All Part Groups Malfunction When driving When warm
Q: Ed, please list any major concerns that I should be wary about for a 1980 450SL that I am considering.
It's engine (200K miles) currently runs very smooth, the transmission is about 2000 mile new.
Asking price is $7000.
Particularly: timing chain average mileage and cost to replace, head average mileage and cost to replace, carburetor, value, etc.
I own a 300D and 300SD and perform most of the maintenance.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Is there a Mercedes club that might also help?
A: Should be an online club for you. Only concern I would have is the timing chain thing. The fast way now instead of removing the entire front of the engine is to use a chain link breaker and join the new chain to the old chain. Slowly and VERY carefully rotate the engine untill only new chain is there. Join the links and save a lot. Ed
Q: I need an air cleaner assembly for this car. I need the assembly that has the backfire hose connection on the front of the assembly.
I understand that this air cleaner is unique to the 1980 model. The local dealership has not been able to get the correct assembly.
Can you help me?
A: Check through the autorecyclers section of our site. Ed
Q: I bought a 74 450SL. It won't start using the ignition switch. If I spark it at the starter it will startup.
I see there is some kind of port in the glove compartment that looks like it was factory installed.
Is there some kind of kill switch key I need? If so, are they universal, and do you have one I can buy?
Any help you can offer would be very much appreciated!
A: Nothing that I have ever seen. Ed
(Ed has 35 years auto repair experience. John, All-Parts)
Q: Cruise Control was not available in 1973 on a 450SL. It became available in 1975. The vehicles have the same engine. Can I retrofit cruise control, and if so, how big a job is it?
A: Ok firt off I put in aftermarket cruises for the company I work for goto www.rostra.com and they sell aftermarket cruises for almost every vehicle there is. You can also call me at 918-627-1400 central time between 8:30nd 5:30 monda thru friday just ask for Curtis.