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Old 05-22-2017, 02:12 PM   #1
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Default My "new" daily - 1987 Benz

The Yaris has 101k on the ticker, so I'm taking it out of daily driver duty to save it. I don't ever want to have to buy a new car again, so I want to keep it in reserve while it's still young. I'll drive it a few times a month to keep it alive but I hope to take it from 12-14k/yr down to more like 2-3k/yr.

Anyway, this is my new daily, or will be once I've got a few bugs worked out.





It's a 1987 Mercedes 190D Turbo. It had been sitting about 4 years when I picked it up on Friday. I tried saving the battery but it was dead, so I bought a new one. Put the battery in it and it cranked right away! I drove it a little bit just to see how it does then parked it. Gonna change the oil, add some coolant, and do a general once-over on it before I take it to work.

Compared to the Beast and the Yaris, this thing is like a mobile recliner. Crazy how comfortable the seats are and the suspension is like you're just gliding along on air. For $1800 (plus $85 tow and $172 battery) I feel like I did pretty well.
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Old 05-24-2017, 02:10 PM   #2
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Changed the oil in it yesterday. The thing has more oil leaks than Saudi Arabia. None of them are apparently enough for it to really matter (after sitting 4 years the dipstick still said full) but good grief its ugly under there. Gonna clean as much of it off as I can and see if I can tell where all its coming from. Went through this same process with the hardbody a few years ago.
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Old 05-25-2017, 08:30 PM   #3
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Looking good. No way that thing is 30 years old. How is it to work on compared to something like a Toyota or a D21?
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It's different. Not very difficult though. The electrical stuff and whatnot is pretty similar, it's just got odd little quirks. Like the blinkers run through the hazard switch and some other odd little things like that. The vacuum system is the most odd thing compared to Japenese cars. I'd say this is easier to work on than my Yaris because of the size.
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Makes sense. My experience with European cars is pretty limited. I do own 2 Toyotas though and I've always found them really easy to work on.
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This is my first Euro car to work on. I fixed the blinkers today (sortof). Cleaned the emergency flasher switch and they started working for the most part. The "clicked" right blinker position doesn't work. Guessing that's because of the stalk since it works when I just push on the blinker stalk a bit. The left blinker works fine whether just barely pushed down or "clicked" in.

Was going to fiddle with the transmission vacuum modulator deal, but I couldn't get the car up high enough to work on it. Gonna get a pair of ramps from my dad's place and see if that helps.
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Old 05-26-2017, 04:11 AM   #7
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That's like something I would buy, reliable yet old and cool, not mainstream but something that still says "i'm a car guy"
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How expensive are parts? Neat car...
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those cars are notorious for oil leaks. its even worse if its a diesel.
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How expensive are parts? Neat car...
Depends on what you're looking for. Interior/cosmetic bits are high as flip. Mechanical stuff doesn't seem bad so far.
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