300D motor mounts changed and--engine shaking problem solved. Old
mounts were completely shot, and engine was stting on frame. The shop
that had done my engine rebuild lied when they said they had changed
them. The engine now purrs softly at slow idle the way it should. It
only took two years and about $8,500 to get it there.
That's about 1/3 the price of a new Prius and you have a hell of a lot
better car. I had a rented Prius in Minnesota last week and I was
sure glad to get back into my 300 TDT when I got back to Las Vegas. I
went on a field trip with our local museum on Saturday to view some
rock art at a site south of here and a lady who was on the trip and an
acquaintance of my girlfriend was parked next to us at the site and
when we were eating lunch back at the cars she expressed admiration
for my car and told us the story of their family's 300 TDT that they
loved so much and "should never have sold." She asked if I would sell
her mine and I told her I would add her name to the list of people who
want to buy the car should I ever decide to sell it. I have another
friend who lives here now but is from Nicaragua. He used to have a
300 TDT when he lived in Managua and he has been asking me for years
if he can buy mine.
It took me a couple of years, also because of motor mounts, to get my
300 TDT running smoothly after Metric remanufactured the engine. It
was my own fault because I did the work of removing and replacing the
engine. I thought I put in new mounts, but somehow in my excitement
to get the new engine in I forgot to do it.
But I think Metric honored their warranty better than the place you
dealt with so I got a really carefully rebuilt and adjusted new
injection pump and a newly balanced set of injectors for free so that
my engine is running so smoothly that it only bumped at idle when one
of the mounts was completely broken. Now that the mounts are new it
is as smooth and quiet as it must have been in 1982 when it was new.
Also, I am getting amazing fuel economy. I got 36 MPG crossing from
the Owens Valley to Pahrump, NV via Death Valley last week, which is
unheard of. It was the sound of the engine that triggered the woman's
memory Saturday of their old 300 TDT that she missed so much.
Sometime I might have to get mine repainted. I think the left front
fender was smashed before I bought the car in 1992 and the repair shop
paint is really getting faded and chipped. The right rear was smashed
by an idiot driving one of those big wheel pickups in Las Vegas about
10 years ago and I took the car to the most expensive shop in Vegas
that specializes in Porsches and Rolls Royces and Bentleys and other
extravagant luxury cars because the other guy's insurance was paying
for it and the paint from that place seems to be holding up like the
original paint from Mercedes so if I do get it painted I will probably
have it done there. When I was in that shop a guy came in who had a
scratch on the fender of his Rolls and it was going to cost $14,000 to
have the scratch repaired.
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