1978 280 SE

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Technical specifications

Fuel Type:Gasoline
Interior Color:Brown
Engine:6 cyl
Trim:4 door
Number of Cylinders:6
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This vehicle was brought to the states after a European vacation by an American airlines pilot. I purchased it from him. The car was driven by my mother until her recent passing. I have had the car recently examined by an expert Mercedes mechanic who spent over an hour looking at the car and gave it a test drive. He then provided me with the following written report which is provided without warranty as to accuracy or completeness. Car is sold as is. All sales final. Buyer will either pick up the car in Santa Fe, New Mexico or arrange to have it shipped and pay the shipping cost. A deposit of $2000 is required.
Condition Report:
The 116 chassis, short - lived but elegant, hosted many 300turbodiesels and 4.5 liter V8's in the USA. The double - overhead cam2.8 liter straight six you have was less common, though it was aworkhorse for some 115 and many 123 chassis vehicles not to mentionGelandewagons. It's a tough but not especially economical powerplant.
The car has apparently no rust, some fairly professional re-painting (over body work?), near - new tires, plus: no leaks at brake hoses or calipers;
evidence of recently new fuel pump and filter evidence of recently replaced thermostat solid intact exhaust system ; tranny that shifts reasonably well despite modest vacuum leaks possibly affecting performance of modulator valve ;VERY clean interior and exterior, with the exception of lower motor (see below) No sign of "blow - by" or start up smoke related to bad valves or guides;
rear axle shafts and boots in good condition front brake pads recently serviced .The car drives generally well and has the following issues in descending order of importance:
ClimateControl Servo has been disconnected from electrical harness due to aconstant, battery - draining "idling" effect. Usually these units(especially the original plastic ones) fail due to leakage. I am notfamiliar with the battery - draining phenomenon and will do someresearch. Replacement metal units are available, but so are retrofitsthat attempt to simplify the potential nightmare of the original design,which improved significantly by 1981. Again, I will research.
Thetiming chain, though not likely to present an urgent calamity, is noisyenough to warrant considering replacement - probably a $400 job.
Thedriver's door check and window are both sketchy and involve removingthe door panel - so they should be dealt with in tandemprobably a$100 proposition.
Dried out and seeping vacuumconnections will affect the efficiency of various systems and can berectified to the tune of about $30
The oilsubpan gasket is easily replaced and probably accounts for most of theseeping oil leakage you have observed (no puddles, just residual) Thatwould involve a $15 gasket and about $50 in labor; the front main sealmay be part of this situation (impossible to be sure without thoroughcleaning) but my sense id that the seal issue is not urgent.
Thesubtle depletion of brake fluid you have experienced is unquestionablydue to leakage in the master cylinder (leaking toward the booster) andthough not urgent involves a cost of about $150 for labor and parts.
Slightlyloose steering may indicate issues with tie rods or track rods (theseare not expensive or time consuming) but I would start with a 5 - minuteadjustment of the power steering box which is very likely to make a BIGdifference.
New padded covers and/or springsare available for the seats, which are especially compromised in therear. Improvised repair (i.e. foam padding) can be surprisinglyeffective but $500 in parts and labor would bring all seats to new.
Thetemporary retirement of the odometer and speedometer is a familiarissue. Albuquerque Speedometer Service will rebuild it at a reasonablerate. And before sending it to them I can try my super glue trick whichhas often worked in the past (There's a pressed - on brass bushing thatstarts to give). [ Sellers Note: Odometer stopped at about 157,000 miles a few years ago. The car is only used occasionally. I have another car. I estimate actual miles does not exceed 160,000 and have service records to support this. )

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