My 1992 300D 2.5L turbodiesel just crossed 200,000 miles today and looks
Just thought I'd let everyone know. I even have an AVI of the odometer
rolling over to 200k. :)
However, there's just one issue: the little mini-wiper on the left
headlight seems to be stuck halfway through it's travel, and is at a 45ฐ
angle on the light. Pushing the wash-squirt button causes it to squirt,
but the wiper itself does not move. Any thoughts?
Yup! And with the condition the engine, body, suspension, and so forth
is in, it'll look pretty good when it gets that high. It's in remarkably
good condition. It just needs some new shocks (the ride's getting a bit
"mushy"), and standard maintenance. They really built this car quite
Indeed. Unfortunately, now the manual's out of "when to maintain your
car and do particular services" pages. What should I do now for >200k
I like the little mini-wipers...I don't want to break it tugging on it
or some such. Maybe it blew a fuse? I'll ask a friend to push the squirt
button to see if the other one moves too, or if both don't work. It's
tough to do that myself. :-D
Valve adjustment will be a good basic piece of maintenance to do any
This will keep daily performance at its peak and make driving it always
And don't be afraid to wash the lights by hand. :)
Perhaps the little motor is fried or the axle/sleeve is jammed. I don't
know how much room there is to access the unit, but the might be able to
pull the motor and see if it is getting power. A new one runs about
Good luck, and congrats on reaching 200K. Makes me wish I had a diesel.
Not at all, 200K is no problem at all. It's all maintenance. But then, the
mechanics I know here who come from Europe or Asia say
people here don't know how to take care of their cars. This one guy I know his
'87 audi turbo had over 400K km before the head
gasket went, car went great but 400K out of it was enough. My brothers 260E
(which he sold to a friend) has about 235K miles,
autobahn driven but maintained, and many more example that escape my mind
My 190e, which was maintained fanatically (he had all the records), had
the head off at 75K due no a loud screeching valve.
Luckily for me, whoever did the work did a nice job, as it's been
running like a champ since I bought it (10K miles ago) and hold's it's
oil fantastically. I drove over 8500 miles on the oil that came in the
car when I bought it (just changed), and it didn't move more then an
eighth of an inch down the dipstick.
Still, assuming that most cars will run 200K with proper maintenance
is overly optimistic in my opinion.
Have you drive a ford lately :~)
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