First, Bill, I never mentioned this to you over the past 10 years, but
my father-in-law is Dr. David H. Choi, who used your dealership for
years, first with his 240D and then with his grey market 500SEL
imported from Germany. (small world, eh?)
Well, my mother-in-law passed away unexpectedly, and sadly my
father-in-law cannot drive anymore so he passed on his 1985 500sel to
us. It is a beautiful car and I want to keep it.
I use Mercedes Benz of Devon for my 95 E320 wagon who are
well-acquainted with you BTW and highly recommend your service.
The 500SEL has less than 70,000 miles. Since acquiring ownership in
October, I have only driven it from Princeton to Newtown Square once.
There seemed to be a LOT of red fluid under the car in Princeton. The
transmission gave me no problem on the easy drive (and believe me, I
did not push it much as I wanted to) . I let it sit in my (one-car)
garage here and it seemed to leak a lot more red fluid over the next
Now to the questions.
1) The car must be inspected in pennsylvania.
2) I believe the 500 SEL is leaking ATF (as the brake fluid level
3) how do I check the ATF level? i.e., where the hell is it?
4) if I can't, should I have it trailered to the local dealer ?
5) If I can, what type of fluid and how much should I add (dealer sezs
dextron 2, and to only add like 1/2 quart). where do I fill it?
6) Unfortunately, life has gotten much more complicated and the car is
now sitting outside. Should I rent a storage space for it? Or is a
car cover enough? I won't be driving it much in the salt-water
solution called roads here.
7) my father-in-law (whose memory is at best can be considered of
dubious worth) claims that you tried to fix the leak twice and failed.
Is it even worth trying to fix again?
The leak does seem to emanate from the front (not the back, which I
guess is the transaxle).
8) Mercedes Benz of Devon will take a shot at fixing it, but I know
they will cost more and I don't really know if they can fix it better
Bill, we vacation annually in AC and it would be no problem to drop
the car off with you for a week (if of course I can get it there
Thanks for your time and effort.