STORY OF MY CARS
This is my first Mercedes-
1990 300E with over 180,000 miles in non driving condition at New Jersey repair shop parking lot. Interior was very nice. Body was very good also, except for front bumper cover. Previous owner was driving the car and his air pump pulley bearing seized. Accessory belt broke damaging power coolant fan and transmission coolant pipes. I removed air pump and replaced pulley bearing. Went back to parking lot, reinstalled pump, replaced transmission coolant pipe, refilled it and drove away. In that car I replaced engine mounts, installed Eibach lowering springs and Bilstein sport shocks, custom radio and subwoofer in rear deck, tuned engine, 17” AMG rims. Car was nice and fun to drive but I always wished it was 5-
1992 Mercedes Benz 500SEL black on black. I absolutely fell in love with it second I saw it. No dents on the body, no damage to interior but it was very dirty though. Main problem was engine failure. One of the distributor cap rotor broke. Car started to misfire but customer drove on four cylinders for two more miles. Driving on four cylinders put lots of strain on timing chain. Top chain guides broke and chain skipped two teeth on camshaft gear. Luckily valves did not bend. I towed the car to my friend’s parking lot, opened valve covers, put new chain guides, chain tensioner, new distributor caps and rotors, set timing, started the car and drove away. I put lots of time and money restoring this car to its glory, could have bought a nice running S-
I drove 500SEL for more than two years. One day I saw an ad for 1996 E320 for sale for $1200. Car would not start, starter would not engage. Went to look at it and car turned out to be very nice except dent on passenger rear quarter panel. It was burgundy on beige leather and it had full custom entertainment system custom built subwoofer enclosure in the trunk, sport suspension, 18” AMG rims, back up camera, headrest monitors, playstation2, iPod dock. The problem was the flex disc broke and drive shaft separated from transmission flange. Emergency brake cable wrapped around drive shaft bending gear selector link. Gear selector link pulled neutral safety switch out its alignment. Without neutral safety switch the car didn’t crank. I decided to take a chance and bought it. Had it towed to my friend’s repair shop so I could use lift. Bought new gear selector link and flex disk. I bent neutral safety switch back and the car started fine. I drove it for a little time. I still had my 1992 500SEL at the time and it was really hard for me to make a switch from S-
One hot day I and my girlfriend were driving from the beach and we stopped by a car that was for sale locally. It was 1999 ML430 silver on gray. It was highway mileage out of state car in excellent condition. I took it for a test drive and it performed excellent. I liked its cargo capacity versus S-
I missed S-
In July 2011 I sold 1994 S500 and bought 1997 S320 with 117,000 miles. It came with full dealer history including head gasket replacement. S320 has much weaker I6 3.2 liter M104 engine than mighty M119 V8 5.0 liter. You can feel some lack of power going uphill with loaded trunk and full tank of gas. In the city, there is plenty of power even with A/C on. It accelerates pretty good when floored, however. Gas mileage is great and engine power output satisfies me completely. I love HFM engine management along with 722.6 transmission. There are some repairs I had to do to a car but it was in excellent condition. I gave this car to my mother who still drives it.
In the beginning of 2012 I purchased 2002 S500. Engine ran and car drove. AirMatic was not working, car sat on the floor with front shocks not holding air. And lifters were noisy. It turned out that one shock was blown and other was leaking from top seal. Replaced blown shock with used one and repaired top seal on other shock with repair kit. Valve train noise turned out to be a very serious issue-
Around March of 2012 bought 1997 C280 Sport for my girlfriend. Car had problem with flooded transmission computer, TCM. It would start and drive but would not switch gears. Put in TCM from my 97 S320 and drove the car home, about 15 miles. Ran OK but would not shift past third gear. And under closer inspection found out that oil mixes with coolant. Head gasket was leaking. Removed the head and replaced head gasket. Bought used TCM with same number transmission still would not shift past third gear. The problem was in shifter. Disassembled shifter and found contacts all corroded inside selector module. Cleaned contacts, repaired W/S switch that was also broken and everything was fine. Drove this car to Chicago and back, no problems. Sold it in 2013.
Around June of 2012 bought. 91 500SL. Car would crank but would not start, had to tow it from Connecticut to NY. Under closer diagnostic found no power to ECU. Turned out to be faulty ignition switch contact. Replaced contacts and car would start and drive. Many repairs went into this car and it is still ongoing restoration project. Will cover it in more details later. As of 2015 I’m installing transmission valve body to make car start in first gear. Also, rebuilt fuel distributor and finally fully tuned CIS-
Then I bought 2000 S430 in very nice condition with 140k miles. Car had fresh water damage to computers on the passenger side by windshield. It would recognize smart key and power would come up but would not crank. Under closer diagnostic it was determined that transmission computer, TCM, was completely non functioning. My Star Diagnostic would not read it at all. Main ECU was reanimated by cleaning and soldering few terminals. TCM was also damaged. It was determined that main power chip was not good. I happen to have old TCM from C280 that was flooded also but power chip was still good. Replaced chips and original TCM started to work fine. Cleared all codes and car would start and drive fine. Other small issues came up but were sorted pretty fast. Also, second smart key did not start the car. Found cracked transistor on key board. Bought used key and sourced transistor from it. Second key works fine now. AirMatic had issues and dampening system had issues but they were resolved quick. Radio didn’t play due to failed fiber optic ring in phone or voice recognition modules. Just bypassed them for now to have sound. While working on radio I hardwired bluetooth module into cassette circuit inside radio. Sound and operation was so good that I installed same adapters into my other cars. Drove this car for awhile and sold it in the summer of 2015.
While having 2000 S430 I bought 93 600SL with less than 25,000 original miles. This car is in Brand New Condition. One owner, climate control garage kept all it’s life. Drove it from Chicago back to NY. This beautiful car is for sale. Click bellow for more information
Also, bought 1995 S600 coupe. Always wanted V12 W140. This S600 is in very nice condition but mechanically it was total disaster. Engine did not run at all and transmission needed complete rebuild, had no reverse and slipping from 2nd to 3rd. Exhaust was cut and catalytic converters removed along with O2 sensors! Door lock pump was burned. And on top of all that engine was foamed by fire department. Catalytic converters started to smoke while driving and owner called fire department due to smoke coming from under the car. After I started the engine only 9 cylinders worked, drove it on 9 from PA to NY. Lots of work but car is nice now and I enjoy driving it.
In early 2015 I purchased 2003 CL600 twin turbo V12, W215 chassis with 115,000 miles. Car is in excellent condition in and out but suffered ABC suspension failure. Also, found misfire problem and intercooler pump issue. High pressure suspension hose broke. To replace it engine needed to be raised. While at it I replaced rest of suspension hoses. When high pressure hose broke hydraulic fluid covered all coolant hoses and front of engine. Coolant hoses became soft and while I had access I replaced all of them. ABC pump was also destroyed driving car with no hydraulic fluid. Replaced pump with rebuilt unit. Recalibrated vehicle height. One ignition coil pack had to be replaced due to misfire codes. Intercooler pump was not original, connector was broken. Adapted connector and made bracket to hold pump in place. When replacing coolant hoses I drained intercooler circuit. Mercedes uses special equipment to refill and bleed intercooler circuit. It is independent from main engine coolant circuit. I made my own adapters and bled the system. Also replaced transmission electrical plate, fluid, connector. Car runs and drives fine now.
In early 2016 I bought this 1994 SL600 with less than 29,000 miles. Car is in excellent condition. It was always garaged and was delivered from California. This V12 has electrical gremlins, suspension needs repairs, soft top does not work, couple of small cosmetics.
When I have some time I will repair this beauty and it will be ready for sale soon. At the moment I rebuilt both throttle bodies and ordered some suspension parts.
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