting diesel fumes is so low, none of my references even disucss it.)

When I was a child, my father had my grandparents' original Fridgidaire
refrigerator in his office.  That thing had an ammonia charge.
We never thought about it being dangerous.  When its control circuit burned
out after 50 or 60 years of continuous service, it had never lost and ounce
of ammonia.   My father took it way -- way out back and cut one of the
refrigerant lines and ran.  When all the ammonia had all gone, he removed
the nice little 2 cylinder compressor and used it to fill tires ever since.

Ned Kleinhenz
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'85 300D
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Re: [MBZ] Tell why not to buy a 140.

2006-06-14 Thread Desert Rat

Don,
it's the wiring harness and evaporator issues but this is common to
all 92 through 95 (?) MB's.

Then, you've got the complex, over engineered systems in the
carwhy there are over 52 fuses alone!

And of course, you know about the diesel rod benders.

All that being said, I am completely happy with my 92 500SEL and have
never had a nicer car.

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I keep running across 140 chassis cars in fantastic shape for not that
much money. Why don't I want one of these again?  Is it the wiring
harness.  They do appear to be very nice cars.



Donald H. Snook

1990 300SEL 127K

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Re: [MBZ] Wheel offset

2006-06-13 Thread Desert Rat

Don,
I have been told that the W140 takes a special wheel (different hub
fitting plus the larger offset) than the W126. I wasn't able to put
W126 wheels on my W140 and would suspect the opposite is true as well,
but I don't know that for sure.

Be aware that the W126 never had the 8 hole option from the factory,
only bundts and flatface types but I think Tirerack has developed a
relica 8 hole wheel.

On 6/13/06, Donald Snook [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

OK Don wrote:



Looks like 21.5 to 25 mm depending on wheel width. FYI - all the wheels
on the 300D 2.5  I bought from you were after market, not just those
with the snow tires. I would not be afraid to buy some nice 8 hole
wheels from TireRack.



I agree, Tire Rack wheels are probably fine.  But, Jim (from Phoenix)
has some nice 8 hole wheels that are 16 X 7.5 with some nice Michelins
on them.  If I buy four new wheels from Tire Rack that will be $400. If
I buy his they will be $350 and I get some good tires.  ($350 is what he
has them on ebay for - maybe I can offer him Kaleb pricing).  The only
problem is I think the offset is going to be too much.  His wheels are
+51 offset.  So, I think that is too much difference. But, I am not
sure.





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Re: [MBZ] Wheel offset

2006-06-13 Thread Desert Rat

51 offset is the proper W140 wheel size from the factory.

On 6/13/06, Steve MacSween [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Noo.

51 offset? Sounds like it came off a FWD car.

Mac

on 6/13/06 9:20 AM, Donald Snook at [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Does anyone know what the wheel offset is on my wheels? I have a 1990
 300SEL with the standard 15 hole wheels.  (I know I can take one of my
 wheels off and look at it that way, But I was hoping someone knew what
 the offset was without removing the wheel).



 Can I put 16 inch 8 hole wheels with an offset of 51 on my car?



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Re: [MBZ] Purist whining?

2006-06-13 Thread Desert Rat

In the spirit of the D-C merger:

http://makeashorterlink.com/?Z4001224D

On 6/13/06, [EMAIL PROTECTED] [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 AWWW Quit yer purist whining. Do you actually know this car or are
 you
 just guessing it's a POS? Who cares if it's not the real deal? No one
 would actually drive a real one would they? At least not alot. I'd drive
 that all the time and not even care about how many miles. Looks like a load
 of fun to me. BUT, alas I am just a poor hick that doesn't know jack about
 an SSK.

I object to fiberglass copies of important and valuable cars being presented
as replicas when they are not. I HAVE seen these Gazelle replicas and aside
from four wheels, there isn't much resemblance. And putting the MB Star
upfront is insulting.

Maybe you could google Mercedes SSK and learn something.

RLE


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Re: [MBZ] Nice 380SL in Memphis for $2900 needs engine

2006-06-12 Thread Desert Rat

But I think the regular fuel requirement for the 380 at least offsets
any additional mpg for the premium required 560?

(This is what happens when 2 List members are trying to sell their MB's (grin))

On 6/12/06, Jim Cathey [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 I never got around to converting the 16v into a 190D sportline.
 Maybe my 2.5 turbo would fit in a 107 instead. Would have
 to do some engine mods to make the performance acceptable,
 and of course, it would never get 40mpg.

Yeah, that could be fun.  The amazing thing about the 107 is
that you can actually get 20mpg in them, often anyway.  (The
newest ones that is.)  My '86 560 SL is much faster _and_ gets
better mileage than a friend's '85 380 SL.

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Re: [MBZ] A possibly entertaining story, addition.

2006-06-08 Thread Desert Rat

What I appreciate the most about dry heat is the fact that all I need
to cool our place is an evaporator cooler for pennies a day instead of
$ per hour if I had to use the A.C. Other day it was 114 and never had
to use AC. Now, when we get the monsoons in August and humidity goes
over 40%, the cooler doesn't work.
On 6/7/06, Chuck Landenberger [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Johnny B...

My theory is HOT is HOT  whatever we can take is what we do,
when we have to do what we have to do!

Dry Heat is just a PR line.  I grew up outside Washington DC w/o AC
and slept in the glider (if anybody knows what that is?) on the
front screened porch.  Just  plain hot w/high humidity and Louie
Allen drawing stick figures for the weather forecast on WMAL-TV...

Weather is weather and we make too much about it and a whole lot of
other stuff that is just gonna' happen whether we like it or not

Off the soapbox..!

Chuck
Phoenix AZ



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Re: [MBZ] It's Hot

2006-06-04 Thread Desert Rat

Bob...how do you handle it? Why it barely reached 113 here.

Speaking of.I threw a bottle of Water Wetter in today and saw the
temp drop about 3 degrees as compared to yesterday. (went to 2 notches
below 100, stop and go with A/C on) That stuff works!

On 6/3/06, Bob Rentfro [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

So...I get up to get ready for work and I look and it's 116 degrees on my patio.
No whining about how hot any of you are.

Bob Rentfro
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Re: [MBZ] OM617/300sd oil pressure drop at idle, in gear

2006-05-27 Thread Desert Rat

What weight oil are you running? Some say spec is .5.

I was using 0/40 M1 and saw the same conditions you describe. Changed
to 15/50 M1 and now never goes below 1 bar now even at 110 degrees,
idling in traffic with A/C on.

On 5/27/06, Steve MacSween [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

This is related to my run-hot thread

I seem to recall that the (base) MB spec for oil pressure at hot idle in an
OM617 is 1 bar.

I am getting ~1.5-ish bar at idle hot in park, even when the car is running
hot, but it drops further and faster, to 1 bar in gear once the engine has
really got hot, or I'm in dead traffic, and can even sneak just under the 1
bar mark in traffic jams. So I am constantly shifting into neutral when
waiting.

Question: what is the spec, and is it spec'd for neutral/park or idling in
gear?

TKS

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Re: [MBZ] Serpentine Belt Lower Pivot - Need Help!

2006-05-26 Thread Desert Rat

Unless the PO had to change engines.

On 5/26/06, John Peterson / ImmersionStudio LLC
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

But it is EASY to read if you have your original warranty booklet.  The
engine number is stamped on mine there (last page, old ibm card)



-Original Message-
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Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 2:28 PM
To: Mercedes Discussion List
Subject: Re: [MBZ] Serpentine Belt Lower Pivot - Need Help!


[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:


 2nd -- where the H do I find the engine #?  I've looked all over but
 evidently not the right place.  As I mentioned - it;s a '91, W124 5 cyl
2.5
 Turbo.

The engine number is on the driver's side rear of the engine block, just
below the block head junction, behind the oil filter housing and under
the intake manifold - IMPOSSIBLE for a human to see without
disassembling the car.

Marshall
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190D 2.2 229Kmi (retired)

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Re: [MBZ] Craigslist ad: wrong year/model?

2006-05-22 Thread Desert Rat

Yes they did and for the US market.

On 5/21/06, kevin kraly [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:


Did MB build both a 350SD and a 350SDL?  I guess anything's possible with
swaps.  I'm half tempted to go and take a look at it.

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Re: [MBZ] 201 4 vs 6

2006-05-22 Thread Desert Rat

That's correct, sir.

On 5/21/06, [EMAIL PROTECTED] [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:


Kevin,while the 2.6 is a 6 cylinder gas, the 2.3 is a 4 cylinder gas
engine.
The 2.6 is shoehorned in and is hard to work on and not much faster than
the
4 cylinder model.

These statements are from personal experience, I assume?

RLE
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Re: [MBZ] 190E questions

2006-05-21 Thread Desert Rat

Kevin,while the 2.6 is a 6 cylinder gas, the 2.3 is a 4 cylinder gas engine.
The 2.6 is shoehorned in and is hard to work on and not much faster than the
4 cylinder model.

The early 190D is economical but not much faster than a W123 240D.

If I can be of any help out here in the Palm Springs area, let me know.


On 5/21/06, kevin kraly [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:


Hello everyone.

My sister in So Cal is looking at Mercedes 190E's, the latest one being a
1992 190E 2.6 with 112K miles on it for $3300.  The car is for her
fiance's
daughter, so they want to find a relatively good one for around 3K.  The
first one was a $2700 1991 with 166K miles on it that had obvious
vac/climate control problems (hot air coming out the side vents with cool
AC
coming out the center).
Is there a similar buyers guide like that for the W124 for a W201?  I'm
sure
that most of the stuff on there would apply to that chassis as well.  Are
there any years that should be avoided?  Which model year is the best for
these cars, and which engine is the more reliable of the two?  Of course,
a
190D, in my opinion, would be best, but...

Kevin in Hillsboro Oregon
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Re: [MBZ] Tear Downs was Re: Tire Purchase

2006-05-20 Thread Desert Rat

Same motivation used with buying big SUV's...but 10 times more wasteful of
our resources.

On 5/20/06, Peter Frederick [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:


I've often wondered what motivates a retired couple to build a 7000 sq.
ft. house with three stories, when you know as well as I that they live
in three rooms -- bedroom, kitchen, family room.  The wag here says
they pay someone to clean -- hope they stay rich!

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Re: [MBZ] Tire Purchase

2006-05-18 Thread Desert Rat

Oh yeah, and the Mobil 1 is watered down, etc, etc.

Good grief!

On 5/18/06, David Brodbeck [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Really?  I would think a Michelin was a Michelin.  Do they provide a
lower spec tire specifically for Wal Mart?

Kaleb C. Striplin wrote:
 Their tires are also not of the same quality as what you would get at a
 real tire store/tirerack.

 James Jetton wrote:


 Johnny,
 I just purchased a set of Michelins for the Powerstroke at Wal-mart.  Out 
the door price of $166.00 each, which included lifetime rotation and balance, tire 
disposal, taxes, etc for a set of 235/85/R16's.
 I normally limit my exposure to Wally World, but these prices were cheaper 
than anyone else.

 James Jetton
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Re: [MBZ] Tire Purchase

2006-05-18 Thread Desert Rat

So, Michelin has a different warranty on tires purchased at discount
outlets? Wouldn't Tirerack be the ultimate Discount Outlet? Are they
produced offshore as well?

Sorry, but I am not in the auto trade. Where can one look up this well
known fact to verify this rumor?

On 5/18/06, Steve MacSween [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Uh, negative on the Mobil 1, but it's well known in the auto trade that the
Michelin tires sold through discount outlets (Wal Mart, in Canada also
Canadian Tire) are produced offshore in the Third World.

In the case of Michelin, I know at one time the tires they sold to the
discounter market even carried different model designations (for example,
the X-One was called the X when bought through Costco). Not sure if that is
still true, but if you are comparison shopping check that the entire model
name AND the treadwear and load rating specs are the same.

BTW, this is also happening here in Canada with Bosch parts sold through
Crappy Tire stores (mostly starters and alternators). You are in for a
surprise when you try to pull one and get core or warranty for it, from an
actual Bosch dealer. Bosch won't accept them back as cores or warranty them.

Of course, you KNOW that the current joke among German mechanics is: What
does 'Bosch-Germany' labelled on a part mean? Answer: 'Made in India'. LoL.

Cheers

Mac

on 5/18/06 1:34 PM, Desert Rat at [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Oh yeah, and the Mobil 1 is watered down, etc, etc.

 Good grief!

 On 5/18/06, David Brodbeck [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Really?  I would think a Michelin was a Michelin.  Do they provide a
 lower spec tire specifically for Wal Mart?

 Kaleb C. Striplin wrote:
 Their tires are also not of the same quality as what you would get at a
 real tire store/tirerack.

 James Jetton wrote:


 Johnny,
 I just purchased a set of Michelins for the Powerstroke at Wal-mart.  Out
 the door price of $166.00 each, which included lifetime rotation and
 balance, tire disposal, taxes, etc for a set of 235/85/R16's.
 I normally limit my exposure to Wally World, but these prices were cheaper
 than anyone else.

 James Jetton
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Re: [MBZ] Tire Purchase

2006-05-18 Thread Desert Rat

Agree 100 percent Levi,

Point is Michelin doesn't make a XXX tire for everone but Wallyworld
and then let Wallyworld sell a XXX tire which is inferior to others.
Just not going to happen.

Bought Kuhmo's recently from Tirerack mounted and balanced and then
drop shipped to my Indie. Great tire and great deal. No complaints at
all, for the money anyway.

On 5/18/06, Levi Smith [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

I think they key thing is that are different models of tires.
Michelin is a brand name.  Just cause they make a really great tire,
doesn't mean they don't make some really crappy ones as well.

I don't exactly consider B.F. Goodrich to be my favorite tires, but I'd
consider them a good name.  However, my 83' 300D came with a set that the
guy got at Sam's.  At least two of them have had bubbles in the sidewalls
since I got them.  I pretty well view them as crap tires.

The difference is:
Wal-mart sells CHEAP TIRES.
Tirerack sells GOOD TIRES CHEAP...

Not to say you couldn't find a crap tire at Tirerack, or a good tire at
Wal-mart.  But personally, I buy what I can look on tirerack and see good
reviews for both from tirerack and other customers, and then take it to
Wal-mart or whereever to have it mounted and balanced.
And every time I've checked so far, it's still been cheaper than just
getting whatever no-name brand crap tire that Wal-mart had and having them
mount and balance it...

Personally, I haven't looked up the exact specs, but for the size that was
previously listed where Michelin's were got at Wal-mart for $165, I would
have just paid $85 for Kumho's from Tirerack and had Wally world mount
them.  I've had great luck with the Kumho's I've gotten so far...  (I don't
know what model the michelin's were, but tirerack did have a michelin in
that size that was $160...)

Levi

On 5/18/06, Desert Rat [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 So, Michelin has a different warranty on tires purchased at discount
 outlets? Wouldn't Tirerack be the ultimate Discount Outlet? Are they
 produced offshore as well?

 Sorry, but I am not in the auto trade. Where can one look up this well
 known fact to verify this rumor?

 On 5/18/06, Steve MacSween [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
  Uh, negative on the Mobil 1, but it's well known in the auto trade that
 the
  Michelin tires sold through discount outlets (Wal Mart, in Canada also
  Canadian Tire) are produced offshore in the Third World.
 
  In the case of Michelin, I know at one time the tires they sold to the
  discounter market even carried different model designations (for
 example,
  the X-One was called the X when bought through Costco). Not sure if that
 is
  still true, but if you are comparison shopping check that the entire
 model
  name AND the treadwear and load rating specs are the same.
 
  BTW, this is also happening here in Canada with Bosch parts sold
 through
  Crappy Tire stores (mostly starters and alternators). You are in for a
  surprise when you try to pull one and get core or warranty for it, from
 an
  actual Bosch dealer. Bosch won't accept them back as cores or warranty
 them.
 
  Of course, you KNOW that the current joke among German mechanics is:
 What
  does 'Bosch-Germany' labelled on a part mean? Answer: 'Made in India'.
 LoL.
 
  Cheers
 
  Mac
 
  on 5/18/06 1:34 PM, Desert Rat at [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 
   Oh yeah, and the Mobil 1 is watered down, etc, etc.
  
   Good grief!
  
   On 5/18/06, David Brodbeck [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
   Really?  I would think a Michelin was a Michelin.  Do they provide a
   lower spec tire specifically for Wal Mart?
  
   Kaleb C. Striplin wrote:
   Their tires are also not of the same quality as what you would get
 at a
   real tire store/tirerack.
  
   James Jetton wrote:
  
  
   Johnny,
   I just purchased a set of Michelins for the Powerstroke at
 Wal-mart.  Out
   the door price of $166.00 each, which included lifetime rotation
 and
   balance, tire disposal, taxes, etc for a set of 235/85/R16's.
   I normally limit my exposure to Wally World, but these prices were
 cheaper
   than anyone else.
  
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Re: [MBZ] Any body want a W140 w/new engine?

2006-05-09 Thread Desert Rat

And let's not forget the Evaporator issue.

On 5/8/06, Craig McCluskey [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

On Mon, 8 May 2006 10:24:17 -0500 Rick Knoble [EMAIL PROTECTED]
wrote:

 
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1992-MERCEDES-BENZ-300SD-NEW-ENGINE_W0QQitemZ4638434843QQcategoryZ6336QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


Does it have the biodegradable wiring?


Craig

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Re: [MBZ] spring time

2006-05-03 Thread Desert Rat

Special springs because of the added weight of a sunroof? So, how does
one compensate for the varying weights of a driver/passenger? This is
kind of bizarre!

On 5/3/06, Jim Cathey [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 brake support joints.  Rusty and I decided that the sunroof couldn't
 add
 more than perhaps 50 pounds to the front half of an already front-heavy
 car, so I went ahead and installed the much cheaper non-sunroof
 springs.

I doubt the _entire_ sunroof weighs 50 pounds!  (You wouldn't count
the color panel, since that piece of metal would be there anyway.)

-- Jim


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Re: [MBZ] Nice 500E for sale

2006-04-28 Thread Desert Rat

My 92 W140 has R134 from the factory.

On another topic Dave, why in the hell did you show me that My
401K hates you

We were huge John Paul fans during the 80' and have dozens of photos
of their IMSA Porsches.

On 4/28/06, Jim Cathey [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Dave, is it true what he says about all 500E's, even early ones,
 coming with
 R134a A/C from the factory?  First I've heard of that.  Seems odd for
 a '92
 car.

That was about the cutover date, IIRC.  It would make some sense that
they'd ease into the switchover, and do it first on some sub-model of
the line.

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Re: [MBZ] Kevin is selling his CD

2006-04-26 Thread Desert Rat
If only he had spelled diesel correctly...my Search missed it.

On 4/25/06, redghost [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 http://seattle.craigslist.org/car/153514058.html

 If you put some time or effort into your new to you CD, maybe this
 fellow will make it worth your while to part with it

 no affiliation

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Re: [MBZ] Dealing with MBUSA

2006-04-26 Thread Desert Rat
Wasn't too many years ago that Porsche would paint your car to
sample providing you gave them enough green stuff.

On 4/25/06, [EMAIL PROTECTED] [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Let me get this straight. You ordered the car, built to your needs and
 desires. You wanted an interior that was available for that model, combined 
 with
 an exterior that was available for that model, and the computer wouldn't allow
 the dealer to process the order that way?
 If I were the would-be customer, that would be a NO SALE until the dealer got
 on the phone with HQ and found a way to place the order the way I wanted it.


 Dream on. MBUSA did not want to be bothered with too many choices. A computer
 doesn't come into it. As far as lying down on the floor, holding my breath
 and kicking my heels, it won't work. Take it or leave it.

 I think things have changed in the last five years. First, there is the MB
 worldwide quality scandal which has torpedoed sales numbers and cut sales comm
 issions. Second, there are now a helluva lot of good cars fishing in MB's
 fishing hole.

 So now, MB is putting that behind them by bringing out new models such as the
 S-Class and the revising the E-Class to tide them over until the new E
 arrives in '09. The all-new C is due early next year along with the G 
 alongside the
 old G for the well heeled traditionalists. And the M is new, of course.

 And it looks like diesel power will be coming for all of them, most likely
 BlueTec. The revised E (due out this month) offers four diesels in Europe
 including the new 4.0 TT V-8. My copy of Auto motor und Sport arrived today 
 with a
 big atricle on the revised E and the AMG 6.3 version of the CLK and others.
 And, the name Hammer is coming   back with two AMG V-8s, one with more than 
 600HP
 and nearly 500 ft lbs torque.

 RLE


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Re: [MBZ] Why no 320CDI choice for the new GL?

2006-04-25 Thread Desert Rat
Unfortunately though, you will have to move out of the US to own one.
While they are built in AL, they are not US legal, yet.

On 4/25/06, [EMAIL PROTECTED] [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Luther wrote:ML DOES come with the CDI.  It must be ordered that way

 Thanks Luther,
 I have learned something useful!!  Now, when I hit the lottery I can order a
 ML Diesel!!
 ;-)

 Sincerely,
 Larry T ('74 911, '67 MGB, 91 300D Turbo)
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 - Original Message -
 From: Luther Gulseth [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 11:24 AM
 Subject: Re: [MBZ] Why no 320CDI choice for the new GL?


  AA, the ML DOES come with the CDI.  It must be ordered
  that way, like EVERY other car you purchase from MB!
  I use to think the same exact way, till my plant contact set me straight
  and told me how it is.
 
  Luther
 
 
 
  ~Agree - I would have thought the ML would have been a perfect fit for a
  ~diesel -
  ~
  ~Also - in Europe, I read that over 1/2 of the S class new car sales had
  ~diesel engines.
  ~That would be my dream MB - a 96-99 S Class with a large turbo diesel -
  ~The ultimate in luxury.  I know the W140 is supposed to be vault like --
  and
  ~never having driven a W140 or the newer S CLass (W220?) I can't really
  speak
  ~from experience but I would suspect the newer S Class would be close to
  the
  ~W140 in luxury and ride quality - probably not as good build quality as
  the
  ~W140 but it'd be nice to have the option.  I'd like to see some on the
  used
  ~car market -
  ~
  ~Oh well - I wonder of MB listens to the public?
  ~
  ~Sincerely,
  ~Larry T ('74 911, '67 MGB, 91 300D Turbo)
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  ~Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 8:53 AM
  ~Subject: [MBZ] Why no 320CDI choice for the new GL?
  ~
  ~
  ~I don't get MB. You'd think they'd start putting diesel engines in more
  ~ cars. I know that folks who buy a new MB can usually afford to put
  ~ gasoline in the tank, but at the same time, there must be a large cross
  ~ section that would like to be able to say they get really good mileage
  in
  ~ their new XX class MB. Donchathink?
  ~
  ~ ...Kevin
  ~ 87 300TD 283k mi
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Re: [MBZ] Idiot Needle

2006-04-23 Thread Desert Rat
Tom, to quote my Owners Manual, page 53: The oil pressure at idle may
drop to 0.3 bar if the engine is at operating temperature but must
rise immediately upon acceleration.

I see 1 to 1.2 sometimes and I'm not happy about that but MB says it's
OK. Using 20-50 Mobil 1 from 0-40 increased my hot idle from under 1
and I didn't like that at all!

On 4/22/06, Tom Hargrave [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Jim's correct - what matters is hot oil pressure at idle or a pressure drop
 at running speed  both are delivered by Mercedes oil pressure gauge. Even
 the American gauges that read actual pressure at running speeds deliver
 useless information at those speeds.

 I would correct one of Don's statements - I'd say that anything below 1.2
 bar at hot idle shows an issue with the engine. He's 100% correct about the
 pegged gauge at road speeds.

 I've got a better one for you. A friend of mine purchased a new Ford 3/4 ton
 diesel truck a few years back. He noticed that the oil pressure gauge always
 read mid level regardless of engine speed and being an Engineer, he knew
 better. He took it to Ford for diagnosis and found out in the process that
 the gauge was connected to an idiot light sensor and when the sensor
 turned on, the gauge swung to mid range. In other words, the gauge was
 nothing more than a fancy idiot light! Needless to say, Don was not a happy
 camper! He's still driving the truck  he has a real oil pressure gauge
 mounted under the dash but he'll probably not purchase another one. Ford
 saved $6.00 and lost a loyal customer in the process.


 Thanks,
 Tom Hargrave
 256-656-1924
 www.kegkits.com

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 Sent: Sunday, April 23, 2006 12:25 AM
 To: Mercedes Discussion List
 Subject: Re: [MBZ] Idiot Needle

  Why does the oil pressure gauge simply peg at 3 almost all the time?
  In doing so, it is less a gauge, and more an idiot light. Why didn't
  Mercedes redesign the gauge so that it provided precise feedback as to
  the pressure?

 It's an interesting compromise of gauge and idiot light.  Anything above
 3 is more than enough, so the expanded scale lets you see more of the 'bad'
 area.  I think anything less than 0.5 or 0.7 at hot idle is the danger zone.
 And if it's not at 3 on the road you have a problem.

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[MBZ] Oil Pressure 0.3 reading

2006-04-23 Thread Desert Rat
Tom Hargrave asked:

I'm curious, which engine is it?

Tom, it's a 85 380SL . In my Owners Manual for the W140 (119), there
is no specific wording.

I was looking at a mid 90's MB on Ebay and the oil pressure gauge was
red just a tick below 1 so it appears that the gauge calibrations have
changed or MB's philosophy has or it's engine specific.
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Re: [MBZ] W140 door closing system problem

2006-04-21 Thread Desert Rat
Same problem and routine here, Dave. But, before I went the new pump
route, I decided to changeout the fuse and guess what, haven't had a
problem and it's been almost 6 months now.



On 4/21/06, Dave M. [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Hi all,

 My BIL's 1994 S500 had a problem with the door closing system, which
 has an electrically-operated vacuum pump in the trunk. (This is a
 SEPARATE pump from the door locks, btw.) It basically would stop
 working, so he'd pull the fuse (in the trunk) and re-insert it, which
 would re-set the system and it would work a few times and then quit.
 He got a rebuilt pump from Beckman Technologies...

 http://www.beckmanntechnologies.com/products.html

 ...and that fixed the problem. Now, a few months later, one door is
 not closing like it should. Rumor is, that's a sign of the pump going
 out (again!). Does anyone know enough about these systems to say if
 that's a true statement? Anyone have troubleshooting info on these
 things? Sure is a nice car when everything works right...!

 :-)


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Re: [MBZ] pushbutton ACC troubleshooting

2006-04-19 Thread Desert Rat
Well now, here is a real dumb question: Wouldn't the aspirator fan and
associated controls be bypassed if you set the controls to manual AC?

On 4/19/06, Jim Cathey [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
  Is that pretty much true for the W201 as well?

 I don't know much about the 201 (yet).  Ours isn't that far
 along!  But I expect it to be substantially the same.  I know
 the monovalve is different, as is the PB array and fan control,
 but still...

 -- Jim


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Re: [MBZ] Dumb de Dumb-Dumb-Dumb

2006-04-17 Thread Desert Rat
It's waiting for you to enter the anti-theft code. If it's an older
Becker, the dealer has a generic code card they can enter.

Otherwise, it's going to be a long WAIT!


On 4/17/06, Frederick Moir [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Hi, All.
  So, there I was in the junkyard, congratulating myself for paying only $10 
 for a Becker radio from a 300E, it never having occurred to me to CHECK the 
 numbers, hence the subject line. The radio is numbered BE 1480 and, when 
 tested, displays WAIT.
  Question:- Am I missing some other part? For example:- Amplifier or CD or? 
 Or is it that the number of my active synapses is below some useful threshold?
  Fred (Dumber than dirt) Moir
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Re: [MBZ] 1984 W126 380SE

2006-04-17 Thread Desert Rat
First thing I would look for is to be sure it has the dual timing
chain in place and when was the last time they were changed out.

Now I know the 85 models had the dual setup from the factory but am
not sure that all 84 MY 380's had this important improvement.

On 4/17/06, Ed Booher [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 What can you, the good listers, tell me about a non-diesel V8 with
 200K on the clock?

 How much screaming will I do at this model?

 Thanks,

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Re: [MBZ] Toyota eyesore

2006-04-15 Thread Desert Rat
Crown Vic V8500 V6. And there is a model 500SEL!

On 4/14/06, David Brodbeck [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Peter Frederick wrote:
  Sad, as I
  suspect it, like the older Crown Vic styles, are basically decent
  quality IF they would just get out of the early 1950s for suspension
  and drivetrain design..
 

 Actually, the 500 doesn't share anything with the Crown Vic.  The
 chassis and drivetrain are all new (except maybe the engine -- not sure
 about that.)  It can be had with RWD and a conventional automatic, or
 all wheel drive and a CVT.  It looks bland but it actually contains a
 lot of new technology for Ford.


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Re: [MBZ] Timing chain troubles on 300d

2006-04-14 Thread Desert Rat
Haynes manual page 62,
step 4. Remove EGR tube and chain tensioner lock bolt.
step 5, On engines with the Type A hooked steel tensioning rail,
remove the rail.

On 4/14/06, Potter, Tom  E [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Of all the manuals available, Chilton's is the least useful, in my
 opinion. Get the factory manuals. You will never regret it. Just think,
 you have already wasted enough time to pay for a factory manual.

 Tom Potter (Who spent many years writing technical manuals)

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 Subject: Re: [MBZ] Timing chain troubles on 300d


 Chilton!!!  I curse you!!! ( just looked and both
 my manuals are chiltons)

 Rat bastards  That step is missing in both
 books!!





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  this
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  Step 3 in the '79 300D engine manual:  Remove
  tensioner
  Step 1 in the 201 602 engine manual: Remove
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Re: [MBZ] Does this look right?

2006-04-12 Thread Desert Rat
Bob, those are Euro lights...great looking. Had them on my W123 CD and
now on my R107 also


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 http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1985-300-turbo-diesel_W0QQitemZ4629562801QQcategoryZ6330QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

 The headlights look odd...or am I nuts.
 (Answer nicely)

 Bob Rentfro
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 Litchfield Park, AZ
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Re: [MBZ] W140 steering pulsing when cold?

2006-04-10 Thread Desert Rat
Can you check to see if there are any driveway spots of oil? Mine is
leaking a tad and spots occur under the drivers side front just back
from the bumper.

Looking at the 2nd rebuild now.

On 4/10/06, Marshall Booth [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 dave walton wrote:
  My 94 S350 has started showing some steering problems when cold. There is a
  pulsating moaning sound as you turn. You can feel the pulsating through the
  steering wheel. It changes pitch with the engine speed. It is maybe slightly
  harder to turn. After about 2 minutes, it goes back to normal. I could go
  out on a limb and suggest the steering pump is going bad, but I've been
  wrong before with apparently simple assumptions like that. If it is the
  pump, is it fixable? Easy fix?

 I'd start by changing the PS fluid and the filter.

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Re: [MBZ] Project 240D in Oregon

2006-04-08 Thread Desert Rat
Jim,
just tell him the car is in Nigeria and a money wire transfer to you
is required.

Free shipping to wherever he wants the car.

On 4/7/06, Jim Cathey [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 First bite on the car, and it's a scam.  I look forward to the
 coming days!

 I'm glad that this bozo is interested in my Goods for sale, and
 can't read.  (Or write!)

 Let's see.  Dear BLANK, go BLANK yourself.  ... and get better
 mail-merge, spelling, and grammar programs!

 -- Jim

 I am Kelvin smith from US, colorado spring, currently an automobile
 dealer here in London, France, westafrica. I do business worldwide like
 buying New  Used Autos for sales and all kinds of Electronics.I was
 just going through the Classified ads and I then came across the advert
 concerning your Goods for sale, am very much interested in purchasing.
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Re: [MBZ] 300D Bundtcake Rims

2006-04-07 Thread Desert Rat
Massive doses of Brake Cleaner. That's what I used when I pulled off
the Clean Discs and found an unbelieveable amount of crud on the back
of the wheels. YUK!

On 4/6/06, redghost [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 It is the crust in the back of the wheel that I am trying to make go
 away.  What little there is on the front is pretty simple to remove

 On Thursday, April 6, 2006, at 11:18 AM, David Brodbeck wrote:

  archer wrote:
  A pressure washer held just close enough to remove the dirt/brake
  dust and
  not the finish did a good job on a set of bundt wheels after spraying
  them
  with some kind of cleaner (409?) I forget which one.
 
 
  In that vein, I've had reasonably good results at removing light
  accumulations by spraying the wheels with cheap parts store wheel
  cleaner just before driving through a self-serve automatic car wash.
 
 
  David Brodbeck
  '83 300D Turbo
 
 
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Re: [MBZ] brake schmutz

2006-04-06 Thread Desert Rat
Well,
I do dry them off after rinsing.

I noticed that if I am driving in the rain, the brake dust sticks to the wheel.

That happened once to me in the past 2 years.

On 4/5/06, [EMAIL PROTECTED] [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 A simple hosing off of the wheels about once a month is all that is
 required to keep the wheels looking good.

 A simple hosing off??? What's your idea of looking good', anyway? Water does
 not wash off brake dust.

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Re: [MBZ] coolish?

2006-04-06 Thread Desert Rat
Or into Juneau, AK on Alaska Air.

On 4/5/06, [EMAIL PROTECTED] [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Temp for one 2 week period at Sondrestromfjord, Greenland

 Sonderstrom. Gee, on my first European trip, we landed at Sondrestrom to
 refuel on the way from Vancouver to Dusseldorf. 727-100

 Thrilling approach up the dead-end fjord. Like flying down a curved hallway.

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Re: [MBZ] EPC question - CLK optional wheel bolts?

2006-04-04 Thread Desert Rat
Isn't the offset on a W124 wheel somewhere in the neighborhood of 45?

On 4/4/06, Alex Chamberlain [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Thanks, Dave!  The 21 mm ones must be what I'm looking for.

 Yeah, I bought those wheels not just because I like the looks of them but
 also because I had heard that they were forged, not cast like most new
 wheels are.  They are 16x7.5 ET 37.  I plan to put them on the 300D with
 205/55-16 tires.  (I'd like to go wider, to 215/55-16s, but I'm afraid they
 might rub in the front at maximum lock due to the wider offset.  What do you
 think?)  I'll weigh them when I get a chance.  Not sure I have anything more
 accurate than the bathroom scale to do it with, though, LOL!

 Alex

 On 4/3/06, Dave M. [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 
  Alex,
 
  I think those are the forged aluminum wheels... they're supposed to be
  quite light. If you are able to weigh them, I'd be curious about the
  weight. What size/offset are they, btw?
 
  Anyway, the EPC shows two lug bolts for the 99 CLK320 in two different
  lengths, I assume you'd need the shorter of the two (the longer ones
  are for code 648/659 which may be a Sport or AMG variant.)
 
  203-401-01-70 - M12 x 1, 5 x 21
  203-401-02-70 - M12 x 1, 5 x 40
 
  Looks to me like the first one is 21mm long, and the second is 40mm long?
 
  :-)
 
  -Dave M.
 
   --
   Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2006 23:42:52 -0800
   From: Alex Chamberlain [EMAIL PROTECTED]
   Subject: [MBZ] EPC question - CLK optional wheel bolts?
  
  
   Can somebody with the EPC look up a part for me---the lug bolt that fits
  the
   wheel in the attached picture?  (Also at
   http://www.w124diesel.net/clkwheel.jpg if the attachment doesn't work.)
  
   These are sometimes called lightweight CLK wheels.  They were an
  option on
   late '90s CLKs and maybe other cars.  The girl I bought them from said
  they
   came on her '99 right off the lot, and she didn't know there was
  anything
   special about them (muah ha ha! her loss!).
  
   Standard lug bolts that work with every other wheel on a 124 don't work
  with
   these---it looks like they need to be about 2 or 3 cm shorter to bottom
  out
   properly in the seats.
  
   I want to know the right part number before I call Rusty... not that I
  don't
   trust him, just that I have heard tell that these bolts are an exotic
  item,
   easily mistaken for other bolts, and want to get more than one opinion
  on
   the right PN before I order.
  
   Thanks,
   Alex Chamberlain
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Re: [MBZ] Used 126 wheels 86 420 SEL

2006-04-01 Thread Desert Rat
Walt, if the wheel is 14, then it is not a 15 hole wheel but rather,
a bundt wheel which was standard on the W126 through 1985.

A 15 hole wheel has a flat face and the bundt does not.

On 3/31/06, W. Lasher [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
  I don't know if this is what your looking for but I have:

 Snow Tires for Sale:
 I have 2 studded snow tires for sale
 Cooper Weather master S/T
 P197/70 R 14  M/S, These were used on my W126.
 Tires have 96% original tread almost new ……$20 each

 Also have extra wheel (15 hole) in New
 Condition….$60   This was my spare on my ole' w126
 All located in Everett, Washington..30 miles North of Seattle
 You can contact me direct at  [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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Re: [MBZ] 0-60 Target?

2006-03-31 Thread Desert Rat
Dave,
thanks for that work you did on the worksheet, it's a keeper!

On 3/30/06, Marshall Booth [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
  Thanks to Marshall and Dave M ( others) -  you wrote:About 13 sec. that
  makes my initial time of 14 sec seem pretty close!  I need to try again with
  AC off and see how we do.
 
  Now, given my closeness to the standard time, does that change our diagnosis
  for the engine/head/GPs having carbon deposits around them?  I still get the
  rough running/white smoke when 1st started *if* the ambient temp is below
  ~45F - only very slightly rough - more like a cough - above ~45F.  But below
  40F is seems to run on 3 cylinders.

 Changes NOTHING.

 
  Is there anything in the IP or injectors that might cause them to stick
  when cold?  Grasping for straws --

 Injectors DO sometimes become touchy when cold. They need to be tested
 for pressure and spray pattern after sitting in a freezer for and hour
 or so to confirm that.

 Leaky delivery valve seals seem to be a little MORE troublesome when
 cold (at least at first). There is NO field test for delivery valve seals.

 Marshall
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Re: [MBZ] Joe!

2006-03-31 Thread Desert Rat
Joe's back??

On 3/31/06, Dave M. [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Ditto! Good to have you back in the fray, Joe.

 =)

 +dm

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  From: Loren Faeth [EMAIL PROTECTED]
  Subject: [MBZ] Joe!
 
 
  Welcome back Joe!
 
  We've missed ya!

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Re: [MBZ] Project 240D in Oregon

2006-03-29 Thread Desert Rat
Jim, please advise if there are any homes for sale in your
neighborhoodI desperately need you for a neighbor!

Your patience and perseverance are commendable.

On 3/28/06, R A Bennell [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Remind me - what year is this car?


 Randy B

 -Original Message-

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Re: [MBZ] UPS vs FEDEX

2006-03-29 Thread Desert Rat
I have just started using this process and it is just great!

I print down the mailing label and pay for the postage all at the same
time. Actually, I do this through Ebay and Paypal most of the time
when I sell something.

We live in a rural area and know our post lady well. She takes our
packages during her normal rounds.

If I miss our Carrier, I can take the package down to our local PO and
just leave it on the counter as the Post Lady knows me. The only think
she asks is that I change the mailed from to her zip as she should
get credit for the handling.

This new service has saved me numerous hours and frustrationglad
to see our Postal Service becoming interactive with customer needs.

On 3/28/06, James Jetton [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 I work for the Postal Service so my opinion is biased.  We offer almost the 
 same services as FEDEX and UPS, there are advantages and disadvantages to 
 each service.  We do offer Click and Ship with carrier pickup, you might 
 want to read about it at  www. usps.com .   It may be impractical for large 
 items, but could save you some time and effort for smaller parcels.  This is 
 not a solicitation for your business, just my .02 worth.


 James Jetton
  1987 300SDL 139k

 Tom Hargrave wrote:
  I've given up on both and ship through the post office these days.
 

 I find the post office is cheaper for most items, but UPS becomes
 cheaper if the item is very heavy. Also, UPS has real package tracking
 and doesn't charge extra for it, whereas the Post Office charges extra
 and can only tell you whether or not the carrier claims it was
 delivered. The biggest thing for me is the convenience factor, though.
 Going to the post office means spending 15 minutes waiting in line,
 sometimes more if it's within a month or so of Christmas. With UPS I
 can be done in under five minutes. The Post Office is also only open
 until five, requiring me to sacrifice my lunch hour, while UPS is open late.
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Re: [MBZ] Those Slow Old 380 engine cars

2006-03-27 Thread Desert Rat
Bill. I would second that.

My 85 380SL is very quick off the line and keeps up very nicely with
city traffic. In the 50 to 90 mph range, it does run out of steam.

One of the reasons I wanted the 380SL was due to the fact that it
burns regular unleaded. Big factor for me today.

OTOH, am starting to get the shakes for a SL320 R129hope this
feeling goes away soon!

On 3/27/06, Bill Aston [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 No doubt the 380 is slower  at high RPM  than a 500 SEC/SL  but  the max 
 torque comes on quickly at about  2700RPM and the rear axle  ratio of 2.47:1  
 gives the car lots of low RPM acceleration.   I've owned a half dozen diesel 
 and gas MB cars and have never thought  my present  380 SEC was a slowpoke.   
   A well cared for  380SL could be a great buy. Check that the top storage 
 area is not rusty.

 As for fast, among the older cars the  1979 450 SEL was a real blast to 
 drive.   Horrible gas mileage but fun on the freeways.

 Cheers
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Re: [MBZ] Was 8500 X50 Radar Detector now My Problem

2006-03-25 Thread Desert Rat
Our turbo MB's have internal engine mods such as oilers under the
pistons, etc to handle the extra pressure and heat. Would think this
principle would apply to other engines as well.

Miata Monster (V8), now we're talking! That's one goal I have left in
my auto dream wish bag.  know I will never be able to afford a Cobra!

On 3/24/06, Rich Thomas [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 I see those guys put turbos on engines on the TV shows, it's mostly a
 bolt-up job with a little drilling here and there for mounts and such.
 Does not look like any big deal if the kit is well made for the
 particular install.  No input re: engine longevity, but I would think
 replacement engines/bits of various sorts would be fairly cheap even if
 it croaked, there's a lot of Miatas out there, and a lot of hop-up
 experience with them.  If it blows up, there are V8 conversion
 kits...now that would be some fun!

 I hope he lets you drive it too!

 -R

 R A Bennell wrote:

 Put the roll bar in to save his neck. Do not put the turbo in for the same 
 reason.
 
 Plus engine longevity, tuning problems etc. If he really needs more jamb, 
 swap for a Mustang with an 8 or something
 else with  more power but keep it simple and cheap to fix.
 
 My 2 cents but free advice is worth what you pay for it etc.
 
 Randy B
 
 -Original Message-
 From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Behalf Of Sunil Hari
 Sent: Friday, March 24, 2006 3:17 PM
 To: Mercedes Discussion List
 Subject: Re: [MBZ] Was 8500 X50 Radar Detector now My Problem
 
 
 um, yeah.  what are you doing letting your kid drive a 2-seat pocket
 rocket?  And turbocharging it only makes it more susceptible to speeding
 tickets and accidents.
 
 But strictly speaking from a mechanical standpoint, installing a turbo and a
 roll bar is very doable by you and your son (if you can maintain an old
 benz, you can do this), but I don't think it's a one-day project.
 
 On 3/24/06, andrew strasfogel [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 
 
 OK let's change this topic to a discussion of turbocharging and
 installing
 a roll bar on a 2005 Miata.
 
 My son says you can purchase well-documented kits to do these mods. with
 ordinary tools and ordinary mechanical aptitude, and wants me to do it
 with
 him.  This will presumably foster father-son bonding.  My question is...
 has the child gone mad?  Isn't this something one should trust solely to
 professionals who do this for a living?  The work is supposed to take a
 day,
 and he would save $2k in labor charges.  The work would be done in
 SWMBA/O's
 car port, so I am naturally fearful of disabling the Miata and keeping her
 nice 85 300CD out in the rain... to my detriment.
 
 Any words of advice would be appreciated.
 
 
 On 3/24/06, Craig McCluskey [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 
 
 On Fri, 24 Mar 2006 15:15:36 -0500 John Berryman
 [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 
 
 
 On Mar 24, 2006, at 3:02 PM, Craig McCluskey wrote:
 
 
 
 The speedometer and odometer are driven from the speedometer cable
 
 
 in
 
 
 parallel. One does not affect the other. (Actually, if they do, the
 speedometer cable will break something in the speedometer head or
 
 
 the
 
 
 cable will break.)
 
 
 
   I don't know what what made me think less friction would have an
 effect, the magnet can only spin as fast as the speedo cable any way.
 
 
 Yup, you got it. Everything has to turn as fast as the speedo cable or
 something will break.
 
 
 
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Re: [MBZ] Ebay sale

2006-03-24 Thread Desert Rat
Dennis, that's proper and the way Ebay works on a non reseve auction..
Buyer put in a bid for say 5K days ago. Each time a bidder put in a
number, lets say  4.5K, the winner's bid is always on top up to the
5K.

Maybe this winner put in 6K as a max (who knows) but time ran out and
he won at the lower price.

This is all legitimate and what makes for good deals if you have
sniper software or can bid in the last 5 seconds.

I got my 380SL the same way. I had put in 6K but outbid everyone else
and bought it for 4,900 in the lst 5 seconds.

Reseve auctions are different.

On 3/23/06, Woodlandtaylors [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Group,

 Does this ebay bidding look legitimate? Why would a buyer out bid themselves
 on the day of closing?

 http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=4622840080rd=
 1sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AITrd=1

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Re: [MBZ] Ebay sale

2006-03-24 Thread Desert Rat
There was no reserve.

On 3/23/06, Mitch Haley [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Woodlandtaylors wrote:
 
  Group,
 
  Does this ebay bidding look legitimate? Why would a buyer out bid themselves
  on the day of closing?
 
  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=4622840080

 I'm wondering if it was a reserve auction and the winner kept upping his bid
 until he won. Normally, if you overbid yourself, nothing changes unless your
 old winning bid was less than one bid increment above the next highest bidder.

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Re: [MBZ] Ebay sale

2006-03-24 Thread Desert Rat
That's up to the Seller. He/she can have a private auction so the
ID's wouldn't show. The are both good and bad reasons to go this way.
This was an open auction so all bidders are shown.



On 3/23/06, John Berryman [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 On Mar 23, 2006, at 9:28 PM, Desert Rat wrote:

  There was no reserve.

Are bidders able to be anonymous or at least not have their e-bay ID
 show to the general public? I see there is a space between all of the
 winners bids.

 Johnny B.
 I Mac Therefore I am

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Re: [MBZ] Biodegradable wiring

2006-03-23 Thread Desert Rat
Speaking of, anyone know if these issues are occuring to other German
makes? Wonder what Audi, BMW and VW are dealing with these issues?

On 3/22/06, Craig McCluskey [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 On Wed, 22 Mar 2006 19:44:12 -0800 Jim Cathey [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

   The wiring harnesses that Mercedes sells today as replacements are
   said to be identical (they carry the same part number I'm told) to the
   ones originally installed, but are expected to last at least 10 years
   even under harsh conditions.
 
  A whole 10 years?  Be still my heart!


 My sarcasm detector just pegged.



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Re: [MBZ] Biodegradable wiring

2006-03-23 Thread Desert Rat
ROTFLthinking back when my TR3 dash caught fire.

On 3/22/06, Kevin [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 On Wed, Mar 22, 2006 at 11:46:55PM -0800, Desert Rat wrote:
  Speaking of, anyone know if these issues are occuring to other German
  makes? Wonder what Audi, BMW and VW are dealing with these issues?

 IIRC, volvo had a similar problem. Can't remember the exact details.

 One could say british car wiring was unintentionally biodegradable too :)

 K

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Re: [MBZ] 1994 S Class Diesels, Bad Heads?

2006-03-20 Thread Desert Rat
Larry, there is no W140 350SDL...only a W126 300SDL. But, there is a
big differencve in interior room as compared to a W124.

On 3/19/06, [EMAIL PROTECTED] [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 While looking at the photos of the SDL on eBay,   I just realized that the
 W124 300D looks amazingly similar to the W140 350SDL!

 Obviously, the interior of the W140 is much more luxurious than the W124,
 but the exterior photos really look similar - expecially when there are no
 other objects nearby to get an idea of the scale of the SDL.

 I thought it was an interesting observation but no one else probably will.
 ;-)


 Sincerely,
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 Sent: Saturday, March 18, 2006 9:32 PM
 Subject: [MBZ] 1994 S Class Diesels, Bad Heads?


  Did Mercedes fix the bad head issues with the S's by the 1994 year?  I was
  looking at the biggie
  http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mercedes-Benz-300-Series-S-350-DIESEL-S350-94-MERCEDES-RARE-IMMACULATE_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ6336QQitemZ4622935201QQrdZ1
 
  It is sad that such a comfortable body had such a vulnerable motor.
 
  John Peterson
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Re: [MBZ] 1983 300SD continued

2006-03-19 Thread Desert Rat
I think the cracking has something to do with whether or not the
engine had a Trap Oxidizer and how many times the engine overheated.

On 3/18/06, OK Don [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Same here - 292kmi on a #14 head. IIRC, Marshall was saying around 20%
 of the 603 heads were cracking, and I'm guessing that most of them
 have already done it if they're going to.
 The 603 engine in the 126 chassis is awesome!!!  That 6 inches sure
 seems like more. Rear seat passengers really appreciate it.

 On 3/18/06, Jeff Zedic [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
  Don't be afraid of the heads!! My #14 is still going strong at 284kmi!!
 
  There's 6 inches of extra room in the SDL!!
 
  Jeff Zedic

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Re: [MBZ] Oil question AGAIN

2006-03-14 Thread Desert Rat
I juat picked up 3 jugs of 15W50 at Wallyworld a couple of weeks ago.

They were out in a free standing aisle away from the oil section.

On 3/13/06, Sunil Hari [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Wally world (and everyone else) has stopped carrying the stuff.  Mobil has
 really stopped making the 5w-40 stuff.  It's like liquid gold now.

 On 3/13/06, W. Lasher [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 
  I'm having trouble finding Mobile 1 Truck and SUV 5-W-40 in the Gal. jugs.
  Wal-Mart here just carries 5-W-30 (is this a Diesel oil?).
  I did find a 0-W-40 but isn't that too much of a spread?
 
  Walt Lasher
  Seattle
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Re: [MBZ] Block Heater Yes or no

2006-03-11 Thread Desert Rat
My 83 300SD was sold new at Downtown LA Motors in LA. Spend all it's
life in Southern CA and it had a block heater and cord. There was no
mention of this equipment on the Window Sticker as an otion...must
have been standard equipment.

On 3/10/06, Marshall Booth [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 redghost wrote:
  I always was under the impression that all the cars had block heater,
  but not all cars had the cord.  The e300d has no cord, but being cali
  car did get a block heater.  in L.A.

 Starting in the early/mid '80s all US delivered diesels had block
 heaters (but cords were dealer installed, often only if requested). Car
 delivered elsewhere didn't have heaters unless they were ordered as options.

 Johnny B.s 190D 2.5 and my 2.0 are Euro cars and were NOT equipped with
 block heaters from the factory. They will reliably start down to about
 10-15 below zero F without a block heater (providing the fuel is treated
 and the preheating circuitry is working properly. Few European cars
 south of the Scandinavian countries were ordered with block heaters.

 Marshall
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Re: [MBZ] 55 vs 70

2006-03-10 Thread Desert Rat
Uhm, it's 175 miles to portland from seattle, not 275.

On 3/10/06, redghost [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Roger, you drive really slow!   You must also be way north, or doing
 round trip.  Gump made PDX from UW in a bit over 2hr 15 minutes on a
 sunday.  RT was five hours because I had to hit the head.

 On Thursday, March 9, 2006, at 10:24 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

  For a twenty mile trip: 60 vs. 65 - you save 1 min. 32 sec.
 
  Lets be a little more realistic.
 
  Seattle to Portland, OR 275 miles
 
  @55mph.5 hours
 
  @70mph.3 hours 55 minutes
 
  One hour  five minutes more exposure to other cars. You know, those
  other
  incompetents.
 
  RLE
 
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Re: [MBZ] speaking of wheels

2006-03-09 Thread Desert Rat
Don, they won't fit on your W126 chassis.Your ET is approximately 25.



On 3/9/06, Donald Snook [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Lee L. wrote:



 Speaking of wheels, I have a set of 4 E300 wheels on ebay . . . 



 Anyone know if these will fit on my car.  1990 300SEL.  According to the
 listing they are 16 x 7.5  41 et.   I have the original 15 hole wheels
 which are 15 inch.





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Re: [MBZ] 124 8 hole wheels

2006-03-06 Thread Desert Rat
Don,
couple of months ago I did the same thing to the W140 (no son to blame!).

Tires were fair, wheels were fair to poor and found out that the PO
had 8 on the rear and 7.5 on the frt. So, I was already making plans
to start over.

For about 800 bucks, TR sold me 4 new knock-off wheels and 4 Kuhmo
Tires, mounted and balanced. Drop shipped to the  local MB dealer in 2
days and I was back on the road. Luckily, I had no body or suspension
damage.

It has been a perfect installation and have been extremely happy with
no need to take it back for adjustments.

Yes, I do have a set of lugs for the spare tucked away but at least
all 4 wheels are now of the same variety.

If you're going used, be sure to get the right offset. The 8 holes
where used on the W140 and the C class as well.

On 3/5/06, OK Don [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 My snow tires are on those wheels - they are very close to the factory
 rims. If I can't get a couple of factory wheels, I go the Tire Rack
 route. I don't like the fact that they use different lug bolts though
 --  I like to keep such things standard.

 
  There were some Borbot after market 8 hole look-alike wheels (sold by
  Tire Rack) that were very reasonably priced. I've been using a set for
  5-6 years and have been VERY pleased.
 
  Marshall

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Re: [MBZ] 300SDL Alarm System

2006-03-06 Thread Desert Rat
Same location for the W126 if it is a factory alarm.

On 3/6/06, Dave M. [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Just disable the bloody thing. It does basically no good anyway.
 (Think about it- when was the last time you heard a car alarm - ANY
 car alarm - and rushed out to go see what was the matter?) Find the
 black box labaled Becker and unplug all connectors. On a W124, it's
 located under the passenger's feet against the firwall, next to the
 red SRS connector. I'm not sure where it is on a W126 but I bet Kleb
 or someone else can edify us.

 If you really want to diagnose  fix it, I'd start by replacing the
 switch contacts on the driver's lock cylinder. (yes, the switch is
 available separately, no you don't need a whole new lock, like I had
 been told many moons ago...)

 =)

 -Dave M.

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  Date: Mon, 06 Mar 2006 08:23:53 -0600
  From: Roger Conlon [EMAIL PROTECTED]
  Subject: [MBZ] 300SDL Alarm System
 
 
  Last night I changed a broken accelerator pedal on my 87 300SDL.
  All I did was remove the two floor mats, then replaced the pedal.
 
  Now this morning went out to warm up the car for the wife, open the
  drivers side car door and the alarm starts going off, nothing I did with the
  master key with red dot would help.
 
  Locked unlocked the car, started and shut it off, lock an unlocked the alarm
  was still sounding or would start again.
  Not much help reading the owners manual.
 
  Is there a wire or switch I could have knocked off putting the floor mats
  in? I started  the car after replacing the pedal an move the car and it was
  fine. Any suggestions?
 
  Roger

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Re: [MBZ] 1996 300D on E-bay

2006-03-04 Thread Desert Rat
Peter, look closely at the drivers door bottom inside front
edge...looks like that might be rust which this model is known to have
serious problems with. And also applies to some front suspension
members as well.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program...lusting after MB's.

On 3/3/06, Peter T. Arnold [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 I realy like this:
 http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mercedes-Benz-E-Class-1996-E300D-Diesel-Low-Miles-Records-Extra-Clean-NO-RESERVE-40-Pics_W0QQitemZ4616601261QQcategoryZ6335QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

 Maybe I should stop looking


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Re: [MBZ] Hyundai vs MB

2006-02-26 Thread Desert Rat
John,
not to alarm you but there has been some real problems with MB and the
early FSS (started in 98) system and not using Mobil 1. Sludging and
engine damage resulted from these extended oil change intervals.

MB lost a lawsuit and now have extended the warranties and picked up
engine repairs for these models.

If it were my MB, I would be sure it has Mobil 1 in the crankcase and
change it out right now.

Now, what were we saying about Honda and Toyota's?

On 2/26/06, John W. Reames III [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 On Sat, 25 Feb 2006 [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
  Curt Raymond wrote:
  It's not just the Toyotas and Hondas, - when I owned a MB parts 
  accessories mail order business I heard all kinds of things -- people would
  say, It's an $80,000 automobile - I should *never* have to check or add
  oil!!  Unfortunately he was serious.  Didn't bother to ask him about the
  brake fluid of ATF changes - all he wanted was Chrome wheels. ;-\

 Speaking of that, I check my oil regularly, and finally had to add a quart
 to the '99 E300TD, 10.5K mi into my stewardship. (It is a FSS car, bought
 from a stealership, and the FSS counter was at 9100 when I bought it. The
 counter now sits at 2100, 3.5 mos and 10.5K mi later) I don't know if its
 because the 606 is a tighter engine or if it is because it is highway
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Re: [MBZ] Mogs

2006-02-23 Thread Desert Rat
Hi Kelly,

What part of the Mojave Desert?
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Re: [MBZ] Daffodil

2006-02-22 Thread Desert Rat
I think it was the DAFI2 syllables.

On 2/21/06, [EMAIL PROTECTED] [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 What was the DAF, v-belt or cone drive?

 i'm thinking it was some kind of belt. But then, it was a tiny car with a
 no-horsepower engine which do make a difference.

 RLE
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Re: [MBZ] Got my New 300D !!! ;-)

2006-02-18 Thread Desert Rat
That toggle switch might be for the passenger side mirror. Manuals can
be had on Ebay or call MBUSA for a new one.

Larry, why are your diesels running so cold? Diesels need to run
warmer than what you have indicated.

Sounds like a great car...what color is it?
On 2/18/06, Werner Fehlauer [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Larry - you need to be more specific on the toggle on the console.  I'm
 sure we can tell you what each switch does, if we know which one you are
 wondering about.
 As for the rear headrests, they pull up manually, and the console switch
 drops them for improved rear visibility.  And where is this button with a
 circle and arrows?
 I have the original owner's manual for my 1990 2.5, and can scan in/copy any
 pages you might need.

 Werner

 - Original Message -
 From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2006 11:21 AM
 Subject: [MBZ] Got my New 300D !!! ;-)


  Oh MAN!  How am I ever going to be able to drive my 240D again after that
  300D??  It's SO FREAKIN QUIET!!   I'm in LOVE!!  ;-)  Smooth, starts
  instantly, everything works!  I even figured out the little button next to
  the seat adjusting levers that raise  lower the front seat headrest! So
  col..  It's everything ya'll said it was and MORE!   Accelerates like
  crazy!  ;-)  Yep, I'm thrilled with it!
 
  Now, the only thing that I haven't figured out is the little toggle on the
  console does?  It's kinda loose so either it's broke or just loose.
  So what's it supposed to do?
 
  The climate control works perfectly - checked AC when we 1st test drove it
  and the heater today - it was 70F yesterday and in the 30's today with
  snow!
  Crazy weather.  Even the little temp in the dash works.  Oil pressure is
  normal - pegs as soon as the accel pedal is pressed and the coolant temp
  stays a 1/4 or so below the 80C mark.  Just like my 240D.  Door locks
  work,
  antenna works, all lights works, etc. etc.  ya'll don;t want to hear all
  the
  details..
 
  Another question - The rear seat head rests - there's a button to lower
  them
  on the dash (I think) - but how are they raised?  Also, there's a button
  with a circle and arrows on it - ??
 
  The books I got are the Service Booklet, Radio Controls  Operation,
  Service
  Locations and some other single page things.  But I need a Owners Manual -
  what's the best source?  Sure,, I can do a search and I'm sure Performance
  sells them - but I'd like to get the best price.  What about junk yards?
  Do
  they sell them?
 
  Thanks for answering all my questions about this (and the other) cars -
  it's
  great to have such a huge source of intelligent information!!
 
  ;-)
 
  Sincerely,
  Larry T ('74 911, '67 MGB, 91 300D)
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Re: [MBZ] Green fuel pumps and nozzles

2006-02-17 Thread Desert Rat
BP has been doing that for a few years now, Bad idea!

On 2/16/06, wilton strickland [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Saw several regular gas pumps at local station coupla days ago with
 promenant green markings on pumps and nozzle handles identical to the diesel
 ones, 'cept words regular and diesel in small letters on the pumps.
 'Pointed them out to wife; just hope she doesn't go back there.

 Wilton


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[MBZ] Unimog

2006-02-16 Thread Desert Rat
Can't remember who has the Unimog, Jim Cathey perhaps?

Anyway, I know of one in the CA Central Valley at an MB shop and he
needs some info and might even sell it.

Any particular Unimog List out there I could pass on to my friend?
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Re: [MBZ] This has to be a scam

2006-02-12 Thread Desert Rat
CARFAX says mileage is correct and was in CA since new until going
through an auction 08-05nothing else reported since then.

On 2/12/06, Sunil Hari [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 just buy it

 On 2/12/06, Chuck Landenberger [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 
  Or an 'ex-wife' taking care of a minor detail when he said sell
  the car and keep the money.
 
  Chuck
  Phoenix AZ
 
  On Feb 12, 2006, at 12:08 PM, Bob Rentfro wrote:
 
   ...or a missing digit in the price...
  
   Bob Rentfro
  
  
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   To: Mercedes mailing list [EMAIL PROTECTED]
   Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2006 11:49 AM
   Subject: [MBZ] This has to be a scam
  
  
   http://stlouis.craigslist.org/car/133278975.html
  
   I smell a scam...
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Re: [MBZ] 9th generation S-class...

2006-02-08 Thread Desert Rat
Yours is the 6th.

On 2/8/06, Christopher McCann [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 If the new S-class is 9th generation...what are the other 8? And what 
 generation is my 85 300SD?


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Re: [MBZ] backwoods MD rodbender SDL

2006-02-01 Thread Desert Rat
Close about posting Q and A on the Listing but not quite right.

When the Lister answers a question through Ebay, he/she has the option
to check boxes whether or not the Q and A will go on the listing page.
Sounds like the Lister checked the wrong box!

On 1/31/06, LT Don [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Hopefully he is a fast student of the taskmaster of ignorance.

 On 2/1/06, Mitch Haley [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 
  Kaleb C. Striplin wrote:
  
   I sent a question about if it used oil, will see what he says. Maybe he
   will post that one too.
 
  Questions to sellers don't go on the auction page when asked, but if
  the seller uses the eBay form to answer them, they become part of
  the listing. If derogatory questions post to the auction, it probably
  means the seller doesn't have much eBay experience.
 
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