I bought a 1973 450 SLC a couple of months ago, and while
doing some research on the net, several sites mentioned subframe
cracks. Apparently the problem was bad enough that it forced a
recall which MB will still honor.
It was only mentioned for the SL, not the SLC, but I was under the
impression that these cars are very similar. Anyone know if this applies
to the SLC? More important, there was no specific mention of
where the cracks would be found. Anyone here know? It'd sure be
embarrasing to be crusin down the road and have the front suspension
Yes, the SLC is included in the sub-frame 'recall'.
The sub-frame cracks where the lower control arms attach. The 107 was a 'kit
car' built out of parts
from other models. The front and rear sub-frames came from the 114-115 body. The
heaviest engine in
those cars was the 616 5 cyl diesel. So there was no problem. But when the 107
body was made and the
heavy V8 was put in, the sub-frame could not support it.
Look at your sub-frame where the lower control arm connects at the rear. If you
brackets then the campaign was done and there was no cracks. If you see extra
metal between where
the big bolt is and the center curved section, your sub-frame has been replaced.
If you see an open
space, you need to go back to your local MB dealer.
If you don't want to look under the car, go to your dealer and have them run a
VMI [Vehicle Master
Inquiry] and see if you have an open campaign on your car. The sub-frame
campaign was 85-1211.
I called Mercedes at Milton Keynes a few months ago about airbag recalls on
the C-class, and just the VIN was enough for them to search and report that
there were no outstanding recalls on my car. Great service, credit where
I've got to agree.
I find it amazing that any car company would still be willing to
honor a recall on a 30 year old car. I suspect that if you asked an
American dealership to do the same you'd be laughed out of their shop!
Recalls are forever. It's the law! Recalls are not voluntary. If they were,
Mercedes should be recalling: 350SD/SDL for bad engines, '93-'96 engine wiring
harnesses, and a lot more!
425 White Horse Pike
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